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  • Latest update: November 2020
  • Next scheduled: November 2021

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  • About this company:

    Established in 1989, Singapore based commodity producer and

  • Parent company:
    Temasek Holdings (51.4%)
  • Landbank (oil palm)
    202,654 hectares
  • Market cap:
    3,161,488,786 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    OLAM.SI
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    OLAM SP
  • ISIN:
    SG1Q75923504
  • Sedol:
    B05Q3L4
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: Olam International Ltd – November 2020

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 77.1% 143.33 / 186
  • Organisation: 28.5 / 39 73.1%
  • Policy: 64.5 / 76 84.9%
  • Practice: 50.3 / 71 70.9%
  • Self-reported: 11 / 71 15.6%
  • External: 25 / 71 35.2%
  • Certified: 14.3 / 71 20.1%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    8.5 / 11 77.3%
    • Organisation: 4.5 / 6 75%
    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company also has a Sustainable Palm Oil Policy, a Living Landscapes Policy, a Plantations, Concessions and Farms Code, and a Supplier Code.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The Sustainable Palm Oil Policy specifies commitments applying to its own plantations, smallholders and third-party suppliers. The Living Landscapes Policy also breaks down commitments applying to own operations and third-party suppliers. The Plantations, Concessions and Farms Code applies to its own operations and joint ventures operating upstream. The Supplier Code applies to entities that sell goods or services to the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Dr Christopher Stewart, Senior Vice President and Global Head Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CR&S).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Four board members sit on the Board's Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Committee.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company provides names and photos of Executive Committee members on its website, but does not explicitly report on the gender balance of this team - though it can be determined that there are no women on this team. However, this information is undated. The company also reports names of Executive Committee members in its 2019 annual report, but does not report on gender balance there, and this list also differs from the list on the website so the two lists cannot be accurately cross-referenced to calculate the percentage of women.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      1 (7.7%) - The company reported explicitly on the gender diversity of the board in its 2018 annual report, but this data is now two years old. In the company's 2019 annual report the number of women can be calculated but the company does not explicitly report on the gender balance of the Board.

    • 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?

      UNGC, Natural Capital Coalition, TFA 2020, WBCSD, HCVRN.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports working with the Gabonese National Park Agency (ANPN), Gabonese Ministry of Forestry, WWF-Gabon, Agropolis Fondation and L'avion Jaune in the management and monitoring of its HCV areas. It also reports a partnership with The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to develop a humane system for diverting elephants back into conservation areas.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company published a 2019 Sustainable Palm Annual Progress update, and also reports on sustainability in its 2019 annual report.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      GRI 2019, CDP Forest 2019 and CDP Climate 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?

      The company submitted a response to the CDP Climate questionnaire in 2019, but this report is not publicly available.

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    20.11 / 27 74.5%
    • Organisation: 14.5 / 17 85.3%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 3.6 / 8 45.1%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 8 15.6%
    • External: 0 / 8 0%
    • Certified: 2.4 / 8 29.5%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      202,654 - The company states in its 2019 Sustainable Palm Annual Progress update and on its palm dashboard update July 2020 that Olam Palm Gabon, under which its oil palm plantations are managed, holds a concession area of 202,000 ha. A more detailed breakdown in the Sustainable Palm Annual Progress update gives a total figure of 202,654 ha as of 31st December 2019 - 144,254 ha own plantations, and 58,400 ha under a smallholder scheme.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      63,472 - The company states in its 2019 Sustainable Palm Annual Progress update and on its palm dashboard update July 2020 that Olam Palm Gabon, under which its palm oil plantations and managed, has a planted area of 63,000 ha. A more detailed breakdown in the Sustainable Palm Anual Progress update gives a total figure of 63,472 ha as of 31st December 2019 - 55,972 ha own plantations, and 7,500 ha under a smallholder scheme.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      7,500 - The company states in its 2019 Sustainable Palm Annual Progress update that Olam Palm Gabon, under which its palm oil plantations and managed, has 7,500 ha planted under a smallholder scheme as of 31st December 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      11,257 - The company states a figure of 11,257 ha 'unplanted' in its 2019 ACOP. In its 2019 Sustainable Palm Annual Progress update the company lists a total of 33,032 ha as 'infrastructure and others' but it is not clear from this figure how much unplanted land is available for future planting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      99,000 - The company's Palm Dashboard reports 99,000 ha HCV as of July 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      18. Maps of estates/management units?

