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Kulim (Malaysia) Bhd

Palm oil assessment
  • Latest update: November 2020
  • Next scheduled: November 2021

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  • About this company:

    Established in 1933, Kulim (Malaysia) is a subsidiary

  • Parent company:
    Johor Corporation
  • Landbank (oil palm)
    65,362 hectares
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    Delisted
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: Kulim (Malaysia) Bhd – November 2020

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 54.3% 102 / 188
  • Organisation: 19.5 / 39 50%
  • Policy: 44.5 / 76 58.6%
  • Practice: 38 / 73 52.1%
  • Self-reported: 8.1 / 73 11.1%
  • External: 18 / 73 24.7%
  • Certified: 11.9 / 73 16.3%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    5.5 / 11 50%
    • Organisation: 3 / 6 50%
    • Policy: 1.5 / 2 75%
    • 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 five years. Also, the company has a standalone Sustainability Policy.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that it works closely with business partners for the application of the policy for business interest, also ensures that the policy is communicated to third parties, suppliers. The compliance of the same by all the suppliers is unclear.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company has established the Sustainability and Initiative Council (SIC), which is chaired by the Plantation Inspectorate, and consists of 14 members.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      2 (20%) - The company does not directly report the number/percentage of females in Senior Management. The percentage of females in senior management is calculated based on the profiles.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      1 (14.29%) - The percentage of female directors is calculated based on the Board of Directors profile.

    • 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 collaborates with the suppliers, government agencies, NGOs, pressure groups, unions, and the community at large to reach a permanent solution to the poaching and encroachment problem.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • N
      0 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      12. Climate risks assessment available?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    9.08 / 26 34.9%
    • Organisation: 7.5 / 17 44.1%
    • Policy: 0 / 2 0%
    • Practice: 1.6 / 7 22.6%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 7 0%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Certified: 1.6 / 7 22.6%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      65,362

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      55,501 - Figure does not include smallholder areas.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      2,683.47 - Figure reported in the 2015 ACOP. Data more than two years old. Note: 0 ha is reported in the RSPO ACOP 2019, but the company indicates that it does still have smallholders in its reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      7,811.14 - Figure reported in the 2019 ACOP for Johor Corporation (parent company).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      305.74 - The total area set aside for conservation is 305.74 ha.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      18. Maps of estates/management units?

      Concession boundaries have been made available to the RSPO and the company declares no new concession acquisition or change in the ownership of existing concessions was undertaken in 2019.

    • N
      0 / 1

      19. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      21. Number of company-owned mills?

      5 - The company owns five mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      25. Number of third party supplying mills?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 2

      31. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      Three of the company's mills have been IP certified, but the company has no commitment to achieve IP certification for its other two mills.

    • P
      +
      0.58 / 1
      1 / 1

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

      The RSPO reports the company has three mills that are identity-preserved, covering 44,502.78 ha. This means that approximately 58.5% is traceable to plantation out of a total landbank of 76,110.29 ha.

    • N
      0 / 2

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      35. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

    • 36. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

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

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    10.87 / 16 67.9%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 3 66.7%
    • Practice: 6.9 / 11 62.5%
    • Self-reported: 2.9 / 11 26.1%
    • External: 4 / 11 36.4%
    • Certified: 0 / 11 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2004 - Kulim (Malaysia) joined the RSPO in 2004, and its parent company, Johor Corporation, joined in 2009. Kulim is now being reported on under its parent company, Johor Corporation.

    • Y
      1 / 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?

      2009

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Kulim is now being reported on under its parent company, Johor Corporation.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.81 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      42. Percentage of mills 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?

      2023 - The company plans to achieve 100% RSPO certification by 2023.

    • N
      0 / 1

      44. Year expected to achieve 100% RSPO certification of all palm product processing facilities?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2025 - The company aims to achieve 100% scheme/plasma/associated smallholders and outgrowers RSPO certified by the year 2025.

