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Golden Veroleum (Liberia) (GVL) has palm oil cultivation and processing operations in southeast

  • Landbank (oil palm):
    40,554 hectares
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    Private company
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    Private company
  • RSPO member?
    No. The company voluntarily withdrew from the RSPO in July 2018
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Company assessment: Golden Veroleum (Liberia) Inc (GVL) – 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.

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Total: 50.8% 49 / 96.5
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 3 / 6 50%
    • 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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only states that it "expects employees and suppliers to act in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. We require them to comply with applicable laws and regulations."

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      General Manager of Sustainability

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      TFA2020, HCS

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as the company is not a POIG member

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 10 / 11 90.9%
    • 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)?

      40,554

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      17,020

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as the company has no scheme smallholders

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      12,314

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      11,482

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      14. Number and names of company owned mills?

      1

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      15. Maps or coordinates of company owned mills?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      16. Number and names of supplier mills?

      This indicator has been disabled as only applicable to traders

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      18. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

      This indicator has been disabled as the company has no scheme smallholders

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as only applicable to traders

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it only sources from its own plantations

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as only applicable to traders

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      100%

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as only applicable to traders

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 4.5 / 9 50%
    • 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
      1 / 1
      Source

      24. Commitment to zero deforestation?

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as the company has neither scheme smallholders or independent suppliers

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      26. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      HCV, HCS, buffer zones

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      27. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No 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?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company commits to protect endangered, rare or threatened species but does not reference a system of classification

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company commits to no hunting on its own concessions and allows traditional community rights for hunting and collection. However the company does not refer to sustainable hunting of species that does not cause decline of local populations

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      33. Examples of species conservation activities?

      The company only mentions a chimpanzee monitoring project and no further examples found

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 9 / 10 90%
    • 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

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

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as the company has neither scheme smallholders nor 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 commits to use "licensed assessors in compliance to EPA and RSPO / HCVRN requirements" however ALS is not explicitly mentioned

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      42. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments?

      The company has 13 HCS assessment reports listed on the HCS website which are pending review and not publicly available yet

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions 2.5 / 13 19.2%
    • 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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as the company has neither scheme smallholders nor independent suppliers

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      48. Landbank or planted area on peat?

      0

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      50. Commitment to zero burning?

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as the company has neither scheme smallholders nor independent suppliers

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      52. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

      The company uses RSPO firewatch for monitoring fires however no information on fire management activities found

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      56. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      57. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      58. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 5.5 / 12 45.8%
    • 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).

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      62. Progress towards commitment on water use?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      64. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company states it protects HCV areas including riparian zones however it is unclear if this commitment covers all operations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No 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?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      67. No use of paraquat?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      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 / 17.5 62.9%
    • 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?

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as the company has neither scheme smallholders nor independent suppliers

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company commits to customary rights but legal rights are not mentioned in commitment

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      77. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

      This indicator has been disabled as the company has no independent suppliers

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      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?

      The company provides very limited detail regarding addressing land conflicts

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      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 only states all workers without specifying both permanent and temporary employees

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      84. tal number of employees?

      3,600 - Approximate figure

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      85. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      86. Percentage or number of women employees?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      87. Commitment to pay minimum wage?

      The company commits to pay the legal minimum wage but no evidence is provided

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      88. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      89. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      91. Provision of personal protective equipment and pesticide training?

  • Certification standards Certification standards 1 / 9 11.1%
    • 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.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company voluntarily withdrawn from the RSPO in July 2018

    • 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)?

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      Source

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

      The company voluntarily withdrawn from the RSPO in July 2018. It had a target to 100% certification by 2021

    • n/a
      -
      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?

      This indicator has been disabled as the company has no scheme smallholders

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as only applicable to traders

    • 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?

      The company voluntarily withdrawn from the RSPO in July 2018. The first mill was inaugurated in 2017 and had a target to certify 100% of operations by 2021 which is outside of the three years

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

      The company voluntarily withdrawn from the RSPO in July 2018. It had no mills certified

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

      The company voluntarily withdrawn from the RSPO in July 2018. It had no estates certified

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as the company has no scheme smallholders

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as the company has no independent smallholders

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as only applicable to traders

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company voluntarily withdrawn from the RSPO in July 2018. It had no estates or mills certified

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as the company does not operate in Indonesia

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      106. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

      This indicator has been disabled as the company does not operate in Malaysia

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 0 / 3 0%
    • 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.

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      108. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

      This indicator has been disabled as the company has no scheme smallholders

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as the company has no scheme smallholders

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      110. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      This indicator has been disabled as the company has no independent smallholders

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator has been disabled as the company has no independent smallholders

    • No
      0 / 1
      No 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?

      The company only states that it will not do business with suppliers that are associated with unethical practices however no details on specific criteria or the exclusion process is given

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 2.5 / 6 41.7%
    • 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?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      116. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company allows for whistleblowing and states that whistleblowers are protected, but no details on the procedure are given

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      117. Own grievance or complaints system?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a grievance SOP but it is unclear if this is accessible to external stakeholders as no specific details given on how to submit a grievance to the system externally

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      119. Details of grievances disclosed?

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Research protocols: Golden Veroleum (Liberia) Inc. (GVL)

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