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Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG)

Natural rubber assessment
  • Latest update: November 2019
  • Next scheduled: November 2020

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Company assessment: Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) – November 2019

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Score by disclosure type:

Total: 24% 28.75 / 120
  • Organisation: 6 / 29 20.7%
  • Policy: 20 / 48 41.7%
  • Practice: 2.8 / 43 6.4%
  • Self-reported: 2.8 / 43 6.4%
  • External: 0 / 43 0%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    4 / 10 40%
    • Organisation: 2 / 5 40%
    • Policy: 1 / 2 50%
    • Practice: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • External: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      2. Sustainability natural rubber policy or commitment applies to all sourcing excluding smallholders?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Steering Committee for Sustainable Development which includes both senior managers and Board of Director members

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Steering Committee for Sustainable Development which includes both senior managers and Board of Director members

    • N
      0 / 1

      5. Percentage or number of women board members?

      0 - The company does not explicitly report the number of women board members and the information provided is undated

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      0 - The company does not explicitly report the number of women in senior management and the information provided is undated

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      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 cooperates with Oxfam and WWF on guidelines to sustainable natural rubber production and mitigating socio-economic impacts

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      10. Climate risks assessment available?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    4 / 11 36.4%
    • Organisation: 4 / 10 40%
    • Policy: 0 / 1 0%
    • Practice: 0 / 0 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 0 0%
    • External: 0 / 0 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      11. Lists countries and operations?

      Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos (plantations, processing and trading)

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      407,977

    • Y
      1 / 1

      13. Total natural rubber planted area (ha)?

      390,890

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company has a plan to set aside and regenerate 20,000 ha of forests however it is unclear how much has already been established

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      18. Number of company owned natural rubber processing facilities?

      49 - Data is over two years old

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company provides names and addresses of all of its members however no clear list of all the names and addresses/coordinates of processing facilities provided

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      21. Commitment to traceability of the whole supply chain?

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    4 / 10 40%
    • Organisation: 0 / 1 0%
    • Policy: 4 / 5 80%
    • Practice: 0 / 4 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 4 0%
    • External: 0 / 4 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      24. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      26. Implementing a landscape or juridictional level approach?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      27. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      30. Commitment to protect areas from illegal activities?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      31. Commitment not to use genetically modified organisms?

      The company has a commitment to the FSC Policy for Association which includes GMOs

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    2 / 6 33.3%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2 / 3 66.7%
    • Practice: 0 / 3 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 3 0%
    • External: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      33. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company states that its members in Cambodia conducted EIAs however reports or summaries could not be found

  • Soils, fire and GHG emissions Soils, fire and GHG emissions
    2 / 15 13.3%
    • Organisation: 0 / 4 0%
    • Policy: 1.5 / 6 25%
    • Practice: 0.5 / 5 10%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 5 10%
    • External: 0 / 5 0%
    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to use best management practices for soils. It is unclear if the company has landbank on peat

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company provides some examples of its member companies applying intecropping

    • Y
      1 / 1

      43. Commitment to best/sustainable tapping practices?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      44. Evidence of best/sustainable tapping practices?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      45. Commitment to zero burning?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      46. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company only has a general commitment to reduce emissions

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      49. GHG emissions intensity?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      50. Report GHG emissions from land use change?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      51. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      52. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    2.5 / 17 14.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 2.5 / 6 41.7%
    • Practice: 0 / 9 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 9 0%
    • External: 0 / 9 0%
    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      55. Treatment of effluents from processing facilities?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      56. Percentage of processing facilities with closed-loop water treatment system (100%)?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to follow the UN REDD guidance on sustainable natural rubber production which has targets however it is unclear what the timeline is and which targets are relevant for the company

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      58. Water use intensity?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      59. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      60. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      62. Reducing odours from natural rubber processing facilities?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to follow the UN REDD guidance on sustainable natural rubber production which includes minimising the use of fertilisers and pesticides

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      66. Implementation of commitment to reduce chemical usage?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      67. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    8.75 / 29 30.2%
    • Organisation: 0 / 5 0%
    • Policy: 8 / 17 47.1%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 7 10.7%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 7 10.7%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      70. Commitment to human rights?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      72. Commitment to respect indigenous and local communities' rights?

      The company commits to respect local communities' rights however no similar commitment found for indigenous communities

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states it applies the Voluntary Guidelines on Mitigating Socio-Environmental Risks for Vietnamese Outward Investors in Agricuture in the Mekong Subregion which refer to FPIC, however this guidance does not cover operations in Vietnam

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      75. FPIC commitment applies to all sourcing excluding smallholders?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      77. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      78. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      79. Commitment to support the inclusion of women across natural rubber operations, including addressing barriers faced?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      80. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      82. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company provides examples of essential community services and facilities provided including medical centers, schools and roads

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      85. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a commitment not to violate ILO Conventions

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      87. Commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment and occupation?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      88. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      89. Percentage or number of women employees?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      90. Commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      92. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      93. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      94. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      95. Reduction of time lost due to work-based injuries?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      97. Zero fatalities as a result of work-based accidents?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      98. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

  • Certification standards/Sustainability initiatives Certification standards/Sustainability initiatives
    1.5 / 5 30%
    • Organisation: 0 / 1 0%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 0.5 / 3 16.7%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 3 16.7%
    • External: 0 / 3 0%
    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company is currently disassociated from the FSC however it made a commitment to become 100% FSC certified by 2024 and the company is currently working on the Roadmap of reassociation

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      102. Certified under voluntary sustainability certification scheme?

      Some of the company's operations are ISO 14001 certified

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      103. Percentage area (ha) FSC certified?

      The company is currently disassociated from the FSC however it made a commitment to become 100% FSC certified by 2024 and the company is currently working on the Roadmap of reassociation

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    0 / 12 0%
    • Organisation: 0 / 1 0%
    • Policy: 0 / 4 0%
    • Practice: 0 / 7 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 7 0%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      104. Commitment to support smallholders?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      105. Programme to support scheme smallholders / outgrowers?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      107. Programme to support independent smallholders?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      108. Percentage of independent smallholders involved in programme?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      109. Percentage of supply from smallholders?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      110. Percentage of supply coming from agroforestry?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    0 / 5 0%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 0 / 3 0%
    • Practice: 0 / 2 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      116. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      118. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • N
      0 / 1
      No source

      120. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

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Scoring criteria: Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG)

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