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Hap Seng Plantations Holdings Bhd

Palm oil assessment
  • Latest update: November 2023
  • Next scheduled: November 2024

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  • About this company:

    Established in 2007, Hap Seng Plantations Holdings Berhad

  • Parent company:
    Hap Seng Consolidated Bhd
  • Landbank (oil palm)
    38,911 hectares
  • Market cap:
    361,800,000 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    HAPP.KL
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    HAPL MK Equity
  • Sedol:
    B28VNR6
  • LEI:
    No LEI
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:
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Company assessment: Hap Seng Plantations Holdings Bhd – November 2023

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 83% 129.47 / 156
  • Organisation: 27 / 31 87.1%
  • Policy: 62 / 73 84.9%
  • Practice: 40.5 / 52 77.8%
  • Self-reported: 8.7 / 52 16.6%
  • External: 17 / 52 32.7%
  • Certified: 14.8 / 52 28.5%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    7.5 / 11 68.2%
    • Organisation: 4.5 / 6 75%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • External: 0 / 3 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company meets this indicator through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also has its own sustainable agriculture policy and sustainability statement.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's sustainable agriculture policy applies to all suppliers.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company has an environment and sustainability committee chaired by the Chief Executive who sits on the board of directors. However, it is not clear who has high-level responsibility that is not also a board member.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has an environment and sustainability committee chaired by the Chief Executive who sits on the board of directors.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      0 (0%) - The gender balance is not directly reported by the company, but calculated from profiles of senior management that have no women members in the team.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      2 (16.66%) - The company reports that it has two (16.66%) women on the board of directors.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that it engages with the government on riparian areas to protect waterways, and is working with NGOs to help smallholders achieve RSPO certification. It also collaborates with humana child aid society, a social non-governmental organisation to provide education to the children of workers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company has published its latest sustainability report for 2022.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company has published its latest sustainability report after January 2023. However, the report has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI): Core option.

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      12. Climate risks assessment available?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    14.5 / 15 96.7%
    • Organisation: 11.5 / 12 95.8%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 2 / 2 100%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 2 / 2 100%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      13. Lists countries and operations?

      Plantations and Mills - Malaysia (Sabah).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Lists countries sourcing from?

      The company reports that it has 11 suppliers all located in the Kinabatangan region of Sabah.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      38910.8 - The company reports the total land area managed/controlled for oil palm as 38,910.83 ha in its RSPO ACOP 2022 and 39,103 ha in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      16. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      34856 - The company reports that it has 34,856 ha of total oil palm planted area.

    • 17. Scheme smallholders planted area (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from scheme/plasma smallholders.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      0 - The company reports its plantable reserve area as 36.80 ha in the sustainability report 2022 and 113 ha in the annual report 2022. The RSPO ACOP 2022 also states that the company has 0 ha of unplanted area. The company has reported contradictory figures (more than 5%) for the same time period.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1402 - The company reports 1,402 ha of conservation set-aside area, including a High Conservation Value (HCV) area.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      20. Maps of estates/management units?

      The company has submitted maps of its concessions through ACOP 2022 and these represent 100% of its concession sites.

    • 21. Maps of all scheme smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from scheme/plasma smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Maps of all third-party supplying plantations?

      The company reports the coordinates and static maps of all 11 supplying plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      23. Number of company-owned mills?

      4 - The company reports four mills in its sustainability report 2022 and the RSPO ACOP 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      24. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

      The company reports names and coordinates for all four mills in its sustainability report 2022 and these are also available on GFW.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that all four mills source FFB from both own and third-party estates.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that 88% of FFB comes from its own plantations while the remaining 12% are from third parties.

    • 27. Number of third party supplying mills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

    • 31. 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 the company does not own refineries.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

    • 33. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that 100% of FFB supply to own mills is traceable to plantation level. Additional points are awarded based on Identity Preserved certification.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

    • 37. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own refineries.

    • 38. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own palm kernel crushing facilities.

