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New Britain Palm Oil Ltd

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

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  • About this company:

    Established in 1967, New Britain Palm Oil Limited's

  • Parent company:
    Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd
  • Landbank (oil palm)
    146,096 hectares
  • Market cap:
    3,349,137,764 USD
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    SIME MK
  • ISIN:
    MYL4197OO009
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: New Britain Palm Oil Ltd – November 2020

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 94.4% 151.97 / 161
  • Organisation: 27.5 / 28 98.2%
  • Policy: 70 / 72 97.2%
  • Practice: 54.5 / 61 89.3%
  • Self-reported: 12.8 / 61 20.9%
  • External: 27.5 / 61 45.1%
  • Certified: 14.2 / 61 23.3%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    7.5 / 9 83.3%
    • Organisation: 3.5 / 4 87.5%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 2 / 3 66.7%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • External: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company meets this indicator through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to sustainable palm oil. Also, has a standalone sustainable palm oil policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to sustainable palm oil. Also, has a standalone sustainable palm oil policy which applies to suppliers and third parties.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Group Sustainability Director.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not have a Board of Directors.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0

    • 6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not have a Board of Directors.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      7. Member of multiple industry schemes or other external initiatives to reduce negative environmental or social outcomes associated with palm oil production?

      [Externally verified] HCV Resource Network, Tropical Forest Alliance, Fire Free Alliance, NYDF Global Platform, and Pongo Alliance. NBPOL was a founding member of POIG but since it is part of the Sime Darby Group it ceased to be a member until Sime Darby joins the initiative.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      8. Collaboration with stakeholders to reduce negative environmental or social outcomes associated with palm oil production?

      The company lists various activities with NGOs, employees, governments, and other stakeholders.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      2017 Sustainability Report is the most recent published available document.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      Parent company Sime Darby responded to CDP in 2019.

    • 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
    14 / 14 100%
    • Organisation: 10 / 10 100%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 3 / 3 100%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 3 0%
    • External: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Certified: 2 / 3 66.7%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      146,096 - The company's parent company, Sime Darby Plantation, reports a total landbank of 146,096 ha in PNG and the Solomon Islands.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      90,814 - The company's parent company, Sime Darby Plantation, reports a total planted area of 90,814 ha in PNG and the Solomon Islands.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from scheme/plasma smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      3,000 - The total plantable reserve in 2020 is 3,000 ha.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      20,644.2 - The company's parent company, Sime Darby Plantation, reports an area 'Unplanted for conservation' as 423.20 ha and an area for High Conservation Value (HCV) and Conservation Set Aside (CSA) as 20,221 ha in PNG and the Solomon Islands.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      18. Maps of estates/management units?

    • 19. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from scheme/plasma smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      This information is provided on Sime Darby's platform Crosscheck, which New Britain Palm Oil links to on its website, stating that this platform includes all its own smallholder suppliers and the smallholder estates shown in the Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands are exclusive suppliers to New Britain Palm Oil.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      21. Number of company-owned mills?

      11

    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company states that all FFBs are sourced from the company-owned plantation and also, informs that it does not source from third party suppliers.

    • 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 states that all FFBs are sourced from the company-owned plantation and also, informs that it does not source from third party suppliers.

    • 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 states that 100% of the FFB processed in 2019 by the 11 NBPOL mills across PNG and the Solomon Islands is traceable to the plantation level.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

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

      The company states that 100% of the FFB processed in 2019 by the 11 NBPOL mills across PNG and the Solomon Islands is traceable to the plantation level.

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      36. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

      [Externally verified] The company has six kernel crushers integrated with its palm oil mills, all of which have Identity Preserved certification.

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    10 / 10 100%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 8 / 8 100%
    • Self-reported: 5 / 8 62.5%
    • External: 3 / 8 37.5%
    • Certified: 0 / 8 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2004 - The company's RSPO membership has now been incorporated under its parent company, Sime Darby Plantation.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2008

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

      The company's RSPO membership has now been incorporated under its parent company, Sime Darby, therefore it does not have to submit an ACOP.

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

      The company's RSPO membership has now been incorporated under its parent company, Sime Darby, therefore it does not have to submit an ACOP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      42. Percentage of mills 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?

