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Established in 1977, Genting Plantations is a subsidiary of Genting Group. Genting Plantations' business activities

  • Parent company:
    Genting Group
  • Landbank (oil palm):
    247,655 hectares
  • Palm cultivation revenue:
    53.68%
  • Market cap:
    1,885,560,000 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    GENP.KL
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    GENP MK
  • ISIN:
    MYL2291OO002
  • RSPO member?
    Yes. Genting Plantations was suspended and reinstated in 2014.
  • Website:

Company assessment: Genting Plantations Bhd – November 2018

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

Assessment date:

Total: 47.8% 59 / 123.5
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 3.5 / 6 58.3%
    • Companies should publish sustainability policies or similar covering their entire supply chain — including third party suppliers — implemented and enforced through high-level leadership that engages with wider industry schemes.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a general sustainability policy

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Vice President - Sustainability

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company is collaborating with NGOs on various projects such as rehabilitation of riparian zones, establishment of wildlife corridors and protection of wildlife

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 10 / 19 52.6%
    • Companies should publicly report figures on their total landbank and details of different areas under their management. They should also disclose maps of their management areas and provide details on traceability of their products, both to mill and plantation level.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      247,655

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      148,186 - The company also gives a total planted area of 143,904 in its 2017 Annual Report

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      15,298

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      11,848

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      72,323 - Sum of HCV areas and other conservation areas

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

      6,143

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      14. Number and names of company owned mills?

      11

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      15. Maps or coordinates of company owned mills?

      Some of the company's mills are available on Global Forest Watch

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      16. Number and names of supplier mills?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

      Some of the company's maps are available on Global Forest Watch. The company is not on a list of non-submitters of maps to the RSPO. However, ZSL is currently unable to ascertain if the maps disclosed constitute 100% of the company's palm oil estates

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      18. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      1.5 / 2
      Source

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

      The company states the CPO supplied to its Genting MusimMas Refinery is 79% traceable to own mills

    • Partial
      0.5 / 2
      Source

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

      The company states its Plantation-Malaysia Division achieved 100% and 81% traceability of FFB and CPO respectively to estates. It does not report figures for its Indonesian operations

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 6 / 10 60%
    • Companies should commit to address deforestation and to set aside areas for conservation. They should report on any activities to manage or restore habitat in their conservation areas, or monitor deforestation in their supply chains. They should also provide evidence of species conservation and biodiversity protection.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      24. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      The company has a commitment to protect HCV areas but does not have a no deforestation commitment. The company only states it engaged on no deforestation issues in 2015

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      26. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      HCV

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      27. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      30. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states that where rare and endangered species are found their habitats are conserved and that advice from authorities and experts is sought in cases where translocation of endangered species is needed. The company also references the IUCN Red List in relation to species monitoring

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      33. Examples of species conservation activities?

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 5 / 11 45.5%
    • Companies should commit to the High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) approaches, and to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIA). They should develop and publish monitoring and management plans, and provide evidence through SEIA, HCV and HCS assessments, typically published in summary form due to the sensitive nature of certain sites.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company does not state it will conduct HCV assessments for all new planting or sourcing

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only states that assessments are undertaken by independent assessors approved by the RSPO, but the company commits through being an RSPO member under the RSPO NPP

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The following HCV assessments are publicly available:
      Central Kalimantan: PT Dwie Warna Karya, PT Globalindo Agung Lestari, PT Kapuas Maju Jaya and PT Susantri Permai

      West Kalimantan: PT Surya Agro Palma, PT Citra Sawit Cemerlang, PT Permata Sawit Mandiri, PT Sepanjang Intisurya Mulia and Sawit Mitra Abadi

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only has an HCV assessment summary for Genting Jambongan Estate Sabah from 2016 publicly available, but the company also reported new planting in 2015 and 2017

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only has an HCV assessment summary for Genting Jambongan Estate Sabah from 2016 publicly available, but the company also reported new planting in 2015 and 2017

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only states it carries out carbon stock assessments where appropriate as part of its standard operating procedures, but does not clearly reference the HCS Approach for all new development

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      42. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company does not have an explicit commitment itself, but commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The following SEIA assessments are publicly available:
      Sabah: Genting Jambongan Estate
      Central Kalimantan: PT Dwie Karya Utama, PT Globalindo Agung Lestari, PT Kapuas Maju Jaya and PT Susantri Permai
      West Kalimantan: PT Surya Agro Palma, PT Citra Sawit Cemerlang, PT Permata Sawit Mandiri, PT Sawit Mitra Abadi and PT Sepanjang Intisurya Mulia

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions 6.5 / 15 43.3%
    • Companies should commit to protect peatland and undertake best management practices for soils and peat. They should also have policies on zero burning and to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Companies should report their GHG emissions, as well as any fires that occurred in or around their estates, along with plans for managing and monitoring fires.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it is "committed to avoid developing any new plantings on peat where such high conservation values and high carbon stocks exist" but this does not clearly cover all peatlands of any depth

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      48. Landbank or planted area on peat?

