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Carotino Group

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

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  • Parent company:
    JC Chang Group
  • Landbank (oil palm)
    41,653 hectares
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    8124306Z MK Equity
  • LEI:
    No LEI
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:
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Company assessment: Carotino Group – November 2023

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 46.8% 87.02 / 186
  • Organisation: 13.5 / 38 35.5%
  • Policy: 39 / 77 50.7%
  • Practice: 34.5 / 71 48.6%
  • Self-reported: 2.1 / 71 2.9%
  • External: 19 / 71 26.8%
  • Certified: 13.4 / 71 18.9%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    1 / 11 9.1%
    • Organisation: 0 / 6 0%
    • Policy: 1 / 2 50%
    • Practice: 0 / 3 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 3 0%
    • External: 0 / 3 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company meets this indicator through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company has also published its environmental policies.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      2 - The company reports that it has two women in its senior management team. However, the information is undated.

    • N
      0 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      2 - The company reports that it has two women board members. However, the information is undated.

    • 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?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company has published a sustainability brochure but does not have sustainability reports.

    • 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
    10.5 / 26 40.4%
    • Organisation: 10.5 / 17 61.8%
    • Policy: 0 / 2 0%
    • Practice: 0 / 7 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 7 0%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 7 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      13. Lists countries and operations?

      Malaysia (Pahang and Sabah) - (Plantations and Mills).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Lists countries sourcing from?

      The company sources from Malaysia.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      41652.5 - The company reports its total land area managed/controlled for oil palm as 41,652.50 ha in it RSPO ACOP 2022.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      16. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      40439.2 - The company reports its total palm oil planted and infrastructure area as 40,439.16 ha in its RSPO ACOP 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)?

      119.02 - The company reports its total unplanted area as 119.02 ha in its RSPO ACOP 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1094.32 - The company reports its conservation set-aside area, including the HCV area as 1,094.32 ha in its RSPO ACOP 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      20. Maps of estates/management units?

      The company declares that it has submitted the maps of its all new and existing concessions to the RSPO.

    • 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?

      3 - The company reports that it has three palm oil mills in its RSPO ACOP 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      24. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

      The company has published the names and locations of all mills in the GFW database.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports that its palm oil mill sources 100% of its crops from its own plantations while Melewar and Asia palm oil mills source 94% of its crops from own plantations and the remaining 6% of crops from third-party suppliers. However, this information is undated.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      27. Number of third party supplying mills?

      46 - The company reports that it sources from 46 third-party supplying mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published the names, addresses, and coordinates of all third-party supplying 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?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 2

      33. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 2

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

    • N
      0 / 2

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      37. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

      The company reports that it procures crude palm oil from plantations and mills within the group. However, it does not provide any data on traceability.

    • 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
    8.58 / 13 66%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 1 / 2 50%
    • Practice: 6.6 / 10 65.8%
    • Self-reported: 1.6 / 10 15.8%
    • External: 5 / 10 50%
    • Certified: 0 / 10 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2006 - The parent company has been an RSPO member since May 2006.

    • 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 achieved its first RSPO P&C certification in 2010.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has submitted its latest RSPO ACOP 2022.

    • P
      0.92 / 1

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

      92.35% - The company reports 92.35% of RSPO-certified areas in its RSPO ACOP 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      43. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      [Externally verified] 100% - All of the company's mills 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 achieve 100% RSPO certification of estates and mills by 2024. This is within five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      2030 - The company commits to achieve 100% RSPO certification of all palm product processing facilities by 2030. This is beyond five years.

    • 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 company reports that 0% of FFB supply (tonnes) from independent smallholders and outgrowers FFB suppliers are RSPO-certified.

    • P
      0.3 / 1

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

      29.59% - The company reports that 29.59% of all palm oil and oil palm products handled/traded/processed (tonnes) are RSPO-certified.

    • P
      0.21 / 1

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

      The company reports that it sells 21.23% of RSPO-certified palm oil through segregated or identity-preserved supply chains.

    • P
      0.15 / 1

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

      The company reports that it processes/trades 15.21% 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 does not operate in Indonesia.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      53. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

      [Externally verified] The company reports that 100% of its operations are MSPO certified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company is certified under ISCC.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    7.42 / 20 37.1%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 3.5 / 12 29.2%
    • Practice: 3.9 / 6 65.3%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 6 0%
    • External: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Certified: 1.9 / 6 32%
    • 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 makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have been therefore awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to no deforestation in its own reporting. However, no cut-off date was specified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      58. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to no land clearing damaging primary forests or areas required to protect or enhance HCVs since November 2005, and no land clearing damaging HCVs or HCS forest since November 2018, through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to applying the RSPO Remediation and Compensation Procedure where there has been land clearing without prior HCV assessment since November 2005, or without prior HCV-HCSA assessment since November 2018, through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. However, a commitment covering restoration of all non-compliant deforestation/conversion was not found. Partial points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • 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?

      The company has only a general statement that it commits to biodiversity protection with no detail given on scope and targets.

