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Golden Veroleum (Liberia) Inc (GVL)

Palm oil assessment
  • Latest update: November 2021
  • Next scheduled: November 2022

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  • Landbank (oil palm)
    40,697 hectares
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    Private
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: Golden Veroleum (Liberia) Inc (GVL) – November 2021

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 40.7% 52.5 / 129
  • Organisation: 11.5 / 30 38.3%
  • Policy: 29.5 / 43 68.6%
  • Practice: 11.5 / 56 20.5%
  • Self-reported: 4.3 / 56 7.6%
  • External: 4.5 / 56 8%
  • Certified: 2.8 / 56 4.9%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    3.25 / 10 32.5%
    • Organisation: 1 / 6 16.7%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 1.3 / 3 41.7%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 3 16.7%
    • External: 0.8 / 3 25%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has its own sustainability policy as well as it reporting to comply with the GAR's 'Social and Environmental Policy'.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company reports to have a Sustainability General Manager.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company is a member of TFA.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that it is working with NGOs and CSOs for the implementation of its action plan which includes taking measures for improving sustainability of its palm oil operations, however only limited details are provided, this data is also over 2 years old.

    • N
      0 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • N
      0 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      12. Climate risks assessment available?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    8.5 / 9 94.4%
    • Organisation: 8.5 / 9 94.4%
    • Policy: 0 / 0 0%
    • Practice: 0 / 0 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 0 0%
    • External: 0 / 0 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 0 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      40,697 - The company reports the total land area managed for oil palm in its RSPO ACOP 2020.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      14. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      19,048 - The company reports the total oil palm planted area in its RSPO ACOP 2020. This figure includes the infrastructure area.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      10,167 - The company reports the total unplanted area in its RSPO ACOP 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      11,482 - The figure only includes land designated and managed as HCV areas, as the company reports to have no other conservation land set aside.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      18. Maps of estates/management units?

      The company reports to have submitted all concession maps to RSPO and that no new concessions have been added or no changes in ownership of concessions have been done since the submission of maps to RSPO. The company has also pinned locations of all concessions on its website.

    • 19. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

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

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      21. Number of company-owned mills?

      1 - The company reports the number of mills in its RSPO ACOP 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

      The company reports the name and location of its mill on its website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports having no suppliers (smallholders, outgrowers, third-parties) in its 2020 ACOP. Therefore, the company-owned mill sources only from the company-owned operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports having no suppliers (smallholders, outgrowers, third-parties). Therefore, the company-owned mill sources 100% volumes only from the company-owned operations.

    • 25. Number of third party supplying mills?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 31. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 35. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

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

    • 36. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

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

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    4 / 10 40%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 1 / 7 14.3%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 7 0%
    • External: 1 / 7 14.3%
    • Certified: 0 / 7 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2,011 - The company has been an RSPO member since 2011.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company is not RSPO certified as of its 2020 ACOP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has submitted the RSPO Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP) for 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports in its 2020 ACOP that it operates in Liberia.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      0% - The 2020 ACOP: 2.2.2.1 reports 0% certified. Therefore no points can be awarded.

    • N
      0 / 1

      42. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      0% - The 2020 ACOP: 2.6.2 reports 0% certified. Therefore no points can be awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2,023 - The company reports a time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of estates and mills.

    • 44. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of all palm product processing facilities?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      In its 2020 ACOP the company reports selling 0% SG/IP.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    3.5 / 12 29.2%
    • Organisation: 0 / 1 0%
    • Policy: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Practice: 1.5 / 5 30%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 5 10%
    • External: 0 / 5 0%
    • Certified: 1 / 5 20%
    • N
      0 / 1

      54. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

      The company reports a commitment to comply with the social and environmental policy of GAR which includes a commitment conserve and protect ecosystems. This commitment does not explicitly include all natural ecosystems, nor is it a no/zero conversion commitment, therefore no points can be awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      55. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      The company states that it will not develop on HCV, HCS and peatland and that it wants to ensure that "upstream and downstream palm oil operations are deforestation-free".

    • 56. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that it will not develop on HCV, HCS and peatland. No cut off data is reported and therefore partial points have been awarded.

