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Agropalma Group

Brazilian producer Agropalma Group commenced its palm oil activities in 1982, and is now the

  • Parent company:
    Alfa Conglomerate
  • Landbank (oil palm):
    123,514 hectares
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    Private company
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: Agropalma Group

SPOTT assesses companies against over 100 indicators across ten categories. Click on the icons or bars below to expand each category for further details, scoring and links to reports and sources.

84.8% 97.5 / 115 Total:
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 5.5 / 7 78.6%
    • Companies should publish sustainability policies or similar covering their entire supply chain — including third party suppliers — implemented and enforced through high-level leadership that engages with wider industry schemes.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      1. Sustainable palm oil policy or commitment for all its operations?

      The company has a number of sustainability commitments, and was targeting publication of a sustainability policy by mid-2015.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      2. Policy or commitment applies to direct and third-party suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Commercial and Sustainability Director.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      5. Member of industry schemes or other external initiatives to improve palm oil sustainability or transparency?

      The company is a member of the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) and InPacto (National Pact for the Eradication of Slave Labour).

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      7. Activities with government and/or NGOs to improve palm oil sustainability?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 11.5 / 13 88.5%
    • Companies should publicly report figures on their total landbank and details of different areas under their management. They should also disclose maps of their management areas and provide details on traceability of their products, both to mill and plantation level.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      8. Total land area managed/controlled for oil palm (ha)?

      123,514

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      42,700

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      10. Plasma/scheme smallholders planted area (ha)?

      12,512.9

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      300

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      64,000

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

      3,700 - Infrastructure (including roads and electricity lines).

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      14. Number of company owned mills?

      5

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      No source

      15. Maps or coordinates of company owned mills?

      Some mill locations have been made available to the RSPO previously, which are viewable on the SPOTT map.

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      16. Number and names of supplier mills?

      This indicator is disabled as Companhia Refinadora da Amazonia only source from their own mills.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

      Concession boundaries have been made available to the RSPO and the company declares these represent 100% of their concession sites, but not all may not be publicly available due to ongoing legal issues.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      18. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator is disabled as Companhia Refinadora da Amazonia only source from their own mills.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      As part of POIG, the company is committed to achieving full traceability to plantation within 12 months.

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      21. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level (is 100%)?

      This indicator is disabled as Companhia Refinadora da Amazonia only source from their own mills.

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

      22. Percentage of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) from own mills traceable to plantation level (is above 75%)?

      The company states it is fully traceable.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      23. Percentage of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) from supplier mills traceable to plantation level (is above 75%)?

      This indicator is disabled as Companhia Refinadora da Amazonia only source from their own mills.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 11.5 / 12 95.8%
    • Companies should commit to address deforestation and to set aside areas for conservation. They should report on any activities to manage or restore habitat in their conservation areas, or monitor deforestation in their supply chains. They should also provide evidence of species conservation and biodiversity protection.

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      24. Commitment to address deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      25. Commitment to zero deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      26. Deforestation commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

      The commitment applies to own plantations and to plantations established by family farmers and integrated out growers in partnership with Agropalma.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      27. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      Native vegetation, including secondary forest.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      28. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      The company states "have good satellite imagery dating back to 2004, ensuring that our suppliers do not breach the RSPO 2005 cut-off date for primary forest clearing".

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      29. Commitment to set aside areas for conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      30. Evidence of habitat management and/or habitat restoration?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      31. A landscape-level approach?

      The company states it has completed a Conservation International report that provides guidelines on biodiversity management at the landscape level, but no further details are given.

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      32. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      33. Commitment to not endanger species of conservation concern, referencing international or national system of species classification?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      35. Commitment not to operate within internationally and nationally designated protected areas?

      The company states "we are committed to never establish plantations or other kind of operations in protected areas in Brazil or other countries, by excluding all national parks, ecological stations, biological reserves and other conservation areas from the expansion plans.".

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      36. Evidence of species conservation activities?

