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Established in 1967, New Britain Palm Oil Limited's (NBPOL) core activities involve the cultivation and

Company assessment: New Britain Palm Oil Ltd – November 2018

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Total: 96% 109 / 113.5
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 7 / 7 100%
    • Companies should publish sustainability policies or similar covering their entire supply chain — including third party suppliers — implemented and enforced through high-level leadership that engages with wider industry schemes.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a number of sustainability policies, notably its Forest Policy and Environmental Policy, and its parent company Sime Darby has a Responsible Agriculture Charter

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company's forest policy states "This policy is applicable to NBPOL's own estates and external fresh fruit suppliers, including all smallholders and outgrowers." The company is also included within Sime Darby's Responsible Agriculture Charter which covers all of its palm oil operations, both upstream and downstream

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Director of Sustainability

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company is a member of TFT and HCS Approach Steering Group. Sime Darby is a member of the UN Global Compact and signatory to New York Declaration on Forests, is also a member of TFA 2020, HCV Resource Network and the Fire Free Alliance. The company 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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company was a founding member of POIG and completed a trial assessment

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      7. Activities with government, NGOs or academic institutions to improve palm oil sustainability?

      The company states "In recent years we have worked closely with Solidaridad, a Dutch social NGO, to establish programmes to enhance conditions and empower smallholders" and "NBPOL is working closely with the PNG Government in the transition to the VCLR (Voluntary Customary Land Registration) system that it feels better protects customary land rights"

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 13 / 13 100%
    • Companies should publicly report figures on their total landbank and details of different areas under their management. They should also disclose maps of their management areas and provide details on traceability of their products, both to mill and plantation level.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      162,334

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      91,894

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      40,732 - The company does not have scheme smallholders, but has associated smallholders

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      10,382

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      19,326

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

      6,055

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      14. Number and names of company owned mills?

      11

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      15. Maps or coordinates of company owned mills?

      Mill locations have been made available to the RSPO, and all 12 mills are available on Global Forest Watch

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      16. Number and names of supplier mills?

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

      Concession boundaries have been made available to the RSPO in 2015 and the company declares these represent 100% of its concession sites, but not all may not be publicly available due to ongoing legal issues. Maps will become available on GeoRSPO. The maps can also be downloaded from the company's website

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      18. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

      The company has associated smallholders - maps can be downloaded from the company's website

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      2,010 (100%) - The company is already fully traceable to plantation as of 2010

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      2,010 (100%) - The company is already fully traceable to plantation as of 2010

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 9.5 / 10 95%
    • Companies should commit to address deforestation and to set aside areas for conservation. They should report on any activities to manage or restore habitat in their conservation areas, or monitor deforestation in their supply chains. They should also provide evidence of species conservation and biodiversity protection.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      24. Commitment to zero deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      26. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      HCV, HCS

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      27. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      The company states a target to implement SMART forest monitoring and satellite monitoring protocols by 2024 but it is unclear what is currently being carried out

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      28. Examples of habitat management and/or habitat restoration?

      The company reports native forest restoration, habitat protection for the Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly, rehabilitation of buffer zones and enhancement of mangroves

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      29. Implementing a landscape-level approach to biodiversity conservation?

      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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      30. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The parent company Sime Darby states it has a policy of no hunting within its operations

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      33. Examples of species conservation activities?

      Species conservation project for the Queen Alexandra Birdwing butterfly (Ornithoptera alexandrae), among others

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 11 / 11 100%
    • Companies should commit to the High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) approaches, and to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIA). They should develop and publish monitoring and management plans, and provide evidence through SEIA, HCV and HCS assessments, typically published in summary form due to the sensitive nature of certain sites.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The following HCV assessments are publicly available:
      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, PNG

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The following HCV assessments are publicly available:
      Oro: Higaturu Estate
      Ramu Valley: Ramu Agri Industries Ltd. 2016
      Morobe: Ramu Agri Industries Ltd. 2018
      Guadalcanal: Guadalcanal Plains Oil Palms

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The following HCV management and monitoring plans are available:
      Oro: Higaturu Estate
      Ramu Valley: Ramu Agri Industries Ltd. 2016
      Morobe: Ramu Agri Industries Ltd. 2018
      Guadalcanal: Guadalcanal Plains Oil Palms

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      42. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments?

      The company provides HCS assessments for Orangerie Bay, Higaturu and GBPOL

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      44. Social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs) undertaken, and associated management and monitoring plans?

