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M.P. Evans Group plc

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

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  • About this company:

    Founded in 1981, UK based producer M.P. Evans

  • Landbank (oil palm)
    70,467 hectares
  • Market cap:
    374,779,580 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    MPE.L
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    MPE LN
  • ISIN:
    GB0007538100
  • Sedol:
    0753810
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: M.P. Evans Group plc – November 2020

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 73.8% 123.98 / 168
  • Organisation: 29 / 34 85.3%
  • Policy: 56.5 / 72 78.5%
  • Practice: 38.5 / 62 62.1%
  • Self-reported: 9 / 62 14.5%
  • External: 19 / 62 30.7%
  • Certified: 10.5 / 62 16.9%
  • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's chief executive officer, Tristan Price, who is also a board member takes the lead in setting policy on sustainability.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1 (14%) - The company reports it has one woman member in the senior management out of the seven members.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      1 (14%) - The company reports it has one woman member in the board out of the 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 the company is not a POIG member.

    • N
      0 / 1

      12. Climate risks assessment available?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    11.35 / 15 75.7%
    • Organisation: 9.5 / 12 79.2%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 0.9 / 2 42.5%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 0.9 / 2 42.5%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      70,467 - The company reports the total land area managed for oil palm.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      32,900 - Figure excluded schemed smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      12,141 - The company reports the total scheme smallholders planted area.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      10,839 - The company reports the total unplanted area.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      3,286 - The company reports the total conservation set-aside area, including High Conservation Value (HCV) area.

    • 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.

    • N
      0 / 1

      19. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only reports the names of third party supplying plantations for the first half of 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      21. Number of company-owned mills?

      3 - The company reports the number of mills in the annual report. It also mentions that a second mill at Kota Bangun is on track to be commissioned in the middle of 2020 along with a work underway at Bumi Mas to construct a mill, which is expected to be operating in mid-2021.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

      The names and locations of company-owned mills are available on the RSPO 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 three mills owned by the company source from company-owned operations as well as third parties.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 25. Number of third party supplying mills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

    • 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 the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

    • 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 the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

    • 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 the company does not own refineries.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

    • 31. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

    • 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 2021.

    • P
      0.85 / 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 the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

    • 35. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own refineries.

    • 36. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

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

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    9.23 / 14 65.9%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 5.2 / 10 52.3%
    • Self-reported: 3.2 / 10 32.3%
    • External: 2 / 10 20%
    • Certified: 0 / 10 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2006 - The company is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

    • 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?

      The company became an 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)?

      The company's 2019 RSPO ACOP was submitted.

    • 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?

      68.02% - The company reports the percentage of area RSPO certified in its RSPO ACOP 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      42. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      100% - The company reports having three mills, all of which 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?

      2024 - The company reports a time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of estates and mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a grower or miller.

    • P
      0.8 / 1

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

      79.76% - The company reports the percentage of scheme smallholders RSPO certified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2024 - The company reports a time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of scheme/associated smallholders and outgrowers.

    • 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 the company is only a grower or miller.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      All three company mills are ISPO certified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      51. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] ISCC.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    12.43 / 17 73.1%
    • Organisation: 1 / 2 50%
    • Policy: 7 / 9 77.8%
    • Practice: 4.4 / 6 73.8%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 6 12.5%
    • External: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Certified: 1.7 / 6 28%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports to never contribute to deforestation.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that its policy is to ensure that any new development, including development for scheme smallholders, only takes place in heavily degraded areas which are neither forested nor suitable habitats for endangered species. It believes adherence to the RSPO's standards and procedures and ensures it does not contribute to any deforestation.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      55. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      The company reports no development on high carbon stock forests and peatland. However, no cut-off date is reported beyond which deforestation or conversion would not be accepted.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      56. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      The company patrols its conservation areas daily, uses satellite imagery to monitor its HCV areas annually, and states it has used drones to help protect its conservation areas from encroachment from early 2019.

    • N
      0 / 1

      57. Evidence of monitoring deforestation in supplier operations?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      58. 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".

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      62. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      63. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

      The company reports protecting biodiversity in the areas where it operates.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      64. Commitment to biodiversity conservation applies to all suppliers?

      The company's commitment to protecting biodiversity applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.68 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports species of conservation concern, referencing the IUCN system of species classification.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 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

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      68. 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 / 14 85.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 7 / 8 87.5%
    • Practice: 5 / 6 83.3%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 6 0%
    • External: 5 / 6 83.3%
    • Certified: 0 / 6 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      69. 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 also reports protecting high conservation value areas within its concessions.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to protecting high conservation value areas within its concessions applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] There is the public availability of the following HCV assessments: 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

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports that HCV assessments are only carried out by assessors accredited to the HCV Resource Network's Assessor Licensing Scheme.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The commitment applies to scheme smallholders, but it is not clear whether it applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also reports assessing high carbon stock forests using the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to assess High Carbon Stock forests using the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach applies to all suppliers.

    • N
      0 / 1

      79. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has a commitment which applies to suppliers in Indonesia only. However, the company also operates in Malaysia.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] There is the public availability of the following SEIAs: 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
    13.93 / 20 69.7%
    • Organisation: 3.5 / 5 70%
    • Policy: 7 / 8 87.5%
    • Practice: 3.4 / 7 49%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 7 14.3%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Certified: 2.4 / 7 34.7%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      83. 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      84. 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 applies to scheme smallholders only. No clear commitment for other suppliers is reported.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports best management practices for soils and peat.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      88. 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

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports limited evidence for best management practices for soils and peat.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      90. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company reports its commitment to zero burning.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      91. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      The company's commitment to zero burning applies to all its suppliers.

