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Company assessment: Socfin Group – March 2022

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Total: 62.3% 104.05 / 167
  • Organisation: 21 / 37 56.8%
  • Policy: 59 / 79 74.7%
  • Practice: 24.1 / 51 47.2%
  • Self-reported: 14.3 / 51 28%
  • External: 9.8 / 51 19.1%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    8.5 / 11 77.3%
    • Organisation: 4.5 / 6 75%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 2 / 3 66.7%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • External: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      1. Sustainable natural rubber policy or commitment for all its operations?

      The company has published a sustainable natural rubber policy which covers all rubber operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published a sustainable natural rubber policy which applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Sustainability manager.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The Group CEO is responsible for the group's sustainability department.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      0 (0%) - The company does not directly report the gender of board members, however, all six members are addressed with male titles.

    • 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] TFA 2020, Earthworm Foundation.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company partners with Earthworm Foundation which helps the company in monitoring the implementation of its responsible management policy in the plantation companies. The subsidiary companies Socapalm and Safacam have entered into a partnership with the IECD (European Institute for Development Cooperation) in 2013 with an objective to facilitate local socio-economic development through the creation of Agricultural Family Schools15 (AFS) aimed at educating youngsters from the region in professions and rural entrepreneurship (agricultural production, small livestock, crafts, processing, etc.). SOGB undertakes various projects related to the development of rubber tree varieties (in partnership with CNRA in C�te d'Ivoire and IFC/ CIRAD in France) to improve yield and disease resistance; the development of agricultural practices to increase the productivity of rubber tree and oil palm blocks by reducing fertiliser and agrochemical use; Intercropping of rubber trees + cacao and rubber trees + teak in order to optimize economic and ecological land productivity. The company also entered into a partnership with MEO Carbon Solutions to develop a carbon footprint calculator for its rubber plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company's latest sustainability report was published in 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company states that its sustainability report 2020 has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Extended Compliance Option.

    • N
      0 / 1

      11. Climate risks assessment available?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    11.55 / 20 57.8%
    • Organisation: 8 / 15 53.3%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 1.6 / 3 51.7%
    • Self-reported: 1.6 / 3 51.7%
    • External: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      12. Lists countries and operations?

      The company lists the countries and nature of operations in its sustainability report 2020.

    • 13. Lists countries sourcing from?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      383,066 - The figure includes palm oil concessions as well.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      15. Total natural rubber planted area (ha)?

      62,561 - The company reports the total natural rubber planted area in its sustainability report as well as its annual report.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      43,300 - The company reports 43,300 ha of HCV zone on its website and also mentions in its sustainability report 2020 that it has identified and protected 2,212 ha through SOGB (subsidiary) and also states that in Cambodia, the plantation protects more than 350 hectares of land identified as sacred sites. It is unclear if these figures cover all of the company operations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      19. Maps of estates/management units?

      Concession maps for all the estates are available on the company website, however, few of the company estates have both palm oil and rubber planted area, but the maps are available collectively for them. Separate maps for rubber estates in such cases are not available.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      22. Maps of scheme/outgrower smallholders?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      24. List of jurisdictions where sourcing from smallholders?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      25. Number of company owned natural rubber processing facilities?

      8 - The company reports the total number of natural rubber processing facilities in its Sustainability Report 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The names and locations of all company owned natural rubber processing facilities are available on the company website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      5 (62.5%) - The company reports information on the company-owned processing facilities that source from company-owned operations and third parties. Five out of the total eight processing facilities source from company-owned operations as well as third parties.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      286,883 (100%) - The company reports a total of 286883.35 tonnes of wet rubber to be sourced by company-owned processing facilities that came from company's own operations and third-parties in 2020.

    • 29. Number of third party supplying processing facilities?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

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

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

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

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

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

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

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

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

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

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

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

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that it commits to obtain traceability for 100% of its raw material supply by 2025.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that 100% of supply from own processing facilities is fully traceable to plantation level.

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

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that it commits to obtain traceability for 100% of its raw material supply by 2025.

    • P
      0.55 / 1

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

      The company reports that 55% of supply from smallholders is traceable to jurisdictional level.

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

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

  • Certification standards/Sustainability initiatives Certification standards/Sustainability initiatives
    3.25 / 10 32.5%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 0.5 / 3 16.7%
    • Practice: 1.8 / 6 29.2%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 6 0%
    • External: 1.8 / 6 29.2%
    • 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)?

      The company has submitted a self-declaration form for SNR-i.

    • N
      0 / 1

      44. Percentage area (ha) FSC certified?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 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 it is not applicable to this company.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      51. Certified under voluntary sustainability certification scheme?

