A company should be responsible for the natural habitats it claims its resources from. SARAYA has been dedicated to preserving the rainforest of Borneo, Malaysia, a major palm oil producing region of the world. While palm oil is a necessary resource for food and industry, unsustainable plantation expansion has threatened to destroy the world’s oldest rainforest. Through NGO support and consumer education, we hope to help realize a sustainable solution to palm oil.
Supporting the BCT
The Borneo Conservation Trust (BCT) is an NGO recognized by the Malaysian government, creat-ed in 2006 to acquire lands along the Kinaban-tangan River for the Green Corridor project as well as to lead conservation efforts with the lo-cal Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) to protect the threatened wildlife and biodiversity in the Borneo rainforest. By acquiring lands along the riverbanks, the Green Corridor will form a safe migration route for the local en-dangered wildlife away from palm oil plantations to conservation lands. SARAYA has been supporting the conservation activities of the BCT since its foundation.
Awareness Raising Activity
At SARAYA, we believe cooperation between the private sector and NGOs is the most effective way to make a lasting difference in the world. To raise consumers’ awareness on environmental is-sues and get them involved in conservation activity, SARAYA do-nates a portion of the sales of household products such as Yashi-nomi Detergent, Happy Elephant, Cocopalm, and Ayurspa to the BCT, allowing consumers to support NGOs.
The Green Corridor and Orangutan Bridges
The island of Borneo is densely populated with unique wildlife and vegetation, making it an important genetic resource for the world. However, many parts of the Borneo rainforest have vanished due to the sudden increase of oil palm planta-tions in recent years. While these plantations are important for our current life-style, it is important to create a balance between environment and industry. SARAYA conducts environmental conservation activities to help make this coex-istence possible. One of these activities is the Green Corridor project led by the BCT to establish wildlife migration routes through the rainforest.
So far, SARAYA has purchased 5 land parcels in total. Another activity is to erect bridges made from used fire hoses for orangutans. Orangutans cannot swim and often huge plantations cut orangutans off from the rest of the forest. Six bridges have been erected to allow the orangutan population to migrate freely across river tributar-ies.