    • P
      0.75 / 2

      92. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      The company reports multiple examples of fire monitoring and management.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports zero incidents of fires within the boundary of operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      95. 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

      96. GHG emissions intensity?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      97. GHG emissions from land use change?

      The company has published a Palm GHG report of 2016 with GHG emissions from land-use change reported for each estate.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      98. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports GHG emission intensity figures for all mills and also for the group in total. However, the emission intensity for the group total is the same as in 2018 and the emission intensity of one mill has increased in 2019 when compared with the intensity reported in 2018.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      99. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The company reports using Palm GHG (version 4) published by the RSPO.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      Two of the company's total three mills have methane capture and biogas generation facilities.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    15.79 / 24 65.8%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 6 / 11 54.6%
    • Practice: 7.8 / 11 70.8%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 11 11.4%
    • External: 1 / 11 9.1%
    • Certified: 5.5 / 11 50.4%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. Water use intensity?

      3 - The company reports the water consumption figures (M3 per tonne FFB) for 2019.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      103. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports figures for water consumption in 2018 (2.6) and 2019 (3.0). However, the water consumption figures for 2019 show an increase in the intensity.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      104. 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
      0.75 / 1

      105. 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.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.68 / 1

      106. 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 information on the treatment of wastewater in its annual report 2018.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own refineries.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      108. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company reports that as required under RSPO principles, an environmental assessment is undertaken by an independent consultant for any new project. Implicit in these studies is the requirement to maintain riparian-buffer zones and nature-conservation areas. It also mentions that the group will ensure the existence of riparian reserves to preserve natural vegetation alongside all watercourses and water bodies in its concession areas.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.68 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company 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.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      112. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

      The company reports its commitment to no use of paraquat.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to no use of paraquat applies to all suppliers.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company only reports that it aims to no use of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that it does not use any chemicals listed under the Rotterdam or Stockholm Conventions on any of its estates.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports the usage of inorganic fertilisers, herbicides, and pesticides for 2019.

    • P
      0.5 / 2

      119. Implementation of commitment to minimise inorganic fertiliser use?

      The company reports the usage of inorganic fertilisers, herbicides, and pesticides for 2019. However, the figures for inorganic fertilisers and herbicides show an increase as compared to the figures reported in the year 2018. Only the pesticide figures show a reduction.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.68 / 1

      120. 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 mentions that it uses integrated pest management to control pests on its plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports having a zero-waste approach.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    28.5 / 36 79.2%
    • Organisation: 5 / 5 100%
    • Policy: 17.5 / 22 79.6%
    • Practice: 6 / 9 66.7%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 9 0%
    • External: 6 / 9 66.7%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      122. Commitment to human rights?

      The company reports its commitment to respect the United Nations' Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      123. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      124. Progress on human rights commitment?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company 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

      126. 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 peoples, 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

      127. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      128. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      129. 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 commitment to free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) in the sustainability report 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company mentions that it will co-operate with local communities and the government to ensure orderly and harmonious communication during any consultation that is part of obtaining free, prior, and informed consent of the local community. This applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 contain guidance and requirements on the process to conduct free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). 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

      132. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

    • N
      0 / 1

      133. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      135. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company reports that free of any charge to the workers, it provides seeds, advice, and cheerful encouragement as one way to improve their food security. The information is reported for the company workers only.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      138. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company reports multiple examples for the essential facilties provided to the community, which reflect its commitment to provide essential community services and facilities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 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.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      141. 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

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 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 include training explaining modern slavery and the indicators of potential modern slavery and how to report suspected slavery to management.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      144. 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

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

      The company's commitment to eliminate gender-related discrimination with regards to employment applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      147. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      3,900

    • Y
      1 / 1

      148. Percentage or number of women employees?

      The company reports the percentage of women in different workforces, which includes permanent, fixed-term, field upkeep, harvesting, and processing.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      149. Commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

      The company reports that it will pay all employees a wage equal to or exceeding the local legal minimum wage.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that it will pay all employees a wage equal to or exceeding the local legal minimum wage. This applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports the average monthly wage for permanent and contract workers, both of which show progress when compared to the figures reported in 2018.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      152. Reporting of salary by gender?

      The company reports the 'female pay as a percentage of male pay'.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      153. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company reports that it acknowledges the importance of creating a healthy and safe work environment for all employees, contractors, consultants, and guests of the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that it acknowledges the importance of creating a healthy and safe work environment for all employees, contractors, consultants, and guests of the company. This applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      [Externally verified] 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 sustainability report 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      156. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      9.2 - Injury severity (Days lost per injury) in 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 - The company reports that during 2019 there were no workplace fatalities amongst the company's employees or contractors working in its operations.

  • 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: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Certified: 0 / 6 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      158. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company reports its commitment to support smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      159. Programme to support scheme/plasma smallholders?

      [Externally verified] 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

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

      The company reports the number of smallholder co-operative schemes and the total number of smallholder co-operative members.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Programme to support independent smallholders/outgrowers?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports information on support provided to independent smallholders/outgrowers.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company provides limited details concerning engaging suppliers on compliance with the company's policies.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      165. 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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      167. 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.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from mills.

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    6 / 7 85.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4.5 / 5 90%
    • Practice: 1.5 / 2 75%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 2 25%
    • External: 1 / 2 50%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      174. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports information on progress on the commitment to ethical conduct and the prohibition of corruption in its sustainability report 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      177. 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

      178. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company reports that 'the Group has a whistleblowing line which all employees can use to raise issues of concern. Telephone or text messages can be sent to the head of the Group's Indonesian internal audit department or by email to different addresses specifically set up for this purpose in Indonesia or the UK'. However, the details of reporting (email ID, phone numbers, etc.) are not mentioned.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has a grievance mechanism, but no details on the procedure are given.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      180. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      The company provides some information on grievances, however actions taken are not disclosed.

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