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Founded in 1914, Colombian palm oil, banana and coffee producer DAABON Organic is involved in

  • Parent company:
    DAABON Group
  • Landbank (oil palm):
    15,737 hectares
  • Palm cultivation revenue:
    81%
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    Private company
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    Private company
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: Daabon Group – November 2018

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.

Assessment date:

Total: 96.9% 108 / 111.5
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 7 / 7 100%
    • 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?

    • 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?

      Sustainability Department, headed by a Group Director

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Member of POIG and signatory of UNGC

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      7. Activities with government, NGOs or academic institutions to improve palm oil sustainability?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 12 / 12 100%
    • 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)?

      15,737.3

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      11,346

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      3,647

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      3,607

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      784.13 - Sum of HCV areas and other conservation areas

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

      37 - Figure is for palm oil operations only

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      14. Number and names of company owned mills?

      2

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      15. Maps or coordinates of company owned mills?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      16. Number and names of supplier mills?

      The indicator has been disabled as the company does not source from other mills

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

      Concession boundaries have been made available to the RSPO and the company declares these represent 100% of its concession sites, but not all may be publicly available due to ongoing legal issues. Maps will become available on GeoRSPO

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      18. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not have scheme smallholders

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      The indicator is disabled as the company does not source from other mills

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company is fully RSPO-certified as Identity Preserved, meaning it is traceable to plantation

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      21. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level (above 80%)?

      The indicator is disabled as the company does not source from other mills

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      100% - The company is fully RSPO-certified as Identity Preserved, meaning it is traceable to plantation

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      23. Percentage of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) from supplier mills traceable to plantation level (above 75%)?

      The indicator has been disabled as the company does not source from other mills

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 10 / 10 100%
    • 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
      1 / 1
      Source

      24. Commitment to zero deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      25. Deforestation commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      26. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      HCV, HCS

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      27. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      The company states it monitors deforestation monthly using WRI tools

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      28. Examples of habitat management and/or habitat restoration?

      Activities include forest enrichment, creating corridors, extension of forest edges and enrichment of riparian forest

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      29. Implementing a landscape-level approach to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      30. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      31. Commitment to not endanger species of conservation concern, referencing international or national system of species classification?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      33. Examples of species conservation activities?

      Examples include educational activities and native species conservation

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 9 / 9 100%
    • 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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      35. HCV commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has not had any new plantings since 2005. However, there is public availability of the following Flora and Fauna surveys:
      Tequendama HCV 2013
      Las Mercedes Fauna & Flora 2009
      Tequendama HCV 2009 - Fauna
      Tequendama HCV 2009 - Flora

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has not had any new plantings since 2005. However, there is public availability of the following HCV assessments:
      Cesar-Magdalena HCV 2016
      La Guajira HCV 2015

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has not had any new plantings since 2005. However, there is public availability of the following summary HCV management and monitoring plans: La Guajira, Cesar-Magdalena and Oleaginosas del Yuma S.A.S

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator is disabled as according to company RSPO ACOPs no new planting has occurred

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      42. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments?

      This indicator is disabled as no new planting has taken place since 2016

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      44. Social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs) undertaken, and associated management and monitoring plans?

      The company has not had any new plantings since 2005. Environmental management plans (PMA) are updates to the named SEIAs originally done. The following SEIA assessments are available. Both original and updated SEIAs are referred to as PMAs:
      Ariguani Farm SEIA 2006 & PMA 2015 (estate plantation)
      Gavilán Farm SEIA 2006 & PMA 2015 (estate plantation)
      Tequendama Farm SEIA 2006 & PMA 2015 (estate plantation)
      Mercedes Farm PMA 2006 & PMA 2015 (estate plantation)
      Palmares del Caribe Farm PMA
      Extraction Mill SEIA 2006 & PMA 2015
      Smallholders SEIA 2006

      Daabon has also made available a report on:
      Perception of Social & Environment Impacts of C.I. Tequedama S.A.S

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions 13.5 / 15 90%
    • 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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      46. Peat commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      48. Landbank or planted area on peat?

      0

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      50. Commitment to zero burning?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      52. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

      The company states it has a full management plan on fire risk and uses the tools available by WRI for fire monitoring, and it develops plans, procedures and facilities to prevent, control and combat fire on land the company manages, as well as on land in the vicinity of farms, in coordination with local communities and authorities

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it has not had any incidents and its risk of fire is considered low

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company's GHG policy targets a reduction in overall emissions by 2019, however the target is not in GHG intensity

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      56. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      57. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      PalmGHG calculator

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      58. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports its emissions over time (2015-2017) showing a reduction in emissions and that net emissions are negative meaning it has achieved a carbon neutral state, however it does not have a time-bound commitment to reduce GHG emission intensity from its mills

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      1 (50%)

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 12 / 12 100%
    • 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).