      The company declared in its 2018 ACOP it had submitted all shapefiles, and these are available on the Geo RSPO tool. The company has its own map of its plantations on its website, but this information is not dated.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      19. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

      The company declared in its 2018 ACOP it had submitted all shapefiles, and these are available on the Geo RSPO tool, including for the Ndende site, which the company refers to in its 2019 Sustainable Palm Annual Progress update as being held under a smallholder scheme. The company has its own map of its plantations on its website, including for Ndende, but this information is not dated.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports names of its direct suppliers in its 2019 Sustainable Palm Oil Annual Progress report, but information on the location of these suppliers' estates is not available.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      21. Number of company-owned mills?

      2 - The company states it owns two mills, one kernel crushing palnt, four refineries and one processing unit. From a document listing the company's time-bound goals, it seems another mill is scheduled to be commissioned in December 2020, at the company's Mouila Lot 3.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

      Documents showing the names and GPS coordinates of the Awala and Bilala mills are available from the RSPO website, and are also downloadable from the company's own website. From a document listing the company's timebound goals, it seems another mill is scheduled to be commissioned in December 2020, at the company's Mouila Lot 3.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      It can be determined from the company's RSPO 2019 summary reports that the Bilala mill sources only from the company's own plantations, and the Awala mill from both company plantations and third parties. These reports are downloadable in a zipfile from the company's website.

    • 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 reports in its 2019 Sustainable Palm Annaul Assessment update that its two palm oil mills source 99.99% of their crop from the company's own estates, and 0.01% from independent smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      25. Number of third party supplying mills?

      The company reports 21 direct and 2,050 indirect supplying mills as of August 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      27. Number (or percentage) of third party supplying mills that source from their own plantations and/or third party plantations?

    • N
      0 / 1

      28. Reports total volume (or percentages) sourced from third-party supplying mills that come from the supplying mills' own operations and/or third parties?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      29. Total volume (or percentage) sourced for refineries that comes from intermediary traders and/or refiners rather than directly from mills?

      The company states in its 2019 Sustainable Palm Annual Progress update "Our palm supply chain sources 100% from traders or refineries, we obtain 100% mill traceability from our direct suppliers".

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has already achieved 100% traceability to mill level as of 2018.

    • Y
      1 / 2

      31. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

      The company has already achieved 100% traceability to mill level as of 2018.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits in its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy to 100% traceability to plantation by 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 2

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

      The company reports in its 2019 Sustainable Palm Annual Progress update that all the oil from its own mills is fully traceable to estate/farm.

    • P
      0.36 / 2

      34. Percentage of supply from third-party mills traceable to plantation level?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      35. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

      The company reports % traceability to plantation for its refineries in Gabon, the UK and Nigeria, but this information could not be found for the refinery in Mozambique. External verification of this information was not found.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      36. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

      The company does not specifically report traceability to plantation at the crusher level, but does report it only has one crushing facility, under Olam Palm Gabon, and that all oil under this company is "fully traceable to estate/farm". It can therefore be determined that this facility has full traceability to plantation. External verification of this information was not found.

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    10.8 / 14 77.1%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 3 / 3 100%
    • Practice: 5.8 / 9 64.4%
    • Self-reported: 2.8 / 9 31.1%
    • External: 3 / 9 33.3%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2006 - Olam has been an RSPO member since 2006. SOTRADER, its joint venture with the Gabonese government, has been an RSPO member since 2015.

    • 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?

      2016 - The company became an RSPO member in 2006 but did not build a mill until 2015. Its first certification was in 2016.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports in its 2019 ACOP that it has grower operations in Gabon, and operates processing and refining facilities in Gabon, the UK, Mozambique and Nigeria.

