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Kulim (Malaysia) Bhd

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

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  • Parent company:
    Johor Corporation
  • Landbank (oil palm)
    76,188 hectares
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    Delisted
  • RSPO member?
    Yes - Kulim (Malaysia) joined the RSPO in 2004, and its parent company, Johor Corporation, joined in 2009. Kulim is now reported under its parent company, Johor Corporation.
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Company assessment: Kulim (Malaysia) Bhd – November 2021

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 67% 104.47 / 156
  • Organisation: 20 / 30 66.7%
  • Policy: 43.5 / 71 61.3%
  • Practice: 41 / 55 74.5%
  • Self-reported: 6.4 / 55 11.6%
  • External: 7.8 / 55 14.1%
  • Certified: 26.9 / 55 48.8%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    6.5 / 11 59.1%
    • Organisation: 4 / 6 66.7%
    • 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 5 years. The company has also published its 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, and also ensures that the policy is communicated to third parties, suppliers but, 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?

      4 (36.36%) - The company does not directly report the number/percentage of females in Senior Management, however it has been calculated based on their profiles.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      0 - The percentage or number of the 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 multiple stakeholders to protect local communities as well as wildlife, such as the Wildlife Conservation Society ("WCS") and the Johor Department of Wildlife, also the company provides opportunities to improve community well-being and livelihoods through collaboration with NGOs to reduce negative environmental or social outcomes associated with the palm oil production.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The latest Integrated Report 2020 includes the Sustainability report.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company states that its sustainability report has been prepared in accordance with GRI standards Core option.

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      12. Climate risks assessment available?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    9.21 / 13 70.9%
    • Organisation: 7.5 / 10 75%
    • Policy: 0.5 / 1 50%
    • Practice: 1.2 / 2 60.5%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 1.2 / 2 60.5%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      76,187.5 - The company reports total land area managed/controlled for oil palm is 74575 ha in its Integrated Report 2020. However, RSPO ACOP 2020 reports the same as 76187.51 ha. Considering the latest figure reported in ACOP 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      63,509 - The company specified the total area planted with oil palm as 63509 ha in its Integrated Report 2020.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      7,221.92 - The company reports 7221.92 ha in ACOP 2020.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      462.16 - The company reports contradictory figures in the same time period. The company reports the set-aside area including HCV area 462.16 ha in its Integrated Report 2020. However, RSPO ACOP 2020 reports the same as 1408.64 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 according to ACOP 2020.

    • 19. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

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

    • 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 5 mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

      The company reports the names and coordinates of all the five mills in GFW Universal Mill List.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that in 2020 1,145,090 tonnes of FFB were produced and 362,875 tonnes were purchased from third parties.

    • 25. Number of third party supplying mills?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 31. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports to achieve 100% traceability only to suppliers plantations by 2023.

    • P
      +
      0.21 / 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 856890 mt (tonnes) . This means that approximately 20.62% is traceable to plantation out of total FFB volume produced by estates managed or controlled by the company 1139074.3 (tonnes).

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

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

    • 35. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

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

    • 36. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

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

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    9.37 / 12 78.1%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 6.4 / 9 70.8%
    • Self-reported: 1.4 / 9 15.2%
    • External: 5 / 9 55.6%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2,004 - Kulim (Malaysia) joined the RSPO in 2004, and its parent company, Johor Corporation, joined in 2009. Kulim is now reported 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?

      [Externally verified] 2,009 - The company reports RSPO membership since 2004 and almost all plantations have been fully certified since January 2009.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Kulim is now reported 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 that it operates in Indonesia (South Sumatra) and in Malaysia (Johor, Pahang).

    • P
      0.8 / 1

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

      80.01% - The 2020 RSPO ACOP reported 80.01% of the area is RSPO-certified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      42. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      [Externally verified] 100% - The company reports that all the five mills are RSPO certified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2,023 - The company reports that since January 2009, all mills have been RSPO certified and as of June 2020, with the certification of Bukit Layang Estate, all estates have also been fully RSPO-certified. However, the RSPO ACOP 2020 reports the time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of estates and mills is by the year 2023.

    • 44. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of all palm product processing facilities?

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

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

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

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

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

    • P
      0.08 / 1

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

      8.36% - The company reports the percentage of FFB supply (tonnes) from outgrowers only that is RSPO-certified. However RSPO ACOP 2020, clearly specifies that the company's supply chain only source from outgrowers.

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

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

    • P
      0.49 / 1

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

      The company sells 49.39% RSPO-certified palm oil through Segregated or Identity Preserved supply chains.

