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  • Latest update: November 2023
  • Next scheduled: November 2024

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  • About this company:

    First Resources is an investment holding company established

  • Parent company:
    Eight Capital Inc.
  • Landbank (oil palm)
    245,801 hectares
  • Market cap:
    1,956,000,000 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    FRLD.SI
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    FR SP Equity
  • Sedol:
    B2927P4
  • LEI:
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:
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Company assessment: First Resources Ltd – November 2023

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 71.6% 138.25 / 193
  • Organisation: 31 / 40 77.5%
  • Policy: 60 / 78 76.9%
  • Practice: 47.3 / 75 63%
  • Self-reported: 13.4 / 75 17.9%
  • External: 24.8 / 75 33%
  • Certified: 9.1 / 75 12.1%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    9.75 / 11 88.6%
    • Organisation: 6 / 6 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 1.8 / 3 58.3%
    • Self-reported: 1.8 / 3 58.3%
    • External: 0 / 3 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published a sustainable palm oil policy which applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company reports that it 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 supervision of sustainability matters lies within the board which is led by the chairman.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      9.5% - The company has 9.5% women on its senior management team in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      14.3% - The company has 14.30% women on its board of directors.

    • 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 that it has partnerships with universities in Java, Kalimantan, and Sumatra to provide internships for undergraduates and vocational school students on plantation activities and palm oil mill operations. The company has also collaborated with Wilmar and its partner Nestle as well as the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and The Centre for Child Rights and Business to conduct the first workshop on child protection. Further, the company has also collaborated with the Indonesian Oil Palm Genome Consortium in the research and development of planting materials that are tolerant to Ganoderma.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company has published its latest sustainability report 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company has published its latest Sustainability Report 2022 in accordance with GRI 1: Foundation 2021.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is not a POIG member.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      12. Climate risks assessment available?

      The company has conducted and published an assessment of climate-related risks including; identifying climate risks and their potential impacts on the company; metrics and targets; mitigations and responses to manage these climate risks. The company has used the TCFD recommendations for this assessment.

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    21 / 29 72.4%
    • Organisation: 15.5 / 19 81.6%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 3.5 / 8 43.8%
    • Self-reported: 3.5 / 8 43.8%
    • External: 0 / 8 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 8 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      13. Lists countries and operations?

      Indonesia - East Kalimantan, Riau, West Kalimantan (Plantations, Mills, Refineries and Crusher).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Lists countries sourcing from?

      The company states that it sources raw materials either from its owned mills or from third-party suppliers in Indonesia.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      245801 - The RSPO ACOP 2022 states that the company has 245,801.43 ha of land area managed/controlled for oil palm.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      16. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      211409 - The company reports a total oil palm plantation area of 211,409 ha in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      17. Scheme smallholders planted area (ha)?

      35846 - The company reports 35,846 ha as its plasma smallholders planted area.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      9926.98 - The RSPO ACOP 2022 states that the company has 9,926.98 ha of unplanted area.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      24000 - The company reports that it has more than 24,000 ha of conservation set-aside area which includes HCV areas, HCS forests, and peatlands in its own reporting. The RSPO ACOP 2022 states that the company has 24,464.75 ha of conservation set-aside area, including the HCV area.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      20. Maps of estates/management units?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      21. Maps of all scheme smallholders?

    • N
      0 / 1

      22. Maps of all third-party supplying plantations?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      23. Number of company-owned mills?

      18 - The company reports that it has 19 owned palm oil mills in its sustainability report 2022. However, the RSPO ACOP 2022 states that the company has 18 palm oil mils as one is not operational due to replanting activity.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      24. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

      The company reports the name and location of 19 mills. The GFW also shows the location of some of the company's owned mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that all of its mills source FFB from the company-owned operation while nine mills also source FFB from third-party plantations. Data as of 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that in 2022, approximately 88% of FFB supply came from its own plantations, while the remaining 12% was sourced from third parties.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      27. Number of third party supplying mills?

      19 - The company has 19 third-party supplying mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports the names and locations of all third-party supplying mills.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that all of its third-party supplying mills source FFB from their own plantations while some also purchase FFB from third-party suppliers. However, the company has not reported the exact number/percentage.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports that it sources approximately 14% of CPO and PK from 19 third-party suppliers that source from their own plantations and/or third-party suppliers. However, the percentage/ volumes of FFB supply to third-party supplying mills that comes from its own plantations and/or third-party suppliers is not specified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that one of its refineries sources from intermediary traders, which accounts for 10.35% of the refinery's supply.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has already achieved 100% traceability to mill level.

