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Hap Seng Plantations Holdings Bhd

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

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Company assessment: Hap Seng Plantations Holdings Bhd – November 2021

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Total: 79.6% 122.65 / 154
  • Organisation: 26 / 30 86.7%
  • Policy: 59 / 71 83.1%
  • Practice: 37.6 / 53 71%
  • Self-reported: 7.2 / 53 13.5%
  • External: 4 / 53 7.6%
  • Certified: 26.5 / 53 50%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    9 / 11 81.8%
    • Organisation: 6 / 6 100%
    • 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 has also published its sustainable agricultural policy and sustainability statement.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's sustainable agriculture policy is applicable for all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Environment & Sustainability Committee chaired by the Chief Executive ? Group Plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The Chief Executive responsible for the Sustainability Committee sits on the board of directors.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1 - The company's 2020 Sustainability Report reports 1 woman in the Senior Management Team.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      1 (8%) - The company website and 2020 Sustainability Report, report 1 woman 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 engages with the government on riparian areas to protect waterways, is working with NGOs to help smallholders achieve RSPO certification and provides jobs, health services and education to local communities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      Sustainability Report 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company's sustainability report is reported as prepared in accordance with GRI standards Comprehensive option.

    • 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
    11.81 / 13 90.9%
    • Organisation: 9 / 10 90%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 1.8 / 2 90.5%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 1.8 / 2 90.5%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      39,726 - The company reports 40,178.82 Ha in the 2020 ACOP, and 39,726 Ha in the 2020 Sustainability Report.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      35,434 - The company reports 38,776.84 ha in the 2020 ACOP, and 35,434 ha in the 2020 Sustainability Report.

    • 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)?

      36.8 - The company reports a figure of a "Reserve-plantable" area of 36.80 ha within its 2020 sustainability report, however, it reports a figure of 0 ha in its 2020 ACOP. After correspondence with the company, full points have been awarded due to a misunderstanding of the ACOP question.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1,402 - The company reports 1,401.98 Ha in the 2020 ACOP, and 1,402 Ha in the 2020 Sustainability Report.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      18. Maps of estates/management units?

      The company has submitted maps of their concessions through ACOP 2020 and these represent 100% of its concession sites.

    • 19. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports the coordinates of its suppliers for three of its mills, however this does not cover all of the company's suppliers and no estate boundaries are given.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      21. Number of company-owned mills?

      4 - The company reports 4 mills in its 2020 Sustainability Report and the 2020 ACOP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

      The company reports names and coordinates for all four mills in its sustainability report.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports for three of its four mills that it sourced from 11 external independent local outgrowers and smallholders. The remaining mill (JPOM1) sources from its own plantations, however it is not clear if it also sources from third-parties.

    • 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 sourced 0.4% of the FFB from its 11 third party suppliers.

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to 100% traceability by 2022 and has achieved 81% of FFB traceability by 2020.

    • P
      +
      0.81 / 1
      1 / 1

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

      The company achieved 81% traceability of FFB in 2020.

    • 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
    8.66 / 11 78.7%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 5.7 / 8 70.8%
    • Self-reported: 1.7 / 8 20.8%
    • External: 4 / 8 50%
    • Certified: 0 / 8 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2,005 - The company has been a member since 2005.

    • 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?

      2,012 - The company was first certified in 2012.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has submitted its last ACOP in 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company operates in Sabah, Malaysia.

    • P
      0.82 / 1

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

      81.68% - The 2020 ACOP reported 81.68% of area (ha) RSPO-certified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      42. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      [Externally verified] 100% - All 4 mills are RSPO certified.

    • 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?

      2,022 - The company plan to achieve 100% RSPO certification by 2022.

    • 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.

    • P
      0.19 / 1

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

      19.18% - 19.18% of of FFB supply (tonnes) from independent smallholders and outhgrowers FFB suppliers that is RSPO-certified.

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

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

    • P
      0.65 / 1

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

      The company sells 65.5% RSPO-certified palm oil through Segregated or Identity Preserved supply chains.