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      52. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

      [Externally verified] The company reports that 100% of its estates and mills were MSPO certified since 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company reports that all its mills are ISCC certified and also, to maintain the highest quality in its process, it complies with the Environmental Management System ("EMS") ISO 14001:2015.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    8.3 / 18 46.1%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 4 / 10 40%
    • Practice: 4.3 / 6 71.7%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 6 8.3%
    • External: 0 / 6 0%
    • Certified: 3.8 / 6 63.3%
    • N
      0 / 1

      54. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      55. Commitment to zero deforestation?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      56. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

      The company states that it is working closely on the application of the policy with their business partners including contractors, suppliers, traders and other industry stakeholders. However the compliance of the policy by all its suppliers is unclear.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      58. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      59. Evidence of monitoring deforestation in supplier operations?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to applying the RSPO Remediation and Compensation Procedure where there has been land clearing without prior HCV assessment since November 2005, or without prior HCV-HCSA assessment since November 2018, through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. However, a commitment covering restoration of all non-compliant deforestation/conversion was not found. Partial points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank( ≥75%)and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      64. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

      The company has launched the National Corridor Initiative linking natural habitats that has been separated by human modified landscapes for the maintenance of ecological processes. Partial points have been awarded as only limited details are available, and also the information provided is self reported.

    • N
      0 / 1

      65. Biodiversity policy?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      66. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.8 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company strictly prohibit hunting, fishing and the capture of any animal within its estates and adjacent protected areas.

    • N
      0 / 1

      70. 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 / 10 70%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 5 / 8 62.5%
    • Practice: 2 / 2 100%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 2 / 2 100%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      72. 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

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

      [Externally verified] There is public availability of the following HCV assessments: PT Harapan Barito Sejahtera and PT Sawit Sumber Rejo.

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

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

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      80. 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, and also ensures that the policy is communicated to third parties, suppliers. The compliance of the same by all the suppliers is unclear.

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

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is: only a processor/trader; or has had no new planting since April 2015, unless it has undertaken HCS assessments that are not for new planting; or all new planting is since November 2017 and has all been covered under combined HCV-HCS assessments.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] There is public availability of the following SEIAs: PT Harapan Barito Sejahtera and PT Sawit Sumber Rejo.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    13.12 / 19 69.1%
    • Organisation: 1.5 / 4 37.5%
    • Policy: 6 / 8 75%
    • Practice: 5.6 / 7 80.3%
    • Self-reported: 2 / 7 28.6%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Certified: 3.6 / 7 51.7%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank( ≥75%)and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company's sustainability policy states "No new development on peat areas, regardless of depth.".

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      87. 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, and 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

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

      1,360 - The company reports that 1360 hectares of its planted area are on peat in its Malaysian operation. However, the information is over two years old.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      91. 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, and 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
      0.8 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      93. Commitment to zero burning?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      94. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.82 / 1

      95. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also provides evidence of fire monitoring in its own reporting.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to reduce GHG emission intensity to 50% by 2025.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      99. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports its GHG emissions intensity as 1.22 MT CO2e per metric tonne of CPO or PK processed (MT CPO/PK) in 2020.

    • 100. GHG emissions from land use change?

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      101. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports that the net emissions have decreased from over 1.25 MT CO2 (MT CPO/PK) in 2019 to 1.22 MT CO2 (MT CPO/PK) in 2020, in addition to this by 2025, the company aims to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% against its 2012 baseline, which translates to 0.88 MT CO2e per MT CPO/PK. However, the data is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The RSPO requires companies to assess their GHG emissions through the Palm GHG calculator. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank( ≥75%)and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also states the methodology used to calculate GHG emissions in its own reporting.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports four of its five mills have biogas plants and targets the completion of biogas plants of its remaining mills by 2025.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    18.22 / 24 75.9%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 6.5 / 11 59.1%
    • Practice: 9.7 / 11 88.4%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 11 6.8%
    • External: 0.8 / 11 6.8%
    • Certified: 8.2 / 11 74.7%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's reduction target was achieved at 1.10 m3 per tonne FFB in 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      105. Water use intensity?

      1.1 - The company reports its water use intensity as 1.10 m3 per tonne FFB in 2020.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      106. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports progress towards commitment on water use intensity in (m3 per tonne FFB); 1.18 (2016), 1.17(2017), 1.10(2018), 1.06(2019), 1.10(2020).