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    8.15 / 10 81.5%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 6.2 / 8 76.9%
    • Self-reported: 2.2 / 8 26.9%
    • External: 4 / 8 50%
    • Certified: 0 / 8 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2005 - The company has been a member of RSPO since 2005.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      2012 - The company was first certified in 2012.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company submitted its last RSPO ACOP in 2022.

    • P
      0.81 / 1

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

      81.31% - The company reports that 81.31% of the area is RSPO-certified in its RSPO ACOP 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      43. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      [Externally verified] 100% - The company reports that all four palm oil mills are RSPO certified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2025 - The company commits to achieve 100% RSPO certification of estates and mills by 2025. This is within 5 years.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a grower or miller.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from scheme/plasma smallholders.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has no scheme/plasma/associated smallholders or outgrowers.

    • P
      0.35 / 1

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

      35.44% - The company reports that 35.44% of FFB supply from independent smallholders and outgrowers FFB suppliers are RSPO-certified.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a grower or miller.

    • P
      0.99 / 1

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

      The company sells 99.26% RSPO-certified palm oil through segregated or identity-preserved supply chains.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company only reports a Grower ACOP.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      53. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

      [Externally verified] The company reports that 100% of its estates and mills have been certified since 2018.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company is ISCC Certified.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    13.61 / 20 68.1%
    • Organisation: 1 / 2 50%
    • Policy: 7.5 / 12 62.5%
    • Practice: 5.1 / 6 85.2%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 6 20.8%
    • External: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Certified: 1.9 / 6 31%
    • P
      0.5 / 1

      55. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

      The company commits to zero conversion of natural ecosystems. However, it does not include all natural ecosystems.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to zero conversion of natural ecosystems. However, it does not include all natural ecosystems.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      57. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also has its own commitment to zero deforestation. However, the commitment is made after 1st Jan 2020.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      58. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to zero deforestation. However, the commitment is made after 1st Jan 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to no land clearing damaging primary forests or areas required to protect or enhance HCVs since November 2005, and no land clearing damaging HCVs or HCS forest since November 2018, through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company has also specified criteria and cut-off date for defining deforestation.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company defines deforestation for suppliers as removal of HCV and HCS areas and specifies any deforestation/conversion past 2020 will not be accepted in supplier operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports that it monitors potential deforestation activity of its own estates on a monthly basis through Global Forest Watch.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports monitoring potential deforestation activity of its supply chain on a monthly basis and states that no deforestation activity has been reported on the suppliers supplying FFB to the mills. However, no further details have been provided on the extent of the area monitored.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      0 - The company reports that no deforestation has been recorded within its boundaries in 2022. However, it does not report the amount of deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion recorded in its operations since the cut-off date.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      0 (0%) - The company reports that no deforestation has been recorded within its suppliers' operations in 2022. However, it does not report the amount of deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion recorded in supplier operations since the cut-off date.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to restore ecosystems to their prior condition in cases of conversion within its own operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to restore ecosystems to their prior condition in cases of conversion within their own operations.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      67. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

      The company has launched a 'Digital Maker programme' with the aim to make a lasting impact on the education landscape in Sabah and increase access to digital literacy for all members of the community.

    • N
      0 / 1

      68. Biodiversity policy?

      The company has a biodiversity policy but does not report a target and only mentions biodiversity in relation to inside HCV/HCS/set-asides.

    • N
      0 / 1

      69. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.86 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports protecting wildlife identified by the Sabah Wildlife Enactments and the IUCN Red List.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports that it conserves some protected species of flora such as the Jelutong tree and Sepat.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to no hunting of rare, threatened and endangered species only.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to no hunting of rare, threatened and endangered species only.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    7.5 / 10 75%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 7.5 / 8 93.8%
    • Practice: 0 / 2 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also makes this commitment in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to conduct HCV assessments.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has not undertaken any new planting since January 2015.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has not undertaken any new planting since January 2015.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to using licensed High Conservation Value (HCV) assessors accredited by the HCV Resource Network's Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has not undertaken any new planting since January 2015.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also makes this commitment in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • 84. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has not undertaken any new planting since January 2016.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has not undertaken any new planting since January 2016.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that nine out of 11 suppliers have committed to conducting social and environmental impact assessments (SEIA) in their plantations.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    15.67 / 18 87.1%
    • Organisation: 3.5 / 4 87.5%
    • Policy: 7.5 / 8 93.8%
    • Practice: 4.7 / 6 77.8%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 6 16.7%
    • External: 0 / 6 0%
    • Certified: 3.7 / 6 61.2%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to no planting on peat of any depth in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 (0%) - The company reports that it has 0 ha of landbank on peat.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the producer clearly states that it has no operations on peatland for above indicator (""Landbank or planted area on peat (ha)"").

