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Company assessment: AAK AB – November 2020

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Total: 51.7% 55.32 / 107
  • Organisation: 13 / 21 61.9%
  • Policy: 25.5 / 49 52%
  • Practice: 16.8 / 37 45.5%
  • Self-reported: 11.8 / 37 31.9%
  • External: 3.5 / 37 9.5%
  • Certified: 1.5 / 37 4.1%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    7.75 / 10 77.5%
    • Organisation: 4.5 / 6 75%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 2.3 / 3 75%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 3 50%
    • External: 0.8 / 3 25%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • 1. Sustainable palm oil policy or commitment for all its operations?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      2. Sustainable palm oil policy or commitment applies to all suppliers?

      The company makes this commitment for its suppliers through its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company has a Global CSR Team lead by Global CSR Manager who reports to the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer).

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      1 (8.33%) - The company only provides the profiles of its executive committee which consists of 12 members, out of which one is female.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      50% - The company reports this in its 2019 Sustainability Report.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company is a member of UNGC.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      8. Collaboration with stakeholders to reduce negative environmental or social outcomes associated with palm oil production?

      The company reports collaboration with Forever Sabah to implement the jurisdictional certification of independent oil palm smallholders in Sabah or the mobilization of local villages in Burkina Faso to rejuvenate the shea belt. The company also collaborates with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company published its 2019 Sustainability Report in 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The 2019 Sustainability Report is on the GRI database and is listed as 'Core-In Accordance'.

    • 11. Verification report on compliance with POIG Charter, if a POIG member?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is not a POIG member.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      12. Climate risks assessment available?

      The company aims to conduct a climate risk assessment for all its production sites by 2020, however, currently summary of only one assessment found.

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    4.53 / 13 34.9%
    • Organisation: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Policy: 1 / 2 50%
    • Practice: 1.5 / 5 30.6%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 5 0%
    • External: 0 / 5 0%
    • Certified: 1.5 / 5 30.6%
    • 13. Total land area managed/controlled for oil palm (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 14. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 15. Plasma/scheme smallholders planted area (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 18. Maps of estates/management units?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 19. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

      20. Names and locations of all third-party supplying plantations?

    • 21. Number of company-owned mills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own mills.

    • 22. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own mills.

    • 23. Number (or percentage) of company-owned mills that source from company-owned operations and/or third parties?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own mills.

    • 24. Reports total volumes (or percentages) sourced by company-owned mills that come from company-owned operations and/or third-parties?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      25. Number of third party supplying mills?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      26. Names and locations of all third-party supplying mills?

    • N
      0 / 1

      27. Number (or percentage) of third party supplying mills that source from their own plantations and/or third party plantations?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      29. Total volume (or percentage) sourced for refineries that comes from intermediary traders and/or refiners rather than directly from mills?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      30. Time-bound commitment to achieve 100% traceability to mill level?

      The company had a target to achieve 100% traceability to mills by 2019, but it wasn't met.

    • P
      0.98 / 2

      31. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

      The company reports that traceability to mill origin has increased to 98 percent globally, compared to 96 percent in 2018.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company had a target to achieve 100% traceability to plantations by 2019 but it wasn't met.

    • 33. Percentage of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) supply to own mills traceable to plantation level?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own mills.

    • P
      0.55 / 2

      34. Percentage of supply from third-party mills traceable to plantation level?

    • N
      0 / 1

      35. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

    • 36. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own palm kernel crushing facilities.

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    5.29 / 7 75.6%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 3.3 / 5 65.8%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 5 25.8%
    • External: 2 / 5 40%
    • Certified: 0 / 5 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      37. Member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)?

      [Externally verified] 2004 - The company has been an RSPO member since 2004.

    • N
      0 / 1

      38. RSPO-certified within three years of joining the RSPO or by November 2010, for companies joining prior to finalisation of the RSPO certification systems in November 2007?

      2010 - The company became an RSPO member in 2004 and was first certified in 2010.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      39. Submitted most recent RSPO Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP)?

    • 40. Listed all countries and regions in which operates in most recent RSPO Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 41. Percentage of area (ha) RSPO-certified?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 42. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own mills.

    • 43. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of estates and mills within 5 years or achieved 100% RSPO-certification of estates?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      44. Year expected to achieve 100% RSPO certification of all palm product processing facilities?

      2018 - The company achieved certification of palm product processing facilities in 2018.

    • 45. Percentage of scheme/plasma smallholders (ha) RSPO-certified?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 46. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of scheme/plasma/associated smallholders and outgrowers within 5 years or target already achieved?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 47. Percentage of FFB supply (tonnes) from independent smallholders/outgrowers/third-party FFB suppliers that is RSPO-certified?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • P
      0.29 / 1

      48. Percentage of all palm oil and oil palm products handled/traded/processed (tonnes) that is RSPO-certified?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      49. Sells or processes/trades RSPO-certified palm oil through Segregated or Identity Preserved supply chains?

