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Golden Agri Resources Ltd

  • Parent company:
    Flambo International Ltd (50.35%)
  • Landbank (oil palm):
    642,326 hectares
  • Palm cultivation revenue:
    1%
  • Market cap:
    3,392,267,520 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    GAGR.SI
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    GGR SP
  • ISIN:
    MU0117U00026
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: Golden Agri Resources Ltd

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.

74.8% 95 / 127 Total:
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 6 / 6 100%
    • Companies should publish sustainability policies or similar covering their entire supply chain — including third party suppliers — implemented and enforced through high-level leadership that engages with wider industry schemes.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a Social and Environmental Policy.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Head of Sustainability Policy and Compliance and Head of Sustainability Implementation.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Member of UNGC, TFT, HCS Approach Steering Group, among others.

    • 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 and/or NGOs to improve palm oil sustainability?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 14 / 19 73.7%
    • 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)?

      642,326

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      417,412

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      102,255

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      71,553 - Sum of HCV areas of 53,248 ha and other conservation areas of 18,305 ha.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      14. Number of company owned mills?

      45

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      No source

      15. Maps of company owned mills?

      Mill locations have been made available previously, which are viewable on the SPOTT map. However, ZSL is currently unable to ascertain if the maps disclosed constitute 100% of the company's mills.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      16. Number and names of supplying mills?

      474 - This includes 45 mills owned by GAR. The company does not give details on the names of suppliers.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      No source

      18. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

      Scheme smallholder boundaries have been made available to the RSPO as part of their estate maps according to the company, but not all are publicly available due to ongoing legal issues.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      2015

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      2020 - GAR plans to achieve 100% traceability to plantation for its own mills by 2017 and for independent mills by 2020.

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      100%

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      88%

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 9 / 12 75%
    • Companies should commit to address deforestation and to set aside areas for conservation. They should report on any activities to manage or restore habitat in their conservation areas, or monitor deforestation in their supply chains. They should also provide evidence of species conservation and biodiversity protection.

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      24. Commitment to address deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      25. Commitment to zero deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      26. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      27. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      HCS forests, HCV areas, peatlands.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      28. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      29. Commitment to set aside areas for conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      31. A landscape-level approach?

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      32. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      36. Evidence of species conservation?

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 8 / 10 80%
    • Companies should commit to the High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) approaches, and to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIA). They should develop and publish monitoring and management plans, and provide evidence through SEIA, HCV and HCS assessments, typically published in summary form due to the sensitive nature of certain sites.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      38. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      GAR does not state this explicitly, but commits as an RSPO member under the RSPO NPP.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      There is public availability of some of Golden Agri Resources' HCV assessments:

      Central Kalimantan: PT Buana Artha Sejahtera, PT Aditunggal Mahajaya, PT Agrokarya Primalestari, PT Mitrakarya Agroindo, PT Agrolestari Sentosa, PT Buana Adhitama, PT Binasawit Abadi Pratama, no further HCV assessments could be found

      West Kalimantan: PT Cahaya Nusa Gemilang, PT Agrolestari Mandiri, PT Bangun Nusa Mandiri, PT Persada Graha Mandiri, PT Paramitra Internusa Pratama, PT Kartika Prima Cipta, PT Kencana Graha Permai and for smallholders of PT PIP, no further HCV assessments could be found

      East Kalimantan: PT Tapian Nadenggan, PT Kresna Duta Agroindo, no further HCV assessments could be found

      South Sumatra: PT Bumi Sawit Permai, no further HCV assessments could be found

      Central Sumatra: PT Satya Kisma Usaha, no further HCV assessments could be found

      No assessments could be found for the company's operations in North Sumatra, South Kalimantan or Papua.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      Some HCV assessments are available: Scheme Smallholders of PT. Paramitra Internusa Pratama (PIP). No further HCV assessments could be found.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      Some HCV management and monitoring plans are available: Scheme Smallholders of PT. Paramitra Internusa Pratama (PIP).

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator is disabled as no new planting in 2016 as reported in 2016 RSPO ACOP.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      45. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      GAR clearly states it carries out SIAs, but EIAs are not clearly referenced.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      There is public availability of the following HCV assessments:

      Central Kalimantan: PT Buana Artha Sejahtera, PT Aditunggal Mahajaya, PT Agrokarya Primalestari, PT Mitrakarya Agroindo, PT Agrolestari Sentosa, PT Buana Adhitama, PT Binasawit Abadi Pratama

      West Kalimantan: PT Cahaya Nusa Gemilang, PT Agrolestari Mandiri, PT Bangun Nusa Mandiri, PT Persada Graha Mandiri, PT Paramitra Internusa Pratama, PT Kartika Prima Cipta, PT Kencana Graha Permai and for smallholders of PT PIP

      East Kalimantan: PT Tapian Nadenggan, PT Kresna Duta Agroindo

      South Sumatra: PT Bumi Sawit Permai,

      Central Sumatra: PT Satya Kisma Usaha
      .

