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Founded in 1851, Louis Dreyfus is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods specializing

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    Private company
  • RSPO member?
    Subsidiaries Louis Dreyfus Company Asia Pte. Ltd. joined in 2012, Louis Dreyfus Company Kenya Limited in 2016 and Louis Dreyfus Espana SA in 2017.
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Company assessment: Louis Dreyfus Company – November 2017

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

Assessment date:

Total: 62% 40 / 64.5
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 5 / 6 83.3%
    • Companies should publish sustainability policies or similar covering their entire supply chain — including third party suppliers — implemented and enforced through high-level leadership that engages with wider industry schemes.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a Palm Sustainability Policy

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      WBCSD, UNGC, TFT

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      LDC engaged with TFT to map suppliers to Indonesian refineries and suppliers linked to LDC's Singapore commercial operations. The company is currently implementing a programme with TFT on supporting processes in relation to its sustainability policy, traceability, supplier engagement, and landscape projects

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 2.5 / 7 35.7%
    • Companies should publicly report figures on their total landbank and details of different areas under their management. They should also disclose maps of their management areas and provide details on traceability of their products, both to mill and plantation level.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      14. Number of company owned mills?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      15. Maps or coordinates of company owned mills?

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      16. Number and names of supplier mills?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      18. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company aims to "reach mill-level traceability for 90-100% of palm supplied to us" in 2017

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      91% - 100% from both Indonesian refineries and 79% from Singapore commercial operations

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 4 / 8 50%
    • Companies should commit to address deforestation and to set aside areas for conservation. They should report on any activities to manage or restore habitat in their conservation areas, or monitor deforestation in their supply chains. They should also provide evidence of species conservation and biodiversity protection.

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      24. Commitment to address deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      25. Commitment to zero deforestation?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      27. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      HCV, HCS

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      28. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      29. Commitment to set aside areas for conservation?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      31. A landscape-level approach?

      The company is a leading participant in The Landscape Project in East Kalimantan, Indonesia

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      32. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      36. Evidence of species conservation activities?

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

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 2.5 / 3 83.3%
    • Companies should commit to the High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) approaches, and to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIA). They should develop and publish monitoring and management plans, and provide evidence through SEIA, HCV and HCS assessments, typically published in summary form due to the sensitive nature of certain sites.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      42. 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.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      43. 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.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      45. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments?

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it has a target to undertake "community impact assessment in each asset we build, invest and operate in" and "always give weight to the results of both environmental and social impact assessments before beginning projects", but does not have a clear commitment to undertake both SIAs and EIAs before new development

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions 4.5 / 7 64.3%
    • Companies should commit to protect peatland and undertake best management practices for soils and peat. They should also have policies on zero burning and to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Companies should report their GHG emissions, as well as any fires that occurred in or around their estates, along with plans for managing and monitoring fires.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company expects its 'supply chain partners' to implement best management practices on peat. No such statement is made regarding other soils

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      53. Commitment to zero burning?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      55. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company is in the process of setting "global time-based targets for reducing GHG emissions", and plans to set targets by 2018

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      60. GHG emissions?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      61. GHG emissions from land use change?

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      62. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      63. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions?

      The company's global emissions were reduced between 2015 and 2016, though it is unclear to what extent this includes palm oil operations. There is no time-bound plan

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 0 / 4 0%
    • Companies should commit to managing water use and water quality, providing evidence through time-bound reduction plans, policies on toxic chemical use and treatment of palm oil mill effluent (POME).

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      65. Time-bound commitment to improve water use?

      The company is in the process of setting "global time-based targets for reducing water consumption", and plans to set targets by 2018

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      66. Time-bound commitment to improve water quality?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      67. Progress towards commitment on water use?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      68. Progress towards commitment on water quality?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      69. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      72. No use of paraquat?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      75. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 10.5 / 13 80.8%
    • Companies should commit to respect human rights, including those of indigenous peoples and local communities, consulted with free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Companies should respect the rights of workers, report relevant workforce data, and comply with health and safety legislation.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Member of the UN Global Compact

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company commits to upholding the rights of local communities and/or indigenous people

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      LDC states that its supply chain partners should have "respect for the rights of local communities, which includes land tenure, and their right to give or withhold their free, prior and informed consent to operations on which they hold legal, communal or customary rights"

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      81. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      83. Process for addressing land conflicts?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      84. Commitment to ensure food security for local communities?

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      85. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

      The company mentions protecting labour rights, but does not specify details

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      Palm oil policy only references no forced labour (no. 29 & 105), minimum age convention (no. 138) and no discrimination (no. 111). It also states a general company effort to "eradicate forced and child labour from our value chains".

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      87. Total number of employees?

      17,946 - All workers globally (not just related to palm oil operations). Figure is the average, reported in June 2017

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      88. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      2,294 (12.8%) - All seasonal workers

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      89. Percentage or number of women employees?

      26% - All workers globally (not just related to palm oil operations)

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      90. Minimum wage that the company pays?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      91. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      92. Lost time accident rate?

      82% - Percentage of facilities globally with 'zero lost time' injuries in 2016

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      3 - Reports the deaths of 1 employee and 2 contractors in 2016

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      94. Provision of personal protective equipment and pesticide training?

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

  • Certification standards Certification standards 5 / 6.5 76.9%
    • Companies should become members of credible certification standards and report in accordance with all appropriate categories of membership. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) requires members registered as growers to submit data relating to certification targets for their estates, scheme smallholders and independent fresh fruit bunch (FFB) suppliers, via an annual communications of progress (ACOP) report.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      2012

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      Louis Dreyfus Company Asia Pte. Ltd

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2020

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2014

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 2
      Source

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

      62,705.6 (3%)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Segregated, Mass Balance

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      States ISCC-certified palm oil sales in Sustainability Report 2015 and 2016, but no valid ISCC certificates could be found

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Companies should report details of any programmes or schemes to support both schemed and independent smallholders, as well as criteria to assess suppliers on compliance with company policies, and in what cases suppliers should be suspended or excluded due to non-compliance.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      111. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      112. Details of support programme for scheme smallholders?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      114. Programme to support independent smallholders?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      115. Details of support programme for independent smallholders?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has an engagement plan that "socializes our policy to all suppliers and trading partners" and that "the aim of these high-level engagements is to further discuss the policy, to review opportunities for collaboration to mitigate any gaps and to improve supply chain sustainability excellence"

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      118. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 5 / 7 71.4%
    • Companies should operate in an ethical manner at all levels, providing accessible channels and clear procedures for both employees and external stakeholders to raise any grievance or complaint with the company, as well as allowing for whistleblowing.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      120. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      121. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company states it has a policy on whistle blowing, and that code of conduct concerns can be disclosed confidentially using a dedicated email address

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      122. Own grievance or complaints system?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      124. Grievance system accessible to external stakeholders?

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      125. Details of grievances disclosed?

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