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ITOCHU Corporation

Natural rubber assessment
  • Latest update: March 2023
  • Next scheduled: March 2024

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Company assessment: ITOCHU Corporation – March 2023

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Score by disclosure type:

Total: 62.6% 69.5 / 111
  • Organisation: 18.5 / 25 74%
  • Policy: 39.5 / 56 70.5%
  • Practice: 11.5 / 30 38.3%
  • Self-reported: 6 / 30 20%
  • External: 5.5 / 30 18.3%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    9.5 / 10 95%
    • Organisation: 6 / 6 100%
    • Policy: 0.5 / 1 50%
    • Practice: 3 / 3 100%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • External: 2 / 3 66.7%
    • 1. Sustainable natural rubber policy or commitment for all its operations?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      2. Sustainable natural rubber policy or commitment applies to all suppliers?

      The company's procurement policy "expects our suppliers to promote activities that are consistent with this Policy". It is not clear that all commitments within the policy are applied to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The Sustainability Management Division is headed by a Sustainability Manager.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      4. One or more members within the board of the company have responsibility for sustainability?

      The Audit & Supervisory Board Member is a member of Sustainability Committee.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      5. Percentage or number of women in senior management team?

      9.5% - The company reports the share of women in the executive and directors position as of March 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      20% - The company reports two females as a part of total ten board members.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      7. Member of multiple industry schemes or other external initiatives to reduce negative environmental or social outcomes associated with natural rubber production?

      [Externally verified] UNGC, IRSG.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      8. Collaboration with stakeholders to reduce negative environmental or social outcomes associated with natural rubber production?

      The company is working with supply chain partners to develop a block chain system to trace rubber from smallholder through to tyre manufacturing.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company's latest ESG report was published in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company has prepared its ESG Report 2022 in accordance with GRI Core standards. It has also submitted its CDP questionnaires for climate change and water security in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      11. Climate risks assessment available?

      [Externally verified] The company has published a climate risk assessment. Reporting is externally verified by KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co Ltd.

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    9 / 12 75%
    • Organisation: 7 / 8 87.5%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 0 / 2 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      12. Lists countries and operations?

      Processing facilities (Indonesia).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      13. Lists countries sourcing from?

      The company sources natural rubber from Indonesia.

    • 14. Total land area managed/controlled for natural rubber (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 15. Total natural rubber planted area (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 16. Scheme smallholders/outgrowers planted area (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 17. Unplanted area (areas designated for future planting) (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 18. Conservation set-aside area, including HCV area (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 19. Maps of estates/management units?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 20. Management plans for natural rubber production are available for all estates/management units?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 21. Monitoring of management plan implementation available for all estates/management units?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 22. Maps of scheme/outgrower smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      23. Names and locations of all third-party supplying industrial estates/management units?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      24. List of jurisdictions where sourcing from smallholders?

      The company states it sources rubber from smallholders and estates in Riau, West Sumatera, Jambi, Bengkulu, South Sumatera, Lampung, West Java and Central Java (Indonesia).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      25. Number of company owned natural rubber processing facilities?

      2 - The company reports having two natural rubber processing facilities through its subsidiary PT Aneka Bumi Pratama.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      26. Names and locations of company owned natural rubber processing facilities?

      Names and locations for both factories are available.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      27. Number (or percentage) of company-owned processing facilities that source from company-owned operations and third parties?

      The company only sources from third parties as the company does not own plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      28. Reports total volumes (or percentages) sourced by company-owned processing facilities that come from company's own operations and third-parties?

      All volumes are from third parties as the company does not own plantations.

    • 29. Number of third party supplying processing facilities?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 30. Names and locations of all third party supplying processing facilities?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 31. Number (or percentage) of third party supplying processing facilities that source from their own plantations and third party plantations?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 32. Reports total volume (or percentages) sourced from third-party supplying processing facilities that come from the supplying facilities' own operations and third parties?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 33. Total volume (or percentage) sourced for manufacturing that comes from intermediary traders rather than directly from processing facilities?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 34. Time-bound commitment to achieve 100% traceability to processing facility level?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 35. Percentage of supply traceable to processing facility level?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      36. Time-bound commitment to achieve 100% traceability to industrial plantation level?

      The company has reported a commitment to achieve 100% traceability of its natural rubber supply from industrial plantations by 2025.

