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  • Latest update: November 2020
  • Next scheduled: November 2021

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  • About this company:

    First Resources is an investment holding company established

  • Landbank (oil palm)
    232,045 hectares
  • Market cap:
    1,543,086,195 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    FRLD.SI
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    FR SP
  • ISIN:
    SG1W35938974
  • Sedol:
    B2927P4
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: First Resources Ltd – November 2020

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 64.8% 121.26 / 187
  • Organisation: 29.5 / 38 77.6%
  • Policy: 52 / 76 68.4%
  • Practice: 39.8 / 73 54.5%
  • Self-reported: 11 / 73 15.1%
  • External: 19.8 / 73 27.1%
  • Certified: 9 / 73 12.3%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    9 / 11 81.8%
    • Organisation: 6 / 6 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • External: 0 / 3 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a sustainable palm oil policy that covers multiple dimensions of sustainability across the company's operations covering both social and environmental issues.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The sustainable palm oil policy of the company applies to all suppliers of the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company has a Head of Sustainability.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that no members have responsibility for sustainability within the board of directors. However, the Head of Sustainability reports directly to the CEO who is on the Board of Directors.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      7.9% - The company reports the percentage of women in the senior management team.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      1 (11.1%) - The company reports the number and percentage of women board members.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports having partnered with a local conservation non-governmental organisation (NGO) to train taskforces to undertake HCV monitoring, handling orangutans and other wildlife species and to use conservation software tools. The company also reports having Community Development Officers (CDOs) who act as ambassadors, engaging with local government agencies to present and explain First Resources' operational activities, environmental initiatives, and social programs.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The sustainability report for the year 2019 is published by the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company has prepared the sustainability report 2019 in accordance with GRI standards and the same is published on the GRI database.

    • 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
    17.98 / 26 69.2%
    • Organisation: 12.5 / 16 78.1%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 3.5 / 8 43.5%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 8 18.8%
    • External: 0 / 8 0%
    • Certified: 2 / 8 24.8%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      232,045

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      212,073 - The figure includes nucleus area (181,065 ha) and scheme smallholder area (31,008 ha).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      31,008 - Figure reported in 2019 Annual Report and 2019 ACOP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 - The company reports this figure in the 2019 ACOP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      19,972 - The company reports the conservation set-aside area, including High Conservation Value (HCV) area in its 2019 ACOP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      18. Maps of estates/management units?

      The company has provided the maps to RSPO and states that no new concessions were acquired after submission of the maps to RSPO.

    • N
      0 / 1

      19. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

    • N
      0 / 1

      20. Names and locations of all third-party supplying plantations?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      21. Number of company-owned mills?

      17 - The company reports the number of company-owned mills on its website as well as in the sustainability report 2019 and the 2019 ACOP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

      The company has published the names and coordinates of all company-owned mills on its website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that all of its own mills source fresh fruit bunches (FFB) from its nucleus and plasma plantations. Six of these mills (as at end 2019) source from third party plantations as well.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that of all the FFB processed in its own mills in 2019, 92% came from its own plantations and plasma schemes, while the remaining 8% was sourced from third-party suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      25. Number of third party supplying mills?

      46 - The company reports the number of third party supplying mills that supply the two refineries of the company; PT Adhitya Serayakorita refinery and PT Ciliandra Perkasa refinery.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published the names and coordinates of all third party supplying mills, supplying the two refineries of the company.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only reports that all its third-party supplier mills source FFB from their own plantations, with some purchasing FFB from third party suppliers as well. The company has not reported the number/percentage.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company sources only directly from mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has achieved 100% traceability to mill level since 2017.

    • Y
      1 / 2

      31. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

      The company reports that 100% of its supply is traceable to mill level.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that 'it aims to achieve 100% traceability to the plantation for First Resources-owned mills by 2020'.

    • P
      0.98 / 2

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

      The percentage includes smallholders and third party suppliers.

    • N
      0 / 2

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      35. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

      The company has published traceability data at the refinery level for all refineries.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      36. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

      The company publishes traceability to plantation data for the Adhitya Serayakorita Kernal Crushing Plant.

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    6.78 / 15 45.2%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 3 66.7%
    • Practice: 2.8 / 10 27.8%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 10 7.8%
    • External: 2 / 10 20%
    • Certified: 0 / 10 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2008 - The company is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

    • N
      0 / 1

      38. 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?

      2018 - The company's first certification was in 2018.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has submitted the RSPO Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP) for the year 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company states all the countries and regions in which it operates: Indonesia (West Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, and Riau).

    • P
      0.1 / 1

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

      10% - The company reports the percentage of area certified under RSPO, and this is reported in the 2019 ACOP.

