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M.P. Evans Group plc

Founded in 1981, UK based producer M.P. Evans owns palm oil operations in Indonesia and

  • Parent company:
    N/A
  • Landbank (oil palm):
    83,626 hectares
  • Palm cultivation revenue:
    100%
  • Market cap:
    510,497,152 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

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.

47.3% 57.5 / 121.5 Total:
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 1.5 / 6 25%
    • 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.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company is committed to sustainability and has several agronomic policies.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The Group's chief executive takes the lead in setting policy on sustainability. The Group has a dedicated sustainability manager based in Jakarta supported by dedicated field staff resident on the Group's estates.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • 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.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 9 / 14 64.3%
    • Companies should publicly report figures on their total landbank and details of different areas under their management. They should also disclose maps of their management areas and provide details on traceability of their products, both to mill and plantation level.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      52,018.5 - To note that previously the company reported a total landbank for palm oil cultivation as 83,626 in its 2015 ACOP.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      36,272 - Includes smallholders. The company also reports a planted area of 34, 281 ha in its 2016 ACOP.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      4,356.66 - The company also reports that all smallholder schemes cover 11,814 ha of which 8,865 ha is planted.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      8,851 - Includes smallholders. The company also reports am unplanted area of 5,927 ha in its 2016 ACOP that is assumed to exclude smallholders.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      2,946.86

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

      4,656.14 - The company states it has 7,603 ha of infrastructure/conservation areas - the conservation area of 2946.86 ha reported in the 2016 RSPO ACOP has been subtracted to calculate the area for infrastructure.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      14. Number of company owned mills?

      3

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      15. Maps or coordinates of company owned mills?

      Coordinates are provided for all three mills.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      16. Number and names of supplier mills?

      The company provides the coordinates of its two third party mills where FFB is processed and the group companies supplying all mills.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

      Concession boundaries have been made available previously, which are viewable on the SPOTT map. However, ZSL is currently unable to ascertain if the maps disclosed constitute 100% of the company's' palm oil estates. The company has an interactive map on its website, but it does not show the location of estates in detail.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      18. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      21. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level (is 100%)?

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 5.5 / 12 45.8%
    • 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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      25. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      The company only states that it believes its adherence to the RSPO P&C does not cause any deforestation.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The commitment applies to smallholder schemes, but not stated that applies to suppliers.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      27. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      The company only undertakes new plantation development in heavily-degraded areas and in areas that do not have High Conservation Value (HCV). The company elsewhere states it does not develop virgin forest.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      28. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      29. Commitment to set aside areas for conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states 'planting of jungle trees and other environmentally suitable plants is undertaken' in conservation areas.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      31. A landscape-level approach?

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      32. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it ensures any new plantation development is only in heavily degraded areas that is not suitable habitat for endangered species and that it ensures it does not endanger any species of conservation concern, referencing the IUCN Red List.

    • 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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      36. Evidence of species conservation activities?

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 6 / 11 54.5%
    • 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?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The commitment applies to smallholder schemes, but not stated that applies to suppliers.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      There is public availability of some HCV assessments:

      South Sumatra: PT Evans Lestari (Feb 2014)

      Bangka Belitung Island: PT Gunung Pelawan Lestari (Feb 2014)

      East Kalimantan: PT Prima Mitrajaya Mandiri (Feb 2013); PT Teguh Jayaprima Abadi (Feb 2013).

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states all planting since beginning of 2015 has had an HCV assessment, but the documents are not publicly available.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      45. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      There is public availability of some SEIA assessments:

      South Sumatra: PT Evans Lestari (Feb 2014)

      Bangka Belitung Island: PT Gunung Pelawan Lestari (Feb 2014)

      East Kalimantan: PT Prima Mitrajaya Mandiri (Feb 2013); PT Teguh Jayaprima Abadi (Feb 2013).

