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Société Internationale de Plantations d'Hévéas (SIPH)

Natural rubber assessment
  • Latest update: March 2021
  • Next scheduled: March 2022

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Company assessment: Société Internationale de Plantations d'Hévéas (SIPH) – March 2021

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Total: 58.9% 72.5 / 123
  • Organisation: 19 / 29 65.5%
  • Policy: 37.3 / 51 73%
  • Practice: 16.3 / 43 37.8%
  • Self-reported: 11.8 / 43 27.3%
  • External: 4.5 / 43 10.5%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    8.75 / 10 87.5%
    • Organisation: 5 / 5 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 1.8 / 3 58.3%
    • Self-reported: 1.8 / 3 58.3%
    • External: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company clearly commits to the sustainability policy of its parent company, SIFCA Group.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company is committed to the sustainability policy of its parent company (SIFCA Group), which is applied 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 company's communications director is responsible for sustainability.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      30 (16%) - The company reports 30 female executives out of 192 in 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      4 (50%) - The company reports four out of eight board members were female in 2019.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company is in collaboration with a consultancy to develop a method of calculating the carbon footprint of rubber production activities. Additionally, the company uses Rubberway (a mobile application developed by industry stakeholders) to assess the sustainability of its supply chain.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      RSE report 2019 contains reporting related to sustainability.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      10. Climate risks assessment available?

      The company has reported a summary of climate risks, however, information is not externally verified.

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    7.5 / 11 68.2%
    • Organisation: 6.5 / 10 65%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 0 / 0 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 0 0%
    • External: 0 / 0 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      11. Lists countries and operations?

      Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia - inclusive of production and processing facilities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      60,000 - Reported for 2019. The company is seeking new land for expansion.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      13. Total natural rubber planted area (ha)?

      42,933 - Reported for 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      284,374 - Two of the company's subsidiaries operate outgrower schemes. Total area planted under these schemes is reported as 284,374 ha for 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      971 - Figure for 2019.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      3,282 - The company reports a total of 3,282 ha of protected area across its four subsidiaries. However, evidence was reported for 2018 and not recently enough to score full points.

    • N
      0 / 1

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

      A static and undated map with no coordinates is available on the website.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      19. Number of company owned natural rubber processing facilities?

      9 - Reported for 2019.

    • N
      0 / 1

      20. Names and coordinates of company owned natural rubber processing facilities?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      21. Commitment to traceability of the whole supply chain?

      The company commits to apply transparency "throughout the purchase process".

  • Certification standards/Sustainability initiatives Certification standards/Sustainability initiatives
    2.75 / 5 55%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 0 / 1 0%
    • Practice: 1.8 / 3 58.3%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 3 0%
    • External: 1.8 / 3 58.3%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company is a member.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has submitted a self-declaration.

    • N
      0 / 1

      24. Percentage area (ha) FSC certified?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      25. Certified under voluntary sustainability certification scheme?

      [Externally verified] Three subsidiaries have obtained ISO 14:001 certification.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    6 / 13 46.2%
    • Organisation: 0 / 1 0%
    • Policy: 5 / 8 62.5%
    • Practice: 1 / 4 25%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 4 0%
    • External: 1 / 4 25%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      27. Commitment to zero deforestation or zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

      The company commits to the zero deforestation policy of its parent group.

    • N
      0 / 1

      28. Commitment to zero deforestation or zero conversion of natural ecosystems applies to all sourcing excluding smallholders?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      29. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      The company defines forests as HCV or HCS areas and has a cut-off date beyond which deforestation would not be accepted as 2015.

    • N
      0 / 1

      30. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • N
      0 / 1

      31. Amount of illegal/non-complaint deforestation recorded in own operations?

    • N
      0 / 1

      32. Commitment to restoration of non-compliant deforestation/conversion?

    • N
      0 / 1

      33. Implementing a landscape or juridictional level approach?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      34. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

      The company has published a biodiversity commitment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] One of the company's subsidiaries has identified species of conservation concern using the IUCN Red List.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has banned all forms of hunting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      38. Commitment to protect areas from illegal activities?

      The company has published this commitment.

    • N
      0 / 1

      39. Commitment not to use genetically modified organisms?

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    4.25 / 7 60.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2.5 / 3 83.3%
    • Practice: 1.8 / 4 43.8%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 4 0%
    • External: 1.8 / 4 43.8%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published this commitment.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      41. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

      [Externally verified] One HCV assessment for one of the company's subsidiaries is available.

    • N
      0 / 1

      42. High Conservation Value (HCV) management and monitoring plans available?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published this commitment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      44. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

      [Externally verified] One HCS assessment is available.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to conduct SEIAs if a plot is equal to or greater than 1000 ha, but only commits to conduct EIAs if it is smaller.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Soils, fire and GHG emissions Soils, fire and GHG emissions
    3.75 / 15 25%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 4 12.5%
    • Policy: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Practice: 1.3 / 5 25%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 5 25%
    • External: 0 / 5 0%
    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to identify, maintain and protect peatland, but does not clearly commit to no planting on peat of any depth.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only commits to a limited selection of practices (limiting erosion, promoting organic life) for soils.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company gives examples such as planting cover crops, utilising organic waste as fertiliser and planting with contour lines to reduce erosion. This information is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      52. Commitment to best/sustainable tapping practices?

    • N
      0 / 1

      53. Evidence of best/sustainable tapping practices?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      54. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company has a commitment to zero burning.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      55. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      The company states it has fire prevention measures in place for the dry season but gives no detail. The information is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company has a general commitment to reduce GHG emissions but it is not time-bound or measured in intensity.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      58. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports GHG emissions figures but not in intensity. Company emissions totalled 73,997 tCO2eq in 2019.

