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Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)

Palm oil assessment
  • Latest update: November 2021
  • Next scheduled: November 2022

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  • Market cap:
    37,001,000,000 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    ADM.N
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    ADM US
  • ISIN:
    US0394831020
  • Sedol:
    B29F3S8
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) – November 2021

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 63.1% 66.86 / 106
  • Organisation: 15 / 21 71.4%
  • Policy: 34 / 48 70.8%
  • Practice: 17.9 / 37 48.3%
  • Self-reported: 10.6 / 37 28.7%
  • External: 6 / 37 16.2%
  • Certified: 1.3 / 37 3.4%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    9 / 10 90%
    • Organisation: 6 / 6 100%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 2 / 3 66.7%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • External: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • 1. Sustainable palm oil policy or commitment for all its operations?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a sustainability policy which covers palm oil sourcing and applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company reports to have a Vice president, Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) with sustainability responsibility.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Committee includes four board members (including its chair).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      27% - Figure as of 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      3 (25%) - 3/12 directors were female as of 2021.

    • Y
      1 / 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] Member of UNGC and WBCSD.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company works with Solaridad in Colombia building more inclusive value chains for smallholders, has created a Child Risk Assessment Framework with Earthworm Foundation in Malaysia, and collaborates with Conservation International Singapore to increase smallholder productivity while preserving forests.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The 2020 Corporate Sustainability Report is available.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The Corporate Sustainability Report 2020 is reported to be prepared in accordance with GRI standards, but does not specify which. The company has submitted CDP questionnaires in 2020.

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      12. Climate risks assessment available?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    5 / 13 38.5%
    • Organisation: 3 / 6 50%
    • Policy: 0 / 2 0%
    • Practice: 2 / 5 40%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 5 15%
    • External: 0 / 5 0%
    • Certified: 1.3 / 5 25%
    • 13. Total land area managed/controlled for oil palm (ha)?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 18. Maps of estates/management units?

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

    • 19. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 21. Number of company-owned mills?

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

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

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

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

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

    • 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 it is not applicable to this company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      25. Number of third party supplying mills?

      The company reports a list of supplying mills for crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel oil (PKO). CPO and PKO are sourced indirectly through refineries.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The list of supplying mills published by the company contains the coordinates and names of all 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?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that 100% of its supply was sourced from refineries rather than directly from mills in Jan-June 2020.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company commits to improve traceability but does not explicitly reference a 100% traceability to mill level goal. It should be noted that traceability is already in the high 90s.

    • P
      0.99 / 2

      31. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

      The company reports traceability to mill as 99.6% for Palm Oil and 99.2% for Palm Kernel Oil in its traceability report for Q1 to Q2 2020.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

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

    • P
      0.26 / 2

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

      The company reports traceability to plantation as 44.9% for Palm Oil and 25.9% for Palm Kernel Oil for Q1 and Q2 2020. Points have been awarded for the lowest figure in the absence of an overall percentage,.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      35. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

      The company provides details on plantation traceability per refinery. Information is not externally verified.

    • 36. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

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

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    4.11 / 7 58.7%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 2.1 / 5 42.2%
    • Self-reported: 0.1 / 5 2.2%
    • External: 2 / 5 40%
    • Certified: 0 / 5 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2,007 - The company has been a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2007.

    • Y
      1 / 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?

      [Externally verified] 2,010 - The company reports the year of first supply chain certification as 2010.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2020 ACOP has been submitted.

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

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

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

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

    • 42. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

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

    • 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 it is not applicable to this company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      44. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of all palm product processing facilities?

      2,014 - All facilities were certified by 2014.

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

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

    • 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 it is not applicable to this company.

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

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

    • P
      0.1 / 1

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

      10.62% - The company reports the percentage of all palm oil and oil palm products handled/traded/processed (tonnes) that is RSPO-certified.

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

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

    • P
      0.01 / 1

      50. Processes/trades RSPO-certified palm oil through Segregated or Identity Preserved supply chains?

      The company processes/trades in segregated supply chains, but this makes up less than 1% of total palm oil sourcing.

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

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

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    3 / 8 37.5%
    • Organisation: 0 / 1 0%
    • Policy: 2 / 5 40%
    • Practice: 1 / 2 50%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 2 50%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • 54. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

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

    • 55. Commitment to zero deforestation?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      56. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

      The company has published this commitment.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      57. Criteria and cut-off date for defining deforestation?

      The company uses High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) definitions for areas where development is prohibited but a clear cut-off date beyond where deforestation (using the beforementioned definition) would be prohibited cannot be found as the policy used as evidence is undated. It is clear the company has committed to no deforestation since 2015 but evidence stating this fact alongside the definition used to define 'deforestation' could not be found.

    • 58. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      59. Evidence of monitoring deforestation in supplier operations?