    • P
      0.06 / 1

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

      6.3% - The company reports that 6.32 % of FFB supplied from third parties is RSPO certified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company sells Identity Preserved palm oil.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      51. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      ISCC, ISO 14001.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    9.31 / 17 54.8%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 5.5 / 9 61.1%
    • Practice: 3.8 / 6 63.5%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 6 0%
    • External: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Certified: 1.8 / 6 30.2%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      53. Commitment to zero deforestation or zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

      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 five years. The company also has its own commitment in place.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      54. Commitment to zero deforestation or zero conversion of natural ecosystems applies to all suppliers?

      The policy states "in situations where Kulim has business interest, we will be working closely on the application of the policy with our business partners including our contractors, suppliers, traders and other industry stakeholders" but it is not clear if all suppliers must comply with the policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      55. Criteria 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 five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

      56. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • N
      0 / 1

      57. Evidence of monitoring deforestation in supplier operations?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      60. 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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      62. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      63. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      64. Commitment to biodiversity conservation applies to all suppliers?

      The company states that it works closely with business partners for the application of the policy for business interest, also ensures that the policy is communicated to third parties, suppliers. Compliance of the same by all the suppliers is unclear.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.81 / 1

      65. 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

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

      The company has launched the National Corridor Initiative, which facilitates the free movement of animals and the continuation of viable populations. Also, the company has collaborated with the Wildlife Conservation Society to reach a permanent solution to the encroachment problem. Points for external verification have been awarded based on the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    7 / 14 50%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 5 / 8 62.5%
    • Practice: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 6 0%
    • External: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Certified: 0 / 6 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      69. 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 five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that it works closely with business partners for the application of the policy for business interest, also ensures that the policy is communicated to third parties, suppliers. The compliance of the same by all the suppliers is unclear.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      There is public availability of the following HCV assessments: Central Kalimantan: PT Harapan Barito Sejahtera, PT Sawit Sumber Rejo, PT Wahana Semesta Kharisma.

    • N
      0 / 1

      72. 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 could be identified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      73. 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 assessments could be identified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      74. 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 five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

      75. 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?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      77. 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 five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that it works closely with business partners for the application of the policy for business interest, also ensures that the policy is communicated to third parties, suppliers. The compliance of the same by all the suppliers is unclear.

    • N
      0 / 1

      79. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      80. 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 five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      There is public availability of the following SEIAs: Central Kalimantan: PT Harapan Barito Sejahtera, PT Sawit Sumber Rejo, PT Wahana Semesta Kharisma.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    12.31 / 20 61.6%
    • Organisation: 2 / 5 40%
    • Policy: 6 / 8 75%
    • Practice: 4.3 / 7 61.6%
    • Self-reported: 2 / 7 28.6%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Certified: 2.3 / 7 33%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      83. 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 five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that it works closely with business partners for the application of the policy for business interest, also ensures that the policy is communicated to third parties, suppliers. The compliance of the same by all the suppliers is unclear.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      1,360 - The company reports that 1,360 hectares of its planted area are on peat in its Malaysian operation.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company states that it has achieved its target, which is no development on peatland. However, the information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      87. 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 five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that it works closely with business partners for the application of the policy for business interest, also ensures that the policy is communicated to third parties, suppliers. The compliance of the same by all the suppliers is unclear.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.81 / 1

      89. 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

      90. 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 five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • N
      0 / 1

      91. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

    • P
      0.5 / 2

      92. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      The company discusses monitoring hotspots only. The information found is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      45% by 2030.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      96. GHG emissions intensity?

      1.01 MT CO2e per MT CPO/PK.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      97. GHG emissions from land use change?

      Most recent data was published in 2016.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      98. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports that the net emissions have decreased by an average of 1.85% annually over the past four years - from over 421,000 MT CO2e in 2015, to 390,000 MT CO2e in 2018. However, the data is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      99. 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 five years.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      Four of the company's five mills have biogas plants. The company targets the completion of biogas plants at its remaining mills by 2025.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    16.93 / 25 67.7%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 6.5 / 11 59.1%
    • Practice: 8.4 / 12 70.3%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 12 10.4%
    • External: 1 / 12 8.3%
    • Certified: 6.2 / 12 51.5%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's reduction target was achieved at 1.06 m3 per tonne FFB in 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. Water use intensity?

