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M.P. Evans Group plc

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

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  • Landbank (oil palm)
    73,284 hectares
  • Market cap:
    467,653,000 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    MPE.L
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    MPE LN
  • ISIN:
    GB0007538100
  • Sedol:
    753810
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: M.P. Evans Group plc – November 2021

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 76.3% 128.96 / 169
  • Organisation: 29 / 34 85.3%
  • Policy: 58.5 / 72 81.3%
  • Practice: 41.5 / 63 65.8%
  • Self-reported: 8.3 / 63 13.2%
  • External: 7 / 63 11.1%
  • Certified: 26.1 / 63 41.5%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    9 / 11 81.8%
    • Organisation: 6 / 6 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • 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 has a set of policies that cover multiple dimensions of sustainability across the company's operations covering both social and environmental issues.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a set of policies that cover multiple dimensions of sustainability across the company's operations covering both social and environmental issues. These policies apply to all suppliers of the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company has a dedicated sustainability manager based in Jakarta, supported by dedicated field staff resident on estates, this is up to date as of September 2021.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's executive chairman, who is also a board member takes the lead in setting policy on sustainability, this is up to date as of September 2021.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1 (17%) - The company reports to have one woman member in the senior management team out of the total six members.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      1 (14%) - The company reports to have one woman member in the board out of the total seven members.

    • 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?

      A collaboration with the university of Indonesia for collecting information about the quality of life of people living on and around the company operations in Indonesia is reported.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company's sustainability report is published in the year 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company has prepared its sustainability report in accordance with GRI standards.

    • 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
    12.68 / 15 84.5%
    • Organisation: 11 / 12 91.7%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 0.7 / 2 34%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 0.7 / 2 34%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      73,284 - The company reports the total land area managed for oil palm in its RSPO ACOP 2020.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      14. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      39,070 - The company reports planted area per region on its website, the data is updated as of December 2020. No overall total is provided but can be calculated, therefore partial points have been awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      14,619 - The company reports the total scheme smallholders planted area in its RSPO ACOP 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      8,302 - The company reports the total unplanted area in its RSPO ACOP 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      3,292 - The company reports the total conservation set-aside area, including High Conservation Value (HCV) area in its RSPO ACOP 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      18. Maps of estates/management units?

      The company has submitted the updated estate location concession maps in shapefile format to the RSPO.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      19. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

      The company reports that the maps of scheme smallholder land are submitted to the RSPO in the same way as for company's own land.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports the names and a static map of third party supplying plantations that supplied FFB to the company mills in 2021. As this is not a geo-referenced maps which clearly show estate boundaries, partial points have been awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      21. Number of company-owned mills?

      4 - The company reports that it operates four mills in North Sumatra, East Kalimantan and Bangka in which it processes its crop. The company expects to commission a mill at Bumi Mas in mid-2021 and one at Musi Rawas before the end of 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

      The company has published the names and locations of all its mills on the website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports on its website that all the four mills owned by the company source from company-owned operations as well as 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 60% of its FFB supply is from company owned operations.

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that it plans to make its purchases from all suppliers, including independent smallholders, fully traceable by 2023. Last year the company reported a target of 2021, however, this year the new target reported by the company is 2023.

    • P
      0.68 / 2

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

      The company reports the traceability percentage to plantation by mill.

    • 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
    8.82 / 14 63%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 4.8 / 10 48.2%
    • Self-reported: 2.8 / 10 28.2%
    • External: 2 / 10 20%
    • Certified: 0 / 10 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2,006 - The company is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 08th October 2006.

    • N
      0 / 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] 2,012 - The company became RSPO member in 2006 and got its first RSPO certification in 2012.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2020 RSPO ACOP is submitted by the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Indonesia (Aceh, Bangka Belitung, East Kalimantan, North Sumatra, South Sumatra) and Malaysia (Penang).

    • P
      0.68 / 1

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

      67.64% - The company reports the percentage of area RSPO certified as 67.64% in its RSPO ACOP 2020.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      42. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      75% - Three mills out of the total four mills owned by the company 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 a time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of estates and mills in its RSPO ACOP 2020.

    • 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.

    • P
      0.64 / 1

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

      64.01% - The company reports the percentage of scheme smallholders RSPO certified in its RSPO ACOP 2020.

    • 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?

      2,024 - The company reports a time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of scheme smallholders by 2024.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 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.

    • N
      0 / 1

      49. Sells 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.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      Three out of the total four company owned mills are ISPO certified. Rahayu mill is expected to achieve its ISPO certification in 2022. The certificates of these mills could not be verified on the ISPO database.