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      60. Time-bound commitment to improve water use per tonne of FFB Processed?

      The company commits to decrease water use by 5% per ton/FFB per year

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company commits to ensure BOD and COD are kept below certain limits on a permanent basis and has a target for 100% re-use of all effluent, which it has met

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      62. Progress towards commitment on water use?

      The company reports improving water use across all sites in m3/yr but does not report in water use intensity

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only reported water quality data (BOD & COD) in 2009. However, since 2010 it has re-used all effluent and hence met its commitment to re-use 100% of its effluent

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      64. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      65. Evidence of treating palm oil mill effluent (POME)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company's palm oil production is organic, which includes no use of chemical pesticides or chemical fertilisers

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      67. No use of paraquat?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      69. No use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      70. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company's palm oil production is organic, which includes no use of chemical pesticides or chemical fertilisers

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 19.5 / 19.5 100%
    • 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

      72. Commitment to human rights, referencing the UN Declaration of Human Rights or UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      73. Commitment to human rights applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      75. Commitment to respect indigenous and local communities' rights, referencing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples or ILO 169?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      77. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company outlines its process for identification and recognition of customary rights using prior consultation

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      79. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      80. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      81. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      82. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      84. Total number of employees?

      1,975 - In 2016

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      85. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      0% - In 2016

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      86. Percentage or number of women employees?

      11.8% - In 2016

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      87. Commitment to pay minimum wage?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      88. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      89. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      0.64 - Lost Time Accident Rate In 2016

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      0 - In 2016

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      91. Provision of personal protective equipment and pesticide training?

      The company states it provides its employees with PPE and training

  • Certification standards Certification standards 16 / 16 100%
    • 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

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

      2,012

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      Colombia

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      95. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of estates within 5 years or achieved 100% RSPO-certification of estates?

      2,017

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      96. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of scheme/associated smallholders within 5 years or achieved 100% RSPO-certification of scheme/associated smallholders?

      2,014 - Achieved 100%

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      97. Year expected to achieve 100% RSPO certification of all palm product processing facilities?

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      98. 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?

      2,010

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      2 (100%)

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      13,514 (85.9%)

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      18,862 (100%) - Tonnes of FFB supplied from associated smallholders that is certified

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      16,230 (100%) - Tonnes of FFB supplied from independent smallholders

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      100%

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Identity Preserved

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      106. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      107. Certified under voluntary sustainability certification scheme (e.g. ISCC, SAN, RSB, etc.)?

      Rainforest Alliance, RSPO Next, various organic certifications

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 6 / 7 85.7%
    • 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

      108. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

      The company supports associated and independent smallholders through agronomical guidance for Best Agricultural Practices, establishment of Integrated Pest Management, third-party auditing at no cost, credit and financial support/management, environmental and social management of farms, subsidised transportation and fertilisation

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      60

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      110. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      The company supports associated and independent smallholders through agronomical guidance for Best Agricultural Practices, establishment of Integrated Pest Management, third-party auditing at no cost, credit and financial support/management, environmental and social management of farms, subsidised transportation and fertilisation

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      68

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states that its code of ethics applies to suppliers and it has created a new audit process to ensure suppliers are fully respecting human rights, and a new interdisciplinary team has been formed inside the Group to evaluate and verify all projects, purchases, expansions or new partnerships by any business units, ensuring each new venture is coherent with the company's sustainability policies. However, the process for auditing and evaluating the companies is unclear.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      113. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company states it discontinues transacting with any person or legal entity that violates human rights, and for infringements of employment rights or other unethical activities. Non-observance of its protocol on customary rights is also cause for total or temporary suspension. No timeframes for action are given

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      114. Percentage of suppliers assessed and/or engaged on compliance with company requirements?

      The company states in 2017 that 73 new suppliers were evaluated on environmental criteria

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 3 / 4 75%
    • 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.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      115. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      116. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      117. Own grievance or complaints system?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      118. Grievance or complaints system is accessible to internal and external stakeholders?

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      119. Details of grievances disclosed?

      This indicator is disabled as according to RSPO NEXT audit report, which covers all operations, the company has no grievances to date

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