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Daabon Group

  • Parent company:
    DAABON Group
  • Landbank (oil palm):
    11,347 hectares
  • Palm cultivation revenue:
    81%
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    Private company
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: Daabon Group

SPOTT assesses companies against over 100 indicators across ten categories. Click on the icons or bars below to expand each category for further details, scoring and links to reports and sources.

90.3% 102.5 / 113.5 Total:
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 6 / 7 85.7%
    • Companies should publish sustainability policies or similar covering their entire supply chain — including third party suppliers — implemented and enforced through high-level leadership that engages with wider industry schemes.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has an Environmental Policy that relates to sustainable development.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The policy's scope includes associated, independent and third party suppliers.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Sustainability Department, headed by a Group Director.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      Most recent sustainability report was published in 2011.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Member of POIG, FEDEPALMA (Colombian Palm Oil Growers) and a 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 and/or NGOs to improve palm oil sustainability?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 13 / 13 100%
    • 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)?

      11,346.7 - Sum of total areas for palm, including 3607.02 ha used for cattle. Note the company reports 11,975.53 ha of land area controlled/managed for oil palm cultivation in its 2016 RSPO ACOP.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      7,357 - Note that the company reports 6,925.45 ha planted in its landbank statement.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      3,647.53

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      451

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      784.13 - Sum of conservation areas for palm. Note that the company reports 520 ha of HCV areas and other conservation areas in its 2016 RSPO ACOP.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

      30 - Sum of infrastructure areas for palm.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      14. Number of company owned mills?

      1

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      No source

      15. Maps of company owned mills?

      Mill locations have been made available previously, which are viewable on the SPOTT map.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      16. Number and names of supplying mills?

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

    • 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 their concession sites, but not all may not be publicly available due to ongoing legal issues.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      18. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

      Smallholder boundaries have been made available to the RSPO as part of their estate maps according to Daabon, but not all may be publicly available due to ongoing legal issues.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it is 100% traceable.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 10.5 / 12 87.5%
    • Companies should commit to address deforestation and to set aside areas for conservation. They should report on any activities to manage or restore habitat in their conservation areas, or monitor deforestation in their supply chains. They should also provide evidence of species conservation and biodiversity protection.

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      24. Commitment to address deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      25. Commitment to zero deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      26. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

      The company states it is committed to zero deforestation within its supply chain.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      27. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      HCV and HCS areas.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      28. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      29. Commitment to set aside areas for conservation?

      Committed to preserving and protecting the only remaining natural forest left in the area, and leave areas as nature reserves, wildlife habitats and corridors.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      30. Evidence of habitat management and/or habitat restoration of set-aside areas?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      31. A landscape-level approach?

      The company states it uses a landscape approach and "has collaborated to assess the full area of influence of its operations, related to HCV and water sources. Our main approach has been connectivity within plantations and the neighbouring communities, as detailed in our HCV report for Tequendama".

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      32. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it conducted a project to identify species on the farms with the goal of developing strategies to guarantee their survival, including endangered and endemic wildlife, with reference to the IUCN Red List.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it verifies that the property does not belong to or have any special protection by the Nation, but does not clearly refer to nationally and internationally designated protected areas.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      36. Evidence of species conservation?

      Training smallholders on conservation and biodiversity and creating wildlife corridors planted with native species. In partnership with regional environmental authorities is developing an annual educational program on the importance of the endemic animal species of the Colombian Atlantic region.

  • 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

      37. Commitment to High Conservation Value (HCV) approach?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      38. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

      Across all of its oil palm operations, and those of its smallholders and/or independent providers.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      39. 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

      40. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments undertaken between November 2005 and December 2014, and management and monitoring plans?

      Daabon 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

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

      Daabon has not had any new plantings since 2005.

      However, there is public availability of the following HCV assessments:
      La Guajira HCV 2015
      Cesar-Magdalena HCV 2016

      .

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Daabon has not had any new plantings since 2005.

      However, there is public availability of the following summary HCV management and monitoring plans:
      La Guajira HCV 2015
      Cesar-Magdalena HCV 2016.

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator is disabled as Daabon has not had any new plantings since 2005 and no new planting reported in 2016 RSPO ACOP.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      45. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments?