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 9 / 10 90%
    • Companies should commit to the High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) approaches, and to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIA). They should develop and publish monitoring and management plans, and provide evidence through SEIA, HCV and HCS assessments, typically published in summary form due to the sensitive nature of certain sites.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      37. Commitment to High Conservation Value (HCV) approach?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      38. HCV commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

      The commitment applies to own plantations and to plantations established by family farmers and integrated out growers in partnership with Agropalma.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The following HCV assessments are available:

      Tailândia, Pará, Brazil: Integrated Producers.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The following HCV management and monitoring plans are available:

      Tailândia, Pará, Brazil: Integrated Producers.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      43. Satisfactory review of all High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments undertaken since January 2016 by the HCV ALS Quality Panel?

      Tailândia, Pará, Brazil: Satisfactory.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      45. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments?

      This indicator is disabled as Agropalma states that it has not had any expansion since the HCS approach was introduced.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      There is one summary of SEIA management and planning for smallholders:
      Summary of HCV/SEIA Management and Planning for Arauai and Calmaria II Smallholder Communities.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions 11.5 / 17 67.6%
    • Companies should commit to protect peatland and undertake best management practices for soils and peat. They should also have policies on zero burning and to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Companies should report their GHG emissions, as well as any fires that occurred in or around their estates, along with plans for managing and monitoring fires.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      49. Peat commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

      The commitment applies to own plantations and to plantations established by family farmers and integrated out growers in partnership with Agropalma.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company commits to best management practices for soils. The company does not have any peat.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      0

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it undertakes organic agriculture, with the objective to preserve biological activity of the soil, and also does no planting on any kind of soils considered unsuitable to oil palm plantation, and its RSPO audit reports details soil management practices undertaken, including that is has no peat soils.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      53. Commitment to zero burning?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      54. Zero burning commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

      The company states it has a zero tolerance policy on use of open fires in its own operations and in its supply chain.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      55. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

      The company states it monitors land clearing and have excluded suppliers from mills when they were found to clear land through burning, but no details are given on managing fires.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Commitment to reduce GHG emissions, including to eliminate all methane emissions from POME, which represents 70% of all the company's operational emissions, by 2025.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      59. GHG commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      60. GHG emissions?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      61. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      62. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      PalmGHG Calculator.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      63. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      64. Percentage of mills with methane capture (is above 75%)?

      The company states it has installed new ponds at two of its mills in preparation for methane capture system to be installed in 2021. No mills currently have methane capture.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 10 / 12 83.3%
    • Companies should commit to managing water use and water quality, providing evidence through time-bound reduction plans, policies on toxic chemical use and treatment of palm oil mill effluent (POME).

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      65. Commitment to manage water use and water quality?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      66. Time-bound commitments to improve water use and water quality?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      67. Progress towards commitment on water use?

      Report figures on water usage levels over time, but do not have time-bound commitment to report progress on.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      68. Progress towards commitment on water quality?

      Report figures on reducing BOD levels over time, but do not have time-bound commitment to report progress on.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      69. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company's RSPO audit reports that cover all five mills state that riparian and buffer zones have been liberated of palm oil cultivation and the native vegetation left to regenerate.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      70. Evidence of treating palm oil mill effluent (POME)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      72. No use of paraquat?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      74. No use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      75. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 17 / 17 100%
    • Companies should commit to respect human rights, including those of indigenous peoples and local communities, consulted with free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Companies should respect the rights of workers, report relevant workforce data, and comply with health and safety legislation.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      77. Commitment to human rights, referencing the UN Declaration of Human Rights or UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      79. Commitment to respect indigenous and local communities' rights, referencing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples or ILO 169?

      The company references the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007).

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      81. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as Agropalma currently does not source from independent suppliers, but states "New plantings made in partnership with smallholders and other FFB suppliers will be established just after their free, prior and informed consent".

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      82. Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) process?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      83. Process for addressing land conflicts?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      84. Commitment to ensure food security for local communities?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      85. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      87. Total number of employees?

      4,645

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      88. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      0 (0%) - Agropalma has no temporary, casual or migrant workers.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      89. Percentage or number of women employees?

      482 (10%)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      90. Minimum wage that the company pays?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      91. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      92. Lost time accident rate?

      3.6 - per 200,000 working hours.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      1 - Since 2005.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      94. Provision of personal protective equipment and pesticide training?

