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IJM Plantations Bhd

Established in 1985, IJM Plantations is an associate of IJM Corporation and is engaged in

  • Parent company:
    IJM Corporation Bhd
  • Landbank (oil palm):
    76,655 hectares
  • Palm cultivation revenue:
    100%
  • Market cap:
    596,184,064 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    IJMP.KL
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    IJMP MK
  • ISIN:
    MYL2216OO009
  • RSPO member?
    No. IJM joined the RSPO in 2004, but resigned in February 2016.
  • Website:

Company assessment: IJM Plantations Bhd

SPOTT assesses companies against over 100 indicators across ten categories. Click on the icons or bars below to expand each category for further details, scoring and links to reports and sources.

Total: 50.2% 60.5 / 120.5
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 3.5 / 6 58.3%
    • Companies should publish sustainability policies or similar covering their entire supply chain — including third party suppliers — implemented and enforced through high-level leadership that engages with wider industry schemes.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a general statement to "produce palm oil products in a responsible and sustainable manner" and various different commitments on sustainability, but has no overall policy

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company has a Group Sustainability Steering Team and Operations Sustainability Working Teams. The Group's Sustainability Strategy is overseen by the Board of Directors, and delivery overseen by the Management Committee

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company published their Sustainability Report as part of their latest Annual Report

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      7. Activities with government and/or NGOs to improve palm oil sustainability?

      Ongoing collaborative project with TFT (The Forest Trust) on
      improving smallholders productivity and livelihood. Partnerships with Sabah Wildlife Department and Wildlife Rescue Unit on wildlife relocation and conservation , with WWF Sabah on river water stewardship and forest fire mitigation, Borneo Bird Club on avian fauna surveys and awareness programme, and Sabah Forestry Department on environmental education, among others

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 6 / 13 46.2%
    • Companies should publicly report figures on their total landbank and details of different areas under their management. They should also disclose maps of their management areas and provide details on traceability of their products, both to mill and plantation level.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      76,655 - This figure was calculated based on figures given on p.96 of the company's 2017 annual report and may not be representative of the company's entire operations

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      60,570

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      9,151 - The company states it has more than 7,000 ha under the Plasma scheme in Indonesia and 2,151 ha of schemed smallholders in Malaysia

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      3,000 - The company states is the balance of land bank is approximately 3,000 ha that will be cultivated over the next two years

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      5,076 - Sum of 2,920 ha if HCV area in Indonesia, 1,260 ha of HCV area in Malaysia and 896 ha set aside for conservation purposes

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      14. Number of company owned mills?

      6

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      15. Maps or coordinates of company owned mills?

      The company provides the coordinates of certified mills only. Otherwise there is only a basic image file showing mill locations

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      16. Number and names of supplier mills?

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

      Only a basic mage file only showing point locations of plantations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      18. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 8.5 / 12 70.8%
    • Companies should commit to address deforestation and to set aside areas for conservation. They should report on any activities to manage or restore habitat in their conservation areas, or monitor deforestation in their supply chains. They should also provide evidence of species conservation and biodiversity protection.

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      24. Commitment to address deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      25. Commitment to zero deforestation?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company statesĀ "The no-deforestation policy is also cascaded to the smallholders and contractors engaged in the operations" but unclear if applies to all suppliers

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      27. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      primary forests, HCV areas

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      28. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      29. Commitment to set aside areas for conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      30. Evidence of habitat management and/or habitat restoration?

      Rehabilitation of conservation sites and ex-situ mangrove rehabilitation project

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      31. A landscape-level approach?

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      32. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company refers to wildlife protection and to endangered, rare and threatened species, and makes reference to the IUCN Red List, but does not have a clear commitment to protect species

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it "does not conduct any oil palm activities in forest reserves", however it does not specify protected areas in general

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      36. Evidence of species conservation activities?

      Biodiversity surveying, anti-poaching patrols, conservation awareness and managing human-wildlife conflict

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 2.5 / 11 22.7%
    • Companies should commit to the High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) approaches, and to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIA). They should develop and publish monitoring and management plans, and provide evidence through SEIA, HCV and HCS assessments, typically published in summary form due to the sensitive nature of certain sites.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      "The no-deforestation policy is also cascaded to the smallholders and contractors engaged in the operations"

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only states "Indonesian operations have completed the HCV assessments conducted by competent HCV assessors which were registered under the HCV Resource Network"

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only commits to not deforest peatlands with high carbon stock, rather than all land, and does not refer to the HCS Approach

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      45. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company refers to AMDAL assessments being carried out in Indonesia as "part of the legal requirement", but not to environmental impacts assessments for its other operations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions 10.5 / 17 61.8%
    • Companies should commit to protect peatland and undertake best management practices for soils and peat. They should also have policies on zero burning and to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Companies should report their GHG emissions, as well as any fires that occurred in or around their estates, along with plans for managing and monitoring fires.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it is committed to no new development of peatland, but does not clearly specify peat of any depth

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      10%

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      53. Commitment to zero burning?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      55. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Report total number of fire incidences and area (ha) affected by fires for 2016 and 2017

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company aims to minimise emissions, but it does not have a time-bound commitment

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      59. GHG commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      60. GHG emissions?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      61. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      62. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      GHG Protocol

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      63. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions?

