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Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)

Palm oil assessment
  • Latest update: November 2023
  • Next scheduled: November 2024

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  • About this company:

    Established in 1923, US based commodity processor and

  • Market cap:
    52,164,800,000 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    ADM.N
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    ADM US Equity
  • Sedol:
    B29F3S8
  • LEI:
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:
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Company assessment: Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) – November 2023

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 64.2% 70.65 / 110
  • Organisation: 16 / 23 69.6%
  • Policy: 35 / 50 70%
  • Practice: 19.6 / 37 53.1%
  • Self-reported: 10.1 / 37 27.4%
  • External: 9.5 / 37 25.7%
  • Certified: 0 / 37 0%
  • 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 the company is only a processor or trader.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published a sustainable palm oil policy which applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company has a Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) who have high-level responsibility for sustainability.

    • 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 consists of four board members including its chairman.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      28% - The company's senior leadership team has 28% of women members.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      3 (25%) - The company has three women members on its board of directors. Data as of December 2022.

    • 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] The company is a 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 reports that it has collaborated with Solaridad in Colombia to build more inclusive value chains for smallholders. Further, it also has a 'Sabah Landscape Project' to sustainably transform palm supply chains, and the 'Leuser Ecosystem Project' aims to generate positive impacts along palm supply chains.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company published its latest Corporate Sustainability Report in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company's latest Corporate Sustainability Report 2022 has been prepared according to GRI 1: Foundation 2021 and it has also submitted CDP questionnaires in 2022.

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      12. Climate risks assessment available?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    6.29 / 15 41.9%
    • Organisation: 4 / 8 50%
    • Policy: 0 / 2 0%
    • Practice: 2.3 / 5 45.8%
    • Self-reported: 2.3 / 5 45.8%
    • External: 0 / 5 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 5 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      13. Lists countries and operations?

      The company reports the countries processing facilities (Refineries) - Mexico, United States, Dominican Republic, Canada, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, India, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Lists countries sourcing from?

      The company reports that it sources from Indonesia, Malaysia, PNG & Solomon Islands, Latin America, Europe and USA.

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

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

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

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

    • 17. Scheme smallholders planted area (ha)?

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

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

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

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

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

    • 20. Maps of estates/management units?

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

    • 21. Maps of all scheme smallholders?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      22. Maps of all third-party supplying plantations?

    • 23. Number of company-owned mills?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      27. Number of third party supplying mills?

      The company reports a list of supplying mills, which are sourced indirectly through third-party refiners. However, the information is between two to five years old.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published a list of supplying mills that includes the names and coordinates of all mills.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that it sources 100% of its supply from refineries rather than directly from mills. However, the data is between two to five years old.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports that it has achieved 99.9% traceability to palm oil mills against its target of 98%. However, it does not commit to achieving 100% traceability to the mill level.

    • P
      1 / 2

      33. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

      The company reports that it has achieved 100% traceability to mills for PO and 99.97% for PKO.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company states that it is working with its direct suppliers to increase traceability to the plantation of origin. However, it does not report a time-bound commitment to achieve 100% traceability to the plantation level.

    • 35. 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
      0.54 / 2

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

      The company reports that it has achieved 54.5% traceability to plantation level.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      37. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

      The company provides details on supply traceable to plantation level per refinery for all refineries.

    • 38. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

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

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    5.11 / 7 73%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 3.1 / 5 62.2%
    • Self-reported: 0.1 / 5 2.2%
    • External: 3 / 5 60%
    • Certified: 0 / 5 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2007 - The company has been a member of RSPO since March 2007.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      40. 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] 2010 - The company reports the year of its first supply chain certification as 2010.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has submitted its RSPO ACOP 2022.

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

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

    • 43. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

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

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      45. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of all palm product processing facilities within 5 years?

      2014 - The company commits to achieve 100% RSPO certification of all palm product processing facilities by 2014. This is within 5 years.