      2013 - The company has already achieved 100% RSPO certification.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from scheme/plasma smallholders.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has no scheme/plasma/associated smallholders or outgrowers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate in Indonesia.

    • 51. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not operate in Malaysia.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] SAS and ISO 14001.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    16 / 17 94.1%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 8.5 / 9 94.4%
    • Practice: 5.5 / 6 91.7%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 6 8.3%
    • External: 3 / 6 50%
    • Certified: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%). The company also has an explicit commitment and it applies to all the suppliers and third parties.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      55. Criteria for defining deforestation?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      56. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also states that HCV surveillance is carried out using an annual two-fold approach, including the use of satellite data, drones, and ground-truthing.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      57. Evidence of monitoring deforestation in supplier operations?

      The company states that compliance is continuously monitored during field inspections, HCV monitoring and internal audits, and that remote sensing tools are also used to monitor the status of conservation areas, but only limited details are given.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that there are seven locations in its operation where illegal deforestation has taken place. Area of deforestation are as follows: Bilomi Plantation - 25 ha, Roka Plantation - 9.2 ha, Kafkaf Plantation - 10 m2, Baia Plantation - 15 m2, Lejo Forest Reserve - 0.9 ha, Gusap Plantation - 0.5 ha and Paddox Plantation - 0.25 ha.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to applying the RSPO Remediation and Compensation Procedure where there has been land clearing without prior HCV assessment since November 2005, or without prior HCV-HCSA assessment since November 2018, through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. However, a commitment covering restoration of all non-compliant deforestation/conversion was not found. Partial points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also makes a commitment to 'restore conservation areas degraded by human activity', but does not specify a cut-off date beyond which conversion/deforestation would not be accepted.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company states that "in case a non-compliant conversion is detected NBPOL is committed to working with the smallholder(s) in question to restore the areas" and specifies that 'non-compliant conversion' refers to clearing not in line with its Forest Policy or RSPO or RA SAS requirements. It also makes a partial commitment indirectly through its sourcing of material certified under the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018, which commits companies to applying the RSPO Remediation and Compensation Procedure where there has been land clearing without prior HCV assessment since November 2005, or without prior HCV-HCSA assessment since November 2018.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      62. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

      [Externally verified] The company states its target is "to create protective buffers along riverbanks and form linkages between forest patches and conservation areas within the landscape" and it is part of the High Forest Cover Landscapes Working Group. 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?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      64. Commitment to biodiversity conservation applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

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

      The company has identified species of conservation concern referencing the IUCN Red List. Also, points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company states that it continuously manages the buffer zones within its plantations and mini-estates to restore their biodiversity and is working towards enhancing mangroves. Also, points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    13 / 13 100%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 7 / 7 100%
    • Practice: 6 / 6 100%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 6 0%
    • External: 6 / 6 100%
    • Certified: 0 / 6 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%).

    • 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: Oro: Higaturu Estate; Morobe: Ramu Agri-Industries Ltd (RAIL), Impu Sagu Estate; New Ireland: Poliamba Ltd, Lamawan and Lamawan Plantations; Ramu Valley: J Estate; West New Britain: Roka Mini Estate and Roka Estate; GPPOL, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands; Milne Bay estates, Papua New Guinea.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] There is public availability of the following HCV assessments: Oro: Higaturu Estate Ramu Valley: Ramu Agri Industries Ltd. 2016 Morobe: Ramu Agri Industries Ltd. 2018 Guadalcanal: Guadalcanal Plains Oil Palms 2018.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] There is the public availability of the following HCV management and monitoring plans: Oro: Higaturu Estate Ramu Valley: Ramu Agri Industries Ltd. 2016 Morobe: Ramu Agri Industries Ltd. 2018 Guadalcanal: Guadalcanal Plains Oil Palms 2018.

    • 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 makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • 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?