    • N
      0 / 1

      69. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.92 / 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 also reports that it has identified several species of conservation concern like oriental magpie robin, white-throated kingfisher, spotted dove, and crested serpent eagle, referencing the international system of species classification IUCN.

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to no hunting of all species in 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
    4 / 15 26.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4 / 8 50%
    • Practice: 0 / 7 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 7 0%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 7 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company has published a summary of HCV assessments for planting undertaken prior to January 2015 on its website. However, no proper HCV assessments were available.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company states that HCV assessments will only be available on request.

    • N
      0 / 1

      78. High Conservation Value (HCV) or combined HCV/HCS management and monitoring plans for all estates planted/planned 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 makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • 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?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      84. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • 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?

      The company has published a summary of SEIA assessments on its website. However, no SEIA reports were available.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    10.34 / 19 54.4%
    • Organisation: 2 / 5 40%
    • Policy: 4 / 8 50%
    • Practice: 4.3 / 6 72.3%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 6 8.3%
    • External: 0 / 6 0%
    • Certified: 3.8 / 6 64%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to no planting on peat in its own reporting.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      0 - The company reports that none of its plantations are on peatlands. However, it does not provide a landbank area. This information is over five years old.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the producer clearly states that it has no operations on peatland for above indicator (""Landbank or planted area on peat (ha)"").

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to good agricultural practices only for soils in its own reporting.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.92 / 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 makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company commits to zero burning in its own reporting.

    • N
      0 / 1

      97. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.92 / 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports one fire hotspot inside its concession area in 2022.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      3 - The company reports three fire hotspots outside its concession area. However, the information is between two and five years old.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      102. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports the average GHG footprint for all certified management units by ha to be 3.09 tCO2e/ha and the average GHG footprint for all certified management units per tonne of crude palm oil to be 0.92 tCO2e/CPO in its RSPO ACOP 2022. However, the figure does not include Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • (NEW: not scored this year) N
      -

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      105. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      106. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The RSPO requires companies to assess their GHG emissions through the Palm GHG calculator. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company does not clearly reports that all its mills have methane capture unit.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    13.68 / 25 54.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 5 / 11 45.5%
    • Practice: 8.7 / 12 72.3%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 12 0%
    • External: 1 / 12 8.3%
    • Certified: 7.7 / 12 64%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      109. Water use intensity?

    • N
      0 / 1

      110. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

    • 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)?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.92 / 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 reports that digested POME will be aerobically treated by an effluent tertiary plant to reduce its BOD to levels within the permissible level for land application. However, the information is undated.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      115. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to protect natural waterways through buffer zones in its own reporting.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.92 / 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to using only environmentally safe chemicals and methods of application whenever pesticides are necessary for supplementary control.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      119. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also states that the use of paraquat herbicide has been completely phased out.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.92 / 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
      0.92 / 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 states that it uses an integrated pest management approach and provides evidence including, introduction of barn owls, iguanas, and eagles to keep the rat population under control, it also cultivates leguminous to reduce and control attacks by oryctes rhinoceros beetle on immature plants. However, the information is over five years old.

    • 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 through which it recycles empty fruit bunches as organic manure and treats POME to generate electricity.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    23.5 / 35 67.1%
    • Organisation: 0 / 5 0%
    • Policy: 15.5 / 21 73.8%
    • 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 makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to the UN Declaration on Human Rights in its own reporting.

    • 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.

    • 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 makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 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). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • 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 RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 contain requirements for addressing land conflicts. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      142. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • 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 makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • 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 also provides essential services such as community halls, schools, and medical facilities to neighbouring communities. However, the information is over five years old.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to core ILO Conventions in its own reporting.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to respect core ILO conventions. However, it is unclear if it covers all core ILO conventions.

    • 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 makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to eliminate gender-related discrimination with regard to employment in its own reporting.

    • 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?

    • N
      0 / 1

      154. Percentage or number of women employees?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. Commitment to pay a Living Wage?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to pay only minimum wage in its own reporting.

    • 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 makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to address occupational health and safety in its own reporting.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 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 also reports that all employees were trained to be risk-alert and health-conscious by wearing the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) provided free to workers for safety and health. Additionally, it provides training to all levels of staff and workers on various topics including safe handling, transporting, using, and storing various tools, agrochemicals, and other inputs. However, the information is undated.

    • N
      0 / 1

      162. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    3 / 15 20%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 1 / 6 16.7%
    • Practice: 2 / 9 22.2%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 9 0%
    • External: 2 / 9 22.2%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      164. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      165. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      166. Percentage of scheme smallholders involved in programme?

    • 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?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 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
      -

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 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?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • 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 makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to ethical conduct and the prohibition of corruption in its own reporting.

    • 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.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      184. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 contain guidance and requirements on whistleblowing procedures. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company adheres to this criteria through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also has its own grievance procedure only for internal stakeholders.

    • N
      0 / 1

      186. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      The company reports that the details of complaints and grievances will only be available as per stakeholders' requests. However, no other details were found.

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