      [Externally verified] Some of the company's natural rubber facilities are certified against ISO 14001 and the certificates are publicly available on the company website.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports a commitment to become 100% ISO 14001 certified by 2022.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    12 / 21 57.1%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 8 / 13 61.5%
    • Practice: 4 / 6 66.7%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 6 20.8%
    • External: 2.8 / 6 45.8%
    • N
      0 / 1

      53. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      55. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      The company commits to eliminate deforestation in all its operations and supply chains.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      56. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

      The company's commitment to eliminate deforestation in all its operations and supply chains applies to all sourcing.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company defines forest as HCV and HCS areas and specifies any deforestation/conversion past March, 2017 will not be accepted.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      58. Evidence of monitoring deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion?

      The company only states that it monitors and prevents all illegal logging, however, no details on how monitoring is conducted are provided (e.g. extent of area, time frame).

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      62. Commitment to restoration of deforestation/conversion?

      The company commits to restore ecosystems in their own operations to their prior condition. The cut off date beyond which deforestation/conversion is not accepted, and therefore will be restored, is March, 2017.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to restore ecosystems in their operations to their prior condition. The cut off date beyond which deforestation/conversion is not accepted, and therefore will be restored, is March, 2017.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      64. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

      [Externally verified] Land use strategy with Earthworm Foundation. This information is externally verified by the Earthworm Foundation.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      65. Biodiversity policy?

      The company reports a biodiversity strategy to protect primary forests, areas of HCS, HCV, peatland, and critical habitats. However, a time-bound target is not reported.

    • N
      0 / 1

      66. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] An independent Carbon Stock Assessment of the company's concession in the western region of Ghana carried out by Proforest is available on the company website. This report includes information on the species of conservation concern identified referencing the IUCN red list.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      68. Examples of species and/or habitat conservation management?

      The company reports multiple examples of species and habitat conservation management in its operations, however, the information reported is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      69. Commitment to no hunting or only sustainable hunting of species?

      The company reports that it monitors and prevents all illegal hunting (bush meat), fishing, logging or cutting, in respect of local legislation. However, this information is reported in concern of HCV areas only.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to identify, maintain and protect HCV areas, including protecting wildlife and rare, threatened, endangered and critically endangered species from poaching, hunting and habitat loss. However, this information does not cover commitment to no hunting of all species or only sustainable hunting by local communities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      71. Commitment to protect areas from illegal activities?

      The company commits to protect the natural ecosystems and plantations under its management from illegal activities.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to identify, maintain and protect HCV areas, including protecting wildlife and rare, threatened, endangered and critically endangered species from poaching, hunting and habitat loss in areas under their management. However, this commitment does not mention to cover all operations, only HCV and HCS areas, hence partial scoring.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      73. Evidence of protecting forest areas from illegal activities?

      [Externally verified] The company along with Earthworm Foundation, reports of developing an Integrated Conservation Land Use Plan (ICLUP) in concessions with HCS forests and illegal activities. However, details on the implementation of this plan are not provided. The company also reports that in case of of endangered species, the plantations make sure that the communities are aware through training and posters on the species that cannot be harmed, or that the plantations are not allowed to plant in that HCV area.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    6.75 / 9 75%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 5 / 6 83.3%
    • Practice: 1.8 / 3 58.3%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 3 0%
    • External: 1.8 / 3 58.3%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      74. Commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments?

      The company commits to conduct HCV assessments.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to conduct HCV assessments.

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

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

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

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      78. Commitment to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) approach?

      The company commits to apply the HCS Approach, as defined by the HCS Approach Toolkit.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to apply the HCS Approach, as defined by the HCS Approach Toolkit.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      80. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

      [Externally verified] HCS assessment reports of two concessions, prepared by Proforest, are available on the company website.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs).

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Only one SEIA assessment is publicly available on the company website, and the associated management and monitoring plans are not detailed.

  • Soils, fire and GHG emissions Soils, fire and GHG emissions
    8.75 / 20 43.8%
    • Organisation: 0 / 5 0%
    • Policy: 7 / 10 70%
    • Practice: 1.8 / 5 35%
    • Self-reported: 1.8 / 5 35%
    • External: 0 / 5 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      85. Commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

      The company commits to not develop new plantations or infrastructures on peatlands, defined as soils that are characterised by an organic content of more than 65%, regardless of depth and surface area.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to no planting on peat, defined as soils that are characterised by an organic content of more than 65%, regardless of depth and surface area.

    • N
      0 / 1

      87. Landbank or planted area on peat (ha)?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      89. Commitment to best management practices for soils and peat?