    • N
      0 / 1

      37. Percentage of supply from own processing facilities traceable to industrial plantation level?

    • 38. Percentage of supply from third-party processing facilities traceable to industrial plantation level?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      39. Time-bound commitment to achieve 100% traceability to jurisdictional level for smallholders?

      The company has reported a commitment to achieve 100% traceability to jurisdictional level of its natural rubber supply from smallholders by 2025.

    • N
      0 / 1

      40. Percentage of supply from own processing facilities traceable to smallholder at jurisdictional level?

    • 41. Percentage of supply from third party processing facilities traceable to smallholders at jurisdictional level?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

  • Certification standards/Sustainability initiatives Certification standards/Sustainability initiatives
    2 / 5 40%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 0 / 1 0%
    • Practice: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 3 0%
    • External: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      42. Member of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR)?

      [Externally verified] The company is a member of GPSNR. This has been verified via the GPSNR website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      43. Submitted self-declaration form for the Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative (SNR-i)?

      Subsidiary (PT. Aneka Bumi Pratama) of the company has submitted a self-declaration form for SNR-i. This covers all the company's natural rubber operations.

    • 44. Percentage area (ha) FSC certified?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 45. Time-bound plan for achieving FSC FM certification of estates/management units?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 46. Percentage of scheme/outgrower smallholders (ha) FSC-certified?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 47. Time-bound plan for achieving FSC certification of scheme/outgrower smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      48. Percentage of natural rubber supply (tonnes) from independent smallholders/outgrowers/third-party natural rubber suppliers that is FSC-certified?

    • 49. Percentage of all natural rubber products handled/traded/processed (tonnes) that is FSC-certified?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does manufacture or trade rubber products.

    • 50. Percentage area (ha) PEFC certified (excluding FSC certified area)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      51. Certified under voluntary sustainability certification scheme?

      The company reports that it has acquired ISO14001 certification for 104 out of 506 companies and also for 1,024 out of 4,052 business sites. However, it is not clear if rubber operations are certified and no certificates are not publicly available.

    • N
      0 / 1

      52. Commitment to become 100% certified under voluntary sustainability certification scheme?

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    4.5 / 10 45%
    • Organisation: 0 / 1 0%
    • Policy: 3.5 / 7 50%
    • Practice: 1 / 2 50%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 1 / 2 50%
    • 53. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      54. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems applies to all suppliers?

    • 55. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      56. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

      The company makes this commitment through the GPSNR Policy Framework. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's alignment with GPSNR Policy Components that fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. The company also reports to not source from suppliers who contribute to deforestation, degradation of HCV and HCS areas, or develop on peat.

    • 57. Criteria and cut-off date for defining deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      58. Criteria and cut-off date for defining deforestation in supplier operations?

      The company makes this commitment through the GPSNR Policy Framework. GPSNR defines natural rubber sourced from deforested areas or where HCVs have been degraded after 1 April 2019 to be non-conformant with its policy. The company also defines forests as HCV areas and specifies any deforestation/conversion past April 2019 will not be accepted.

    • 59. Evidence of monitoring deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      60. Evidence of monitoring deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion in supplier operations?

    • 61. Amount of deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion recorded in own operations since cut-off date?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      62. Amount of deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion recorded in supplier operations since cut-off date?

    • 63. Commitment to restoration of deforestation/conversion?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      64. Commitment to restoration of deforestation/conversion applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits suppliers to restore degraded rubber landscapes. However, it is not clear if the policy applies to all suppliers and it is also not clear if suppliers are obligated to restore deforestation/conversion within their own operations caused by themselves or third parties. A cut-off date beyond which deforestation/conversion has to be restored is also not reported.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      65. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

      [Externally verified] The company is working with supply chain actors to create a block chain traceability system for natural rubber. It is also conducted risk mapping of smallholder farmers as one of the initial stages in the project. The information is externally verified via quotes in evidence from external organisations also involved in the project.

    • 66. Biodiversity policy?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      67. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

    • 68. Identified species of conservation concern, referencing international or national system of species classification?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 69. Examples of species and/or habitat conservation management?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 70. Commitment to no hunting or only sustainable hunting of species?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      71. Commitment to no hunting or only sustainable hunting of species applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits to protect wildlife, including rare, threatened, endangered and critically endangered species from over-hunting, and also states that it allows hunting only for local community subsistence. It isn't clear if hunting is banned in all other circumstances.