      The company only reports that 97.3% of suppliers are ""part of a system that conducts deforestation monitoring"". The details on methodology used for monitoring deforestation is not found. Information has not been externally verified.

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      Examples of deforestation can be found in the company's grievance log, however areas affected are not detailed.

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      64. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

      The company reports to landscape initiatives, called Sabah Landscape, Malaysia and Leuser Ecosystem, Aceh Province, Indonesia. The company reports to conduct field investigations to improve resilience and reports to work with local communities. Limited details are provided and it is unclear if other stakeholders are involved, thus partial points.

    • 65. Biodiversity policy?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      66. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

      The company has a general commitment to promote biodiversity and not a stand alone policy that addresses the threats or species in need of conservation within it's supply chain.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to no hunting of rare, threatened of endangered species. Full points cannot be awarded as the commitment needs to state no hunting of all species or only sustainable hunting by local communities for subsistence purposes.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    2.5 / 6 41.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2.5 / 5 50%
    • Practice: 0 / 1 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 1 0%
    • External: 0 / 1 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 1 0%
    • 71. Commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Suppliers are committed to not develop in HCV areas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 76. 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 it is not applicable to this company.

    • N
      0 / 1

      77. 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?

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

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

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to not develop on High Carbon Stock land but does not specify the High Carbon Stock Approach, as defined by the HCS Approach Toolkit.

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

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

    • 82. Peer review of all High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments undertaken since April 2015 by the HCSA Quality Assurance Process?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to SEIAs prior and post development.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    6.25 / 7 89.3%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 1 50%
    • Policy: 5 / 5 100%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 1 75%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 1 0%
    • External: 0.8 / 1 75%
    • Certified: 0 / 1 0%
    • 86. Commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to no planting on peat of any depth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to best management practices for soils and peat.

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

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

    • 93. Commitment to zero burning?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      94. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      The company has published this commitment.

    • 95. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

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

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

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

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports to reduce GHG Emissions by 25% by 2035 over 2019 baseline. It also has an intermittent goal of 1.5% reduction in GHG emissions by 2025. These are aggregate figures across all operations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      99. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports its GHG emission intensity figure as 0.266 MT CO2e/MT processed. However, this figure is between two and five years old and does not just relate to palm oil operations, therefore full points cannot be awarded.

    • 100. GHG emissions from land use change?

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      101. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      [Externally verified] The company reports progress for absolute emissions but as is not measured in intensity and figures are aggregated across all company operations, rather than specific to palm oil, full points cannot be awarded. Data has been verified by Apex Companies, LLC (Apex) via a verification statement.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The Climate Registry General Reporting Protocol.

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

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

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    4.75 / 9 52.8%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 1 50%
    • Policy: 3 / 5 60%
    • Practice: 1.3 / 3 41.7%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 3 41.7%
    • External: 0 / 3 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports to reduce water use by 10% by 2035 from a 2019 baseline. This figure is aggregated across all company operations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      105. Water use intensity?

      The company reported water intensity across all operations in 2020 as 2.23 m3/ton of product produced, compared to 2.27 in 2019. A separate figure for palm oil operations only could not be found.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      106. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reported water intensity across all operations in 2020 as 2.23 m3/ton of product produced compared to 2.27 in 2019, a reduction of 1.9%. A separate figure for palm oil operations only could not be found and data is not externally verified.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 115. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published this commitment.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published this commitment.

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

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

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

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

    • 123. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company publishes multiple examples of waste management such as reusing wastewater and reducing waste sent to landfill. Information is not externally verified.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    16.5 / 23 71.7%
    • Organisation: 4 / 5 80%
    • Policy: 10 / 13 76.9%
    • Practice: 2.5 / 5 50%
    • Self-reported: 1.8 / 5 35%
    • External: 0.8 / 5 15%
    • Certified: 0 / 5 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      125. Commitment to human rights?

      The company commits to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The company is also a UN Global Compact member.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      126. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits suppliers to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      127. Progress on human rights commitment?

      The company provides examples of assessing and mitigating human rights exposures across its palm oil supply chain. Information has not been externally verified.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes a commitment to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published this commitment.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published this commitment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 138. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to conventions: Freedom of Association (#87), Collective Bargaining (#98) Forced Labor (#29 and #105), Minimum Age (138) and Harassment and Discrimination (111). As these don't cover all eight Fundamental Conventions full points cannot be awarded.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to conventions: Freedom of Association (#87), Collective Bargaining (#98) Forced Labor (#29 and #105), Minimum Age (138) and Harassment and Discrimination (111). As these don't cover all eight Fundamental Conventions full points cannot be awarded.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] One example can be found where the company has worked with a the Earthworm Foundation (EF) to create a Child Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF) for use by Malaysian palm oil producers. No other examples relating specifically to workers' rights could be found. Information is externally verified by the company being referenced in the CRAF report created by EF.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has publicly made this commitment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has publicly made this commitment.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      There is a process in place to report discrimination, but no other examples could be found. Evidence is over two years old and is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      149. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      1,513 (3.87%) - Figures for Part-Time/Seasonal employees in 2020. A separate figure for palm oil operations was not available. Total employees: 39,088.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      150. Percentage or number of women employees?