    • P
      0.18 / 1

      42. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      17.64% - Three mills have valid certificates on the RSPO website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2024 - The company reports a time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of estates and mills by 2024.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that 'both of our processing units (PT Adhitya Serayakorita and PT Ciliandra Perkasa) and the bulking station (PT Meridan Sejatisurya) are certified against the RSPO Supply Chain Certification Standard'.

    • N
      0 / 1

      45. Percentage of scheme/plasma smallholders (ha) RSPO-certified?

    • N
      0 / 1

      46. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of scheme/plasma/associated smallholders and outgrowers within 5 years or target already achieved?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports maintaining ISPO certification for nine of its mills integrated with plantations and has a future commitment to obtain ISPO certification for another five mills integrated with plantations in 2020.

    • 51. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that 'as of 31 December 2019, 51,020 hectares of its nucleus plantations and six palm oil mills are certified under the ISCC scheme. In addition, both its refineries and bulking facilities are ISCC-certified'.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    8.1 / 17 47.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 4.5 / 9 50%
    • Practice: 3.6 / 6 60%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 6 8.3%
    • External: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Certified: 1.1 / 6 18.3%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      53. Commitment to zero deforestation or zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

      The company reports its commitment to "No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation".

    • Y
      1 / 1

      54. Commitment to zero deforestation or zero conversion of natural ecosystems applies to all suppliers?

      The company reports its commitment to "No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation". This commitment applies to all suppliers of the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      55. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      HCS, HCV areas. Effective as of 1st July 2015.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      56. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      The company only reports using satellite imagery, updated monthly, to detect any land clearing activities on the ground and mentions that it continues to monitor its concessions to ensure no land clearing on HCV and HCS areas takes place.

    • N
      0 / 1

      57. Evidence of monitoring deforestation in supplier operations?

    • N
      0 / 1

      58. Amount of illegal/non-compliant deforestation recorded in own operations?

    • N
      0 / 1

      59. Amount of illegal/non-compliant deforestation recorded in supplier operations?

    • N
      0 / 1

      60. Commitment to restoration of non-compliant deforestation/conversion?

    • N
      0 / 1

      61. Commitment to restoration of non-compliant deforestation/conversion applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      62. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      63. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

      The company reports its commitment to biodiversity conservation on its website.

    • N
      0 / 1

      64. Commitment to biodiversity conservation applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.1 / 1

      65. 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 has also identified and published a list of threatened species referencing the international and national system of species classification (IUCN Red List, CITES).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company has also reported several examples in its 2019 Sustainability Report.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports only having a strict policy against the hunting, injuring, possessing, and killing of rare and endangered wildlife within its plantations.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    12 / 14 85.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 7 / 8 87.5%
    • Practice: 5 / 6 83.3%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 6 0%
    • External: 5 / 6 83.3%
    • Certified: 0 / 6 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports undertaking HCV assessments for all its new development areas.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to NDPE as well as no development on High Conservation Value (HCV) areas. This commitment applies to all its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The high conservation Value (HCV) assessments for planting undertaken prior to January 2015, and associated management and monitoring plans, are available on the RSPO website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      NPPs are provided for PT Ketapang Agro Lestari, PT Mitra Karya Sentosa, PT Swadaya Mukit Prakarsa and PT Citra Agro Kencana. The HCV assessments were done prior to 2015 but cover new planting carried out since 2015.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      NPPs, including monitoring and management plans, are provided for PT Ketapang Agro Lestari, PT Mitra Karya Sentosa, PT Swadaya Mukit Prakarsa and PT Citra Agro Kencana. The HCV assessments were done prior to 2015 but cover new planting carried out since 2015.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports that its new developments are subject to third-party HCV assessments undertaken by an expert, approved under the HCV Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      75. 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?

      The company reports that its new developments are subject to third-party HCV assessments undertaken by an expert, approved under the HCV Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS). This applies to all suppliers of the company.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company reports its commitment to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach in its 2019 Sustainability Report.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) approach as defined by the HCS approach steering group and as per the 2015 sustainable palm oil policy of the company, this commitment applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      79. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

      High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessment of PT. Swadaya Mukti Prakarsa is available on the HCS website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports its commitment to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs) on its website.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      82. Social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs) available, and associated management and monitoring plans?