      This indicator is disabled as the company states "No new land has been planted in order to assess HCS" and states the decade of planting for all plantations.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Daabon state that SEIAs are carried out as required by Colombian regional authorities and as part of being an RSPO member they commit under the RSPO NPP.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      47. Social and environmental impact assessment (SEIAs) undertaken since November 2005, and management and monitoring plans?

      Daabon has not had any new plantings since 2005.

      Environmental management plans (PMA) are updates to the named SEIAs originally done.

      There is public availability of the following SEIA assessments. 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 / 15 86.7%
    • 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.

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator is disabled as no peat soils in Colombia.

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      49. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as no peat soils in Colombia.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      0% - No peat soils in Colombia.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      53. Commitment to zero burning?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      54. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      55. 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

      56. 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

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company's GHG policy commits to achieving "a carbon neutral state by 2015".

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      59. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

      The company states "Our company measures and offsets GHG's deriving from its full scope of operations (including smallholders and independent providers)".

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      60. GHG emissions?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      61. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      62. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      PalmGHG , PAS 2050 and LCA/IPCC.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      63. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      1 (100%)

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 10.5 / 12 87.5%
    • 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

      65. Commitment to manage water use and water quality?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      66. Time-bound commitments to improve water use and water quality?

      Targets to decrease water use by 5% per ton/FFB and ensure BOD and COD kept below certain limits, but not time-bound.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      67. Progress towards commitment on water use?

      The company reports water usage data from 2011, but does not report progress towards its target.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      68. Progress towards commitment on water quality?

      The company reports water quality data (BOD &COD), but does not report progress towards its target.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      69. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      72. No use of paraquat?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      75. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Daabon'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 16.5 / 18 91.7%
    • Companies should commit to respect human rights, including those of indigenous peoples and local communities, consulted with free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Companies should respect the rights of workers, report relevant workforce data, and comply with health and safety legislation.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company refers to indigenous and community rights, but does not reference the UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      81. Commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      83. Process for addressing land conflicts?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      84. Commitment to ensure food security for local communities?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      85. Commitment to respect workers' rights, including all workers (i.e. direct, indirect, migrant, temporary, casual, etc.)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      87. Total number of employees?

      1,975 - In 2016.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      88. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      0% - In 2016.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      89. Percentage or number of women employees?

      11.8% - In 2016.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      90. Minimum wage that the company pays?

      Company state they pay at least minimum wage for all staff.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      91. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      92. Lost time accident rate?

      0.64 - In 2016.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      0 - In 2016.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      94. Provision of personal protective equipment and pesticide training?

  • Certification standards Certification standards 13.5 / 13.5 100%
    • 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

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

      2012

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2010 - Achieved 100%.

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2014 - Achieved 100%.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      101. RSPO-certified within three years of joining the RSPO or by November 2010, for companies joining prior to finalisation of the RSPO certification systems in November 2007?

      2010

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      1 (100%)

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      7,357 (95%) - Certified area divided by total palm area of 7,739.68 (total area of 11,346.7 ha minus 3607.02 ha used for cattle).

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      3,647 (100%) - Hectares under associated smallholders.

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      80,486 (100%) - FFB supplied from independent smallholders.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Identity Preserved.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      109. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified (100%)?

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Rainforest Alliance, RSPO Next, various organic certifications.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 6.5 / 9 72.2%
    • Companies should report details of any programmes or schemes to support both schemed and independent smallholders, as well as criteria to assess suppliers on compliance with company policies, and in what cases suppliers should be suspended or excluded due to non-compliance.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      111. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

      Daabon helps smallholder producers allied with C.I. TEQUENDAMA S.A.S. (its mill).

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      112. Details of support programme for scheme smallholders?

      Increasing production, creating cooperatives, organic certification, training and documentation on conservation and biodiversity, agricultural best practices.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      In 2009 successful completion of organic certification for
      137 of 162 palm smallholders and provided assistance to over 450 palm and cocoa smallholders who are organised in Allianzas (co-ops).

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      114. Programme to support independent smallholders?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      115. Details of support programme for independent smallholders?

      Technical Assistance, Certification, Auditing, Microcredits.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only 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.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      118. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company states it discontinues transacting with any person or legal entity that violates human rights, infringements of employment rights or other unethical activities.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 4 / 5 80%
    • 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

      120. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      121. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      122. Own grievance or complaints system?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      123. Accessible to internal stakeholders (i.e. employees)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      124. Accessible to external stakeholders?

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      125. Grievance details, if anonymity not requested?

      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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