    • P
      0.78 / 1

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

      77.96% - This figure does not include any smallholder or outgrower operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      42. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      100% - The company has two mills, both of which are RSPO-certified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2021

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2022 - The company states a target year of 2022 in its 2019 ACOP. Note this is two years later than the target year of 2020 stated in its 2018 ACOP.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      0% - The company reports in its 2019 progress update it has 58,400 under its Ndende smallholder scheme. From both the Olam and SOTRADER ACOPs 2019 it appears none of this land is yet certified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2021 - In both the Olam ACOP and SOTRADER ACOP for 2019, a target date of 2021 is given. Note this is two years later than the target date of 2019 provided in the 2018 ACOP for Olam.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      0% - The company reports 18.7 tonnes of FFB from independent smallholders in its 2019 ACOP, which is not certified.

    • P
      0.02 / 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?

      The company reports sourcing 8,495 tonnes of Segregated CPO/CSPO derivatives in its 2019 PT ACOP, but does not reports producing and selling Segregated or Identity Preserved palm oil in its Grower ACOP.

    • 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)?

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    14.03 / 17 82.5%
    • Organisation: 1 / 2 50%
    • Policy: 7.5 / 9 83.3%
    • Practice: 5.5 / 6 92.2%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 6 12.5%
    • External: 3 / 6 50%
    • Certified: 1.8 / 6 29.7%
    • 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 been therefore awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company also makes this commitment explicitly in its Living Landscapes policy and Sustainable Palm Oil policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      56. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      57. Evidence of monitoring deforestation in supplier operations?

      The company reports using GPS coordinates of supplier mills to identify which are at higher risk of links with deforestation, and then subjects these to further verification through its suppliers' own deforestation monitoring systems or other checks on NDPE compliance. It reports using Global Forest Watch Pro to assess deforestation risks linked to third-party mills. The frequency with which these checks are done is not clear, but latest reporting is dated in 2019. The information is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      In its 2019 update the company reports "In 2019, we reported 1 case of illegal timber harvesting by external parties within our concessions, and litigation and enforcement were undertaken jointly with relevant authorities". The extent of the area cleared or logged is not reported, and it is not clear if this was the only case of illegal/non-compliant deforestation recorded.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company does not report an overall figure for the amount of non-compliant deforestation in its supplier operations detected through its own monitoring, but it does provide its grievance log (files downloadable from website), which includes allegations of deforestation against supplier companies.

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company states in its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy that "If any supplier is found to be non-compliant, they will be investigated and corrective actions sought. ... Corrective action for non-compliance after cut off date (Feb 2017) may include compensation/ conservation/ restoration of peatland or forest by working with expert stakeholders and communities where feasible. This applies to both their own plantations and their third party supplies".

    • Y
      1 / 1

      62. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

      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
      0.78 / 1

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

      The company reports identification of a species according to IUCN red-list categories in its 2019 progress update, and several species are reported under IUCN red-list categories in its HCV summary reports, which are downloadable from its Olam Palm Gabon webpage. Points for external verification, and additional points for certification, 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?

      The company reports various measures to manage species and habitats within its operations, including monitoring wildlife populations through camera traps, and monitoring of wildlife and poaching through the SMART approach. It also reports a project to protect elephants and reduce human-wildlife conflict: "We have partnered with The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to develop a highly effective and humane sensor that uses harmless light and noise to divert elephants back into conservation areas. To date, 500 nodes have been deployed, of which 200 units are connected via a mobile network to enable real-time online monitoring within the large plantation area". Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits in its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy to preventing "hunting of protected species, and illegal commercial hunting" in its HCV areas. A commitment covering all areas under the company's management (e.g. including concessions and unplanted areas) was not found.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits in its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy to preventing "hunting of protected species, and illegal commercial hunting" in its HCV area, and this policy covers all suppliers. A commitment covering all areas under the company's management (e.g. including concessions and unplanted areas) was not found.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    13 / 14 92.9%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 7 / 8 87.5%
    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      There is public availability of the following HCV assessments: Olam Palm Gabon - Mouila Lot 2; Olam Palm Gabon - Lots 8, 9 & 11; Olam Palm Gabon - Mouila Oil Palm Nursery Site.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      There is public availability of the following HCV assessments: Olam Palm Gabon Mouila Lot 3, Mouila Lot 3 Extension, In addition there is a HCV assessment for SOTRADER, the smallholder program in which Olam has a 49% stake and Olam Palm Gabon at Bindo Bifoun (Makouké). These assessments are available to download from the company's website, and on the RSPO and HCVRN websites.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      There is public availability for the following: Olam Palm Gabon Mouila Lot 3, Mouila Lot 3 Extension, In addition there is a HCV assessment for SOTRADER, the smallholder program in which Olam has a 49% stake and Olam Palm Gabon at Bindo Bifoun (Makouké). These assessments are available to download from the company's website, and on the RSPO and HCVRN websites.