    • N
      0 / 1

      52. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] ISCC.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    9.18 / 18 51%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 2 25%
    • Policy: 5 / 10 50%
    • Practice: 3.7 / 6 61.3%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 6 0%
    • External: 0 / 6 0%
    • Certified: 3.7 / 6 61.3%
    • N
      0 / 1

      54. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      55. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      The company reports that it is its policy to never contribute to deforestation.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      56. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

      The company's policy to never contribute to deforestation only applies to its scheme smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports no development on high carbon stock forests and peatland and the cut-off date as November 2018.

    • 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. The company reports to patrol its conservation areas daily, uses satellite imagery to monitor its HCV areas annually, and states to have used drones to help protect its conservation areas from encroachment from early 2019.

    • N
      0 / 1

      59. Evidence of monitoring deforestation in supplier operations?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      150 - The company states "At the end of 2018, a comprehensive review of our operations by our newly-appointed sustainability manager revealed two instances in which our staff had infringed HCV land, at our estates in Musi Rawas and Kota Bangun. The exact area is still to be determined, but is not expected to exceed 150 hectares." However, this information is now between two and five years old.

    • 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 provides an example of compensation for non-compliant deforestation within its own operation, but does not have a clear commitment to restoration of all non-compliant deforestation/conversion.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      64. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

    • N
      0 / 1

      65. Biodiversity policy?

    • N
      0 / 1

      66. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.68 / 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. The company's own reporting lists the number of IUCN Red List species by category.

    • 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 also reports a few examples of species and habitat conservation management in its sustainability report 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports to prohibit all forms of hunting and will deter poaching within its concession areas.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to prohibit all forms of hunting applies to all suppliers.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    12.5 / 15 83.3%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 7.5 / 8 93.8%
    • Practice: 5 / 7 71.4%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 7 0%
    • External: 5 / 7 71.4%
    • Certified: 0 / 7 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company reports its commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The following HCV assessments are publicly available; South Sumatra: PT Evans Lestari; Bangka Belitung Island: PT Gunung Pelawan Lestari; East Kalimantan: PT Prima Mitrajaya Mandiri; PT Teguh Jayaprima Abadi.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has one HCV assessment for planting since January 2015.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The management and monitoring plan on one estate planted since 2015 is available on the HCVRN database.

    • 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 commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports its own commitment to only use licensed High Conservation Value (HCV) assessors accredited by the HCV Resource Network's Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS).

    • P
      0.5 / 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?

      The company only commits its scheme smallholders to to only use licensed High Conservation Value (HCV) assessors accredited by the HCV Resource Network's Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS). A commitment for other independent and third-party suppliers is not reported by the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] HCV assessment of 'Koperasi Area of Sawit Etam Bersama and Maju Membangun, Indonesia' is deemed satisfactory by the HCV ALS quality panel.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports its own commitment to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach.

    • N
      0 / 1

      81. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports that land is only planted when it has been subject to an independent social impact assessment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that its suppliers must abide by Indonesia's zero burning policy, the requirement to produce a social and environmental impact assessment before developing land, and the moratorium on new planting on peat. The company reports that it only sourced from suppliers in Indonesia in 2021 and therefore this covers all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The SEIAs for the following are available; South Sumatra: PT Evans Lestari; Bangka Belitung Island: PT Gunung Pelawan Lestari; East Kalimantan: PT Prima Mitrajaya Mandiri; PT Teguh Jayaprima Abadi.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    14.71 / 20 73.6%
    • Organisation: 3 / 5 60%
    • Policy: 7.5 / 8 93.8%
    • Practice: 4.2 / 7 60.1%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 7 14.3%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Certified: 3.2 / 7 45.9%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports that the group and its smallholders' co-operative schemes do not plant on peat regardless of depth and on high carbon stock (HCS) areas, since November 2018.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to no planting on peat regardless of depth, this applies to all suppliers.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to best management practices for soils and peat.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      Only the company's best management practices for peat apply to all suppliers.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.68 / 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. The company reports evidence for BMPs for soil, which includes, producing compost from empty bunches, cut palm fronds are left in the field to rot, returning organic matter to the soil while leguminous cover crops are planted to fix nitrogen, prevent erosion and provide nutritious leaf litter. For peat, the company reports using techniques for minimising erosion and maintaining the right water levels to slow down the decomposition of organic matter.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      93. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company reports its commitment to prohibit open burnings and the use of fire for the clearing of land.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      94. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits its suppliers to prohibit open burnings and the use of fire for the clearing of land.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.53 / 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 reports to operate a fire watch on all its estates and also maintains water tenders that can be quickly deployed and used to pump water from drains on the estate in an effort to extinguish any fire.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports four incidents of fires within the boundary of operations in 2021.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1 - The company reports 1 hotspot outside its plantation boundary in May 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports an annual GHG emissions reduction target as 0.2 in its RSPO ACOP 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      99. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports the GHG emission intensity figures for all its mills.