      The company commits to best management practices for soils and peat.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to best management practices for soils and peat.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      91. Evidence of best management practices for soils and peat?

      The company reports multiple examples of best management practices for soils which include use of nitrogen-fixing cover crops, contour planting and windrowing, structure improvement through encouragement of compost use, applying organic fertilisers, etc. However, the evidence of best management practices for peat is not reported by the company.

    • N
      0 / 1

      92. Commitment to best/sustainable tapping practices?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      94. Evidence of best/sustainable tapping practices?

      The company reports evidence of a tapping training school in Cambodia.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      95. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company commits to prohibition on the use of fire for developing new plantations, preparing land, or waste management, except in well documented cases where specific threats of phytosanitary or other risks prevent it from doing so.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      96. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits its suppliers to prohibition on the use of fire for developing new plantations, preparing land, or waste management, except in well documented cases where specific threats of phytosanitary or other risks prevent them from doing so.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      97. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      The company provides examples of both fire monitoring and management practices. However, the information reported is from 2017.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      101. GHG emissions intensity?

    • N
      0 / 1

      102. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • N
      0 / 1

      103. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      104. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The company reports that its sustainability department, in collaboration with the management of the agronomic rubber department, entered a partnership with MEO Carbon Solutions to develop a carbon footprint calculator for its rubber plantations.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    16 / 20 80%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 10.5 / 11 95.5%
    • Practice: 3.5 / 7 50%
    • Self-reported: 3.5 / 7 50%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that the water consumption per ton of dry rubber is stable and consistent with the target set: below 20 m3/T.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      106. Water use intensity?

      17.13 - The company reports the water use intensity figures for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020. The average water consumption per ton of dry rubber in 2020 was 17.13.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      107. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company's water consumption per ton of dry rubber has decreased from 19.47 m3/T in 2019 to 17.13 m3/T in 2020. However, this information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to maintain BOD and COD levels within legal limits.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      110. Treatment of effluents from processing facilities?

      The company reports that all rubber factories have water treatment facilities (anaerobic and aerobic effluent ponds). However, the information reported is not externally verified.

    • 111. Treatment of effluents from manufacturing facilities?

      This indicator is disabled as it is not applicable to this company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      112. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company reports that it protects and restores riparian buffer zones.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company reports evidence for implementation of commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones. However, the information reported is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to reduce its chemical and inorganic fertiliser use.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only commits its suppliers to optimizing the use of fertiliser, and using agricultural waste as a soil amendment wherever possible. A clear commitment to minimise, reduce or limit use of chemicals/toxins is not reported.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      117. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

      The company reports its commitment to no use of paraquat.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to no use of paraquat.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to no use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to no use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to prohibition on the use of chemicals listed on the Stockholm POP and Rotterdam PIC lists.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to prohibition on the use of chemicals listed on the Stockholm POP and Rotterdam PIC lists.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      123. Chemical usage per ha or list of chemicals used?

      The company reports a list of chemicals used.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      124. Implementation of commitment to reduce chemical usage?

      The figures reported by the company show a decrease in usage of chemicals except for Carbofuran which shows an increase in usage for 2019 as compared to 2018.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      125. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      The company implements an integrated pest management (IPM) approach. However, the information reported is not externally verified.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    27.25 / 35 77.9%
    • Organisation: 4.5 / 5 90%
    • Policy: 17.5 / 22 79.6%
    • Practice: 5.3 / 8 65.6%
    • Self-reported: 2.8 / 8 34.4%
    • External: 2.5 / 8 31.3%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      126. Commitment to human rights?

      The company commits to respect and support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      127. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company's commitment to human rights applies to all sourcing.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      128. Progress on human rights commitment?

      [Externally verified] The company reports to have established a gender committee in one subsidiary, and developed grievance procedures in another. Information has been externally verified by Earthworm by is over two years old, therefore full points cannot be awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to respecting the rights of indigenous communities by complying with the articles in the United Nations' Declaration on the rights of indigenous population groups.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to respect Indigenous and local communities' rights, however, this commitment is reported only in relation to FPIC.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) applies to all suppliers.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      136. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      [Externally verified] The company reports examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts and is working with Earthworm to engage with its local stakeholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      137. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      The company has a grievance procedure which has been used to record and respond to land conflict related grievances.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports limited details of supporting women inclusion which includes holding workshops and awareness sessions on the discrimination of women.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      139. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company reports its commitment to contribute to local food security and to improve livelihoods, however the details of assistance relating to natural rubber operations are not reported.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      140. Progress on commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company reports multiple examples for progress on commitment to mitigate impacts on food security. However, the information reported is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      141. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company reports a commitment to encourage long-term collaboration to projects with the local communities in order to increase social impact: social life, health, education, etc.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company reports multiple examples relating to its progress on its commitment to provide essential community services and facilities. However, the information reported is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to provide business opportunities for local communities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to all Fundamental ILO Conventions.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      145. 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