      This indicator is disabled as the company only sources from independent smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Satisfactory review of all assessments: Oro: Higaturu Estate Ramu Valley: Ramu Agri Industries Ltd. 2016 Morobe: Ramu Agri Industries Ltd. 2018 Guadalcanal: Guadalcanal Plains Oil Palms.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to the same and it applies to all the suppliers and third parties.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      79. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

      [Externally verified] HCS assessment for Guadalcanal, Oro (Northern) Province, Markham Valley, and Milne Bay Estates is available.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to the same and it applies to all the suppliers and third parties.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] There is public availability of the following SEIAs: Oro: Higaturu Estate; New Ireland: Poliamba Ltd, Lamawan and Lamawan Plantations; Ramu Valley: Ramu Agri-Industries Ltd (RAIL), J Estate; Morobe: Ramu Agri-Industries Ltd (RAIL), Impu; West New Britain: Roka Mini Estate and Roka Estate; GPPOL, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands; Milne Bay estates, Papua New Guinea; Guadalcanal, Guadalcanal Plains Oil Palms.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    17.86 / 20 89.3%
    • Organisation: 5 / 5 100%
    • Policy: 8 / 8 100%
    • Practice: 4.9 / 7 69.4%
    • Self-reported: 1.8 / 7 25%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Certified: 3.1 / 7 44.4%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to the same and it applies to all the suppliers and third parties.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      834.83 (0%) - The company's parent company, Sime Darby Plantation, reports an area for oil palm planted on peat as 834.83 ha in PNG and the Solomon Islands.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that there is no planting on peat since 2013. However, the information found is more than two years old and is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%).

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      90. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      91. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to the same and it applies to all the suppliers and third parties.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.11 / 1

      92. 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's parent company Sime Darby has established Hotspot Alert Dashboard which uses NASA satellite to monitor and manage the fires.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company states "NBPOL aims to reduce the GHG intensity of its products by 30% by 2027 ... The 2017 baseline data was calculated at 0.47 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per tonne of crude palm oil and palm kernel (MT CO2e per MT CPO/PK) produced".

    • Y
      1 / 1

      96. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports 0.41 MT CO2e per MT crude palm oil (CPO)/palm kernel (PK) produced in 2019. Note the company states "all 2019 figures are indicative and may be subject to change. Updates will be published in our 2018-19 Sustainability Report".

    • Y
      1 / 1

      97. GHG emissions from land use change?

      930,420 MT CO2e for 2019.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      98. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports a decrease in metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per tonne of crude palm oil/palm kernel produced between 2017 (0.47 MT CO2e per MT CPO/PK) and 2019 (0.41 MT CO2e per MT CPO/PK). This information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      99. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The company states that it uses the RSPO PalmGHG calculator. Also, the RSPO requires companies to assess their GHG emissions through the Palm GHG calculator. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%).

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that two out of the 11 mills have methane capture.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    22.36 / 24 93.2%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 11 / 11 100%
    • Practice: 9.4 / 11 85.1%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 11 11.4%
    • External: 1 / 11 9.1%
    • Certified: 7.1 / 11 64.6%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Target to reduce water usage at mill per ton of FFB milled by 5% by 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. Water use intensity?

      0.8 - The mills operate at an average of 0.8m3 ? 0.9m3.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      103. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The target of 1.0 m3 per tonne of Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB) produced has been achieved.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a target to reduce BOD to 50ppm by 2020 and reduce liters of effluent discharged per ton of FFB milled by 5% by 2020, and has a preliminary target to reduce COD by 10% by 2025, using 2020 as a baseline year.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports the progress towards the commitment to reduce BOD and COD levels. However, the data is more than two years old.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

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

      The system used for treating POME is the biological system of treatment for the palm oil mill waste which requires a large area to install ponds to receive and store the POME as required to reduce the organic matter content to required levels before discharging. Also, points for external verification have been awarded based on the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • 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 makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 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 makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to the same and it applies to all the suppliers and third parties.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      112. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.11 / 1

      119. 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.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

      120. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

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

    • 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.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    35.75 / 36 99.3%
    • Organisation: 5 / 5 100%
    • Policy: 22 / 22 100%
    • Practice: 8.8 / 9 97.2%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 9 8.3%
    • External: 8 / 9 88.9%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      122. Commitment to human rights?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      123. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to the same and it applies to all the suppliers and third parties.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      124. Progress on human rights commitment?