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports that it strives to keep BOD levels "in line with the Johor Department of Environment ("DoE") requirements". It also reports to have kept average BOD levels below 300ppm since 2016, however it is unclear what this figure is referring to. This is also an average figure, and the graph shows multiple cases of BOD exceeding this figure from 2016 - 2019. As this is not a time-bound commitment to improve water quality or a commitment to be within legal limits, no points can be awarded.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company reports an average reduction in the BOD level from 2015 - 2019, figures decreased 2015-2017 and then went up in 2018 and decreased again in 2019 to a level that is higher than in 2017. This data is externally verified by Control Union. Partial points have been awarded as levels have not decreased consistently.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.8 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company states that it has a fully operational biogas facility, together with other POME treatment measures including tertiary treatment plants.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      111. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.8 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company reports the implementation of commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      114. 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

      115. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports chemical usage of herbicide and paraquat (active ingredients in litre/ hectare).

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.82 / 1

      122. Implementation of commitment to minimise inorganic fertiliser use?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company has also provided evidence of implementing techniques to reduce chemical fertiliser usage such as combining inorganic with organic fertiliser, derived from empty fruit bunches and introducing cattle rearing as a natural weeding program to reduce the use of chemicals.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.8 / 1

      123. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also states the implementation of IPM approach in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also has a waste management system in place to avoid negative impacts.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    25.5 / 34 75%
    • Organisation: 3 / 4 75%
    • Policy: 14.5 / 21 69.1%
    • Practice: 8 / 9 88.9%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 9 0%
    • External: 0 / 9 0%
    • Certified: 8 / 9 88.9%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      125. Commitment to human rights?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      126. 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, and 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

      127. Progress on human rights commitment?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank( ≥75%)and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also has its own commitment regarding respecting legal and customary land tenures.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that it works closely with business partners for the application of the policy for business interest, and 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

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      133. 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, and 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

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      135. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      136. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company is providing a platform for women to air their grievances, through WOW programme which supports and promotes gender equality as well as advances the knowledge and skills of their female employees.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      138. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank( ≥75%)and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company has also stated in its report that it embraces the national food security programme.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      140. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank( ≥75%)and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also commits to provide a better quality of life to the workers and the community living nearby.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank( ≥75%)and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also has an explicit commitment to the Fundamental ILO Conventions or Free and Fair Labour Principles.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company has launched a programme WOW, to support and promote gender equality, as well as to advance the knowledge and skills of their female employees.

    • 149. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      150. Percentage or number of women employees?

      11.85% - The company reports the total percentage of women in the workforce is 11.85% in the year 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      151. Commitment to pay a Decent Living wage?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      154. Reporting of salary by gender?

      The company reports that "As per Malaysia's Minimum Wage Order, the basic salary for men and women is the same". However, no data is provided.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      157. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      158. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      1.48 - The company reports Lost Time Accident Rate ("LTAR"), was recorded as 1.48 in the year 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      3 - The company reports 3 fatalities as a result of work-based accidents in 2020.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    2.75 / 8 34.4%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 1 / 4 25%
    • Practice: 1.8 / 4 43.8%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 4 18.8%
    • External: 0 / 4 0%
    • Certified: 1 / 4 25%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      160. Commitment to support smallholders?

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

    • 161. Programme to support scheme/plasma smallholders?

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

    • 162. Percentage of scheme/plasma smallholders involved in programme?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      163. Programme to support independent smallholders?

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      28 - The company reports that three out of its 28 outgrowers have been certified while the other 25 are working to achieve the same, the target for all its outgrowers to be certified is by 2025. However, the information is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      167. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    4.5 / 7 64.3%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 3.5 / 5 70%
    • Practice: 1 / 2 50%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 1 / 2 50%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      176. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank( ≥75%)and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company has also published its Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy, as well as No Gifts and Entertainment Policy.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that upon the launch of its Anti-Corruption and Anti-Bribery Policy, the Integrity Unit carried out various programmes for employees and contractors, suppliers and business associates to underline its zero-tolerance for corruption.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company states that it has implemented Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy in September 2020.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 contain guidance and requirements on whistleblowing procedures. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank( ≥75%)and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also has a whistleblowing policy that enables internal and external stakeholders to report cases.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company adheres to this criteria through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank( ≥75%)and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also has a grievance policy for ensuring stakeholders grievances and complaints are dealt fairly, consistently and promptly.

    • N
      0 / 1

      182. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      The company reports that ""No grievances were raised in 2018 and 2019"". No points are available here for the number of grievances.

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