      The group reports around a 6% reduction in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent from 2016 to 2017

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company's palm oil mill in Indonesia has been installed with a biogas capture plant

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 7.5 / 12 62.5%
    • Companies should commit to managing water use and water quality, providing evidence through time-bound reduction plans, policies on toxic chemical use and treatment of palm oil mill effluent (POME).

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      65. Time-bound commitment to improve water use?

      The company commits to reducing water usage, but this is not time-bound

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      66. Time-bound commitment to improve water quality?

      The company only states it keeps BOD below the set limits and is monitoring river water quality

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      67. Progress towards commitment on water use?

      The company reports reduced water usage per tonne of FFB processed from 2015 to 2017

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      68. Progress towards commitment on water quality?

      The company reports reduced BOD levels, but does not have a clear time-bound commitment in place to report on

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      69. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states "The Group is committed to minimise the usage of agrochemicals" however they do not specify the pesticides or fertilisers specifically

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      72. No use of paraquat?

      The company states that paraquat has been phased out of its Malaysian operations in the reporting year, and is progressively phasing it out at other estates

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states that "pesticides categorised as Class IA or IB as listed by the Stockholm or Rotterdam Conventions were not used in the operations, except if any pest outbreaks occur and no suitable alternatives are available to the control. In the reporting year, Class IA and IB chemicals were not purchased"

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states that "pesticides categorised as Class IA or IB as listed by the Stockholm or Rotterdam Conventions were not used in the operations, except if any pest outbreaks occur and no suitable alternatives are available to the control. In the reporting year, Class IA and IB chemicals were not purchased"

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      75. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 12 / 18 66.7%
    • Companies should commit to respect human rights, including those of indigenous peoples and local communities, consulted with free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Companies should respect the rights of workers, report relevant workforce data, and comply with health and safety legislation.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states "Land acquisition for oil palm cultivation is secured in accordance with applicable legal and regulatory frameworks with the relevant approvals and permits being obtained before development", however, the company makes no mention of customary land rights

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      81. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      83. Process for addressing land conflicts?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      84. Commitment to ensure food security for local communities?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      85. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company refers to no forced labour, no discrimination, no child labour, right to join and form organisations and bargain collectively, and minimum age, but does not refer to equal remuneration

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      87. Total number of employees?

      10,133

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      88. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      89. Percentage or number of women employees?

      3,397 (34%)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      90. Minimum wage that the company pays?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      91. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      92. Lost time accident rate?

      6.41 - Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (per 1,000,000 hours worked)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      0

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      94. Provision of personal protective equipment and pesticide training?

  • Certification standards Certification standards 2 / 15.5 12.9%
    • Companies should become members of credible certification standards and report in accordance with all appropriate categories of membership. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) requires members registered as growers to submit data relating to certification targets for their estates, scheme smallholders and independent fresh fruit bunch (FFB) suppliers, via an annual communications of progress (ACOP) report.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

      IJM Plantations Bhd became an RSPO member in 2004. However, it resigned from the RSPO in February 2016

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states three of its estates are ISPO-certified

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states one mill and its three supplying estates are MSPO-certified

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has ISCC certification for its operations in Malaysia

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 4.5 / 9 50%
    • Companies should report details of any programmes or schemes to support both schemed and independent smallholders, as well as criteria to assess suppliers on compliance with company policies, and in what cases suppliers should be suspended or excluded due to non-compliance.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      111. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      112. Details of support programme for scheme smallholders?

      The company has an ongoing collaborative project with TFT (The Forest Trust) on improving smallholders' productivity and livelihood, named 'Rurality'. This includes providing access to knowledge and inputs, training and mitigating human-wildlife conflict

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      114. Programme to support independent smallholders?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      115. Details of support programme for independent smallholders?

      The company has an ongoing collaborative project with TFT (The Forest Trust) on improving smallholders' productivity and livelihood, named 'Rurality'. This includes providing access to knowledge and inputs, training and mitigating human-wildlife conflict

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      In 2017 the company initiated mapping of crop suppliers in Malaysian operations to understand the sustainability risks in the landscape, and holds briefings and meetings with suppliers and contractors periodically on raising awareness of sustainability requirements and better understanding of the company's policies

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      118. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 3.5 / 7 50%
    • Companies should operate in an ethical manner at all levels, providing accessible channels and clear procedures for both employees and external stakeholders to raise any grievance or complaint with the company, as well as allowing for whistleblowing.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      120. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      121. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      122. Own grievance or complaints system?

      The company states its Group Social Manual details its grievance procedures, but this is not publicly available

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      123. Grievance system accessible to internal stakeholders (i.e. employees)?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      124. Grievance system accessible to external stakeholders?

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

      125. Details of grievances disclosed?

      The company only states that in the year in review there were no grievance cases received, but does not clarify whether other grievances have been raised previously which are not disclosed

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