    • Y
      1 / 2

      33. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has already achieved 100% traceability to plantation level for its mills. It also reports a target to achieve 100% traceability to plantations for its third-party CPO and PK suppliers by the end of 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 2

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

      The company reports that it has maintained 100% traceability to plantations for Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB) processed at its mills and kernel-crushing plants.

    • N
      0 / 2

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

      The company reports that it aims to achieve 100% traceability to plantations of third-party CPO and PK suppliers. However, it does not report the percentage of supply from third-party mills that is traceable to the plantation level.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      37. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

      The company publishes traceability summaries which include the percentage of supply traceable to plantation level per refinery for all refineries.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      38. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

      The company has published traceability summaries which include the percentage of supply traceable to the plantation level per crusher for all crushing facilities.

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    6.4 / 15 42.7%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 3 66.7%
    • Practice: 3.4 / 11 30.9%
    • Self-reported: 0.7 / 11 5.9%
    • External: 2.8 / 11 25%
    • Certified: 0 / 11 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2008 - The company has been an RSPO member since March 2008.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      2018 - The company states that it received its first RSPO certification in 2018. This was not within three years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has submitted its latest RSPO ACOP 2022.

    • P
      0.3 / 1

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

      30.15% - The company reports 34% RSPO-certified areas in its sustainability report 2022. The RSPO ACOP 2022 states that the company has 28.33% RSPO-certified landbank. However, the landbank certified under P&C 2018 is reported as 30.15% of the total land bank.

    • P
      0.32 / 1

      43. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      31.57% - The company reports that six (31.57%) mills are RSPO-certified out of a total of 19 company-owned mills. However, the RSPO ACOP 2022 states that the company has six (33.33% ) mills that are RSPO-certified out of a total of 18 company-owned mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2026 - The company commits to achieve 100% RSPO certification of estates and mills by 2026. This is within five years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2026 - The company commits to achieve 100% RSPO certification of all palm product processing facilities by 2026. This is within five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      0% - The RSPO ACOP 2022 states that the company has 0% RSPO-certified scheme smallholders area.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      2029 - The RSPO ACOP 2022 states that the company commits to achieve 100% RSPO certification of scheme smallholders by 2029. This is not within five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      0% - The RSPO ACOP 2022 states that 0% of FFB supply from independent smallholders/outgrowers/third-party FFB suppliers are RSPO-certified.

    • P
      0.03 / 1

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

      0.3% - The RSPO ACOP 2022 states that the company has 0.30% of palm oil and oil palm products handled/traded/processed (tonnes) that are RSPO-certified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The RSPO ACOP 2022 states that the company sells 0% of RSPO-certified palm oil through segregated or identity-preserved supply chains.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The RSPO ACOP 2022 states that the company processes/trades 0% of RSPO-certified palm oil through segregated or identity-preserved supply chains.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company reports that it has achieved ISPO certifications for 13 mills and more than 126,000 ha of plantations, representing 72% of the group's nucleus planted area. The information is externally verified. However, it does not cover all operations.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company reports that approximately 29% of its total nucleus plantation area and six out of 19 palm oil mills are ISCC certified. The information is externally verified.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    10.8 / 20 54%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 7 / 12 58.3%
    • Practice: 3.8 / 6 63.3%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 6 8.3%
    • External: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Certified: 1.3 / 6 21.7%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      55. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

      The company commits to zero conversion of natural ecosystems.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports a commitment to no deforestation and no conversion of natural ecosystems into plantations within its supply chain. It is unclear if this covers all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      57. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      The company commits to no development in High Conservation Value (HCV), High Carbon Stock (HCS) and peatland areas. This commitment has been in place since 2015.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      58. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to no development in High Conservation Value (HCV), High Carbon Stock (HCS) and peatland areas. This commitment has been in place since 2015.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company defines deforestation as the removal of HCV and HCS areas and specifies any deforestation/conversion past 2015 will not be accepted.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company defines deforestation for suppliers as the removal of HCV and HCS areas and specifies any deforestation/conversion past 2015 will not be accepted in supplier operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that it works with an NGO which sends monthly reports on deforestation detection. The company then looks through these to see if any of the highlighted companies are in its supply chain which requires it to undertake follow-up actions.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to rehabilitating degraded HCV and HCS since its deforestation cut-off date in 2015.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      67. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

    • N
      0 / 1

      68. Biodiversity policy?

      The company has a general statement regarding the conservation of biodiversity. However, the scope and the time-bound targets are not reported.