    • N
      0 / 1

      59. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • N
      0 / 1

      60. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports GHG emissions figures for 2018 and 2019, but they are neither improving nor reported in intensity.

    • N
      0 / 1

      61. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    8 / 17 47.1%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 2 25%
    • Policy: 4 / 6 66.7%
    • Practice: 3.5 / 9 38.9%
    • Self-reported: 3.5 / 9 38.9%
    • External: 0 / 9 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company commits to reduce water consumption but it is not time-bound or measured in intensity.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      63. Water use intensity?

      4,448,820 - The company reports water consumption as 4,448,824 m3 for 2019. Figures are not reported as intensity.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      64. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports a reduction in water consumption (m3) by 11% from 2018-2019. However, figures are not reported in intensity or externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      65. Time-bound commitment to improve water quality (BOD and COD)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      66. Progress towards commitment on water quality (BOD and COD)?

      BOD and COD figures for 2019 have been reported but are not improving. A factory has opened in the last year but it is unclear whether the new factory alone has contributed to the increasing figures, especially as 2019 BOD figures have increased by 75% compared to 2018.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      67. Treatment of effluents from processing facilities?

      The company treats effluents from all processing facilities. This information is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      68. Proportion of processing facilities with closed-loop water treatment system?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      69. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company has published this commitment.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      71. Reducing odours from natural rubber processing facilities?

      The company reports it limits the generation of odours in its factories. This information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to reduce the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has made this commitment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has made this commitment.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      76. Implementation of commitment to reduce chemical usage?

      Figures are available for 2019 only.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      77. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      The company provides examples in its IPM strategy.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      78. Waste management system in place to avoid negative impacts?

      A waste management system is in place. This information is not externally verified.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    22.75 / 27 84.3%
    • Organisation: 4.5 / 5 90%
    • Policy: 15.8 / 16 98.4%
    • Practice: 2.5 / 6 41.7%
    • Self-reported: 2.5 / 6 41.7%
    • External: 0 / 6 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      79. Commitment to human rights?

      The company is committed to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights by its parent's Sustainability Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      80. Commitment to human rights applies to all sourcing excluding smallholders?

      The company is committed to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights by its parent's Sustainability Policy. This policy applies to all third party suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples or the ILO Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (No. 169).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company is committed to FPIC by its parent's Sustainability Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company is committed to FPIC by its parent's Sustainability Policy. This policy is applied to all third party suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's FPIC process is available.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      86. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      The company has permanent staff to manage community relations, has set up a multi-stakeholder platform and community liaison committee, as well as organising monthly drop in days. This information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      87. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      Land conflicts are included in the company's grievance procedure.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company includes women across operations and lists barriers faced.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      89. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company has made this commitment.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      91. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company has committed to the delivery of community development projects.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company provides examples, all are education focused. Information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published this commitment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      In its reporting and policies, the company refers to the eight Fundamental ILO Conventions using the same language but does not always refer to the convention number.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published this commitment.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company Code of Conduct is regularly communicated to all employees, but comprehensive evidence detailing the implementation of eliminating gender discrimination (e.g. training, gender committee meetings, education campaigns) are unavailable.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      97. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      3,023 (24%) - Out of a total of 12,777 employees, 3,023 were temporary. Figures for 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      98. Percentage or number of women employees?

      1,174 (12%) - Gender balance is reported for permanent employees only. Figures for 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      99. Commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

      The company provides fair wages in accordance to applicable laws and collective bargaining.

    • N
      0 / 1

      100. Progress on commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      101. Reporting of salary by gender?

      The company provides data on the average salary of women and men but it is unclear what the figures relate to.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company has published this commitment.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      103. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      The company commits to provide appropriate equipment to its staff, however, no specific evidence could be found on the delivery of relevant training. Information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      104. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      827 - For 2019, the company reported 827 days off due to accidents and an accident frequency rate of 2.44. Figures for 2018 were 1,098 and 3.14, respectively.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 - Figure for 2019.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    5 / 12 41.7%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 4 50%
    • Practice: 2 / 7 28.6%
    • Self-reported: 2 / 7 28.6%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      106. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company has made this commitment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      107. Percentage of supply from smallholders?

      201,998 (73%) - In 2019, 201,998 t of natural rubber came from smallholders.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      108. Programme to support scheme smallholders/outgrowers?

      The company has a programme but it is unclear if it applies to scheme, outgrower or independent smallholders. Information is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company provides figures for the number of smallholders involved in programmes in 2019, however, it is unclear what type of smallholder the figures refer to. Information is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      110. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      The company has a programme but it is unclear if it applies to scheme, outgrower or independent smallholders. Information is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      111. Percentage of independent smallholders involved in programme?

      The company provides figures for the number of smallholders involved in programmes in 2019, however, it is unclear what type of smallholder the figures refer to. Information is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      Suppliers are required to answer questionnaires on compliance but it is not clear how regularly this is required.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      Suppliers are required to answer questionnaires on compliance but it is not clear how regularly this is required.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      116. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 1

      117. Percentage of supply coming from agroforestry?

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    3.75 / 6 62.5%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 3 / 4 75%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      118. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company has published this commitment.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      Each of the company's subsidiaries has established an ethics committee which report back to the company's committee, employees are trained on the company Code of Conduct, and in 2019 an ethical purchasing charter was published to provide a framework for responsible sourcing. This information is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      120. Disclosure of the company's management approach to tax and payments to governments?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      121. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company's whistleblowing procedure is available.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a grievance system available to local communities and employees.

    • N
      0 / 1

      123. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

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