    • 72. Commitment to protect areas from illegal activities?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      73. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits to source from suppliers who protect wildlife from poaching. There is no reference to other illegal activities.

    • 74. Evidence of protecting forest areas from illegal activities?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    3 / 5 60%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 3 / 4 75%
    • Practice: 0 / 1 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 1 0%
    • External: 0 / 1 0%
    • 75. Commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      76. Commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments applies to all suppliers?

      The company makes this commitment through the GPSNR Policy Framework. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's alignment with GPSNR Policy Components that fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. The company also commits to source from producers that do not contribute to the degradation of HCV areas.

    • 77. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available for all new plantings since 1st April 2019?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 78. High Conservation Value (HCV) management and monitoring plans available for all new plantings since 1st April 2019?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 79. Commitment to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      80. Commitment to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits to not source from suppliers who degrade HCS areas, as defined by the HSC Approach.

    • 81. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 82. Peer review of all High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments undertaken since April 2015 by the HCSA Quality Assurance Process?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      83. Commitment to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs)?

      The company commits to conduct SEIAs for all its operations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      84. Commitment to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs) applies to all suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 1

      85. Social and environmental impact assessment (SEIAs) undertaken, and associated management and monitoring plans?

  • Soils, fire and GHG emissions Soils, fire and GHG emissions
    5.25 / 9 58.3%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 2 25%
    • Policy: 4 / 6 66.7%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 1 75%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 1 0%
    • External: 0.8 / 1 75%
    • 86. Commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      87. Commitment to no planting on peat of any depth applies to all suppliers?

      The company makes this commitment through the GPSNR Policy Framework. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's alignment with GPSNR Policy Components that fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. However, the company's own procurement policy does not clearly apply to all suppliers but does mention prohibiting rubber production of peat of any depth.

    • 88. Landbank or planted area on peat (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 89. Implementation of commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 90. Commitment to best management practices for soils and peat?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      91. Commitment to best management practices for soils and peat applies to all suppliers?

    • 92. Evidence of best management practices for soils and peat?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 93. Commitment to best/sustainable tapping practices?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      94. Commitment to best/sustainable tapping practices applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits suppliers to offer training to producers on sustainable tapping practices, however the policy does not clearly commit to all suppliers.

    • 95. Evidence of best/sustainable tapping practices?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 96. Commitment to zero burning?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      97. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to no burning.

    • 98. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 99. Details/number of hotspots/fires in company estates/management units?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      100. Details/number of hotspots/fires in suppliers operations/jurisdictions?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      101. Time-bound commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity?

      The company reports a commitment to achieve a 40% reduction in GHG emissions from 2018 levels by 2030. However, this is not in relation to natural rubber operations of the company.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      102. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports GHG emissions intensity for 'per employee (1.540 t-CO2e), per one square meter of all floor space (0.057 t-CO2e), and per MWh of Electricity Consumption (0.437 t-CO2e)'. However, these figures are not specific to the natural rubber operations of the company.

    • 103. GHG emissions from land use change?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      104. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      [Externally verified] The company reports progress a reduction in total GHG emissions for the whole group (from 2,321,901 in 2021 to 2,200,778 t-CO2e in 2022). Figures in intensity covering rubber operations only were not reported. Evidence is externally verified by KPMG.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      105. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      Th company reports that the calculation of GHG is done using the GHG protocol developed by WRI (World Resources Institute) and WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development).

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    2 / 11 18.2%
    • Organisation: 0 / 1 0%
    • Policy: 1.5 / 6 25%
    • Practice: 0.5 / 4 12.5%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 4 12.5%
    • External: 0 / 4 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

      106. Time-bound commitment to improve water use intensity?

    • N
      0 / 1

      107. Water use intensity?

    • N
      0 / 1

      108. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

    • N
      0 / 1

      109. Time-bound commitment to improve water quality (BOD or COD)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      110. Progress towards commitment on water quality (BOD or COD)?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      111. Treatment of effluents from processing facilities?

      The company commits to comply with all applicable wastewater laws and regulations at minimum and to properly treat wastewater. However, no specific mention of treatment at natural rubber facilities was found. Information is not externally verified.

    • 112. Treatment of effluents from manufacturing facilities?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 113. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 114. Implementation of commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      115. Reducing odours from natural rubber processing or manufacuring facilities?

