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Boustead Plantations Bhd

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

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  • About this company:

    Boustead Plantations was established in 1946 and is

  • Parent company:
    Boustead Holdings Bhd
  • Landbank (oil palm)
    97,399 hectares
  • Market cap:
    345,900,000 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    BOPL.KL
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    BPLANT MK Equity
  • Sedol:
    BNH7MH5
  • LEI:
    No LEI
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:
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Company assessment: Boustead Plantations Bhd – November 2023

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 65.2% 103.7 / 159
  • Organisation: 24.5 / 32 76.6%
  • Policy: 48.5 / 73 66.4%
  • Practice: 30.7 / 54 56.9%
  • Self-reported: 4.3 / 54 8%
  • External: 15.6 / 54 28.9%
  • Certified: 10.8 / 54 20%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    8 / 11 72.7%
    • Organisation: 5 / 6 83.3%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • External: 0 / 3 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published a sustainable palm oil policy which covers all palm oil operations.

    • 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?

      Management Sustainability Committee (MSC) - Chaired by the Chief Executive Officer.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that sustainability at the group is led by its Board of Directors, who are responsible for overseeing the group's sustainability strategy and performance.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1 (12.5%) - The company reports it has one woman as a part of its senior management team of a total of eight members. Data as of 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      1 (16.66%) - The company reports it has one woman as a part of its board of a total of six members. Data as of 2022.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports establishing a number of Humana schools and Community Learning Centres (CLCs) in its plantations. Humana schools have been developed in Sabah and Sarawak by the Borneo Child Aid society to cater to immigrant children irrespective of their country of origin, whereas CLCs have been built in collaboration with the Indonesian Consulate and the approval of Malaysia's Ministry of Education to educate the children.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company published its latest sustainability report as a part of its integrated report in 2023, covering the year 2022.

    • N
      0 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

    • 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
    13 / 15 86.7%
    • Organisation: 11 / 12 91.7%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 1 / 2 50%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 1 / 2 50%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      13. Lists countries and operations?

      Malaysia (plantation and mills).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Lists countries sourcing from?

      The company states that all own operations and third-party suppliers are located in Malaysia.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      97399 - The company reports a total of 97,399 ha of the area managed in its Integrated Report 2022 and 2022 RSPO ACOP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      16. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      72291 - The company reports a total of 72,291 ha of planted area in 2022.

    • 17. Scheme smallholders planted area (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from scheme/plasma smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 - The company reports 0 ha of unplanted area in its 2022 RSPO ACOP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2447 - The company reports 576 ha of land designated and managed as HCV areas and 1,871 ha as other conservation land set aside, excluding HCV areas in its 2022 RSPO ACOP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      20. Maps of estates/management units?

      The company states in its 2022 RSPO ACOP that it has submitted maps of its concessions.

    • 21. Maps of all scheme smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from scheme/plasma smallholders.

    • N
      0 / 1

      22. Maps of all third-party supplying plantations?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      23. Number of company-owned mills?

      10 - The company reports owning ten mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      24. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

      The names and locations of all company owned mills are reported by the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that four out of its total ten mills source 100% from company-owned operations and the remaining six mills source from both company-owned operations and third parties. Data as of 2021.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports the volume sourced by its mills that comes from company-owned operations and third parties. Data as of 2021.

    • 27. Number of third party supplying mills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

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

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

    • 33. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to achieving 100% traceability to the plantation level by the year 2027.

    • N
      +
      0 / 1
      1 / 1

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

      Additional points are awarded as three of the company's total ten mills have Identity Preserved certification.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

    • 37. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own 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
    5.4 / 10 54%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 3.4 / 8 42.5%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 8 10%
    • External: 2.6 / 8 32.5%
    • Certified: 0 / 8 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2004 - The company is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil since 2004.

    • N
      0 / 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?

      2011 - The company achieved its first RSPO certification in 2011. This is not within three years of joining the RSPO.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2022 RSPO ACOP is submitted by the company.

    • P
      0.4 / 1

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

      39.67% - Data as of 2022.

    • P
      0.6 / 1

      43. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      [Externally verified] 60% - Six out of the total ten mills owned by the company are RSPO certified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2024 - The company commits to achieving 100% RSPO certification of estates and mills by 2024. This is within 5 years.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a grower or miller.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from scheme/plasma smallholders.