    • 46. Percentage of scheme smallholders (ha) RSPO-certified?

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

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

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

    • 48. 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
      0.08 / 1

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

      8.3% - The company reports the percentage of all palm oil and oil palm products handled/traded/processed (tonnes) that is RSPO-certified.

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

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

    • P
      0.03 / 1

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

      The RSPO ACOP 2022 states that the company processes/trades 3.23% of RSPO-certified palm oil through segregated or identity-preserved supply chains.

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

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

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company is ISCC certified.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    3 / 9 33.3%
    • Organisation: 0 / 1 0%
    • Policy: 1.5 / 6 25%
    • Practice: 1.5 / 2 75%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 2 75%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • 55. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      56. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems applies to all suppliers?

    • 57. Commitment to zero deforestation?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      58. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits to no deforestation applies to suppliers. However, it is unclear if it applies to all suppliers.

    • 59. Criteria and cut-off date for defining deforestation?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      60. Criteria and cut-off date for defining deforestation in supplier operations?

      The company specifies that HCV and HCS areas are not to be deforested by suppliers. However, a clear cut-off date beyond which deforestation would be prohibited is not reported.

    • 61. Evidence of monitoring deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion?

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      62. Evidence of monitoring deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion in supplier operations?

      The company reports that it has investigated 29 allegations of deforestation and exploitation in its supply chain and 100% of its suppliers are part of a system that conducts deforestation monitoring. It also implements satellite monitoring within a 50 km radius of the supplier's boundaries to identify deforestation incidences as well as opportunities for reforestation efforts.

    • 63. Amount of deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion recorded in own operations since cut-off date?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      64. Amount of deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion recorded in supplier operations since cut-off date?

      The company reports examples of deforestation in its grievance log. However, the amount of deforestation recorded in supplier operations since the cut-off date is not reported.

    • 65. Commitment to restoration of deforestation/conversion in own operations since cut-off date?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      66. Commitment to restoration of deforestation/conversion in supplier operations since cut-off date?

      The company reports that it is working with local organisations to restore and reforest ecosystems. However, it does not report a commitment to the restoration of deforestation in supplier operations since the cut-off date.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      67. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

      The company reports several landscape initiatives including the 'Sabah Landscape Project' which aims to sustainably transform palm supply chains and the 'Singapore Program' which works on a train-the-trainer approach to improve productivity while conserving critical forest areas.

    • 68. Biodiversity policy?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      69. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

      The company has a general statement for protecting biodiversity. However, it does not clearly apply both within and beyond HCV/HCS/set-asides.

    • 70. 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.

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

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

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only commits to no hunting of rare, threatened, or endangered species that applies to its suppliers.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    2 / 6 33.3%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2 / 5 40%
    • Practice: 0 / 1 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 1 0%
    • External: 0 / 1 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 1 0%
    • 74. Commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits not to develop in High Conservation Value areas applies to all suppliers. However, a clear commitment to conduct HCV assessments for all suppliers could not be found.

    • 76. 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.

    • 77. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments for all estates planted/planned planting since January 2015?

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

    • 78. High Conservation Value (HCV) or combined HCV/HCS management and monitoring plans for all estates planted/planned planting since January 2015?

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

    • 79. 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

      80. 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?

    • 81. 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.

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits not to develop in High Carbon Stock areas applies to all suppliers. However, it does not specify the HCS Approach, as defined by the HCS Approach Toolkit.

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

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

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to conduct social and environmental impact assessments.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    5.75 / 7 82.1%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 1 50%
    • Policy: 4.5 / 5 90%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 1 75%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 1 0%
    • External: 0.8 / 1 75%
    • Certified: 0 / 1 0%
    • 89. Commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

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

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

    • 96. Commitment to zero burning?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      97. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to no burning.