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to best management practices for soils and peat in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.81 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports adhering to the best soil conservation practices as part of soil nutrient management.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      96. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to zero burning in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      97. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to zero burning.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.86 / 1

      98. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company reports monitoring fires and fire hotspots using the Global Forest Watch Fire Portal and has established a fire monitoring team to patrol the perimeter adjacent to the forest reserve on a monthly basis.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company publishes its monthly fire hotspots monitoring reports on its webpage. In May 2023, no fires were detected.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 - The company publishes monthly fire and hotspot reports for its neighbouring independent outgrowers/smallholders. In May 2023, no fires were detected.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to reduce GHG emissions intensity between 1.0 to 1.5 tonnes of CO2-e/tonne CPO by the year 2024. However, the commitment does not include Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      102. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports its GHG emissions intensity for 2022 as 0.68 MT of CO2-e per MT of CPO. However, it does not include Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has not undertaken any new planting since January 2015.

    • (NEW: not scored this year) N
      -

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      105. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports a reduction in GHG emissions intensity from 0.94 MT CO2 -e / MT CPO in 2021 to 0.68 MT CO2-e / MT CPO in 2022. However, it does not include Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      106. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The RSPO requires companies to assess their GHG emissions through the Palm GHG calculator. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also reports that it uses RSPO Palm GHG Calculator to calculate GHG emissions.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that three out of four (75%) company-owned mills have methane capture.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    20.54 / 24 85.6%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 9 / 11 81.8%
    • Practice: 9.5 / 11 86.7%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 11 11.4%
    • External: 1 / 11 9.1%
    • Certified: 7.3 / 11 66.3%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to maintain or reduce water intensity to 1.5m3 / MT FFB by the year 2024.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      109. Water use intensity?

      1.88 - The company reports its water usage intensity as 1.88 m3/ MT FFB in 2022.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      110. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports an increase in water use intensity from 1.77 (m3/ MT FFB) in 2021 to 1.88 (m3/ MT FFB) in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to reduce COD by 70% by the year 2022.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company reports an improvement in the level of COD from 343 ppm in 2021 to 331 ppm in 2022.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.81 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports that it uses biotube desludging technology in order to remove the solid waste from POME before discharging it into water sources.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own refineries.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      115. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company has also committed to protecting natural waterways in its own reporting.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.81 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports that it has introduced monthly riparian monitoring to comply with the requirements of the Sabah Water Resources Enactment 1998.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company has also committed to minimising the use of chemicals, including pesticides and chemical fertilisers its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      119. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company has also committed to no use of paraquat in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to not use paraquat.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports a general statement that it will phase-out use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides that is not time-bound.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports a general statement that it will phase-out use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention that is not time-bound.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports a toxicity unity per hectare for both herbicides and fertilisers.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.86 / 1

      126. Implementation of commitment to minimise inorganic fertiliser use?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports that it converts EFB, oil palm trunks and fronds into organic materials to maintain soil properties at an optimum level and the recycling of POME into fertilisers is another common practice.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.81 / 1