    • 116. Commitment to minimise the use of chemicals, including pesticides and chemical fertilisers?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      117. Commitment to minimise the use of chemicals, including pesticides and chemical fertilisers, applies to all suppliers?

      The company only 'encourages' suppliers to minimise the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. It is not clear if the policy applies to all suppliers.

    • 118. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      119. Commitment to no use of paraquat applies to all suppliers?

      The company only 'encourages' suppliers to not use paraquat, the policy also does not clearly apply to all suppliers.

    • 120. Commitment to no use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      121. Commitment to no use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides applies to all suppliers?

      The company only 'encourages' suppliers to not use World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides, the policy also does not clearly apply to all suppliers.

    • 122. Commitment to no use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      123. Commitment to no use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention applies to all suppliers?

    • 124. Chemical usage per ha or list of chemicals used?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 125. Implementation of commitment to minimise inorganic fertiliser usage?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 126. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    23.5 / 30 78.3%
    • Organisation: 4 / 5 80%
    • Policy: 17.5 / 19 92.1%
    • Practice: 2.8 / 8 34.4%
    • Self-reported: 2 / 8 25%
    • External: 0.8 / 8 9.4%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      127. Commitment to human rights?

      The company makes this commitment through the GPSNR Policy Framework. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's alignment with GPSNR Policy Components that fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. The company also commits to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      128. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      129. Progress on human rights commitment ?

      [Externally verified] The company specifies human rights due diligence process in place and mentions conducting training and workshops on Human Rights Issues. Evidence for the taining only is externally verified by KPMG.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      130. Commitment to respect Indigenous and local communities' rights?

      The company makes this commitment through the GPSNR Policy Framework. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's alignment with GPSNR Policy Components that fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. The company also commits to the ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention (no. 169) in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      131. Commitment to indigenous and local communities' rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits suppliers to the ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention (no. 169).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      132. Commitment to respect legal and customary land tenure rights?

      The company makes this commitment through the GPSNR Policy Framework. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's alignment with GPSNR Policy Components that fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. The company commits to respect legal and customary land tenure rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      133. Commitment to legal and customary land rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to respect legal and customary land tenure rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      134. Commitment to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)?

      The company makes this commitment through the GPSNR Policy Framework. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's alignment with GPSNR Policy Components that fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. The company commits to respect FPIC.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      135. Commitment to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to respect FPIC.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      136. Details on Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) process available?

      The company's subsidiary reports a flowchart of the FPIC process.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      137. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      The company includes land legality training in its workshops with smallholders. The information is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      138. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • 139. Supports the inclusion of women across natural rubber operations, including addressing barriers faced?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 140. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 141. Progress on commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 142. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 143. Progress on commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      144. Commitment to provide business/work opportunities for local communities?

      The company commits to provide work opportunities for local communities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      145. Commitment to Fundamental ILO Conventions or Free and Fair Labour Principles?

      The company makes this commitment through the GPSNR Policy Framework. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's alignment with GPSNR Policy Components that fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. The company commits to the ILO's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      146. Commitment to Fundamental ILO Conventions or Free and Fair Labour Principles applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to all Fundamental ILO Conventions.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      147. Progress on commitment to respect all workers' rights?

      The company reports that it is mandatory for employees upon recruitment to complete training on working conditions, which includes issues related to salary, working hours and holidays, occupational safety and health, benefits, and service regulations. The company also makes labor standards of the company available at all times on the Intranet. However, this information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      148. Commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment?

      The company commits all suppliers to prevent employment-related discrimination based on gender.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      149. Commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to prevent employment-related discrimination based on gender.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      150. Progress on commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment?

      The company reports to provide training to employees to acquire consideration for nationality, age, and gender and it raises the problem of sexual harassment (including discriminatory behaviour and harassment toward sexual orientation and gender identity) and abuse of authority in internal training aimed at organisational heads. The company also set up a Women's Advancement Committee as an advisory committee to the Board of Directors. The information reported is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      151. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      43195 - The company reports its temporary employees in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      152. Percentage or number of women employees?

      10.6% - The company reports women employees in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      153. Commitment to pay a living wage?

      The company commits to pay the living wage to all workers.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      154. Commitment to pay a living wage applies to all suppliers?