      [Externally verified] The company provides training to all the staff. Points for external verification that 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 makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to the same and it applies to all the suppliers and third parties.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to the same and it applies to all the suppliers and third parties.

    • 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). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%).

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      132. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      The company has published a summary report of 2020 community engagement activities, which include an annual stakeholder meeting to gather "feedback from the local communities, landowners, government agencies and NGOs", as well as training in relation to HCVs, HCS, conservation areas, fire risk management, financial literacy and efforts to mitigate impacts on food security. This information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      133. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      The company has a separate document of procedure for handling landowner grievances. Also, the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 contain requirements for addressing land conflicts. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company has implemented initiatives such as the 'The Mama Loose Fruit' scheme to support the inclusion of women across palm oil operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      135. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      138. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to the same and it applies to all the suppliers and third parties.

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to the same and it applies to all the suppliers and third parties.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has established gender committees to ensure that issues of particular concern for women are raised and addressed in all sites. Also, 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?

      4,400 (20%) - The company reports that as of August 2020, "NBPOL has employed close to 22,000 people, including 4,400 temporary employees".

    • Y
      1 / 1

      148. Percentage or number of women employees?

      4,860

    • Y
      1 / 1

      149. Commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company in Sustainability Report - 2017, states that it pays 27% higher than the mandatory national minimum wage. Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      152. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      153. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to this.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%). The company has an explicit commitment to the same and it applies to all the suppliers and third parties.

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      156. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      12.9 - Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTFIR) April-June 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    9.5 / 11 86.4%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4.5 / 5 90%
    • Practice: 5 / 6 83.3%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 6 25%
    • External: 3.5 / 6 58.3%
    • Certified: 0 / 6 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      158. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • 159. Programme to support scheme/plasma smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from scheme/plasma smallholders.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from scheme/plasma smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Programme to support independent smallholders/outgrowers?

      [Externally verified] The company supports its associated (independent) smallholders to gain certification and provides tools and fertilisers and best management support. Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company states that all of its smallholders have achieved RSPO certification. And in 2017, more than 1,000 growers, employees, and dependents have received financial literacy training in WNB. However, the data is more than two years old. The company also states that in 2019 100% of its smallholders had attended at least one awareness and training session, while the vast majority have attended several sessions conducted by NBPOL.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company assesses the risk level of its suppliers based on a variety of criteria before auditing them.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] All the company's smallholders are assessed to maintain the company's Segregated RSPO supply chain. All the company's smallholders are RSPO certified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      165. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company states "NBPOL has adopted the RA SAS Zero-tolerance criteria that include: Destruction of HCVs, Forced labour, Mistreatment of workers and sexual harassment, Discrimination and Worst Forms of child labour" and that "the timelines will depend on the nature of the issue, generally speaking, it will follow RSPO and RA SAS rules and action is required within maximum two months".

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that in 2020, "100% of the FFB supply from the own estates and smallholders complied with the NBPOL purchasing policies.".

    • P
      0.75 / 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 100% of its supply is compliant with its purchasing policies.

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

      This indicator is disabled as 100% of sourcing (including from own operations and suppliers) is RSPO certified with 100% traceability to plantation level.

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

      This indicator is disabled as 100% of sourcing (including from own operations and suppliers) is RSPO certified with 100% traceability to plantation level.

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

      This indicator is disabled as 100% of sourcing (including from own operations and suppliers) is RSPO certified with 100% traceability to plantation level.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      100% of the company's sourcing (including from own operations and suppliers) is RSPO certified with 100% traceability to plantation level.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 100% of the company's sourcing (including from own operations and suppliers) is RSPO certified with 100% traceability to plantation level.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 100% of the company's sourcing (including from own operations and suppliers) is RSPO certified with 100% traceability to plantation level.

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    6 / 7 85.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4 / 5 80%
    • Practice: 2 / 2 100%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 2 50%
    • External: 1 / 2 50%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      174. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment indirectly through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 due to its sourcing. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified volumes/supply of FFB from direct/indirect suppliers (100%).

    • 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.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      178. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 contain guidance and requirements on whistleblowing procedures. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company adheres to this criteria through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

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