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      52. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

      [Externally verified] The company reports that 100% of estates and mills have been certified since 2018. The MSPO database of certified growers shows that all 14 estates and 4 mills are certified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] All the company mills are ISCC certified.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    10.32 / 18 57.3%
    • Organisation: 1 / 2 50%
    • Policy: 5.5 / 10 55%
    • Practice: 3.8 / 6 63.7%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 6 0%
    • External: 0 / 6 0%
    • Certified: 3.8 / 6 63.7%
    • N
      0 / 1

      54. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      55. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have been therefore 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      56. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

      The company's commitment for no deforestation in its sustainable agriculture policy is applicable for all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      57. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      58. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also states ""have not detected any evidence of deforestation taking place within our boundaries during our routine monitoring for the year"".

    • N
      0 / 1

      59. Evidence of monitoring deforestation in supplier operations?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 - The company reports that its yearly monitoring efforts have not detected any evidence of deforestation taking place within its boundaries.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to applying the RSPO Remediation and Compensation Procedure where there has been land clearing without prior HCV assessment since November 2005, or without prior HCV-HCSA assessment since November 2018, through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. However, a commitment covering restoration of all non-compliant deforestation/conversion was not found. Partial 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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      64. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

    • N
      0 / 1

      65. Biodiversity policy?

      The company is committed to promote the conservation and development of biodiversity, however no biodiversity policy found.

    • N
      0 / 1

      66. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.82 / 1

      67. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company ""enforces a strict no hunting policy"".

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment towards no hunting is applicable for all suppliers.

  • 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

      71. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments applies to all suppliers.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

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

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

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

    • 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 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

      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?

      The company's sustainable agriculture policy states that ""HCV assessment will be undertaken in accordance with the HCV Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS) assessors"" which applies to all suppliers.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      79. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment toward High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach applies to all suppliers.

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

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

    • 82. 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 is: only a processor/trader; or has had no new planting since April 2015, unless it has undertaken HCS assessments that are not for new planting; or all new planting is since November 2017 AND has all been covered under combined HCV-HCS assessments.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      83. 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

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

      The company sustainability report states that seven out of 11 suppliers have committed to conducting social and environmental Impact assessments (SEIA) in their plantations.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    14.36 / 18 79.8%
    • Organisation: 2.5 / 4 62.5%
    • Policy: 7.5 / 8 93.8%
    • Practice: 4.4 / 6 72.7%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 6 20.8%
    • External: 0 / 6 0%
    • Certified: 3.1 / 6 51.8%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      86. 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's sustainable agriculture policy states "No new development on peat areas, regardless of depth.".

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commitment for no planting on peat applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 (0%) - The company reports 0 ha landbank on peat.

    • 89. 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

      90. 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's sustainable agriculture policy commits to best management practices for peat only, which is applicable for all suppliers.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.82 / 1

      92. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      93. 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 has its strict zero burning policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      94. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      The company commitment towards zero burning applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.29 / 1

      95. 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 monitor fires and fire hotspots using the Global Forest Watch Fire Portal.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company publish its monthly fire hotspots monitoring reports on its webpage.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to reduce GHG emission intensity to below 1.0 tonnes CO2 e / tonne CPO by 2022.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      99. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports 5.51 tCO2e/ha for all certified management units, and 1.08 tCO2e for all certified management units per tonne of CPO in it 2019 ACOP.

    • 100. GHG emissions from land use change?

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      101. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports that it has reduced GHG emissions intensity to 1.08 tonnes CO2e/tonne Crude Palm Oil, ahead of target timeline of 2021. Partial points have been awarded as the information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      Three out of four company-owned oil mills have methane and biogas recapture.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    20 / 24 83.3%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 9 / 11 81.8%
    • Practice: 9 / 11 81.8%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 11 11.4%
    • External: 0 / 11 0%
    • Certified: 7.7 / 11 70.5%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to maintain or reduce water usage at 1.40 m3/ tonne FFB' by the end of 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      105. Water use intensity?

