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Kulim (Malaysia) Bhd

  • Parent company:
    Johor Corporation
  • Landbank (oil palm):
    164,494 hectares
  • Palm cultivation revenue:
    52.26%
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    Private company
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: Kulim (Malaysia) Bhd

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55.2% 66 / 119.5 Total:
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 4.5 / 6 75%
    • Companies should publish sustainability policies or similar covering their entire supply chain — including third party suppliers — implemented and enforced through high-level leadership that engages with wider industry schemes.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a Sustainability Handbook that details its policies.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Sustainability Initiatives Council.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      2014-15.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      Reports under GRI, but not a member of industry schemes.

    • 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?

      The company states: "We continue to collaborate with the Wildlife Conservation Society to consider a permanent solution to the problem of [elephant] encroachment. The Group is determined to put a stop to animal poaching and is also striving for biodiversity conservation. To this end our Kulim Wildlife Defenders ("KWD") joins forces with the Johor National Parks Corporation, Wildlife Department, Forestry Department and the Police Force under the Johor Wildlife Conservation Project to save our natural heritage".

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 8 / 13 61.5%
    • Companies should publicly report figures on their total landbank and details of different areas under their management. They should also disclose maps of their management areas and provide details on traceability of their products, both to mill and plantation level.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      164,494

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      117,013

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      2,683.47 - Not reported in RSPO ACOP 2016. Data more than one year old.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      38,947.2

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      8,533.89 - Sum of HCV areas and other conservation areas.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

      3,485 - The company reports 3,485 hectares to include "reserved land, building, sites etc." Not clearly just for infrastructure.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      14. Number of company owned mills?

      5

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      No source

      15. Maps of company owned mills?

      Mill locations have been made available previously, which are viewable on the SPOTT map. However, ZSL is currently unable to ascertain if the maps disclosed constitute 100% of the company's palm oil mills.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      16. Number and names of supplying mills?

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

      Concession boundaries have been made available to the RSPO and the company declares these represent 100% of their concession sites, but not all may not be publicly available due to ongoing legal issues.

    • 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 (is 100%)?

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 2
      Source

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

      315,503 (22.4%) - The company's Tereh Palm Oil Mill delivers Identity Preserved CSPO since 2015. The mill processes 315,502.54 tonnes of FFB out of the total 1,410,622.30 tonnes. Calculation: (315,502.54/1,410,622.30)*100 = 22.4%.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      23. Percentage of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) from supplying 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 / 12 66.7%
    • 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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      26. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      27. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      HCV, primary forest.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      28. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      The company only states that "Special attention will be given to FFB traders who provide services to outgrowers who own land assets near primary forests and peat land. Closer monitoring mechanism will be established to strengthen our commitment to prevent any exploitation of HCV areas for oil palm cultivation".

    • 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 of set-aside areas?

      The company launched the Natural Corridor Initiative, that links natural habitats separated by human modified landscapes. "To create these natural corridors we have an annual tree planting event rebranded as Infaq 1 Warisan, which brings together employees as well as members of the public to play their part in enhancing biodiversity in our estates".

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      31. A landscape-level approach?

      The company states "In any development, Kulim will also take into account the conservation of biodiversity and the protection of cultural and customary land use within the context of a sustainably managed landscape" but no further details are given.

    • 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 states it is committed to protecting the national biodiversity and endangered species, however it does not reference a system of species classification.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      36. Evidence of species conservation?

      The company undertakes anti-poaching activities, have 'no hunting' policies, building wildlife corridors and donating to the Orangutan Land Trust.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 4 / 10 40%
    • 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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      38. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      40. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments undertaken between November 2005 and December 2014, and management and monitoring plans?

      There is public availability of some of the company's HCV assessments and management and monitoring plans:

      Central Kalimantan: PT Harapan Barito Sejahtera, PT Sawit Sumber Rejo, PT Wahana Semesta Kharisma, no further HCV assessments or plans could be found.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states that 307 hectares were planted according to RSPO NPP procedures in Indonesia in 2015 but no HCV assessments found.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states that 307 hectares were planted according to RSPO NPP procedures in Indonesia in 2015 but no HCV management and monitoring plans found.