    • N
      0 / 1

      69. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.3 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company has also identified several threatened species such as Benganjah, Mentawa, Pinang and Mentawa, referencing the international systems of species classification (IUCN Red List and CITES).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company has reported its collaboration with a local NGO to use specialised conservation software to monitor and manage wildlife populations. It also works with the Technology Research and Development Agency of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to conserve the Lembonah Forest in East Kalimantan.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to no hunting of rare and endangered species. However, it does not commit to no hunting of all species.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    14.5 / 15 96.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 7.5 / 8 93.8%
    • Practice: 7 / 7 100%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 7 0%
    • External: 7 / 7 100%
    • Certified: 0 / 7 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company is an RSPO member and commits to the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP). The company also commits to conducting High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to conduct HCV assessments.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 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 for the following: PT Mitra Karya Sentosa, PT Swadaya Mukti Prakarsa, PT. Borneo Persada Energi Jaya (BPEJ), PT. Borneo Surya Mining Jaya (BSMJ), PT. Citra Agro Kencana (CAK), PT. Ketapang Agro Lestari, PT. Maha Karya Bersama (MKB).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments for PT Maha Karya Bersama, PT, Borneo Surya Mining Jaya, and PT Citra Agro Kencana are available on RSPO NPP website. The HCV assessments were done prior to 2015 but cover new planting carried out since 2015.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      78. High Conservation Value (HCV) or combined HCV/HCS management and monitoring plans for all estates planted/planned planting since January 2015?

      [Externally verified] The High Conservation Value (HCV) or combined HCV/HCS management and monitoring plans are available on the RSPO NPP website for PT Maha Karya Bersama, PT, Borneo Surya Mining Jaya, and PT Citra Agro Kencana. The HCV assessments were done prior to 2015 but cover new planting carried out since 2015.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also commits to only use licensed High Conservation Value (HCV) assessors accredited by the HCV Resource Network's Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to only use licensed HCV assessors accredited by the HCV Resource Network's ALS.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has two combined HCV-HCSA assessments available on the HCRN website and both are reviewed as satisfactory.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also commits to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to apply the HCS Approach, as defined by the HCS Approach Toolkit.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      84. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

      [Externally verified] The company's combined HCV-HCSA assessments for PT Mitra Karya Sentosa and PT Umekah Saripratama are publicly available on the HCVRN website. A stand alone assessment of PT. Swadaya Mukti Prakarsa is also reported.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Peer review of PT Swadaya Mukti Prakarsa is published on the HCSA database.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also commits to conducting social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs) in its own reporting.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to upholding SEIA principles in its entire supply chain. However, it does not clearly commit to conducting social and environmental impact assessments in its supply chain.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Social and Environmental Impact Assessments (SEIAs) for PT Mitra Karya Sentosa, PT Swadaya Mukti Prakarsa, PT. Borneo Persada Energi Jaya (BPEJ), PT. Borneo Surya Mining Jaya (BSMJ), PT. Citra Agro Kencana (CAK), PT. Ketapang Agro Lestari and PT. Maha Karya Bersama (MKB) are available on the RSPO NPP website.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    13.1 / 20 65.5%
    • Organisation: 2 / 5 40%
    • Policy: 7 / 8 87.5%
    • Practice: 4.1 / 7 58.6%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 7 21.4%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Certified: 2.6 / 7 37.1%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to no planting on peat of any depth.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that it has not carried out any new plantings on peatland at any depth since July 2015. However, no landbank is reported.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.3 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company reports best management practices for soil and peats such as the installation of piezometers and automatic data loggers that record data every 12 hours to monitor water table fluctuations and applying Empty Fruit Bunches (EFB) as mulch in the plantations to conserve soil moisture, improve soil fertility and reduce weed growth.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      96. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company commits to zero burning.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      97. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to zero burning.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.3 / 1

      98. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports that it has an Integrated Fire Management (IFM) programme which includes an in-depth work plan for fire prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has recorded a total of 67 fires in all of its operations in 2022.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports a general statement that it will transit towards a comprehensive reporting of its scope 1 and scope 2 emissions, across all its facilities following the GHG protocol. However, it does not report a time-bound commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      102. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports the GHG emissions intensities of its six RSPO-certified mills that are integrated with plantations. However, it does not cover the whole scope of operations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports GHG emissions from land conversion as 495,916 tCO2e in 2022. However, it does not cover the whole scope of operations.