      Mass Balance and Segregated.

    • 50. Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certified (100%)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate in Indonesia.

    • 51. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate in Malaysia.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      52. Certified under voluntary sustainability certification scheme (e.g. ISCC, SAS, RSB)?

      [Externally verified] The company has ISO 14001 certification and organic certification.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    2.25 / 8 28.1%
    • Organisation: 0 / 1 0%
    • Policy: 1.5 / 5 30%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • 53. Commitment to zero deforestation or zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment in its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      55. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      HCV, HCS, peatland. No cut-off date specified.

    • 56. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

      57. Evidence of monitoring deforestation in supplier operations?

    • 58. Amount of illegal/non-compliant deforestation recorded in own operations?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

      59. Amount of illegal/non-compliant deforestation recorded in supplier operations?

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

      61. Commitment to restoration of non-compliant deforestation/conversion applies to all suppliers?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      62. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

      The company has stated several examples of implementing landscape or jurisdictional level approach. Partial points have been awarded as the information is not externally verified.

    • 63. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

      64. Commitment to biodiversity conservation applies to all suppliers?

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    0 / 6 0%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 0 / 5 0%
    • Practice: 0 / 1 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 1 0%
    • External: 0 / 1 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 1 0%
    • 69. Commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 71. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments for planting undertaken prior to January 2015, and associated management and monitoring plans?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 72. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments for all estates planted since January 2015?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 73. High Conservation Value (HCV) management and monitoring plans for all estates planted since January 2015?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 74. Commitment to only use licensed High Conservation Value (HCV) assessors accredited by the HCV Resource Network's Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

      75. Commitment to only use licensed High Conservation Value (HCV) assessors accredited by the HCV Resource Network's Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) applies to all suppliers?

    • 76. Satisfactory review of all High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments undertaken since January 2015 by the HCV ALS Quality Panel?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      82. Social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs) available, and associated management and monitoring plans?

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    3.75 / 7 53.6%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 1 50%
    • Policy: 2.5 / 5 50%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 1 75%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 1 75%
    • External: 0 / 1 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 1 0%
    • 83. Commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to no development on peatland without specifying depth, and this commitment applies to all its suppliers.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 90. Commitment to zero burning?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

      91. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

    • 92. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 93. Details/number of hotspots/fires in company estates?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 94. Details/number of hotspots/fires within surrounding landscape/smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a target to reduce GHG emissions per processed unit raw material by 22%, by 2030.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      96. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company only reports total GHG emission figures as 363,738 tons of CO2e in 2019, but does not report this volume as intensity.

    • 97. GHG emissions from land use change?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      98. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports that greenhouse gas intensity in 2019 decreased by 4.4% compared to 2018. Partial points have been awarded as the information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      99. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The company specified its Greenhouse Gas Protocol in its 2019 Sustainability Report.

    • 100. Percentage of mills with methane capture (100%)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own mills.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    1.75 / 9 19.4%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 0 / 5 0%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 3 25%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 3 25%
    • External: 0 / 3 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. Water use intensity?

      1.16 - The company reports water consumption of 1.16 m3 per unit of processed material.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      103. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports water consumption per unit of processed material in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 as 1.23, 1.20 1.17, 1.18 and 1.19 respectively. Partial points have been awarded as the information is not externally verified.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own mills.

    • 106. Treatment of palm oil mill effluent (POME)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own mills.

    • N
      0 / 1

      107. Treatment of palm oil refinery effluent (PORE)?

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 112. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 119. Implementation of commitment to minimise inorganic fertiliser use?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 120. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    16.5 / 24 68.8%
    • Organisation: 4 / 5 80%
    • Policy: 11.5 / 14 82.1%
    • Practice: 1 / 5 20%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 5 20%
    • External: 0 / 5 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 5 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      122. Commitment to human rights?

      The company commits to this in its Sustainability Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      123. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company's commitment to human rights is extended to all suppliers in its Supplier Code of Conduct.

    • N
      0 / 1

      124. Progress on human rights commitment?

    • 125. Commitment to respect indigenous and local communities' rights?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a refiner or trader.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only states its commitment to indigenous and local communities' rights in relation to FPIC, which applies to suppliers.

    • 127. Commitment to respect legal and customary land tenure rights?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a refiner or trader.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to this through its Responsible Sourcing Policy.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a refiner or trader.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to FPIC applies to all suppliers.

    • 131. Details of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) process available?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a refiner or trader.

    • 132. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a refiner or trader.