      The company reports that its suppliers shall comply with statutory minimum wages and aim to exceed living wages. A clear commitment to paying a living wage that applies to all suppliers is not reported.

    • N
      0 / 1

      155. Progress on commitment to pay a living wage?

    • N
      0 / 1

      156. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      157. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company commits to address health and safety at work for all workers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      158. Commitment to address occupational health and safety applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to address health and safety at work for all workers.

    • N
      0 / 1

      159. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      160. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      The company reports LTIFR (Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate) for full-time employees as 0.0 and for part-time employees as 0.0 in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Number of fatalities as a result of work-based accidents?

      0 - The company reports zero fatalities in 2022.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    4.75 / 12 39.6%
    • Organisation: 0 / 1 0%
    • Policy: 3 / 5 60%
    • Practice: 1.8 / 6 29.2%
    • Self-reported: 1.8 / 6 29.2%
    • External: 0 / 6 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      162. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company makes this commitment through the GPSNR Policy Framework. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's alignment with GPSNR Policy Components that fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. The company has also published a commitment to support smallholders.

    • N
      0 / 1

      163. Percentage of supply from smallholders?

      The company states 95% of supply comes from smallholders, however the statement is undated.

    • 164. Programme to support scheme smallholders/outgrowers?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • 165. Percentage of scheme smallholders/outgrowers involved in programme?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate rubber plantations.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      166. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      The company reports to support smallholders through an initiative, named PROJECT TREE. The project assesses supply chain risks and designs a training program based on the risk analysis.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      167. Percentage of independent smallholders involved in programme?

      The company states it has trained 2027 farmers until 1H 2022 to provide added economic value for farmers. However, it is not clear what % this represents of the company's supply. Hence, only partial points.

    • N
      0 / 1

      168. Process used to engage smallholder suppliers on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

    • N
      0 / 1

      169. Number or percentage of smallholder suppliers engaged on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      170. Process used to prioritise, assess and/or engage non-smallholder suppliers on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

      The company discloses its "Sustainability Action Guidelines for Supply Chains" and states that the guideline includes sustainability surveys, environment risk assessments by-products, etc.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      171. Number or percentage of non-smallholder suppliers assessed and/or engaged on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

      The company reports that it surveyed a total of 288 companies, including 44 suppliers of overseas offices and group companies, in FYE 2022. This includes 53 suppliers from 'General Products & Realty Company' (rubber operations of the company are included in this sector), however, it is unclear if these figures represent all suppliers that were assessed by the company.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      172. Suspension or exclusion criteria for non-smallholder suppliers?

      The company reports if there has been a violation of the intent of its supplier policy, it requests corrective action from the supplier. The company also conducts an on-site investigation to give guidance and improvement support as necessary. No timelines for action or steps to be taken are reported.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      173. Time-bound action plans (including Key Performance Indicators) for suppliers to be in compliance with natural rubber sourcing commitments?

      The company reports a time-bound commitment for compliance with "the policy components of GPSNR in the whole supply chain by 2050". No milestones or KPIs are provided and it is unclear if compliance is based on self-assessment by suppliers. Hence, only partial points.

    • N
      0 / 1

      174. Proportion of direct and indirect supply from third-parties that comes from natural rubber plantations which are compliant with natural rubber sourcing policies?

    • N
      0 / 1

      175. Percentage of supply coming from agroforestry?

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    5.25 / 7 75%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4.5 / 5 90%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      176. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company commits to ethical conduct and the prohibition of corruption.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      177. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to ethical conduct and the prohibition of corruption.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      178. Progress on commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company reports to conduct on-site compliance training for all officers and employees every year raising awareness of compliance, including Anti-Corruption, Anti-Bribery and Antimonopoly Acts. The company also implements a 'Compliance Awareness Survey' every two years with all group employees. In addition to this, the company also has an Internal Reporting System supporting the prompt discovery and rectification of any incidents of corruption, including bribery. However, the information is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      179. Disclosure of the company’s management approach to tax and payments to governments?

      The company has a tax policy in place, however, no information was disclosed on who is responsible for the policy and its review.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company reports a flow chart of how complaints are handled and that whistleblowers can remain anonymous.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      181. Own grievance or complaints system open to all stakeholders?

      The company has a grievance system open to all stakeholders. The company uses an external grievance platform, JaCER which includes information on the grievance process.

    • N
      0 / 1

      182. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

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