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      43. Satisfactory review of all High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments undertaken since January 2016 by the HCV ALS Quality Panel?

      This indicator is disabled as no new planting in 2016 as reported in 2016 RSPO ACOP.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      45. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      47. Social and environmental impact assessment (SEIAs) undertaken since November 2005, and management and monitoring plans?

      There is public availability of some of the company's SEIA assessments:

      Central Kalimantan: PT Harapan Barito Sejahtera, PT Sawit Sumber Rejo, PT Wahana Semesta Kharisma, no further SEIA assessments could be found.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions 8.5 / 17 50%
    • 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 has an on-going commitment to no peat development but they do not specify of any depth.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      49. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company commits to best management practices for soil but not for peat.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      1,380

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only details best management practices for soils.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      53. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company only states it has a zero-burning approach for replanting.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      54. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      55. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a target to reduce the Group's overall carbon footprint to 80.5% of the 2012 baseline emission by 2017. This goal differs to those set in the 2014 Carbon Footprint Report of a reduction of 34% by 2017 and from the target stated in the 2014-15 sustainability report of reduction by 58% by 2020.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      59. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      60. GHG emissions?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      61. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      62. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      63. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      2 (40%)

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 8 / 12 66.7%
    • 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. Commitment to manage water use and water quality?

      The company only has commitment to reduce water use.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      66. Time-bound commitments to improve water use and water quality?

      The company only has a commitment to reduce water usage to 0.7 m3 per tonne of FFB, but no time bound plan given.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      67. Progress towards commitment on water use?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      68. Progress towards commitment on water quality?

      The average BOD level increased in 2015.

    • 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)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      72. No use of paraquat?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      75. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 11 / 18 61.1%
    • 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.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company mentions human rights but not specifically 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 that they take into account the protection of cultural and customary land use but no reference to legal land rights.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      81. 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?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      84. Commitment to ensure food security for local communities?

      The company mentions a commitment to national food security only.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      85. Commitment to respect workers' rights, including all workers (i.e. direct, indirect, migrant, temporary, casual, etc.)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      87. Total number of employees?

      8,472

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      88. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      89. Percentage or number of women employees?

      11.2%

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      90. Minimum wage that the company pays?

      The company states that they have adopted the Minimum Wages Order 2012 that has raised the minimum wage of RM900 in Peninsular Malaysia and RM800 in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan respectively. However, they do not mention minimum wage for employees located in Indonesia.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      91. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      92. Lost time accident rate?

      6.82

    • 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 8 / 15.5 51.6%
    • 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.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      2004 - Kulim (Malaysia) joined the RSPO in 2004, and its parent company Johor Corporation in 2009.

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      The company reports it operates in Indonesia (Central Kalimantan, South Sumatra) and Malaysia (Johor, Pahang).

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2025 - Time-bound plan more than 5 years away.

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      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?

      2025 - Time-bound plan more than 5 years away.

    • 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.

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      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?

      2009

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      5 (100%)

    • Partial
      1 / 2
      Source

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

      60,637.9 (37%) - Total certified area divided by total land managed/controlled for palm oil.

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

      0 (0%) - No information in 2016 RSPO ACOP on land hectarage certified under scheme/plasma smallholders.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 2
      Source

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

      27,263.8 (7.5%) - The company reports that 27263.75 tonnes out of 53123.94 tonnes from outgrowers is certified, and that 0 tonnes out of 311653 tonnes from other 3rd party suppliers is certified.

    • 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.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Book & Claim, Mass Balance, Identity Preserved.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      ISCC, ISO 14001.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 2 / 9 22.2%
    • 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.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      111. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      112. Details of support programme for scheme smallholders?

    • 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?

      1. Assisting outgrowers or smallholder in achieving certification.2. Incentive given for RSPO certified FFB. 3. Assisting outgrowers or smallholder in good agriculture practice and legal compliance.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • 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 4 / 7 57.1%
    • 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?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      121. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company has a whistleblowing policy but no procedure given.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      122. Own grievance or complaints system?

      The company has a grievance system but cannot report all issues, such as method of operations, organisational structure or security requirements.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      123. Accessible to internal stakeholders (i.e. employees)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      124. Accessible to external stakeholders?

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      125. Grievance details, if anonymity not requested?

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