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Asian Agri Group

Indonesian producer Asian Agri was established in 1979. The Company focuses on palm oil production

  • Parent company:
    PT Inti Indosawit Subur
  • Landbank (oil palm):
    163,524 hectares
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    Private company
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: Asian Agri 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.

64.8% 75.5 / 116.5 Total:
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 4.5 / 6 75%
    • 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.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a Sustainability Policy.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Head of Sustainability.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      More than two years old - last published in 2014.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Asian Agri are a member of the Fire Free Alliance (FFA), TFT and HCS Approach Steering Group.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has worked with NGOs, including WWF and Solidaridad, on supporting smallholders and their certification.

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 9 / 13 69.2%
    • 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)?

      163,524

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      104,715

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      48,493 - Data more than one year old.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      0 - The company reports 0 ha in the RSPO ACOP for PT Inti Indosawit Subur, but unclear if this covers all operations.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      0 - The company reports 0 ha in the RSPO ACOP for PT Inti Indosawit Subur, but unclear if this covers all operations.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      14. Number of company owned mills?

      19 - Previously reported it had 20 mills.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      15. Maps or coordinates of company owned mills?

      Mill locations are available online, but unclear if this represents 100% of the company's mills.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      16. Number and names of supplier mills?

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      No source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

      Concession boundaries have been made available previously, which are viewable on the SPOTT map. However, ZSL is currently unable to ascertain if the maps disclosed constitute 100% of the company's' palm oil estates.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      18. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      2016

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      98.2% - The company states FFB supply from its own estates and scheme smallholders are traceable and mapped and it is working with third party suppliers.

    • 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 it is not applicable to this company.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 8 / 12 66.7%
    • 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?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      27. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      Asian Agri commits to protect HCV and HCS areas.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      28. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      29. Commitment to set aside areas for conservation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      31. A landscape-level approach?

      The company commits to adopt a landscape planning approach to conservation 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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only states that for HCV areas "Signboards are put up prohibiting trapping, hunting and fishing.".

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it communicates its policy to suppliers regarding needing proof of the legality of their land, including for example protection of conservation areas, like national parks. However, it does not clearly state a commitment to not operate within protected areas.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      36. Evidence of species conservation activities?

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 6.5 / 8 81.3%
    • 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?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      No source

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

      The company does not have an explicit commitment itself, but commits through the RSPO NPP.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      There is public availability of the following HCV assessments:

      Sumatra: PT Usaha Sawit Unggul.

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator is disabled as according to 2015 and 2016 RSPO ACOP no new plantings have occurred.

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator is disabled as according to 2015 and 2016 RSPO ACOP no new plantings have occurred.

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator is disabled as no new planting reported in 2015 or 2016 RSPO ACOP.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      45. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments?

    • 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 public availability of the following SEIA assessments:

      Sumatra: PT Usaha Sawit Unggul.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions 10.5 / 17 61.8%
    • 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?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      17%

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      53. Commitment to zero burning?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      55. Evidence of management and monitoring 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?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it will strive to progressive reduce GHG emissions, but does not have a time-bound commitment.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      60. GHG emissions?

      Data is more than two years old.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      61. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      62. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      BioGrace Method (ISCC), GHG Palm Tool, ISPO GHG.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      63. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      5 (26%)

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 5 / 12 41.7%
    • 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).

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      65. Commitment to manage water use and water quality?

      The company only states it strives to conserve water, and that it monitors water usage and ground 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?

      The company provides figures on water usage, but has no time-bound commitment to report progress towards.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      68. Progress towards commitment on water quality?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      69. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No 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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      72. No use of paraquat?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No 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?

      The company states fertilizer usage.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 10.5 / 18 58.3%
    • 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?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 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 only states "We respect and recognize the rights of indigenous and local communities to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)" but do not refer to UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      81. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No 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?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company does not refer to all of the fundamental ILO conventions - it only refers to child labour, freedom of association, collective bargaining, minimum age and no discrimination, and does not refer to equal remuneration or no forced labour.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      87. Total number of employees?

      Data more than two years old.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      88. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      89. Percentage or number of women employees?

      27% - Data more than two years old.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      90. Minimum wage that the company pays?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      91. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      92. Lost time accident rate?

      21.7 - Asian Agri provides lost day rates for North Sumatra, Riau and Jambi as 1.2, 21.7 and 0.7 respectively. Data more than two years old.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      1 - In 2014. Data more than two years old.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      94. Provision of personal protective equipment and pesticide training?

      Asian Agri reference provision of PPE, but do not explicitly mention pesticide training.

  • Certification standards Certification standards 10.5 / 14.5 72.4%
    • 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)?

      2006 - Through holding company PT Inti Indosawit Subur.

    • 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)?

      PT Inti Indosawit Subur, the holding company for Asian Agri, states all the countries and regions in which it operates: Indonesia (Jambi, Riau and North Sumatra).

    • 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?

      2018

    • 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?

      2029 - Time-bound plan in more than 5 years away.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • 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?

      2010

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      18 (95%)

    • Partial
      1.5 / 2
      Source

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

      90,564 (55%)

    • Partial
      1.5 / 2
      Source

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

      43,347 (74%)

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Book & Claim, Mass Balance, Identity Preserved.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company was 91% certified in 2014. Asian Agri states it has a target of achieving 100% ISPO certification by 2017 but no updates could be found.

    • 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.)?

      The company is 100% ISCC and ISO 14001 certified.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 7 / 9 77.8%
    • 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?

      The company's sustainability report states "To ensure the success of our smallholders' program, we have set up a dedicated plasma management team. The smallholders' plasma management team facilitates and provides agriculture knowledge and technical skills in oil palm management, for example in fertilizer application, harvesting techniques and rotation, fruit quality, support in infrastructure and loan provisions".

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has 29,000 scheme smallholders, of which at least 19,000 have been supported.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      114. Programme to support independent smallholders?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      115. Details of support programme for independent smallholders?

      The company's website states "Asian Agri supports independent smallholders by giving them access to training and other resources so that they may manage their plantations responsibly and sustainably. We help them obtain certifications from third party institutions, improve their yield by sharing best practices, and gain access to financing and our integrated supply chain".

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states that they require "all direct independent smallholder suppliers to provide a declaration letter that their fruit supplies to Asian Agri are only from legal sources. The letter is validated by regional government offices following the sighting of legal documents, such as land ownership title deeds or relevant licenses". The company also engages in regular dialogue with stakeholders to communicate their policy.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      118. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company states "We will cease to do business with any suppliers who breach this policy and do not take immediate action to correct their violation. However, regardless of remedial action, we will not do business with serious repeat violators of this policy".

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • 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.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No 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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      124. Grievance system accessible to external stakeholders?

      The company's sustainability report states that the grievance mechanisms was created to address concerns from the community.

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

      125. Details of grievances disclosed?

      The company provides details of only one grievance.

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