    • N
      0 / 1

      100. GHG emissions from land use change?

      The company has published a Palm GHG report in 2016 with GHG emissions from land-use change reported for each estate. However, this report is now over 5years old.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      101. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports GHG emission intensity for the group in total. However, the emission intensity for the group total has increased in 2020 (2.6 tonnes CO2 equivalent per tonne CPO) as compared to 2019 (2 tonnes CO2 equivalent per tonne CPO).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The company reports to assess the greenhouse gas emissions by its mills, embodying that produced by its crop of fresh fruit bunches, using the ISCC 205 tool produced by International Sustainability and Carbon Certification ("ISCC").

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      Three of the company's total four mills have methane capture and biogas generation facilities.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    19.32 / 24 80.5%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 8.5 / 11 77.3%
    • Practice: 8.8 / 11 80.2%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 11 11.4%
    • External: 0 / 11 0%
    • Certified: 7.6 / 11 68.8%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      105. Water use intensity?

      1 - The company reports the water consumption figures (m3 per tonne ffb) as 1.00 for 2020.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      106. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports a reduction in figures for water consumption from 2019 (1.04 m3 per tonne ffb) and 2020 (1.00 m3 per tonne ffb).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that effluent is never discharged into rivers or watercourses and any water discharged by the group is below the statutory threshold for biological oxygen demand and chemical oxygen demand.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that effluent is never discharged into rivers or watercourses and any water discharged by the group is below the statutory threshold for biological oxygen demand and chemical oxygen demand. However, the information is not externally verified and only covers the year ended in June 2019.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.68 / 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 also reports to have installed composting systems at its mills which utilise both the "empty" fruit bunches and the liquid effluent from the mill and that no effluent is discharged into external water courses.

    • 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 reports its commitment to protect natural waterways through riparian zones.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.68 / 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 also mentions that as required under RSPO principles, the high-conservation-value and high-carbon-stock assessments are undertaken by an independent consultant for any new project which cover the requirement to maintain riparian-buffer zones. Limited details are available for company's own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that using compost reduces the need for inorganic fertilisers and helps the group in its aim to minimise the use of organic and inorganic chemicals.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only commits its suppliers to prohibit the prophylactic use of pesticides.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      115. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

      The company reports its commitment to no use of paraquat.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to no use of paraquat.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports a commitment to no use of pesticides categorised by the World Health Organisation as Class 1A or 1B.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports a commitment to no use of pesticides categorised by the World Health Organisation as Class 1A or 1B. This applies to all suppliers.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to no use of pesticides listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention, this is not a commitment covering all chemicals under these conventions and therefore partial points have been awarded.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to no use of pesticides listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention, this is not a commitment covering all chemicals under these conventions and therefore partial points have been awarded. This applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports the usage of inorganic fertilisers (tonnes per hectare), herbicides (litres per hectare) and pesticides (litres per hectare).

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.53 / 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 reports the inorganic fertiliser used in 2020 as 1.04 and in 2019 as 1.28 tonnes per hectare, herbicide used in 2020 as 1.33 and in 2019 as 2.11 litres per hectare and pesticides used in 2020 as 0.95 and in 2019 as 0.51 litres per hectare. The use of pesticides show an increase in 2020 as compared to the use in 2019.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.68 / 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 reports to use integrated pest management to control pests on its plantations. It reports to plant beneficial host plants alongside estate roads to attract predators (insects) of leaf pests. The predators feed on leaf pest larvae thus reducing the need for chemical spraying. Where possible, barn owls are bred and introduced to control rats, minimising the need for chemical baits.

    • 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 reports to have a ?zero-waste' approach in which all of the waste from its mills is converted into either biogas or compost which the company uses to reduce application of inorganic fertilisers.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    30.5 / 35 87.1%
    • Organisation: 4.5 / 5 90%
    • Policy: 18 / 21 85.7%
    • 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 reports its commitment to respect the United Nations' Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      126. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company's commitment to respect the United Nations' Universal Declaration on Human Rights applies only to its employees, smallholder co-operatives, independent smallholders, and people living in and around its projects. The company does not explicitly mention the application of commitment to all its suppliers.