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

      [Externally verified] The company reports multiple pieces evidence on its progress on its commitment to respect workers' rights, however the information reported is not externally verified. In 2019, Earthworm visited subsidiary operations and reported the establishment of a gender committee, and the communication of a no discrimination policy, is also noted key challenges relating to workers rights for the company to address in rubber plantations. The Earthworm report is over two years old and therefore full points cannot be awarded.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to no discrimination but does not refer to employment and/or occupation-related discrimination based on gender specifically.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to no discrimination, however the commitment does not refer to employment and/or occupation-related discrimination based on gender specifically.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company reports to have internal policies in place and organises workshops and awareness sessions to avoid discrimination against women. The company also mentions that it takes specific measures to reduce the potential risk of workplace violence and harassment which include: raising awareness with all employees and suppliers about its violence and harassment policies; setting up discussion platforms on violence and harassment; strengthening of anonymous complaints' procedures; raising awareness with women during family planning campaigns; raising awareness and offer specific support to the women associations within the estates. However, the information reported is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      150. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      2.9% - The company reports the percentage of temporary workers (2.9%). The percentage of daily workers (10.9%) and subcontractors (6.5%) is also reported by the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      151. Percentage or number of women employees?

      5,300 (18%) - The company reports that "in 2020, its direct employees consisted of more than 5,300 women and 24,100 men. In 2020, women thus represented 18% of direct employees compared to 17% in 2019 and 2018. On the total number of direct, temporary and daily employees, they represent more than 25% of the workforce".

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      152. Commitment to pay a living wage?

      The company only reports that "when Decent Living Wages (DLW) applicable to our operations have been established and validated by RSPO or GPSNR, they will be implemented". A clear commitment that all workers are paid a living wage is not reported by the company.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only reports that "when Decent Living Wages (DLW) applicable to our operations have been established and validated by RSPO or GPSNR, they will be implemented". This commitment applies to all suppliers, however it is not clear enough if all workers are paid a living wage.

    • N
      0 / 1

      154. Progress on commitment to pay a living wage?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      155. Reporting of salary by gender?

      The company reports the minimum wage of all subsidiaries is legally set and equal among genders. However, reporting of figures or ratio of the basic salary of women in line with men is not published.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      156. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to address health and safety at work for all workers. This commitment applies to all suppliers of the company.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      158. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      The company reports that for waste collection and handling, HSE guidelines are followed to ensure that PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is used and that waste is stored in an appropriate manner. 66 training sessions were organised on this topic in 2020. However, this information is only related to waste management.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      159. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      47.48 - Injury rate per 200,000 hours is reported as 12.95 and the lost day rate per 200,000 hours is reported as 47.48.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      6 - The figure includes work-related fatalities of contractors, daily workers and others.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    4.5 / 14 32.1%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 2.5 / 5 50%
    • Practice: 1 / 8 12.5%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 8 12.5%
    • External: 0 / 8 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company has published a commitment to support smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      162. Percentage of supply from smallholders?

      60% - The company reports that 60% of rubber production comes from smallholders.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      163. Programme to support scheme smallholders/outgrowers?

      The company provides information on support provided to smallholders, which includes technical assistance, agriculture advice, etc. However, it is unclear what type of smallholders are supported by the company.

    • N
      0 / 1

      164. Percentage of scheme smallholders/outgrowers involved in programme?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      165. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      The company provides information on support provided to smallholders, which includes technical assistance, agriculture advice, etc. However, it is unclear what type of smallholders are supported by the company.

    • N
      0 / 1

      166. Percentage of independent smallholders involved in programme?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports information on the process used to engage smallholder suppliers on compliance with the company's policies.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports information on suspension criteria for suppliers. However, no time frames for action or steps taken are reported.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      174. Percentage of supply coming from agroforestry?

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    5.5 / 7 78.6%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4 / 5 80%
    • Practice: 1.5 / 2 75%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 2 75%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      175. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company commits to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption through its ethical conduct policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      176. 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
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has a central purchasing body Sodimex, which has developed a specific business ethics code, strongly regulating and limiting the practices of corruption. However, further details on this are not reported by the company.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      179. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company has a whistleblowing policy with a clear description of steps taken along with how whistle blowers are protected.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a grievance management mechanism open to all stakeholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      181. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      The company discloses all grievances on its website.

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