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Noble Group Ltd

  • Parent company:
    N/A
  • Landbank (oil palm):
    62,511 hectares
  • Market cap:
    1,355,734,478 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    NOBG.SI
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    NOBL SP
  • ISIN:
    BMG6542T1190
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: Noble Group Ltd

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58.8% 65 / 110.5 Total:
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 4.5 / 6 75%
    • 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 details its commitments in its Sustainability Information Document.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Noble Group does not have independent suppliers, but its policy does apply to its scheme smallholders.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company have set up a conservation department at their operations in Papua however no details are given on who holds responsibility.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      Noble Group produced a Communication of Progress in 2016 on non-financial aspects of the Group's operations.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Member of UNGC, and reports under GRI.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 9 / 13 69.2%
    • 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)?

      62,510.5 - The company also reports a landbank figure of more than 70,705 ha in its 2017 Sustainability Update.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      16,539.2 - The company also reports a landbank figure of 19,200 ha (including 2,249 ha of scheme smallholders) in its 2017 Sustainability Update.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      2,000 - The company also reports a landbank figure of 2,249 ha in its 2017 Sustainability Update.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      33,332.6

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      8,638.79

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      14. Number of company owned mills?

      1

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      15. Maps of company owned mills?

      Provide coordinates for one mill owned.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      16. Number and names of supplying 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 and the company declares these represent 100% of their concession sites, but not all may not be publicly available due to ongoing legal issues.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      No source

      18. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

      Scheme smallholder boundaries have been made available to the RSPO as part of their estate maps according to Noble, but not all may be publicly available due to ongoing legal issues.

    • 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.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      No source

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

      The company only states "PT HIP uses the Identity Preserved (IP) supply chain model, with the mill using FFB sourced exclusively from its own supply base certified by the RSPO", but does not provides details on traceability for PT PAL or a time-bound commitment.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 9.5 / 12 79.2%
    • Companies should commit to address deforestation and to set aside areas for conservation. They should report on any activities to manage or restore habitat in their conservation areas, or monitor deforestation in their supply chains. They should also provide evidence of species conservation and biodiversity protection.

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      24. Commitment to address deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      25. Commitment to zero deforestation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      26. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      27. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      Noble states it has not replaced primary forest or any HCV area since November 2005, does not replace primary forest and identifies and maintains HCV areas.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      28. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      The company states that they will implement deforestation monitoring in 2018.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      29. Commitment to set aside areas for conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      30. Evidence of habitat management and/or habitat restoration of set-aside areas?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      31. A landscape-level approach?

      The company states that they will implement a landscape approach in 2018.

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      32. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it conserves habitats or ecosystems that contain representative communities of plants and animal, especially those that are rare, threatened or endangered, but does not reference a system of species classification.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states hunting is not permitted in conservation areas and also mentions a commitment to 'No hunting or only sustainable hunting of species' to be 'on track' by 2017.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      35. Commitment not to operate within internationally and nationally designated protected areas?

      The company states that they do not operate protected areas and there are no designated protection areas in the company's locations.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      36. Evidence of species conservation?

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 7.5 / 11 68.2%
    • Companies should commit to the High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) approaches, and to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIA). They should develop and publish monitoring and management plans, and provide evidence through SEIA, HCV and HCS assessments, typically published in summary form due to the sensitive nature of certain sites.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      37. Commitment to High Conservation Value (HCV) approach?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      38. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      40. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments undertaken between November 2005 and December 2014, and management and monitoring plans?

      There is public availability of all of Noble Group's HCV assessments and management plans: PT Pusaka Agro Lestari; PT Henrison Inti Persada.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it in 2016 ACOP that has undertaken new planting and submitted RSPO NPP, but none could be found.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it in 2016 ACOP that has undertaken new planting and submitted RSPO NPP, but none could be found.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it in 2016 ACOP that has undertaken new planting and submitted RSPO NPP, but none could be found.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states ""Noble Plantations is committed to applying the High Carbon Stock (HCS) approach to all of our landholdings, and refraining from developing in any HCS areas" however it only references in its environmental SOPs identifyinh high carbon stocks as described in RSPO principle and criteria 5 and 7.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      45. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments?

      The company states that "An independent carbon stock study, using a methodology approved by the RSPO, has been carried out at both sites in Papua" but the documents are not publicly available.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      47. Social and environmental impact assessment (SEIAs) undertaken since November 2005, and management and monitoring plans?

      There is public availability of all of Noble Group's SEIA assessments: PT Pusaka Agro Lestari; PT Henrison Inti Persada.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions 9 / 17 52.9%
    • 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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      49. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

      Yes, the commitment applies to all scheme smallholders (Noble does not have independent FFB suppliers).