    • (NEW: not scored this year) N
      -

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      105. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports year-wise data of GHG emissions intensity only for two of its mills which are RSPO certified. The emission intensity of PT Meridan Sejati Surya Plantation (MSSP) has increased from 0.71 (in 2021) to 1.79 (in 2022) tCO2e/tonne of CPO produced. However, the intensity for PT Subur Arum Makmur 1 (SAM-1) has decreased from 0.81 (in 2021) to 0.61 (in 2022) tCO2e/tonne of CPO produced. The information does not cover the whole scope of the operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      106. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The company uses RSPO PalmGHG calculator (version 4) methodology to calculate GHG emissions.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that eight out of 19 (42.10%) company-owned mills have methane capture.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    18.95 / 25 75.8%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 8.5 / 11 77.3%
    • Practice: 8.5 / 12 70.4%
    • Self-reported: 2.3 / 12 18.8%
    • External: 1 / 12 8.3%
    • Certified: 5.2 / 12 43.3%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports a target of water consumption intensity as 1.0 m3 per tonne of FFB processed which was achieved for all company mills in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      109. Water use intensity?

      0.92 - The company reports water use intensity as 0.92 cubic metres per tonne of FFB processed for 2022.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      110. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports progress in water use intensity from 0.95 cubic metres per tonne of FFB processed in 2021 to 0.92 cubic metres per tonne of FFB processed in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to maintaining BOD and COD levels within legal limits.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company publishes data on the BOD and COD level of each region from 2018 to 2022. The reported figures are below the legal threshold.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.3 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded based on the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports that it treats and repurposes POME as organic fertiliser before discharging it into water bodies.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company reports treating refinery effluents to ensure the Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) levels and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) levels are within the legal limits before being discharged or used for land applications.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      115. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company commits to protect natural waterways through buffer zones.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.3 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports that buffer zones are put in place to protect conservation areas.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to minimise the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that it urges suppliers to minimise the use of chemicals fertilisers and pesticides. This is an unclear commitment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      119. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

      The company commits to not use paraquat.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to not use paraquat.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to not use Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention chemicals.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports the usage of pesticides in kilograms or litres per ha and fertilisers in tonnes per ha.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.3 / 1

      126. Implementation of commitment to minimise inorganic fertiliser use?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company reports an increase in the use of organic fertilisers from 566,573 tonnes in 2021 to 616,689 tonnes in 2022.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.3 / 1

      127. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company has also implemented an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach such as the introduction of a barn owl to control the population of rats, growing plants like Cassia cobanensis, Antigonon leptopus, and Turnera ubulate, which attract the natural predators of oil palm leaf-eating pests such as bagworms and nettle caterpillars.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company has a waste management system in place to ensure that waste storage, treatment and disposal practices do not pose health or safety risks to workers, other people, or natural ecosystems.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    28.75 / 35 82.1%
    • Organisation: 4.5 / 5 90%
    • Policy: 15.5 / 21 73.8%
    • Practice: 8.8 / 9 97.2%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 9 8.3%
    • External: 8 / 9 88.9%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      129. Commitment to human rights?