    • N
      0 / 1

      58. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • 59. Evidence of monitoring deforestation in supplier operations?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      64. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

    • N
      0 / 1

      65. Biodiversity policy?

    • 66. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

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

    • Y
      1 / 2

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

      Species of conservation concern have been identified in HCV reports using the IUCN framework, these assessments have been conducted with external bodies and thus are externally verified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only mentions banning the hunting of protected species such as chimpanzees.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to no hunting of endangered, rare, and threatened species on its own concessions and allows traditional community rights for hunting and collection. However, the company does not commit to no hunting of species that are not endangered, rare, threatened species, therefore partial points have been awarded.

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

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

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    7.75 / 11 70.5%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4 / 4 100%
    • Practice: 3.8 / 7 53.6%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 7 14.3%
    • External: 2.8 / 7 39.3%
    • Certified: 0 / 7 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports its commitment to High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments in its forest conservation policy.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] HCV assessments for planting undertaken prior to January 2015 are available on the company website.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      Only one HCV assessment is available for estates planted since January 2015. In the company's 2020 ACOP the company states it has planted 143 ha, however the ACOP also reports that no NPPs were submitted and that NPPs did not cover all new planting, thus only partial points can be awarded.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The HCV management and monitoring plan for one estate planted since January 2015 is available, this does not cover all new planting, thus partial points have been awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      76. 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 use "licensed assessors in compliance to EPA and RSPO / HCVRN requirements", however ALS is not explicitly mentioned.

    • 77. 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?

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Only one HCV assessment since January 2015 has been quality reviewed and deemed satisfactory.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      79. 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 makes this commitment independently through GAR's Social and Environmental Policy.

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      81. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

      The company has 13 HCSA assessment reports registered on the HCS website, however, report and summary not publicly available, and therefore no points can be awarded.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company has 13 HCSA assessment reports registered on the HCS website, however none are peer reviewed.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports its own commitment to conduct SEIAs.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] One social and environmental impact assessment report is publicly available.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    4 / 17 23.5%
    • Organisation: 0 / 5 0%
    • Policy: 3.5 / 5 70%
    • Practice: 0.5 / 7 7.1%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 7 0%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Certified: 0.5 / 7 7.1%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also makes this commitment through GAR's Social and Environmental Policy.

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company states in its Human Rights and Sustainability Policy that there are no peat in the areas where the company operates. This information is dated August 2014, no updates on peatland area found since 2014, as this information over five years old, no points can be awarded.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company states in its Human Rights and Sustainability Policy that there are no peat in the areas where the company operates. This information is dated August 2014, no updates on peatland area found since 2014, as this information over five years old, no points can be awarded.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment only to best management practices for peatland through GAR's Social and Environmental Policy. The company mentions a 'Green Book' which includes standards and best practices in soil and peat management, no further information of this 'Green Book' could be found. The company does not make a commitment to best management practices for soils, therefore only partial points can be awarded.

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

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

    • N
      0 / 2

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

      The company mentions a 'Green Book' which includes standards and best practices in soil and peat management, no further information of this 'Green Book' could be found, thus no points can be awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      93. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company reports its commitment to no burning through GAR's Social and Environmental Policy.

    • 94. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 2

      95. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      The company reports on its website that fire monitoring is following the RSPO fire watch on the geoRSPO platform. Details on management are not reported. Partial points have been awarded for one example.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports only to reduce GHG emission and does not report a time-bound and intensity-based target. Therefore no points can be awarded.

    • N
      0 / 1

      99. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports '0' as the average GHG footprint of all certified units. No unit is yet certified, so no points can be awarded.

    • N
      0 / 1

      100. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • N
      0 / 1

      101. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The company reports using RSPO GHG calculator ver.3.1. to calculate GHG emissions.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    6.25 / 20 31.3%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 5 / 7 71.4%
    • Practice: 1.3 / 11 11.4%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 11 0%
    • External: 0 / 11 0%
    • Certified: 1.3 / 11 11.4%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company only mentions to implement programs to conserve water and energy, and reduce waste. No time-bound commitment to improve water use intensity found, thus no points.

    • N
      0 / 1

      105. Water use intensity?

    • N
      0 / 1

      106. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports to "check BOD and other parameter in POME discharge to plantation refer to regulation", but no time-bound target to improve water quality, thus no points.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 2

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

      The company only mentions treating wastewater and waste as required, prior to discharge or disposal. It does not explicitly mention POME, thus partial points.

    • 110. Treatment of palm oil refinery effluent (PORE)?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      111. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company reports protecting and conserving high conservation value areas, such as riparian zones along rivers and streams, survivable tracts of primary forest, and water sources.