      Social and environmental impact assessment (SEIA) for PT Mitra Karya Sentosa is available on the RSPO website.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    12.6 / 20 63%
    • Organisation: 2 / 5 40%
    • Policy: 7 / 8 87.5%
    • Practice: 3.6 / 7 51.4%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 7 14.3%
    • External: 0.8 / 7 10.7%
    • Certified: 1.9 / 7 26.4%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports its commitment to no planting on peat regardless of depth in its sustainable palm oil policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports a commitment to no planting on peat regardless of depth in its sustainable palm oil policy. This policy applies to all suppliers of the company.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company reports that it has continued to set aside peatland from development since July 2015.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to best management practices for soils and peat.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to best management practices for soils and peat applies to all its suppliers.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.1 / 1

      89. 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. The company also reports evidence of best management practices for soils and peat in its 2019 Sustainability Report 2019 and on its website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      90. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company reports observing a strict zero-burning policy in the land clearing process for all new developments and future replanting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      91. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      The company reports observing a strict zero-burning policy in the land clearing process for all new developments and future replanting. This commitment applies to all suppliers of the company.

    • P
      0.75 / 2

      92. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      The company states that it engages with the local communities and authorities to prevent fires and also has an Integrated Fire Management (IFM) program, including an in-depth Workplan for fire prevention.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports a total of 47 fires in all its operations in 2019.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      96. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports the average GHG footprint for all certified management units by hectare as 12.45 tCO2e/ha, and for all certified management units per tonne of crude palm oil as 5.49 tCO2e/tCPO. Figures only cover the certified part.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      97. GHG emissions from land use change?

      The company reports the GHG emissions from land conversion for only two of its mills, integrated with plantations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      98. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports the progress towards a commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity only for two of its mills with integrated plantations. One mill shows progress towards reduction while another mill's emission intensity has increased sharply as compared to previous years. This is due to the company now having the majority ownership of four estates which supply FFB to the mill. A more thorough explanation can be found in the Sustainability Report 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      99. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The company reports using RSPO Palm GHG Calculator to calculate emissions.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that five out of its 17 mills have methane capture facilities as of 2019, and the company plans to add an additional facility in 2020.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    14.8 / 25 59.2%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 5.5 / 11 50%
    • Practice: 7.3 / 12 60.8%
    • Self-reported: 2.3 / 12 18.8%
    • External: 1 / 12 8.3%
    • Certified: 4.1 / 12 33.8%
    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only reports that its water consumption intensity target remains at 1.0 cubic metres per tonne of FFB processed for all mills. The target is not time-bound.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. Water use intensity?

      1.1 - The company has reported water use intensity figures for 2019.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      103. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports the water use intensity for 2019 as 1.10, which is higher than the water intensity reported in 2018 (0.82), however overall the company has made progress since 2016 (0.94). The increase in water intensity is due to the updated water consumption calculation methodology. A more thorough explanation can be found in the Sustainability Report 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that it ensures that Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) levels and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) levels are within the legal limits before being discharged or used for land applications.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company reports the BOD and COD levels by discharge destination and region in milligrams per litre for 2016-2019. The figures reported are below the legal threshold.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.1 / 1

      106. 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 also reports treating palm oil mill effluent (POME) in its 2019 Sustainability Report.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company mentions treating refinery effluents and the treatment of wastewater from its palm oil mills and refineries before being discharged or used for land applications.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      108. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company reports maintaining buffer zones along riparian strips to protect river banks and maintain water quality.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.1 / 1

      109. 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

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

      The company reports its commitment to minimise the use of chemicals, including pesticides and chemical fertilisers.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      112. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

      The company only reports a time-bound plan for phasing out the use of paraquat.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports it only uses the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides in specific and urgent situations.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports no use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports the usage of pesticides, organic, and inorganic fertilisers.

    • P
      0.75 / 2

      119. Implementation of commitment to minimise inorganic fertiliser use?

      The company has reported the ways in which it reduces the use of inorganic fertilisers. The table for Usage of Inorganic Fertilisers shows progress for the years between 2016-2019. Partial points have been awarded as the information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.1 / 1

      120. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also has its own Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach reported on its website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    26.25 / 36 72.9%
    • Organisation: 5 / 5 100%
    • Policy: 14 / 22 63.6%
    • Practice: 7.3 / 9 80.6%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 9 13.9%
    • External: 6 / 9 66.7%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      122. Commitment to human rights?

