The workshop summarized the lessons learned from ZSL’s 2019 SPOTT assessments of 15 Indonesian timber and pulp producers, processors and traders. Presentations and group discussions provides operational guidance on how to improve SPOTT scores and communicate progress to investors and buyers. These issues was discussed in the context of Indonesia’s FLEGT licensing system and voluntary certification schemes, and considering the need for progress ahead of 2020’s international conferences on the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Climate Change Summit. Both of these and the recognition of sufficient progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will see 2020 as a year where buyers and investors shall be seeking more demonstrable progress by producers. Therefore, ZSL demonstrated how SPOTT can be used as a tool to retain and attract business and investment in the post-2020 context.
The workshop was attended by Dr. Ir. Rufi’i M.Sc, Director for Processing and Marketing of Forest Products, Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Sustainability directors, managers and teams, responsible for environmental and social compliance within upstream timber and pulp companies, including the 15 Indonesian companies currently assessed by SPOTT also attending the workshop.