Palm oil assessment summary - November 2020
ZSL's (Zoological Society of London) SPOTT initiative assesses 100 palm oil producers, processors and traders on their public disclosure regarding their organisation, policies and practices related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. We encourage stakeholders to engage with companies, as policies and commitments may not always translate into effective implementation on the ground.
SPOTT scores palm oil producers, processors and traders using a total of 180 indicators across 10 categories. View the categories below to find out more about key results, and visit company pages to view their full assessments.
Note: Indicators are disabled if they are not applicable to companies due to the nature or location of their operations.
- The average score of companies is 41.5% in November 2020, compared to 35.2% during the last assessment of palm oil companies in October 2019.
- 75/96 (78%) companies assessed in 2019 saw an increase in their scores in 2020 – the average change in score was +8.4 percentage points.
- 17/96 (18%) companies assessed in 2019 saw a decrease in their scores in 2020 – the average change in score was -2.5 percentage points.
- The average score of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) members (65 companies), including companies with subsidiary RSPO members, is 54.9% vs. 16.5% for non-RSPO members (35 companies).
Average scores by type
Developed by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), SPOTT is an online platform supporting sustainable commodity production and trade. By tracking transparency, SPOTT incentivises the implementation of corporate best practice. SPOTT assesses commodity producers, processors and traders on their public disclosure regarding their organisation, policies and practices related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. SPOTT scores companies annually against sector-specific indicators to benchmark their progress over time. Investors, buyers and other key influencers can use SPOTT assessments to inform stakeholder engagement, manage risk, and increase industry transparency. For more information, visit spott.org.
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