    • 133. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a refiner or trader.

    • 134. Supports the inclusion of women across palm oil operations, including addressing barriers faced?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • 135. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • N
      0 / 1

      136. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security applies to all suppliers?

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is not a grower or miller.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to this in its Sustainability Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The commitment made by the company extends to all suppliers.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to this in its Group Code of Conduct.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that it has initiated an Ethical Behavior training focusing on anti-harassment and discrimination, however, limited details are provided.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      147. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      7% - The company reports that 7% of its staff are temporary employees.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      148. Percentage or number of women employees?

      The company reports the percentage of female employees for employment categories including management, salaried and hourly-paid, as well as by region.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      149. Commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

      The company makes this commitment through its Group Sustainability Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      150. Commitment to pay at least minimum wage applies to all suppliers?

      The company's commitment is extended to all suppliers through the Supplier Code Of Conduct.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      152. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      153. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company makes this commitment through its Group Code of Conduct.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment is extended to all suppliers through the Supplier Code OF Conduct.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      155. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      The company reports commitment towards adequate health and safety procedures and the use of relevant protective equipment, but no further detail on related training could be found.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      156. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      0.4 - The company reports a Lost Time Injury Rate (number of work injuries that result in one or more days of sick leave per 200,000 working hours) for its production sites.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1 - The company reports one fatality in 2019.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    8.25 / 16 51.6%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 3.5 / 6 58.3%
    • Practice: 4.8 / 10 47.5%
    • Self-reported: 4.8 / 10 47.5%
    • External: 0 / 10 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 10 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      158. Commitment to support smallholders?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      159. Programme to support scheme/plasma smallholders?

      The company states that it supports smallholders but the type of smalholders is unclear.

    • N
      0 / 1

      160. Percentage of scheme/plasma smallholders involved in programme?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      161. Programme to support independent smallholders/outgrowers?

      The company helps independent smallholders of Malaysia and Mexico to achieve RSPO certification. Partial points have been awarded as the information is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      162. Percentage of independent smallholders/outgrowers involved in programme?

      53,850 - The company reports that it supports 53,000 and 850 independent smallholders in Malaysia and Mexico respectively.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company is working with Proforest to determine priority suppliers for engagement. Activities include outreach workshops to mills, technical training and mill-level verification visits.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      98% - The company reports that 98% of suppliers abide by the code of conduct and have signed/aligned with the palm oil policy.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      165. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company states "If AAK becomes aware of a supplier violating or breaching AAK's Code of Conduct for Raw Material Suppliers or these policy commitments, AAK will take appropriate action to investigate the issue within the framework of our grievance process, and will seek to work with the supplier to resolve it. If no adequate resolution can be found, AAK will terminate commercial relations with the supplier" but no timeframes are given.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      166. Time-bound action plans (including Key Performance Indicators) for suppliers to be in compliance with palm oil sourcing commitments?

      The company only publishes a time-bound action plan for all its suppliers to be compliant, however, no information on KPIs could be found.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      167. Proportion of direct and indirect supply that comes from palm oil plantations which are compliant with palm oil sourcing policies?

      The company reports that the volume covered by signed Supplier Code of Conduct is 94% in 2018, however, there is no segregated information reported on direct and indirect supply.

    • N
      0 / 1

      168. Time-bound plan to engage with all high risk mills within 3 years?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      169. Programme to support high risk mills to become compliant with sourcing policies?

      The company states that it works with Proforest to identify priority suppliers and works with them to improve environmental management. It conducts training and workshops and also detailed assessments are done by visiting mills and identifying the gaps. Partial points have been awarded as the information is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      170. Regularly engages with a subset of high risk mills?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      171. Procedures in place to assess all own and third party supplying palm oil mills for risk level?

      The company states that it has a procedure to conduct site assessments on mills, however, no details of the procedure can be found.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      172. Regularly assesses and categorises the risk level of all their own and third party supplying mills?

      The company states that it is working with Proforest and conducts site assessments on an annual basis to ensure environmental improvements are made in the mills. Partial points have been awarded as the information is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      173. Regularly reports the risk level of all own and third party supplying mills identified in its supply chain?

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    5.25 / 7 75%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 3.5 / 5 70%
    • Practice: 1.8 / 2 87.5%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 2 50%
    • External: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      174. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company commits to this in its 2019 Sustainability Report.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment extends to suppliers.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has implemented e-learning modules addressing anti-corruption and will also conduct a suitable anti-corruption training in French and English for all employees in West Africa in 2020. Partial points have been awarded as the information is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      178. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company has a whistleblowing function but a clear description of steps taken to report a concern, including how whistleblowers are protected, could not be found.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a grievance management procedure.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      Details include date, issue and status.

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