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions 6.5 / 17 38.2%
    • Companies should commit to protect peatland and undertake best management practices for soils and peat. They should also have policies on zero burning and to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Companies should report their GHG emissions, as well as any fires that occurred in or around their estates, along with plans for managing and monitoring fires.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it will does not plant on peat as assessed under Indonesian regulation No. 14 / Permentan / PL.110 / 2/2009 on Peat Land Use Guidelines for Palm Oil Cultivation, which allows for peat to be cultivated if less than 3m over at least 70% of the total cultivated area.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      An independent valuation states that some of the estates are on peat, although the hectarage is not given and it is stated that they are believed to be small and can be mineralised over time.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only details best management practices being undertaken for soils, such as planting on leguminous cover crops and digging of contour terraces to prevent erosion.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      53. Commitment to zero burning?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The commitment applies to smallholder schemes, but not stated that applies to suppliers.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      55. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

      All the Group's managers are trained to be alert to fires and react quickly to any that do arise through natural forces or by accident. The Group operates a fire watch on all is estates. It 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.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it is not aware of any fires on or near its estates since 2005.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      60. GHG emissions?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      61. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      62. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      RSPO Palm GHG Calculator and ISCC 205 tool.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      63. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      2 (66.7%)

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 4.5 / 12 37.5%
    • 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. Commitment to manage water use and water quality?

      The company only states it regularly monitors water quality and does not discharge effluent into water courses.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      69. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states that IPM minimises the need for chemical baits and compost from effluent reduces the need for inorganic fertilisers, but it does not have a clear commitment to minimise the use of chemicals.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      72. No use of paraquat?

      The company states it is committed to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of paraquat once effective alternatives have been trialled in its estates, but does not state a time-bound plan.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it does not use any pesticides listed by World Health Organisation, except for Brodifacoum (Class 1A) and Coumatetralyl (Class 1B).

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      75. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 9 / 18 50%
    • 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?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states that security of land tenure is of fundamental concern, that it has obtained all necessary licenses for land and compensates smallholders, and that it ensures both legal and customary rights are fully taken into account.

    • 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 states it respects the rights of communities and indigenous groups, but does not refer to any international convention on such rights.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only states it works to ensure individuals giving up land do so freely and only after they fully understand what is being given up. However, the company does commit to FPIC for NPP under RSPO.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      81. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      83. Process for addressing land conflicts?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      84. Commitment to ensure food security for local communities?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      85. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only refers to collective bargaining.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      87. Total number of employees?

      4,377 - In 2016.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      88. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      89. Percentage or number of women employees?

      27%

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      90. Minimum wage that the company pays?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      91. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      92. Lost time accident rate?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      0 - During 2016 amongst its workforce or contractors working on its estates.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      94. Provision of personal protective equipment and pesticide training?

  • Certification standards Certification standards 7.5 / 15.5 48.4%
    • 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)?

      2006

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      Source

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

      The company only states that it operates in: Indonesia (Aceh, East Kalimantan, Bangka-Belitung, South Sumatra, North Sumatra). It did not state that it operates in Peninsular Malaysia where it has 70 ha of plantation land.

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2024 - The time-bound plan was extended from 2015 to 2016 and then further extended to 2024, and is over five years away.

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2024 - The time-bound plan was extended from 2015 to 2016 and then further extended to 2024, and is over five years away.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • No
      0 / 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?

      2012

    • Partial
      1.5 / 2
      Source

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

      2 (66.6%)

    • Partial
      1.5 / 2
      Source

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

      28,136.9 (54%)

    • Partial
      1.5 / 2
      Source

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

      67,357 (73%) - FFB volume supplied by scheme smallholders that is certified divided by total FFB volume that is supplied by scheme smallholders. The land still uncertified under scheme/plasma smallholders is reported in the 2016 ACOP as 4507 ha, which is greater than the total land for scheme/plasma smallholders, so is assumed incorrect and has not been used.

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

      0 (0%)

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      Book & Claim, Mass Balance.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states ISPO certification has been received for two mills, and its third mill is in the final stages of audit and accreditation.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states ISCC certification has been received for two mills.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 3 / 9 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.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      111. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      112. Details of support programme for scheme smallholders?

      The company only states it provides finance on loans to develop plantations and facilitates obtaining bank finance.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company details the number of cooperative schemes and total number of cooperative members.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      114. Programme to support independent smallholders?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      115. Details of support programme for independent smallholders?

      The company only states it is working to improve the overall understanding of sustainability.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      118. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 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?

    • 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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