GPPOL wins prestigious international awards

GPPOL General Manager, Craig Gibsone and NBPOL CEO David Mather accept the award Best Global Operation from Sime Darby Plantations Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Abdul Ghani Othman and CEO Datuk Franki Anthony Dass. Photo: Supplied/GPPOL

Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL) has granted two Prestigious International Awards last month.

The awards were presented to the GPPOL General Manager, Craig Gibsone and New Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL) CEO David Mather on Friday the 24th of November, during the Sime Darby Plantations annual awards dinner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The annual dinner brings together representatives from operations spread throughout the world and recognizes the best performers. It was attended by several thousand people.

The two awards bestowed to GPPOL were:

  1. Best Performing Company: For PNG and Solomon Islands

This recognizes GPPOL as being the best performing company amongst the Sime Darby Plantations based in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. The award is based on many factors including yields, safety and health, cost control and overall general management of the operation.

  1. Best Global Operations

This award is judged on similar criteria, however is over all Sime Darby Plantation operations throughout the world and was the main award that was presented on the night.

GPPOL, a company based on the Guadalcanal Plains of Solomon Islands is 20% owned by local landowners, and 80% owned by the PNG based New Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL).

NBPOL is part of Sime Darby Plantations, which, in addition to PNG and Solomon Islands, has large plantations in Malaysia, Indonesia and Africa totalling approximately 600,000Ha and is the world’s largest producer of sustainable palm oil.

In his acceptance speech, General Manager, Craig Gibsone said that he felt very humbled that the people of GPPOL – employees, landowners and their families are recognized for the hard work and effort that we have put in. He also paid homage to former General Manager of GPPOL, Andrew Kerr, who passed away last month.

Speaking after the presentation Mr Gibsone, said that “it is amazing that GPPOL has been given the honour of receiving this award. Sime Darby covers about 600,000Ha and we have been judged the best, despite representing only 1% of that total area. Everyone who has contributed to GPPOL in any way and Solomon Islanders in general should feel a great sense of pride.

“We have many challenges ahead of us particularly the ongoing outbreak of the coconut rhinoceros beetle and the push to expand our operations. However we have faced challenges in the past and are confident we can overcome them.

“In addition, the contribution of Andrew Kerr cannot be understated, as he empowered to us to set ourselves high targets and have confidence in what we are doing. It is now up to us to carry on his legacy.”

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