    • 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 reports its commitment to the ILO Convention 169 concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples respecting the customs, culture, traditions and heritage as well as the freedom of religion of employees and communities, according to national laws.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to UNDRIP and ILO Convention No.169 and states that it endorses the individual and collective rights of Indigenous people, as well as their rights to culture, identity, language, employment, health, education, and other issues. This applies to all suppliers of the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports having an intensive programme of 'socialisation' designed to ensure that all individuals giving up rights to land do so freely and only after they fully understand what is being given up, in terms of either legal or customary rights, in return for financial compensation offered by the company.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports respecting scheme smallholders', independent smallholders' and the community's rights in terms of either legal or customary rights, in return for financial compensation offered by the Group. However, the commitment does not cover all suppliers of the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports its own commitment to FPIC.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC).

    • 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). Points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's commitments under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also has an FPIC process published on its website.

    • N
      0 / 1

      135. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      The company has a video on its website which states the company regularly engages with village leaders. This is undated and therefore no points can be awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      136. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      The company reports a flow chart of land conflict resolution.

    • 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.

    • N
      0 / 1

      138. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

    • 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 reports multiples evidences for the essential facilities provided to the community, which reflect its commitment to provide essential community services and facilities.

    • 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. The company also reports progress on commitment to provide essential community services and facilities in its sustainability report 2020.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company report to "emphasize the hiring of local people for plantation jobs as well as sourcing from local contractors and vendors whenever possible". As this is an unclear commitment, partial points have been awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to all core ILO Conventions, referring to ILO numbers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to all core ILO Conventions, referring to ILO numbers.

    • 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. The company also reports limited information on the training provided to the workers, which includes training explaining modern slavery and the indicators of potential modern slavery and how to report suspected slavery to management.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to eliminate gender-related discrimination with regards to employment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment.

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      149. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      35% - The company reports that in 2020 35% of its workforce are fixed term.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      150. Percentage or number of women employees?

      26% - The company reports the percentage of women in its permanent workforce in 2020, however the number of women seasonal/day labourers is unknown, thus partial points have been awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      151. Commitment to pay a Decent Living wage?

      The company commits to ""ensure employees receive salaries and benefits that are commensurate with the ""Decent Living Wage (""DLW"")"".

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only commits its suppliers to paying all employees a wage equal to or exceeding the local legal minimum wage.

    • 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      154. Reporting of salary by gender?

      The company reports the 'female pay as a percentage of male pay'. However this information only covers the year ended in June 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company reports its commitment to address occupational health and safety.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to address occupational health and safety.

    • 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. The company also reports information on the Provision of personal protective equipment and related training in its latest sustainability report. However, this report only covers information till June 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      158. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      3.97 - Injury severity (Days lost per injury) in 2020 is reported as 3.97.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1 - The company reports 1 fatality in 2020.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    5.75 / 10 57.5%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2.5 / 4 62.5%
    • Practice: 3.3 / 6 54.2%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 6 20.8%
    • External: 0 / 6 0%
    • Certified: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      160. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company reports its commitment to support smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Programme to support scheme/plasma smallholders?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports information on the type of support provided through the smallholder co-operative schemes.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      9,941 - The company reports the number of smallholder co-operative schemes as 24 and the total number of scheme smallholders as 9941. Data as of December 2020.

    • 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. The company reports that it plans to make its purchases from all suppliers, including independent smallholders, fully traceable by 2023. Also, it will work with independent smallholders supplying it with ffb to enable them to certify their crop with the RSPO by 2023. The company will support them by inviting participation in mapping and then providing training on how to improve their yields and quality through better agronomy. It will also provide training on health & safety and how to use protective equipment properly, as well as how to protect the environment and increase social awareness.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company provides limited details in concern of engaging suppliers on compliance with company's policies.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      167. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company reports that the suppliers or vendors that are found to violate its policies will likely result in the suspension of the contract for a period of six months during which they must take agreed steps to bring them in line with group policies. The company will not source goods or services from suppliers who make no effort to remediate a contravention or who make repeated contraventions.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that 85% of supply to its mills is certified, but does not report in terms of direct and indirect supply. Also, this information only covers year ended in June 2019.

    • 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
    6.5 / 7 92.9%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4.5 / 5 90%
    • Practice: 2 / 2 100%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 2 50%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 1 / 2 50%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      176. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company reports its commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to ethical conduct and prohibition of 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 also reports information for progress on the company's commitment to ethical conduct and the prohibition of corruption in its latest sustainability report, however, this report only covers information for year ended in June 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that 'the Group's audit committee has responsibility for monitoring tax policies and practices, including compliance with legal requirements, and for major judgemental decisions involving tax'. Details of the process are also reported by the company in its ethics policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company has a whistleblowing procedure in place.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has a grievance mechanism flow chart. It is not clear how complaints can be submitted, thus partial points.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      182. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      The company provides some information on grievances, all details are included.

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