      The company reports its commitment to human rights on its website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      123. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company reports its commitment to human rights. This commitment applies to all suppliers of the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      124. Progress on human rights commitment?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports its progress on human rights commitment in its 2019 Sustainability Report 2019.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only states a commitment to respect the rights of indigenous and local communities in relation to FPIC.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only states a commitment to respect the rights of indigenous and local communities in relation to FPIC. This commitment applies to all suppliers of the company.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only reports a commitment to respect legal and customary land tenure rights with respect to FPIC.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only reports a commitment to respect legal and customary land tenure rights with respect to FPIC. This commitment applies to all suppliers of the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) applies to all its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 contain guidance and requirements on the process to conduct free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's commitments under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports a few details of FPIC process in its sustainability report 2019.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      132. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      The company provides examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts in its sustainability report. Partial points have been awarded as the information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      133. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      The company provides details of its process for addressing land conflicts.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company provides limited details on supporting the inclusion of women across palm oil operations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      135. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

    • N
      0 / 1

      136. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security applies to all suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      138. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company reports its commitment to provide essential community services and facilities in its Sustainability Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also provides multiple examples of facilities and services that have been provided to communities.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to driving positive socio-economic impact for the people and communities it touches, through job creation.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to Fundamental ILO Conventions or Free and Fair Labour Principles in its sustainability report and sustainable palm oil policy, but this commitment does not cover equal remuneration.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports its progress on the commitment to respect all worker's rights in its 2019 Sustainability Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      144. Commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment?

      The company reports its commitment to eliminate gender-related discrimination with regards to employment on its website.

    • N
      0 / 1

      145. Commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports its progress on the commitment to eliminate gender-related discrimination with regards to employment in its 2019 Sustainability Report 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      147. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      2,591 (12.38%) - The company reports that it employs 20,913 employees across its offices, plantations, mills, and processing plants, 18,322 of which are permanent employees and 2,591 of which are contract employees.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      148. Percentage or number of women employees?

      3,419 (16.51%) - The company reports the number of women employees in its 2019 Sustainability Report.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      149. Commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

      The company reports its commitment to pay at least the minimum wage, on its website.

    • N
      0 / 1

      150. Commitment to pay at least minimum wage applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      151. Progress on commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports its progress on the commitment to pay at least minimum wage in its 2019 Sustainability Report 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      152. Reporting of salary by gender?

      The company reports the ratio of lowest monthly wage to legal minimum wage by regions and ratio for males and female as 1:1.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      153. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company reports its commitment to address occupational health and safety in its sustainable palm oil policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to addressing occupational health and safety applies to all its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports on the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) and related training in its 2019 Sustainability Report.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      156. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      2,217 - The company reports the recordable work-related injuries rate (per 1,000,000 hours worked) in 2019 as 53.54.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2 - The company reports the number of fatalities in its 2019 Sustainability Report.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    8.25 / 16 51.6%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4.5 / 6 75%
    • Practice: 3.8 / 10 37.5%
    • Self-reported: 1.8 / 10 17.5%
    • External: 2 / 10 20%
    • Certified: 0 / 10 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      158. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company reports its commitment to support smallholders on its website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      159. Programme to support scheme/plasma smallholders?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports details on the support it provides to smallholders in its Sustainability Report 2019.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      160. Percentage of scheme/plasma smallholders involved in programme?

      15,000 - The company states that it has partnered with and supported more than 15,000 smallholders in 2018, and that all its plasma smallholders are involved in its programmes.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Programme to support independent smallholders/outgrowers?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports the process used to prioritise, assess and engage suppliers on compliance with the company's policy and legal requirements.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only states that all new suppliers are screened using social and environmental criteria during the supplier onboarding process, before the trading relationship begins.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      165. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company reports that it suspends sourcing from suppliers found to be engaged in the development of HCS, HCV or peat areas, in the use of fires during land preparations or in the exploitation of local communities, and who do not take immediate remedial actions. It will cease business with serious repeat violators.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has only published actions plans for its suppliers which are not time-bound.

    • N
      0 / 1

      167. Proportion of direct and indirect supply that comes from palm oil plantations which are compliant with palm oil sourcing policies?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only states that it will hold one-on-one meetings and group sessions with its suppliers in order to promote understanding of its policies. No further details on the types of support could be found.

    • N
      0 / 1

      170. Regularly engages with a subset of high risk mills?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports details of the process to assess its own and third-party supplying mills for risk level in its 2017 Sustainability Report.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    5.5 / 7 78.6%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 3.5 / 5 70%
    • Practice: 2 / 2 100%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 2 50%
    • External: 1 / 2 50%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      174. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company reports its commitment to ethical conduct and the prohibition of corruption in its Code Of Conduct.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      175. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption applies to all suppliers?

      The company reports its commitment to ethical conduct and the prohibition of corruption in its Code Of Conduct. It also reports that the Code Of Conduct is disseminated to employees, suppliers and other business partners. It is unclear if this covers all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      178. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company has a whistleblowing policy in place.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a grievance procedure open to all stakeholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      The company has published a list of grievances.

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