    • 98. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

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

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

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

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to reducing absolute GHG emissions by 25% by the year 2035 from a 2019 baseline. This includes scope 1 and scope 2 emissions reduction. However, the target is not intensity based.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      102. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports 15.2 mtCO2e of GHG emissions in 2022. However, the figure is not reported as intensity and does not just relate to palm oil operations.

    • 103. GHG emissions from land use change in company's own operations (scope 1)?

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

    • (NEW: not scored this year) P
      -

      104. GHG emissions from land use change in supplier operations (scope 3)?

      The company reports 43.9 million GHG emissions from land use change in supplier operations (scope 3). However, it is unclear if it relates to palm oil operations.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      105. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      [Externally verified] The company reports the progress as a 7.8% reduction in scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions in 2022 from the 2019 baseline. The information is externally verified by Apex. However, the figures were not reported as intensity and do not just relate to palm oil operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      106. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The company uses the GHG Protocol methodology to calculate GHG emissions.

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

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

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    5 / 11 45.5%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 1 50%
    • Policy: 3 / 6 50%
    • Practice: 1.5 / 4 37.5%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 4 0%
    • External: 1.5 / 4 37.5%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to reducing its water intensity by 10% by the year 2035 against a 2019 baseline.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      109. Water use intensity?

      2.56 - The company reports its water use intensity as 2.56 m3/ton of product produced in 2022. However, the figures are not specific to palm oil operations.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      110. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      [Externally verified] The company reports a 9.9% increase in water use intensity for 2022 compared to the 2019 baseline. The information is externally verified. However, the figures are not specific to palm oil operations.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports working with a third-party waste management vendor to find a beneficial reuse option for previously landfilled organics, including biomass from our wastewater treatment operation. However, it does not own a refinery for palm oil operations.

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

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

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

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

    • 117. 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

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

    • 119. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 121. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to not use World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides.

    • 123. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to not use Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention chemicals.

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

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

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

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

    • 127. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company reports working with a wet mill in Clinton, Iowa, a third-party waste management vendor to find a beneficial reuse option for previously landfilled organics. The information is externally verified. However, the system is in place only for certain operations.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    18 / 23 78.3%
    • Organisation: 4 / 5 80%
    • Policy: 12 / 13 92.3%
    • Practice: 2 / 5 40%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 5 25%
    • External: 0.8 / 5 15%
    • Certified: 0 / 5 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      129. Commitment to human rights?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      130. 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

      131. Progress on human rights commitment?

      The company reports that it has a supplier due diligence program to monitor human rights risks in its supply chain. Further, it also reports that it is working to develop a 'Human Rights Standardised Operating Procedure (HR SOP)' in order to assess human rights risk and assign risk categories to all suppliers. Additionally, the company has also received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2022 Corporate Equality Index.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to respect legal and customary land tenure rights.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to respect FPIC.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 141. 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.

    • 142. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to the ILO's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to the ILO's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company reports that it provides smallholders with NDPE training, including workers and community rights. Further, it also works with Earthworm Foundation (EF) to create a Child Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF) to deal with child labour issues in Malaysia. The company referenced in EF's CRAF report externally verifies the information.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to prevent employment-related discrimination based on gender.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to prevent employment-related discrimination based on gender.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports that it has a process in place to report discrimination, however, no other examples could be found. This information is over five years old.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      153. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      1641 (3.9%) - The company reports that it has 1,641 (3.90%) part-time employees.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      154. Percentage or number of women employees?

      10523 (25.05%) - The company reports that it has 10,523 women employees.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      155. Commitment to pay a Living Wage?

      The company only commits to paying the minimum wage.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      156. Commitment to pay a Living Wage applies to all suppliers?

      The company only commits to paying the minimum wage applies to all suppliers.