      127. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company has planted trees such as Tunera subulata, Antigonon leptopus and Cassia cobanensis which control the growth of nettle caterpillars, introduced a fungus (Beauveria bassiana) which is parasitic on various arthropods, and pheromones are used to reduce the populations of Apogonia beetles, rhinoceros beetles, cockchafers and Odoratus.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company has introduced waste management programs to collect plastic bottles, glass bottles, paper, and aluminium and also monitor scheduled waste management on a monthly basis, and provided training to workers so that they could understand the value of waste recycling.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    32.5 / 34 95.6%
    • Organisation: 3.5 / 4 87.5%
    • Policy: 20.5 / 21 97.6%
    • Practice: 8.5 / 9 94.4%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 9 5.6%
    • External: 8 / 9 88.9%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      129. Commitment to human rights?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to human rights in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      130. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits suppliers to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      131. Progress on human rights commitment?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports that it has not received any violation of human rights in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company commits to respecting indigenous and local communities rights in its own reporting. However, it does not refer to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples or the ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to respect legal and customary land tenure rights in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to respect legal and customary land tenure rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to FPIC in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to respect FPIC.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 contain guidance and requirements on the process to conduct free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      139. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      The company reports engaging with stakeholders through a Joint Consultative Committee (JCC). However, no further details were provided.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      140. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      The RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 contain requirements for addressing land conflicts. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company has also published the land dispute resolution mechanism on its website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company reports that spraying crews are required to attend a health check every three months, with particular emphasis on the health of women workers. It also reports that pregnant workers are assigned lower-risk tasks, such as general work and are given maternity leave after delivery.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      142. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also reports to maintain certification for both HALAL and HACCP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company has also conducted training on HACCP, HALAL and MeSTI to educate executives and staff on food safety.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      144. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company has also provided various facilities like schools, clinics, roads, ambulances and shops to nearby local communities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to provide work opportunities for local communities in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company commits to some of the Fundamental ILO Conventions in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to all Fundamental ILO Conventions.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to this in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • 153. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has no temporary employees.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      154. Percentage or number of women employees?

      2563 (33%) - The company reports that 2,563 (33%) employees are women.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. Commitment to pay a Living Wage?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to paying legal minimum wage in its own reporting.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to pay a minimum wage to all workers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      157. Progress on commitment to pay a Living Wage?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports that all its workers are paid the required state minimum wage which is defined under minimum wages order 2022.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      158. Reporting of salary by gender?

      The company reports salaries by gender and job title, however, it is not clear if this covers all employees.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      159. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to addressing occupational health and safety in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company reports engaging with external health trainers such as the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and BOMBA, to conduct Authorised Entrant and Standby Person (AESP) competency training and PPE fit test training.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      162. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      0.7 - The company recorded a lost time incident rate (LTIR) of 0.7 in 2022. Calculated as recordable incidents x 200,000/total working hours.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 - The company reports zero fatalities in 2022.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    4.5 / 7 64.3%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2 / 4 50%
    • Practice: 2.5 / 3 83.3%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 3 50%
    • External: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      164. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also communicates this in its own reporting.

    • 165. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from scheme/plasma smallholders.

    • 166. Percentage of scheme smallholders involved in programme?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from scheme/plasma smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      167. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports to actively assisted 11 independent smallholders and outgrowers in pursuing sustainability certifications.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      9 (82%) - The company reports that nine out of 11 independent local outgrowers and smallholders participated in obtaining the RSPO and MSPO certification.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports conducting independent internal audits of the independent local outgrowers and smallholders twice a year to gauge their compliance with its policies. However, limited details of the assessment methods were provided.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      9 (82%) - The company reports that nine out of 11 suppliers have agreed to be compliant with the company's policies.

    • N
      0 / 1

      171. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only reports a target of 10 out of 11 suppliers to receive MSPO/RSPO certification. However, no KPIs are reported.

    • (NEW: not scored this year) N
      -

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    5 / 7 71.4%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4 / 5 80%
    • Practice: 1 / 2 50%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 1 / 2 50%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to ethical conduct and the prohibition of corruption in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company specifies that it has formulated a whistleblowing policy to encourage employees to disclose any fraud, corruption, serious financial misappropriation, and abuse of power. The company has also not received any cases of corruption, extortion or bribery in 2022.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      184. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 contain guidance and requirements on whistleblowing procedures. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also has its own whistleblower procedure.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company adheres to this criteria through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company has published its grievance procedure with a detailed process (flow chart).

    • N
      0 / 1

      186. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

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