  • Certification standards Certification standards 11.5 / 14 82.1%
    • Companies should become members of credible certification standards and report in accordance with all appropriate categories of membership. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) requires members registered as growers to submit data relating to certification targets for their estates, scheme smallholders and independent fresh fruit bunch (FFB) suppliers, via an annual communications of progress (ACOP) report.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      2004

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      98. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of estates within 5 years or achieved 100% RSPO-certification of estates?

      2011

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      Source

      99. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of scheme/associated smallholders within 5 years or achieved 100% RSPO-certification of scheme/associated smallholders?

      2014 - Time-bound plan is in the past and 100% certification not achieved. The company states that new FFB farmers are becoming part of supply base and they become schemed suppliers. Every time this happens it requires a certain time for them to achieve certification and hence it is not possible to establish a fixed deadline as the process is dynamic.

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      100. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of all supply chains?

      2016 - The company states "In July 2016 Agropalma started its new refinery, in Limeira, Sao Paulo State. In September our new refinery received a successful RSPO SCC audit. Since then 100% of Agropalma Group's supply chain operations are RSPO Certified".

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      101. 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?

      2011 - Agropalma joined the RSPO in 2004, but could only certify its first plantation estates in 2011 when the Local Interpretation of RSPO P&C became available. Agropalma certified all of its plantations in 2011.

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

      102. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified (is above 75%)?

      5 (100%)

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

      103. Percentage of area (ha) RSPO-certified (is above 75%)?

      115,557 (94%)

    • Partial
      1.5 / 2
      Source

      104. Percentage of scheme/associated smallholders (ha) RSPO-certified (is above 75%)?

      8,511.86 (68%)

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      105. Percentage of FFB supply (tonnes) from independent FFB suppliers that is RSPO-certified (is above 75%)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is currently not sourcing from independent suppliers. The company states that new FFB farmers are becoming part of the supply base - start as independent suppliers then become integrated as schemed suppliers.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 2
      Source

      106. Percentage of all palm oil and oil palm products handled/traded/processed (tonnes) that are RSPO-certified (is above 75%)?

      39,817.8 (22.1%) - Total volume of all palm oil and oil palm products handled/traded/processed in the year divided by total volume handled/processed/traded in year RSPO certified (tonnes).

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Identity Preserved, Segregated.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      109. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified (100%)?

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      110. Certified under voluntary sustainability certification scheme (e.g. ISCC, SAN, RSB, etc.)?

      IFOAM organic, ISO 14001.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 6 / 6 100%
    • Companies should report details of any programmes or schemes to support both schemed and independent smallholders, as well as criteria to assess suppliers on compliance with company policies, and in what cases suppliers should be suspended or excluded due to non-compliance.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      111. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      112. Details of support programme for scheme smallholders?

      Provide best planting materials, farming inputs, advice on sustainability practices and legal requirements, certification.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      113. Number or percentage of scheme smallholders involved in programme?

      The company states it supports 192 family farms and 45 integrated outgrowers.

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      114. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is currently not sourcing from independent suppliers.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      115. Details of support programme for independent smallholders?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      116. Number or percentage of independent smallholders involved in programme?

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      118. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company states that "Where child labour is discovered, we suspend intake of FFB with immediate effect and seek to resolve the situation with the supplier" and "In a few cases, we have had to exclude suppliers from our mills when they were found to clear land through burning". It also states two suppliers were excluded from RSPO certification after an LUCC assessment, but it is seeking to solve the situation and did not exclude the suppliers, but just did not pay them a premium price.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      119. Number or percentage of suppliers assessed and/or engaged?

      There are 43 associated growers are referred to as "Partners" and all partners are visited at least once per week. All the Associated Growers must have an agreement to manage their oil palm in accordance with the agronomic advice given by Agropalma Group.

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 4 / 7 57.1%
    • Companies should operate in an ethical manner at all levels, providing accessible channels and clear procedures for both employees and external stakeholders to raise any grievance or complaint with the company, as well as allowing for whistleblowing.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      120. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      121. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      122. Own grievance or complaints system?

      The company states "We provide local stakeholders, such as communities and smallholders, with dedicated contact points to request support or assistance and to raise grievances or concerns".

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      123. Grievance system accessible to internal stakeholders (i.e. employees)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      124. Grievance system accessible to external stakeholders?

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      125. Details of grievances disclosed?

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