      The company states less than 3% of titled areas in Malaysia with existing oil palm plantings on peat but does not report figures for Indonesia

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      50. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company's zero burning policy does not specify if it covers all development, planting and sourcing

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      52. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      7 - Total number of fires in 2016. Unclear if figure includes Indonesian operations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it has a carbon emissions reduction strategy, but does not have a clear time-bound commitment

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      56. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      57. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      ISCC GHG and PalmGHG

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      58. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports GHG emission intensity figures for 2016 and 2017 for its estates, oil mills, refinery and biodiesel plants, however it does not have a time-bound plan

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states "Our Group's mill management team have initiated and implemented several action plans towards tapping the energy from waste generation" but it is unclear if this includes methane capture

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 4.5 / 12 37.5%
    • Companies should commit to managing water use and water quality, providing evidence through time-bound reduction plans, policies on toxic chemical use and treatment of palm oil mill effluent (POME).

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it is minimising the use of water for processing, but does not have a time-bound commitment

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      62. Progress towards commitment on water use?

      The company does not have a time-bound plan to improve water usage. It reports an improvement in water usage intensity at its oil mills in Malaysia from 2016 to 2017

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company reports some figures on BOD in relation to oil mills' effluent ponds, but none for COD. The BOD values reported are within legal limits

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      64. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company states it maintains riparian zones in its Malaysian operations but it does not mention its Indonesian operations

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      67. No use of paraquat?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      70. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 11 / 19.5 56.4%
    • Companies should commit to respect human rights, including those of indigenous peoples and local communities, consulted with free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Companies should respect the rights of workers, report relevant workforce data, and comply with health and safety legislation.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states development is carried out in accordance with local laws and procedures are in place including on native customary rights, but it does not have a clear commitment

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states that FPIC guides its engagement, but does not clearly commit to FPIC for new development

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      77. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      79. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      80. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      81. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      82. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

      The company commits to respect the rights of all employees, without exception

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states its commitment to no discrimination, no forced labour, no use of child labour and the right to join trade unions and bargain collectively, but does not refer to a minimum age or equal remuneration

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      84. Total number of employees?

      8,464

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      85. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      88%

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      86. Percentage or number of women employees?

      26%

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      87. Commitment to pay minimum wage?

      The company states it complies with minimum wage but it does not give evidence that minimum wage is paid

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      88. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      89. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      5.02 - The company reports a lost time injury frequency rate for its Malaysian operations but does not report any data for its Indonesian operations

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      0 - The company reports no fatalities for the last year of operations

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      91. Provision of personal protective equipment and pesticide training?

      The company only states that the use of personal protective equipment is mandatory and monitored

  • Certification standards Certification standards 7 / 18 38.9%
    • Companies should become members of credible certification standards and report in accordance with all appropriate categories of membership. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) requires members registered as growers to submit data relating to certification targets for their estates, scheme smallholders and independent fresh fruit bunch (FFB) suppliers, via an annual communications of progress (ACOP) report.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      2,006 - A member since 2006, in April 2014, the company had its RSPO membership suspended. However, in September 2014 the company's membership status was reinstated

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      The company states that it operates in the following countries and regions: Indonesia (Kalimantan Barat, Kalimantan Selatan, Kalimantan Tengah); Malaysia (Johor, Kedah, Malacca, Perak, Sabah, Selangor). The company also has 40% ownership of Serian palm oil mill in Sarawak through a joint venture, but is not required to report on this as it does not hold majority ownership

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2,023

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2,026 - The target of 2026 is not within 5 years

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2,015

    • Partial
      1 / 2
      Source

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

      4 (36%)

    • Partial
      0.5 / 2
      Source

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

      38,514 (15%)

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

      0 (0%)

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

      0 (0%)

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Mass Balance, Identity Preserved

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The regional operations in Kalimantan Barat under PT Sepanjang Intisurya Mulia, comprising Mulia Oil Mill and its supplying estates, obtained ISPO certification in 2015 and were audited in 2017

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      106. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

      One mill and supply base have achieved MSPO certification; two were successfully audited in 2017

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      All operating units in Malaysia ISCC EU and ISCC PLUS certified since 2013, completed re-certification in 2015

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 2 / 7 28.6%
    • Companies should report details of any programmes or schemes to support both schemed and independent smallholders, as well as criteria to assess suppliers on compliance with company policies, and in what cases suppliers should be suspended or excluded due to non-compliance.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      108. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

      The company operates using the plasma scheme in Indonesia but no details of support are provided

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      110. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      The company states "Assist in procurement of fertilizers for the independent smallholders in one of our mills in Sabah"

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      113. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 3.5 / 6 58.3%
    • Companies should operate in an ethical manner at all levels, providing accessible channels and clear procedures for both employees and external stakeholders to raise any grievance or complaint with the company, as well as allowing for whistleblowing.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      115. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      116. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      117. Own grievance or complaints system?

      The company reports that it has a grievance mechanism, but does not give further details

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      119. Details of grievances disclosed?

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