    • 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 has no scheme/plasma/associated smallholders or outgrowers.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      0% - The 2022 RSPO ACOP reports that 0% of FFB supply from independent smallholders/out-growers is RSPO-certified.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a grower or miller.

    • P
      0.4 / 1

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

      The company sells 40% RSPO-certified palm oil through Identity Preserved supply chains.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company only reports a Grower ACOP.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      53. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

      [Externally verified] All of the company's mills and estates are MSPO certified and the certificates are publicly available on the MSPO database.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    8.4 / 20 42%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 2 25%
    • Policy: 4.5 / 12 37.5%
    • Practice: 3.4 / 6 56.7%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 6 0%
    • External: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Certified: 1.4 / 6 23.3%
    • N
      0 / 1

      55. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      57. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      The company commits to zero deforestation.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      58. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to zero deforestation.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company defines deforestation as the development of HCV areas and specifies any deforestation/conversion past July 2021 will not be accepted.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company defines deforestation for suppliers as the development of HCV areas and specifies any deforestation/conversion past July 2021 will not be accepted in supplier operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that it has recorded zero non-compliant deforestation in 2022. However, the amount of deforestation recorded since the company's cut-off date of July 2021 is not reported.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      67. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

    • N
      0 / 1

      68. Biodiversity policy?

    • N
      0 / 1

      69. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.4 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company's own reporting states to have identified 13 endangered and six critically endangered fauna species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List scattered across its estates.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company's own reporting states it has restored a total of 9 ha of land along Sungai Bilong that runs through its G&G estate in Lahad Datu, Sabah, as a river buffer zone. Additionally, the company has planted more than 180 Mahogany trees surrounding the hot springs located in its Segaria Estate in Semporna, Sabah. The company also states engaging with various stakeholders, including the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Malaysia (PERHILITAN), Sabah Wildlife Department, State, and District Forestry Departments, and local communities to understand their concerns and encourage their participation in its conservation efforts.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only commits to no hunting of rare, threatened, and endangered species within its operations.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    5 / 10 50%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 5 / 8 62.5%
    • Practice: 0 / 2 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      74. Commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments?

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports its own commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to conduct HCV assessments.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has not undertaken any new planting since January 2015.

    • 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 has not undertaken any new planting since January 2015.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower.

    • 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 has not undertaken any new planting since January 2015.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has not undertaken any new planting since January 2016.

    • 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 has not undertaken any new planting since January 2016.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 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
    13.3 / 19 70%
    • Organisation: 3 / 4 75%
    • Policy: 6.5 / 8 81.3%
    • Practice: 3.8 / 7 54.3%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 7 14.3%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Certified: 2.8 / 7 40%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports its own commitment to no planting on peat of any depth.

    • 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.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.4 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      96. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company commits to zero burning.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      97. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to zero burning.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.4 / 1

      98. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company's own reporting mentions utilising the RSPO Hotspot Hub, which uses advanced satellite technology to provide near real-time information, to detect hotspots and potential fires in oil palm plantations within the company's supply chain. The company has also established Emergency Response Teams, which are trained in fire evacuation, at each of its operating units.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports four hotspots in its concession areas and no confirmed cases of fire in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      4 - The company reports four confirmed cases of fire outside its concession areas in 2022.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports the GHG emission intensity figures for each of its business units. The figures include Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has not undertaken any new planting since January 2015.

    • (NEW: not scored this year) N
      -

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      105. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports GHG emissions (Scope 1 and 2) intensity figures for each of its business units from 2019 to 2022. However, the intensity is not improving.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      106. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The company uses the RSPO GHG Calculator to calculate GHG emissions.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports it has a biogas facility at one of its mills out of a total of ten mills.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    16.85 / 24 70.2%
    • Organisation: 1 / 2 50%
    • Policy: 8.5 / 11 77.3%
    • Practice: 7.4 / 11 66.8%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 11 6.8%
    • External: 1 / 11 9.1%
    • Certified: 5.6 / 11 50.9%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      109. Water use intensity?