    • N
      0 / 2

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

      The company reports having a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for demarcation of HCV and HCS areas including buffer zones for preservation before and during land preparation, however this information is over five years old and thus no points can be awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to minimise the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides through GAR's Social and Environmental Policy.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      115. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

      The company reports a commitment to no use of paraquat.

    • 116. Commitment to no use of paraquat applies to all suppliers?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to no use of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides except in "specific situations", through GAR's Social and Environmental Policy.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to no use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention except in "specific situations", through GAR's Social and Environmental Policy.

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 2

      122. Implementation of commitment to minimise inorganic fertiliser use?

    • P
      0.75 / 2

      123. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      The company reports practicing integrated pest control such as the use of "manual methods, the natural enemies of oil palm pests, and ecologically benign insecticides".

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports to have a "well documented waste management and disposal plan", however no further information could be found.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    12.75 / 27 47.2%
    • Organisation: 0 / 5 0%
    • Policy: 10.5 / 13 80.8%
    • Practice: 2.3 / 9 25%
    • Self-reported: 2.3 / 9 25%
    • External: 0 / 9 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      125. Commitment to human rights?

      The company reports its commitment to the UN Declaration on Human Rights or UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights.

    • 126. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      127. Progress on human rights commitment?

      The company reports to be reviewing the RSPO's Human Rights Defender Protection protocol and developing a policy on human rights, however no details of this are provided, thus partial points.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on its website.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to respect legal and customary land tenure rights through GAR's Social and Environmental Policy.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports this commitment in its Social and Community Engagement Policy.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      135. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      The company reports to have conducted stakeholders mapping and categorisation, however details of this are not available, the company also reports to conduct responsible resolution of conflicts, limited details of this are provided. Thus partial points have been awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      136. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      The company reports the details of process for addressing land conflicts in its sustainability progress report.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      138. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company reports to preserving and planning with community land areas best suited for local food production, cash crops, and other non-oil-palm agriculture, however a commitment to mitigate impacts on food security is not mentioned, thus no points can be awarded.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      140. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company reports a commitment to building infrastructure that will ""benefit the local economies"" on its website.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company reports multiple examples such as developing a community development fund, educating on palm oil, and transportation facilities for children and the community.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to all ILO's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports that it plans to include Collective Bargaining Agreements in a policy for new employees. No evidence of this policy could be found.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to eliminate gender-related discrimination with regard to employment.

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports a plan to create a gender committee but reports this is "yet to commence", and therefore no points can be awarded.

    • N
      0 / 1

      149. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • N
      0 / 1

      150. Percentage or number of women employees?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      151. Commitment to pay a Decent Living wage?

      The company reports its commitment to pay at least minimum wage through GAR's Social and Environmental policy. The company also reports it plans to pay minimum wage but explains this is "yet to commence", thus partial points.

    • 152. Commitment to pay a Decent Living wage applies to all suppliers?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      153. Progress on commitment to pay a Decent Living wage?

    • N
      0 / 1

      154. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company reports its commitment to address occupational health and safety on its website.

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      157. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      The company reports that it provides PPE for protection from chemical exposure, however limited details of this are provided. Evidence of training is not reports, thus partial points.

    • N
      0 / 1

      158. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    0 / 7 0%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 0 / 2 0%
    • Practice: 0 / 5 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 5 0%
    • External: 0 / 5 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 5 0%
    • 160. Commitment to support smallholders?

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

    • 161. Programme to support scheme/plasma smallholders?

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

    • 162. Percentage of scheme/plasma smallholders involved in programme?

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

    • 163. Programme to support independent smallholders?

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

    • 164. Percentage of independent smallholders/outgrowers involved in programme?

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

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

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

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

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

    • 167. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

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

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    2.5 / 6 41.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2.5 / 4 62.5%
    • Practice: 0 / 2 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      176. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company reports its commitment to ethical conduct and the prohibition of corruption on its website.

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company only reports that infringements of this commitment will be investigated, no details of this are provided, thus no points can be awarded.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      180. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company allows for whistleblowing and states that whistleblowers are protected, but no details of the procedure are reported, thus only partial points can be awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published a Grievance, Dispute and Conflict Management SOP on its website. This includes a flow chart of the process plus the grievance request form.

    • N
      0 / 1

      182. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

Media monitor: Golden Veroleum (Liberia) Inc (GVL)

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