      The following SEIA assessments are publicly available:
      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, PNG;
      Guadalcanal, Guadalcanal Plains Oil Palms

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions 14 / 15 93.3%
    • Companies should commit to protect peatland and undertake best management practices for soils and peat. They should also have policies on zero burning and to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Companies should report their GHG emissions, as well as any fires that occurred in or around their estates, along with plans for managing and monitoring fires.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      48. Landbank or planted area on peat?

      0 - The company previously reported a figure of 88 ha in its 2013 Sustainability Report, however in its 2015 Sustainability Report it states "...no peat land has been used for oil palm cultivation. Soil studies by NBPOL have shown that planted areas previously reported to be peat land did not actually fall within the definition"

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      50. Commitment to zero burning?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      52. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 30% by 2024 but the target is not based on GHG intensity

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      56. GHG emissions from land use change?

      Land conversion figures are available for 2016 for individual estates

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      57. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      PalmGHG 2.1.1

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      58. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports a decrease in overall palm product carbon footprint (MT CO2e/MT PK/CPO ex-mill) from 2014 to 2017

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      2 (18.2%)

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 11 / 12 91.7%
    • Companies should commit to managing water use and water quality, providing evidence through time-bound reduction plans, policies on toxic chemical use and treatment of palm oil mill effluent (POME).

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      60. Time-bound commitment to improve water use per tonne of FFB Processed?

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a target to reduce BOD to 50ppm by 2020 and reduce litres of effluent discharged per ton of FFB milled by 5% by 2020, but it does not refer to COD levels

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      62. Progress towards commitment on water use?

      The company reports that all mills have reduced water usage to less than 1.5 m 3 per tonne of FFB processed since 2013

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company reports BOD levels were maintained below legal limits however no data for COD could be found

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      64. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      67. No use of paraquat?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      70. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 19.5 / 19.5 100%
    • Companies should commit to respect human rights, including those of indigenous peoples and local communities, consulted with free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Companies should respect the rights of workers, report relevant workforce data, and comply with health and safety legislation.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      73. Commitment to human rights applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it recognises the rights to lands that communities customarily own, occupy or otherwise use, and has established a process for identifying legal and customary rights

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      77. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      79. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      80. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      81. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      82. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      84. Total number of employees?

      22,762

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      85. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      680 (3%)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      86. Percentage or number of women employees?

      5,022 (22%) - Figure includes employees and management

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      87. Commitment to pay minimum wage?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      88. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      89. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      26 - Average lost time accident rate

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      2 - 2014 and 2015. Data more than 2 years old

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      91. Provision of personal protective equipment and pesticide training?

  • Certification standards Certification standards 15 / 15 100%
    • Companies should become members of credible certification standards and report in accordance with all appropriate categories of membership. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) requires members registered as growers to submit data relating to certification targets for their estates, scheme smallholders and independent fresh fruit bunch (FFB) suppliers, via an annual communications of progress (ACOP) report.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      2,004 - The company's RSPO membership has now been incorporated under its parent company, Sime Darby

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      93. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      94. 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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2,013

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2,013

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      100%

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      98. 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?

      2,008

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      11 (100%)

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      100%

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      40,732 (100%) - The company has associated smallholders

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

      100%

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Segregated; Identity Preserved

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      106. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      One of the company's sites is SAN certified and some sites are ISO 14001 certified

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 4.5 / 5 90%
    • Companies should report details of any programmes or schemes to support both schemed and independent smallholders, as well as criteria to assess suppliers on compliance with company policies, and in what cases suppliers should be suspended or excluded due to non-compliance.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      108. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      110. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      The company supports its associated (independent) smallholders to gain certification and provides tools and fertilisers and best management support

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      All of the company's smallholders have achieved RSPO certification. The company states that in 2017, more than 1,000 growers, employees and dependents have received financial literacy training in WNB

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      113. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company states "Criteria for the suspension or exclusion of smallholders have been taken from the National Interpretation of the RSPO Principles and Criteria provided by the PNG National Interpretation Task Force" however no timeframes for action are given

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      114. Percentage of suppliers assessed and/or engaged on compliance with company requirements?

      All the company's smallholders are assessed to maintain the company's segregated RSPO supply chain. All the company's smallholders are RSPO certified

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 4.5 / 6 75%
    • Companies should operate in an ethical manner at all levels, providing accessible channels and clear procedures for both employees and external stakeholders to raise any grievance or complaint with the company, as well as allowing for whistleblowing.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      115. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      116. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      117. Own grievance or complaints system?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      118. Grievance or complaints system is accessible to internal and external stakeholders?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 2
      Source

      119. Details of grievances disclosed?

      The company only reports the number of grievances and the nature of the grievance

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