      1.46 - The company reports total water usage intensity to be 1.46 m3/ tonne FFB.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      106. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports a 0.04 m3/tonne increase in usage intensity to 1.46 m3/ tonne FFB, in 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a target to achieve BOD levels of 20 ppm at all mills by 2022, and a 70% reduction in COD levels by 2021.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company reports an increase in COD levels from 2018-2020, and the BOD level is the same as last year. Partial points have been awarded as the information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.82 / 1

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

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

    • 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 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
      0.82 / 1

      112. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      113. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company explicitly states to minimise the use of chemicals, including pesticides and chemical fertilisers which applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      115. 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 stated, "banned the use of paraquat in our plantation".

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commit to not use paraquat and is applicable for all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      117. 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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      119. 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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports toxicity unity per hectare.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.29 / 1

      122. 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.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.82 / 1

      123. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company has s introduced a waste management programme to collect plastic bottles, glass bottles, paper and aluminium and also monitor scheduled waste management on a monthly basis.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    31.5 / 34 92.7%
    • Organisation: 3.5 / 4 87.5%
    • Policy: 19.5 / 21 92.9%
    • Practice: 8.5 / 9 94.4%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 9 5.6%
    • External: 0 / 9 0%
    • Certified: 8 / 9 88.9%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      125. 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's policies are aligned with the International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      126. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is applicable to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      127. Progress on human rights commitment?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      128. 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 state in its sustainable agricultural policy ""respect customary or native rights of indigenous and local communities"".

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to respect indigenous and local communities' applies to all suppliers, however it does not refer to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples or ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention (no. 169).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      130. 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 has its own commitment regarding respecting legal and customary land tenures.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commitment to legal and customary land rights is applicable for all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      132. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's sustainability report states it has asked its independent local outgrowers and smallholders "to commit to our policies covering... Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)," and this is also covered in the company's Sustainable Agriculture Policy, which applies to its suppliers.

    • 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). 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

      135. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      The company identifies socila impacts and engages with communities through a Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), however no further details are given.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      136. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company provide equal opportunities to all employees at all levels, encourage married couples to apply for jobs together.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      138. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      140. 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. The company commits to provide a better quality of life for its workers and the community living nearby.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company list several evidence of services and facilities provided in its sustainability report.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      142. 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 provide job opportunities to local people.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      143. 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's Sustainable Agriculture Policy commits its suppliers to complying with some of the core ILO conventions.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      146. 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 commitment to prevent employment discrimination based on gender in its sustainability report and sustainable agricultural policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to equal opportunities in regards to employment, including on gender.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • 149. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      150. Percentage or number of women employees?

      2,575 (36%) - The company reports that 2,575 of 7,137 employees are female.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      151. Commitment to pay a Decent 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only commits to paying the minimum wage, which applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      154. Reporting of salary by gender?

      The company reports salaries by gender and by position, however not all employee categories are covered.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. 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 has also publish its occupational health and safety policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's occupational health and safety policy is applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      157. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      158. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      0.9 - The company reports a lost time incident frequency rate of 0.9 hrs per 200,000 hrs worked.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1 - The company reported 1 fatality in 2020.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    4.5 / 8 56.3%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2 / 4 50%
    • Practice: 2.5 / 4 62.5%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 4 37.5%
    • External: 0 / 4 0%
    • Certified: 1 / 4 25%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      160. 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.

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      163. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also provides evidence to support independent smallholders.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      7 (63.6%) - The company reports 7 out of its 11 independent local outgrowers and smallholders have participated in activities towards RSPO and MSPO certifications. Partial point awarded since the information is self reported.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company conducts independent internal audits of the independent local outgrowers and smallholders twice a year to gauge their compliance to its policies. However, limited details of assessment method given.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      7 (63.6%) - The company reports 7 out of 11 suppliers have been agreed to be compliant with company's policies. Partial points have been awarded as the information is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      167. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      168. 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 to have 9 out of 11 suppliers compliant with sourcing commitments by 2022.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 1 / 2 50%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      176. 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 has also publish its Code of Conduct and Business Ethics Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commitment to "Prohibit all forms of corruption, bribery and fraudulent use of funds and resources" applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. 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 a whistleblowing policy that enables internal and external stakeholders to report cases.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      181. 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 the detailed process (flow chart).

    • N
      0 / 1

      182. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

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