      The company commits to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      130. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits suppliers to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      131. Progress on human rights commitment?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also report on its grievance procedure that allows stakeholders to report any environmental and social concerns such as deforestation, land disputes, and human rights.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to respecting the rights of indigenous and local communities in relation to FPIC only.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to respecting the rights of indigenous and local communities in relation to FPIC applies to all suppliers.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to respecting legal and customary land tenure rights in relation to FPIC only.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to respecting the legal and customary land rights in relation to FPIC applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company is an RSPO member and commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as a grower. The company also commits to FPIC in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to respect FPIC.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      139. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      The company has operational teams which provide regular cross-departmental updates on key issues including hotspots and fire incidents, the status of land clearing, and any incidents of conflict with local communities to the regional and corporate sustainability teams. The Land Compensation and Conflict Resolution process helps to resolve the conflicts arising among local stakeholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      140. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      The company reports having a Land Compensation and Conflict Resolution process to deal with land-related conflicts.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports limited information such as establishing a gender committee to promote female participation and advancement in the workplace and assigning lighter tasks such as weeding, fertilising and collecting oil palm loose fruits to women.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      142. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company commits to ensuring food security for local communities through assisting with crop diversification.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      144. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company commits to provide essential community services and facilities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports multiple examples of providing essential services such as education, health care and infrastructure to local communities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to providing work opportunities for local communities.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only commits to seven Fundamental ILO Conventions. However, it does not commit to all Fundamental ILO Conventions.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to less than five ILO conventions including 'Prohibit the use of forced, trafficked or child labour, or any discrimination, harassment and abuse of our employees'.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports its progress on the commitment to respect all workers' rights such as practising a volume-based incentive pay system to fairly compensate the employees and involving the labour union in the discussions over the ""House Ownership Credit" programme which facilitates homeownership among its employees.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to prevent employment-related discrimination based on gender.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company reports setting up gender committees to promote female participation and advancement in the workplace. At the employee level, all permanent female workers are entitled to maternity and menstrual leave, and it also reassigns tasks if female workers are found pregnant to ensure their health is protected.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      153. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      2619 (10.52%) - The company has 24,886 direct employees out of which 22,267 are permanent employees and 2,619 are temporary employees.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      154. Percentage or number of women employees?

      4884 (19.62%) - The company reports a total of 4884 women employees including permanent and temporary women employees.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. Commitment to pay a Living Wage?

      The company commits to pay a Living Wage to all workers.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      157. Progress on commitment to pay a Living Wage?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also publishes data on the ratio of the lowest monthly wage paid by the company to the legal minimum wage.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      158. Reporting of salary by gender?

      The company reports the ratio of lowest monthly wage to the legal minimum wage for male and female employees. However, it does not report the ratio of each employee category.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      159. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company commits to address health and safety at work for all workers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to address health and safety at work for all workers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports establishing a Health & Safety Committee and providing PPE and related training to all the workers of the plantations and mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      162. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      59.75 - The company reports the recordable work-related injuries as 59.75 for 2022. Calculated as number of recordable work-related injuries x 1,000,000/total working hours.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      7 - The company recorded seven fatalities in 2022.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    9 / 16 56.3%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4.5 / 6 75%
    • Practice: 4.5 / 10 45%
    • Self-reported: 2.5 / 10 25%
    • External: 2 / 10 20%
    • Certified: 0 / 10 0%
    • P
      0.5 / 1

      164. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company has published a commitment to support smallholders, it does not state if this both scheme/plasma and independent smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      165. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports a programme that provides technical assistance, practical training and advice on fertiliser and pesticide procurement and usage to plasma smallholders.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      166. Percentage of scheme smallholders involved in programme?

      96% - The company reports that approximately 96% of its plasma smallholders were enrolled in its smallholder programme.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      167. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reported having dedicated engagement sessions with its independent smallholders to socialise its sustainable palm oil policy.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      698 (4%) - The company reports that it supports 698 (4%) independent smallholders through its smallholder programme.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      13 - The company reports that in 2022, it screened 13 new suppliers using social and environmental criteria during the supplier onboarding process. It is unclear if it assessed existing suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      171. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company reports that it continuously monitors suppliers to ensure that their practices align with its sustainable palm oil policy. Suppliers found to be non-compliant will be required to undertake corrective actions within a stipulated time. The company also states that it suspends sourcing from non-compliant suppliers who do not take immediate remedial actions.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reported action plans for its suppliers. However, they are not time-bound.

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that it remains aware of the risk of sourcing from non-compliant suppliers. Thus, it maintains a watch list of high-risk companies that is updated quarterly, ensuring all supplying mills are assessed against criteria to determine risk levels. However, a time-bound plan to engage with all high-risk mills within 3 years is not reported by the company.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      175. 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 an understanding of its policies. No further details on the types of support could be found.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has reported the procedures to assess its own and third-party supplying mills for risk level in its sustainability report.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    6 / 7 85.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4 / 5 80%
    • Practice: 2 / 2 100%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 2 / 2 100%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company commits to ethical conduct and the prohibition of corruption.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to ethical conduct and the prohibition of corruption.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      184. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company has a whistleblowing procedure which includes how whistleblowers can report unethical conduct and how they are protected.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that it has a grievance mechanism which is accessible to all stakeholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      186. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      [Externally verified] The company publishes a grievance list which includes the date, grievance channel, entity, key issues, and status.

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