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions 9.5 / 17 55.9%
    • Companies should commit to protect peatland and undertake best management practices for soils and peat. They should also have policies on zero burning and to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Companies should report their GHG emissions, as well as any fires that occurred in or around their estates, along with plans for managing and monitoring fires.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      49. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only details best management practices for soils.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      53. Commitment to zero burning?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      54. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      55. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only states that less than 1% of its land was affected by fire in 2015.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      Golden Agri Resources is committed to reducing GHG emissions, but state they will set reduction targets in 2018.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      59. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      60. GHG emissions?

      The company only provides emission figures for their operations in Riau and North Sumatra.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      61. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      62. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      Palm GHG Calculator 2.1.1.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      63. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      7 (20%)

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 8.5 / 12 70.8%
    • Companies should commit to managing water use and water quality, providing evidence through time-bound reduction plans, policies on toxic chemical use and treatment of palm oil mill effluent (POME).

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      65. Commitment to manage water use and water quality?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      67. Progress towards commitment on water use?

      The company provide figures on their water consumption over time however their commitment is not time-bound.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      68. Progress towards commitment on water quality?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      69. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      72. No use of paraquat?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states "Pesticides that are categorised
      as World Health Organization Class 1A or 1B listed by the Stockholm or Rotterdam Conventions, are not used, except in specific situations".

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states "Pesticides that are categorised
      as World Health Organization Class 1A or 1B listed by the Stockholm or Rotterdam Conventions, are not used, except in specific situations".

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      75. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it will respect the rights of indigenous peoples but they do not refer to either the UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples or the ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      81. Commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      83. Process for addressing land conflicts?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      84. Commitment to ensure food security for local communities?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company does not refer to equal remuneration.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      87. Total number of employees?

      170,700

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      88. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      55,800 (32.6%)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      89. Percentage or number of women employees?

      The company provides the percentage of female permanent staff, casual workers and managers in Indonesia, China and Singapore.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      90. Minimum wage that the company pays?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      91. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      92. Lost time accident rate?

      5.59

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      7

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      94. Provision of personal protective equipment and pesticide training?

      The company stated in 2010 that it provides personal protective equipment where needed, but not enough details are given on pesticide training.

  • Certification standards Certification standards 10.5 / 17 61.8%
    • Companies should become members of credible certification standards and report in accordance with all appropriate categories of membership. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) requires members registered as growers to submit data relating to certification targets for their estates, scheme smallholders and independent fresh fruit bunch (FFB) suppliers, via an annual communications of progress (ACOP) report.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      Yes. Golden Agri Resources states all the countries and regions in which it operates: Indonesia (Jambi, West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan; Bangka Belitung; Lampung; Papua; Riau; South and North Sumatra).

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2020

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2020

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2017 - Time-bound plan was previously 2016. The company states "One remaining facility SMART Surabaya refinery scheduled to be SCCS certified this year. With this all our Indonesian refineries will have RSPO SCCS certification.".

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2011

    • Partial
      1.5 / 2
      Source

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

      29 (64.4%)

    • Partial
      1 / 2
      Source

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

      262,442 (41%) - Area certified divided by total land managed for palm oil.

    • Partial
      1.5 / 2
      Source

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

      51,149 (50.021%) - Total land under scheme/plasma smallholders minus land still uncertified under scheme/plasma smallholders.

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

      0 (0%) - The company does not state it has independent smallholders in its supply base, but does state it is supporting them.

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

      0 (0%) - The company does not provide total volume of all palm oil and oil palm products handled/traded/processed in the year.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Book & Claim, Mass Balance, Segregated.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company is partially certified and states that 186,307 hectares of plantations and 30 mills have received ISPO certification as of Dec 2016.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states 291,351 hectares of plantations including smallholder plantations of 57,755 hectares, 29 mills, two kernel crushing plants, five refineries and 14 bulking
      stations have received ISCC certification.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 8 / 9 88.9%
    • Companies should report details of any programmes or schemes to support both schemed and independent smallholders, as well as criteria to assess suppliers on compliance with company policies, and in what cases suppliers should be suspended or excluded due to non-compliance.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      111. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      112. Details of support programme for scheme smallholders?

      Best management practices; yield improvement; provide seeds and fertilisers, help them obtain subsidised loans.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      GAR states it has approximately 67,000 smallholders in Indonesia, but does not state explicitly the number supported.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      114. Programme to support independent smallholders?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      115. Details of support programme for independent smallholders?

      Securing loans; ISPO certification; replanting with high quality seeds; training in latest agronomy practices.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      As of the end 2016, GAR had helped over 430 farmers participate in the scheme.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      118. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      GAR have visited 36 suppliers since 2015.

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 5 / 7 71.4%
    • Companies should operate in an ethical manner at all levels, providing accessible channels and clear procedures for both employees and external stakeholders to raise any grievance or complaint with the company, as well as allowing for whistleblowing.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      120. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      121. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      122. Own grievance or complaints system?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      124. Accessible to external stakeholders?

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

      125. Grievance details, if anonymity not requested?

      The Grievance List is available on GAR's sustainability dashboard, which requires log-in and as such is not considered publicly available by SPOTT.

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