      8,861 (22.67%) - Figures for female employees in 2020. A separate figure for palm oil operations was not available. Total employees: 39,088.

    • N
      0 / 1

      151. Commitment to pay a Decent Living wage?

    • N
      0 / 1

      152. Commitment to pay a Decent Living wage applies to all suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 1

      153. Progress on commitment to pay a Decent Living wage?

    • N
      0 / 1

      154. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company has made this commitment publicly.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has publicly made this commitment.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      157. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      The company spent more than 315,500 hours in training on occupational health and safety related topics in 2020, but evidence that PPE is given to all employees could not be found.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      158. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      0.17 - The company's Lost Workday Incident Rate increased from 0.16 in 2019 to 0.17 in 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      5 - The number of fatalities for 2020.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    9.5 / 16 59.4%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4.5 / 6 75%
    • Practice: 5 / 10 50%
    • Self-reported: 3.5 / 10 35%
    • External: 1.5 / 10 15%
    • Certified: 0 / 10 0%
    • P
      0.5 / 1

      160. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company makes a commitment to smallholders but it is not clear if it covers smallholder across all palm oil operations.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      161. Programme to support scheme/plasma smallholders?

      [Externally verified] The company assists smallholders in Colombia to identify and mitigate human rights and workers rights issues (this in turn assists the smallholder achieve RSPO certification), assists smallholders in Malaysia with income diversification and identifying child labour risks, assists smallholders in Indonesia to improve yield and conserve forests, and in Latin America smallholders are trained in sustainable agricultural practices. The example of identifying child labour risks in Malaysia has been externally verified by the Earthworm Foundation who wrote a report referencing the company. It is unclear if smallholders in programmes are independent or scheme smallholders.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      3,402 - The company details 3,402 smallholders have been impacted by its programmes, but it is not clear what percentage of smallholder supply to the company is covered by these programmes or if smallholders are scheme or independent. Evidence is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      163. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      [Externally verified] The company assists smallholders in Colombia to identify and mitigate human rights and workers rights issues (this in turn assists the smallholder achieve RSPO certification), assists smallholders in Malaysia with income diversification and identifying child labour risks, assists smallholders in Indonesia to improve yield and conserve forests, and in Latin America smallholders are trained in sustainable agricultural practices. The example of identifying child labour risks in Malaysia has been externally verified by the Earthworm Foundation who wrote a report referencing the company. It is unclear if smallholders in programmes are independent or scheme smallholders.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      3,402 - The company details 3,402 smallholders have been impacted by its programmes, but it is not clear what percentage of smallholder supply to the company is covered by these programmes or if smallholders are scheme or independent. Evidence is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company uses a third-party assessor to assess performance on a scorecard tool but limited detail is given on the process used to assess suppliers on compliance with company policies.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports results from its scorecard but does not stipulate the number or percentage of suppliers engaged in the process. The company also reports that 100% of direct suppliers have a publicly available No Deforestation policy in place. It is unclear if this is due to company engagement and if these policies align with the company's own policy. Information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      167. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company requires compliance with its Human Right's policy and Policy to Protect Forests, Biodiversity and Communities, as well as it's Code of Conduct and Suppler Expectations documents. Non-compliances are assessed on scale, scope and irremediability before action is taken. The company reports the timeframes for grievances.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published an action plan for 2020-2023 which will guide it on how to achieve its commitments and implement its policies through its goals, actions, and structured reporting and tracking of KPIs.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only reports percentage of direct suppliers with an implementation plan for responsible sourcing of palm oil as 99.3%. Figures for indirect supply are not provided. Information is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to engage with suppliers in high risk areas but does not specify a time-bound plan.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published an action plan to assess mills for risk level. The company has also published data for Q1 & 2 2020 using the Global Forest Watch Pro Palm Risk Analysis Tool.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      Mills are assessed for risk on a semi-annual basis. Data has not been externally verified.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      Data is reported on a semi-annual basis. Data is not externally verified.

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    6.25 / 7 89.3%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 5 / 5 100%
    • Practice: 1.3 / 2 62.5%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 2 62.5%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      176. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company has publicly made this commitment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has publicly made this commitment.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company has published examples such as training on ethical conduct for employees, board members and suppliers, compliance checks with vendors, and an update to its Anti-Corruption Policy in 2021. Information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published its Tax Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company has a helpline which allows whistleblowing and secures anonymity.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a grievance system that is open to all stakeholders.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      182. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      The company has disclosed the details of complaints and grievances. However, it does not publish the date that grievances were raised.

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