About Us

What is Reforestation Palm Oil

From start to finish our palm oil is carbon neutral, while also contributing to considerable reforestation and ecosystem benefits. 

The palm oil industry has an historically egregious track record, with countless reports and articles on the major impacts this industry has had on deforestation and the destruction of natural habitats across all tropical regions (which are some of the most biodiverse – and sensitive – ecosystems in the world). 

We have all witnessed national, international and global conferences aimed at tackling the most pressing issues relating to climate policy, which have, unfortunately, all fallen short in achieving meaningful change. This failure has created a critical need for the annual abatement of billions of tons of carbon emissions, especially if we, as a global community, wish to remain true to the Paris Climate Accord. 

The palm oil industry has an historically egregious track record, with countless reports and articles on the major impacts this industry has had on deforestation and the destruction of natural habitats across all tropical regions (which are some of the most biodiverse – and sensitive – ecosystems in the world). While there have been considerable strides in recent years to combat this destruction, the palm oil industry is currently not focused on reforestation of the habitats that they have destroyed. This is where we come in, being the only company actively contributing to reforestation; we plant forests on disused farms, as opposed to the typical practice of placing farms in forest regions. 

Combined with all of this, is a movement from consumers who are demanding better from all industries across the board. Every day, more and more consumers are demonstrating that they care about how the products are produced and what impacts – both positive and negative – these companies and related processes are making. We have all seen countless pleas in this digital age from people who are boycotting certain food products, personal care products, and companies that are emitting unfathomable levels of carbon dioxide, with good reason. To illustrate this point; in the production of 1 ton of crude palm oil, approximately 5 times that amount is released in carbon dioxide emissions. 

The palm oil industry is changing its ways for the better, but nowhere near at a fast enough pace to combat the climate crisis. This is where Reforestation Palm Oil comes in. We are the first company to integrate reforestation practices into the palm oil industry, while also ensuring the inclusion of smallholders – an actor in many agricultural supply chains that are too often overlooked. By doing this, we are ensuring a direct connection between the smallholders and the consumers, access to greater technology (BEXT) for the farmers, a real-time carbon score is accessible to palm oil buyers, https://www.carbondoneright.com while also producing rewards for those actively reducing their carbon footprint. 

What we are doing

At Reforestation Palm Oil, we realise there is no one silver bullet solution to solving the climate crisis, and as such, our own practices reflect this. These are the main facets of our business and practices that demonstrate both the impact we are making and how you can be assured we are doing this in the most effective manner possible.

  1. We aim to plant 20 million trees in Sierra Leone, spanning an area of 20,000 hectares, which will produce 4 million carbon credits over 30 years. In doing so, this alone will help to reduce the Earth’s temperature by a ¼ of a degree Celsius.

  2. We will anchor customers in place; those customers who are calling for carbon neutral palm oil/related products will be given access to that which they are demanding.

  3. We are using revolutionary methods of capturing carbon stock analysis, by employing the use of Machine Learning Technology and AI to ensure we are providing the most accurate and transparent data on exactly how much carbon we are sequestering.

  4. We have an indomitable founder team, comprising of experts in their respective fields, with a proven track record in the fields of palm oil, sustainability, AI techniques and science-based solutions. 

  5. We will connect 50,000 smallholder farmers in order to aggregate their carbon credits.[TH3] 

Where we operate: Sierra Leone

Sierra Organic Palm

After its establishment in October 2019, Sierra Organic Palm limited (SOPL) took over two palm oil operations that were mismanaged by their previous owners in Moyamba and Port Loko districts. In both instances, the company was approached by community representatives to help with the rehabilitation of the project area and the support of the local landowners.

Currently, both operational sites underwent new independent environmental and social impact assessments, high conservation value areas studies, FPIC process including participatory mapping. These will help SOPL to establish sustainable and responsible oil palm production in the regions. Below the complex stories of those projects are stipulated in more detail.

Upper Banta, Imperi and Jong

On the 5th of November 2019, Sierra Organic Palm Limited (SOP) Ltd (a daughter company of Planting Naturals in Sierra Leone) acquired African Lion Agriculture Ltd (ALA). SOP aims to convert the plantations of the former African Lion Agriculture enterprise into organic oil palm plantations, managed in line with the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) Principles and Criteria, which will assist to build a successful and sustainable agribusiness. To achieve this, we are committed to continuously improving key areas of operational activities including compliance to applicable environmental laws and regulations.

African Lion Agriculture (ALA) was set up in July 2012 when Sierra Rutile Ltd (SRL) commenced an agricultural project adjacent to the company’s mine site located in Bonthe and Moyamba District in southern Sierra Leone. The objective of this project, named African Lion Agriculture, was to develop a profitable agricultural operation which could provide low skilled employment which is usually not available with the mine operation but is in high demand by the local population.

Thus, ALA was conceived as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative to generate employment and positive social impact on the communities in the landscape within which the mining activities take place. In June 2015, Carmanor acquired a majority stake in ALA from SRL. The shareholder structure remained in place until Sierra Organic Palm entered the picture. By that time, ALA had 655 staff unpaid for 10 months and many thousands of livelihoods in jeopardy. Land lease rents have not been paid for over a year.
Today, Planting Naturals compensated all staff arrears and outstanding rents and certified the operation as EU organic. Proforest conducted HCV and LUCA assessments in the area. Currently, LUCA is being reviewed by RSPO to identify final liability for compensation and remediation of clearance without prior HCV assessment. The LUCA study clearly demonstrated that due to the intensive mining in the area the plantations were established on a degraded land and there were no environmental HCVs destroyed. The latest HCV study also assessed potential loss of social HCVs and identified that in one community a potential HCV6 site was cleared by the previous company. Planting Naturals will engage with the community and develop a special plan for the remediation in accordance with RSPO procedures.

Burreh, Kasseh and Maconteh

In 2020, Planting Naturals was approached by the local officials and communities through Namati to support them in rehabilitating palm oil project in Port Loko District, Northern province of Sierra Leone. After initial assessment, Planting Naturals decided to take over the operations directly from the landowners and develop new land leases with the help and guidance of Namati, who are the legal representatives of the landowners.
As initial steps, the company performed FPIC process with participatory mapping exercise, conducted independent assessment studies (ESIA, HCV, LUCA) and started rehabilitation of the plantations by employing local people to do farm maintenance work such as slashing, pruning, and harvesting with FFB being transported to Goldtree mill for processing. At the same time, the operational site undergone an external organic audit. An internal LUCA showed that the plantations were established in degraded areas and it is highly likely that no environmental HCVs were destroyed. An official study will be conducted to confirm this conclusion.
The land is owned by 3 chiefdoms: Burreh, Kasseh and Maconteh in the Port Loko District, Northern province of Sierra Leone. The land was leased by Sierra Leone Agriculture (SLA) in 2010 for the purpose of establishing an oil palm plantation. The nursery was set up, then 5,000h of land was cleared and planted. SLA went bankrupt in 2016 and the land was returned to the communities with the intervention of Namati, a paralegal NGO, through a court ruling in favour of the landowners. Only 1,020 hectares of the original plantation survived until today.