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company commits to best management practices for peat and for soils through its environmental protection guidelines, such as contour planting in steep areas to prevent erosion.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company gives evidence of best management practices for soil but not for peat.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      53. Commitment to zero burning?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      54. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

      The commitment applies to all scheme smallholders (Noble does not have independent FFB suppliers).

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      55. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      Noble plans to reduce GHG emissions by 2020 but they do not state how much by.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      59. Commitment applies to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      60. GHG emissions?

      The Group's overall GHG emissions amounted to 3.07 million tCO2e in 2015.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      61. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      62. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      RSPO PalmGHG Calculator version 3.0.1.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      63. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 4.5 / 12 37.5%
    • Companies should commit to managing water use and water quality, providing evidence through time-bound reduction plans, policies on toxic chemical use and treatment of palm oil mill effluent (POME).

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      65. Commitment to manage water use and water quality?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company state they are in the progress of developing time-bound commitments.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      67. Progress towards commitment on water use?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      68. Progress towards commitment on water quality?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      69. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it carries out POME monitoring, but does not state how treating POME.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      Noble only states it is committed to reducing/eliminating certain chemicals, except for in specific circumstances identified in national best practice guidelines.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      72. No use of paraquat?

      The company states that no use of paraquat is in 'full implementation' but also states "Paraquat is reduced and/or eliminated, except in specific situations identifid in national Best Practice guidelines. The use of such pesticides shall be minimized".

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a target of no use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides in 2018, but also states "full implementation".

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a target of no use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention in 2018, but also states "full implementation".

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      75. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      Noble only states that is has developed a Pest Management Plan, but details are not given.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 13 / 17 76.5%
    • Companies should commit to respect human rights, including those of indigenous peoples and local communities, consulted with free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Companies should respect the rights of workers, report relevant workforce data, and comply with health and safety legislation.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      81. Commitment applies to independent suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as no independent suppliers.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      83. Process for addressing land conflicts?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      84. Commitment to ensure food security for local communities?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      85. Commitment to respect workers' rights, including all workers (i.e. direct, indirect, migrant, temporary, casual, etc.)?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company do not refer to the minimum age ILO convention. Also, some of the company's commitments only apply to the company's Value Chaina and not the entire group.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      87. Total number of employees?

      1,526 - Data is for 2015.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      88. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      3% - Data is for 2015.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      89. Percentage or number of women employees?

      33%

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      90. Minimum wage that the company pays?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      91. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      92. Lost time accident rate?

      The company only reports a lost time injury frequency for its shipping operations.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      Noble states it had no fatalities recorded during the reporting period however it is unclear what part of its operations this relates to.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      94. Provision of personal protective equipment and pesticide training?

  • Certification standards Certification standards 4.5 / 12.5 36%
    • Companies should become members of credible certification standards and report in accordance with all appropriate categories of membership. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) requires members registered as growers to submit data relating to certification targets for their estates, scheme smallholders and independent fresh fruit bunch (FFB) suppliers, via an annual communications of progress (ACOP) report.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      Indonesia (Papua and West Papua provinces).

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2020

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2020

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      Source

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

      Noble Plantations joined the RSPO in 2011 (after commencing plantation operations in 2010) and plans certification of its first plantation estate in 2017.

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

      0 (0%)

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

      0 (0%)

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

      0 (0%)

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator is disabled as no independent suppliers.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Identity Preserved.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it has received an ISPO certificate, but unclear that is fully ISPO certified.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Companies should report details of any programmes or schemes to support both schemed and independent smallholders, as well as criteria to assess suppliers on compliance with company policies, and in what cases suppliers should be suspended or excluded due to non-compliance.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      111. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      112. Details of support programme for scheme smallholders?

      The company states they have a programme to support scheme smallholders but no further information is publicly available.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      114. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as no independent suppliers.

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      115. Details of support programme for independent smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as no independent suppliers.

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator is disabled as no independent suppliers.

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator is disabled as no independent suppliers.

    • n/a
      -
      Source

      118. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as no independent suppliers.

    • n/a
      -
      Source

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

      This indicator is disabled as no independent suppliers.

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 2.5 / 7 35.7%
    • Companies should operate in an ethical manner at all levels, providing accessible channels and clear procedures for both employees and external stakeholders to raise any grievance or complaint with the company, as well as allowing for whistleblowing.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      120. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      121. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      122. Own grievance or complaints system?

      The company states it has a SOP Procedure for Grievance and Industrial Relation Disputes but it is not publicly available.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      123. Accessible to internal stakeholders (i.e. employees)?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      124. Accessible to external stakeholders?

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

      125. Grievance details, if anonymity not requested?

      The company only reports that it received no formal complaints on any violation of the rights of indigenous people and no credible complaints on discrimination in any locations in 2015.

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