      1.3 - The company reports the water consumption intensity (m3/MT) for all its mills.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      110. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports water use intensity for all its mills and the intensity has improved in 2022 (1.3 (m3/MT)) as compared to 2021 (1.4 (m3/MT)). However, the information reported is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only states that all its mills are installed with a treatment system to treat raw effluent to reduce BOD levels before discharge to 20 ppm. It is unclear if the company has met this target.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company only states that all its mills are installed with a treatment system to treat raw effluent to reduce BOD levels before discharge to 20 ppm. However, the regulatory limits are not reported and it is unclear if the target reported is met.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.4 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company's own reporting also mentions treating POME.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      115. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company commits to protect natural waterways through buffer zones.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.4 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to minimise the use of chemical pesticides only.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to minimise the use of chemical pesticides only.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      119. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

      The company commits to only use paraquat in exceptional circumstances.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to only use paraquat in exceptional circumstances.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to only use World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides in exceptional circumstances.

    • 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 only use World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides in exceptional circumstances.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to only use Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention chemicals in exceptional circumstances.

    • 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 only use Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention chemicals in exceptional circumstances.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.4 / 1

      126. Implementation of commitment to minimise inorganic fertiliser use?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.4 / 1

      127. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports using the Integrated Pest Management approach which includes the use of barn owls to reduce the rat population.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also has a waste management system in place.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    26 / 35 74.3%
    • Organisation: 3 / 5 60%
    • Policy: 15 / 21 71.4%
    • Practice: 8 / 9 88.9%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 9 0%
    • External: 8 / 9 88.9%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      129. Commitment to human rights?

      The company commits to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      130. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits suppliers to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      131. Progress on human rights commitment?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports its own commitment to free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to respect FPIC.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 contain guidance and requirements on the process to conduct free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's commitments under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower.

    • N
      0 / 1

      139. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      140. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      The company reports it has a process for addressing land conflicts and provides a detailed flowchart of the land conflict resolution process.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • N
      0 / 1

      142. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      144. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company commits to provide essential community services and facilities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company reports that as a part of its commitment to support local communities, it strives to improve the living conditions of surrounding communities by building rural infrastructure and amenities.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only mentions that its workforce was expanded through increased recruitment of locals. However, a clear commitment to providing business/work opportunities for local communities is not reported by the company.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports commitment to less than five ILO conventions.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • N
      0 / 1

      153. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      154. Percentage or number of women employees?

      1481 (40.32%) - The company reports 1,481 females out of its total 3,673 employees in 2022.

    • N
      0 / 1

      155. Commitment to pay a Living Wage?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      157. Progress on commitment to pay a Living Wage?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • N
      0 / 1

      158. Reporting of 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only commits suppliers to provide equipment and training on the implementation of safety and health policy. A clear commitment to addressing occupational health and safety is not reported.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company's own reporting also mentions providing PPE and relevant training to its workers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      162. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      6.7 - The company reports a Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) of 6.7 in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 - The company reports zero fatality accidents in 2022.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    2.75 / 8 34.4%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 1 / 4 25%
    • Practice: 1.8 / 4 43.8%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 4 18.8%
    • External: 1 / 4 25%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      164. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company has published a commitment to support smallholders.

    • 165. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from scheme/plasma smallholders.

    • 166. Percentage of scheme smallholders involved in programme?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from scheme/plasma smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      167. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      67% - The company mentions that to date, 67% of its identified FFB suppliers have signed the company's 'Sustainability Pledge', while 42% of its identified suppliers have submitted their supplier information and data for the company to monitor their compliance. However, the information reported is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      171. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • (NEW: not scored this year) N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    5 / 7 71.4%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4 / 5 80%
    • Practice: 1 / 2 50%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company reports it initiated Corruption Risk Management (CRM) and performed the CRM assessments across all its operations specifically on bribery, corruption, abuse of power, and malpractices.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports some information on tax policy, but does not provide information on who is responsible for the strategy and its review.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      184. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company has a whistleblowing policy in place.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports its has launched a online channel, E-Adu, for its employees to report workplace-related issues and grievances while ensuring their confidentiality. However, the channel is not open to external stakeholders and details of the process are not reported.

    • N
      0 / 1

      186. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

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