      1.06 - m3 per tonne FFB.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      103. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The water consumption decreased from 1.10 m3 per tonne FFB to 1.07 m3 per tonne FFB in 2019. The information found is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports an average reduction of 1.5% in the BOD level from 2018. It is to be noted that the COD level is not mentioned. Also, the information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.81 / 1

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

      The company only states that organic fertilisers are produced from treated and dried POME, but no further details are given. Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • N
      0 / 1

      107. Treatment of palm oil refinery effluent (PORE)?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      108. 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 five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.81 / 1

      109. 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

      110. 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 five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The policy states "in situations where Kulim has a business interest, we will be working closely on the application of the policy with our business partners including our contractors, suppliers, traders and other industry stakeholders" but it is not clear if all suppliers must comply with the policy. The policy also refers only to minimising chemical use and not pesticides or fertilisers specifically.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      112. 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 five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      114. 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 five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      116. 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 five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Herbicide and paraquat use (active ingredients in liter/hectare).

    • P
      0.75 / 2

      119. Implementation of commitment to minimise inorganic fertiliser use?

      The company has provided evidence of implementing techniques to reduce chemical fertiliser usage such as combining inorganic with organic fertilisers derived from empty fruit bunches and introducing cattle rearing as a natural weeding program to reduce the use of chemicals.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.81 / 1

      120. 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

      121. 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.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    23.5 / 36 65.3%
    • Organisation: 3 / 5 60%
    • Policy: 14 / 22 63.6%
    • Practice: 6.5 / 9 72.2%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 9 5.6%
    • External: 6 / 9 66.7%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      122. 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 five years.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      123. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company states that it works closely with business partners for the application of the policy for business interest, also ensures that the policy is communicated to third parties, suppliers. The compliance of the same by all the suppliers is unclear.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      124. 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

      125. 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 five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      127. 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 five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      129. 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 five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the FPIC.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that it works closely with business partners for the application of the policy for business interest, also ensures that the policy is communicated to third parties, suppliers. The compliance of the same by all the suppliers is unclear.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      131. 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 five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

      132. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      133. 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 five years.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company details the different types of support it provides for the inclusion of women, however, no information on how it addresses the barriers faced by them could be found.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      135. 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 five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • N
      0 / 1

      136. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security applies to all suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      138. 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 five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded based on the company's RSPO-certified landbank. Also, the company provides information on the progress of the programs such as the Pintar Foundation, Yayasan Johor Corporation, Pintar Harapan Programme, Kulim's Adoption, and School Programme, which the company has undertaken for community development.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      140. 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 five years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      141. 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 five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the Fundamental ILO Conventions or Free and Fair Labour Principles.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      143. 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

      144. 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 five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      146. 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.

    • N
      0 / 1

      147. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      148. Percentage or number of women employees?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      149. Commitment to pay at least minimum 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 five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

      150. Commitment to pay at least minimum wage applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      151. Progress on commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      152. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      153. 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 five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. 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

      156. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      1.53 - The company reports Lost Time Accident Rate (LTAR), which was recorded at 1.53 as compared to 1.98 posted the preceding year.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1 - The company reports one fatality as a result of work-based accidents in 2019.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    3.5 / 16 21.9%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 1 / 6 16.7%
    • Practice: 2.5 / 10 25%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 10 5%
    • External: 2 / 10 20%
    • Certified: 0 / 10 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      158. 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 five years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      159. Programme to support scheme/plasma smallholders?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      160. Percentage of scheme/plasma smallholders involved in programme?

      The company reports that two outgrowers are RSPO certified and working with others to achieve the certification. The information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Programme to support independent smallholders/outgrowers?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that two outgrowers are RSPO certified and working with others to achieve the certification. The information is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      165. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    4 / 7 57.1%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 3 / 5 60%
    • Practice: 1 / 2 50%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 1 / 2 50%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      174. 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 five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      176. 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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      178. 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 five years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      179. 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 five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

      180. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

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