    • N
      0 / 1

      157. Progress on commitment to pay a Living Wage?

    • N
      0 / 1

      158. Reporting of salary by gender?

      The company reports the percentage of salaried colleagues. However, it does not report salary by gender.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      159. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company commits to address health and safety at work for all workers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to address health and safety at work for all workers.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      161. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      The company only reports that it spent more than 315,500 hours on training on occupational health and safety-related topics in 2020. However, this information is between two to five years old.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      162. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      0.21 - The company reports a Lost Workday Incident Rate (LWIR) as 0.21 in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2 - The company reports two fatalities in 2022.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    9.75 / 15 65%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 5 / 6 83.3%
    • Practice: 4.8 / 9 52.8%
    • Self-reported: 3.3 / 9 36.1%
    • External: 1.5 / 9 16.7%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      164. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company has published a commitment to support smallholders.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      165. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

      [Externally verified] The company reports that it supports smallholder farmers by providing training and access to financing and equitable business opportunities, through enhanced irrigation, which helped farmers to move from the river basins to higher ground, providing better opportunities for crops to thrive. It also assists smallholders in Malaysia with income diversification and identifying child labour risks. The example of identifying child labour risks in Malaysia has been externally verified by the Earthworm Foundation. However, it is unclear what type of smallholders are supported in programmes.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      166. Percentage of scheme smallholders involved in programme?

      9839 - The company reports that 9,839 smallholders were engaged in the programmes. However, unclear what type of smallholders does figure refers to.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      167. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      [Externally verified] The company reports that it supports smallholder farmers by providing training and access to financing and equitable business opportunities, through enhanced irrigation, which helped farmers to move from the river basins to higher ground, providing better opportunities for crops to thrive. It also assists smallholders in Malaysia with income diversification and identifying child labour risks. The example of identifying child labour risks in Malaysia has been externally verified by the Earthworm Foundation. However, it is unclear what type of smallholders are supported in programmes.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      9839 - The company reports that 9,839 smallholders were engaged in the programmes. However, unclear what type of smallholders does figure refers to.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that it uses third-party assessors to evaluate the performance of its direct suppliers on the palm scorecard. However, only limited detail is reported on the process used to assess suppliers on compliance with company policies.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      100% - The company reports that 100% of direct suppliers are committed to the company's policy for Human Rights and policy to Protect Forest, Biodiversity and Communities and 100% of direct suppliers are included in the scorecard for assessing NDPE and Human-Rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      171. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      172. 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 outlines how it will achieve its commitments and implement its policies through various goals, actions, and structured reporting and tracking of KPIs.

    • (NEW: not scored this year) P
      -

      173. Proportion of supply from suppliers that is verified as deforestation- and/or conversion-free (DCF)?

      The company reports that 96.5% of supply volumes are reported through the NDPE IRF system. It does not clearly state if this if this means they are verified as DCF.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      174. 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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      177. 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 levels. The company has also published data for Q3 & Q4 2021 using the Global Forest Watch Pro Palm Risk Analysis Tool.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company reports that the mills are assessed for risk twice per year.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company reports that the mills are assessed for risk twice per year.

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    6.75 / 7 96.4%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 5 / 5 100%
    • Practice: 1.8 / 2 87.5%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • External: 1 / 2 50%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company commits to ethical conduct and the prohibition of corruption.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to ethical conduct and the prohibition of corruption.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company reports that it trains employees and third parties to raise awareness of corruption risks and applicable anti-corruption laws. It also has a robust anti-corruption program that includes a global Anti-Corruption Policy and other compliance procedures and controls designed to minimise the potential for corruption in the company's global business dealing. Further, the company also states that its Law Department and Compliance Office is responsible for taking appropriate action to investigate reports of possible ethical or legal misconduct. The company also reports that it will identify salient human rights risk by the end of 2023.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company discloses its management approach to tax to the government through its Tax Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      184. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company states that it has a whistleblowing service with a clear description of steps taken by the company, including how whistleblowers can report unethical conduct and how they are protected.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has its own grievance system open to all stakeholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      186. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      [Externally verified] The company publishes a list of grievances including grievance no., group, issues, reported by, relationship, progress along with date.

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