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      There is a satisfactory review of all HCV assessments undertaken since January 2015: Mouila Lot 3 and Mouila Lot 3 Extension, as well as for SOTRADER, the smallholder program in which Olam has a 49% stake and Olam Palm Gabon at Bindo Bifoun (Makouké).

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      79. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

      HCS summary report available for Bindo Bifoun.

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      There is public availability of the following SEIAs: Olam Palm Gabon - Mouila Lot 2; Olam Palm Gabon - Lots 8, 9 & 11; Olam Palm Gabon - Mouila Oil Palm Nursery Site, Olam Palm Gabon - Mouila Lot 3, Olam Palm Gabon - Mouila Lot 3 extension, as well as for SOTRADER, the smallholder program in which Olam has a 49% stake.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    12.29 / 19 64.7%
    • Organisation: 2 / 5 40%
    • Policy: 7 / 8 87.5%
    • Practice: 3.3 / 6 54.8%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 6 0%
    • External: 0 / 6 0%
    • Certified: 3.3 / 6 54.8%
    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company also makes this commitment in its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 (0%) - In the GHG reports for both mills (and supply bases), downloadable from the company's 2019 palm dashboard, it is stated that 0 ha have been planted on peat.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company states it has no landbank on peat.

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.78 / 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. This figure does not include any smallholder or outgrower operations.

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company also makes this commitment itself, in its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      91. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.51 / 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 under the 2018 RSPO P+C.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 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 commits to a 50% reduction of GHG emissions "both in own operations and Olam managed farmer programmes" by 2030 - a reduction of 3.85% a year.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      96. GHG emissions intensity?

      In its 2019 ACOP, the company reports negative average emissions figures for all certified management units of -9.2 tCO2e/ha, and -11.19 tCO2e/tCPO. However, emissions and sequestration figures are not clearly separated here. The company also reports emissions intensity in its GHG reports for each of its mills, downloadable from its dashboard, and this is broken down into emissions and sequestration figures, as well as by mills/estates/field emissions/crusher and by own vs group vs third-party supply. However, the time period these calculations relate to is unclear - the reports are stated as a '2020 summary', and are labelled as from March 2020.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      97. GHG emissions from land use change?

      The company clearly reports emissions figures for land conversion in its GHG summary reports for each of its mills, downloadable from its dashboard, and breaks the data down according to its own vs group vs third-party activities. However, the time period these calculations relate to is unclear - the reports are stated as a '2020 summary', and are labelled as from March 2020.

    • N
      0 / 1

      98. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports emissions figures in its GHG summary reports for each of its mills, downloadable from its dashboard, but the same figures were not found from previous years to allow comparison. The company reports average GHG emissions figures in its ACOPs, but these do not separate out sequestration figures, so it is not possible to tell if emissions have been reduced or sequestration increased through plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      99. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    17.85 / 25 71.4%
    • Organisation: 1 / 2 50%
    • Policy: 8.5 / 11 77.3%
    • Practice: 8.3 / 12 69.6%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 12 4.2%
    • External: 1 / 12 8.3%
    • Certified: 6.8 / 12 57.1%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company states a target of "increased water use efficiency in Olam's direct operations" in its 2019 annual report, and states it is on track to meet this target, but no date is given by which the target must be met and it is not specified in terms of water use intensity. It is also not clear whether palm oil operations are definitely included under this general company target.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      102. Water use intensity?

      The company reports water use intensity figures for its farms and estates in its 2019 annual reports, giving a figure of 242.9m3/tonne production for 2019. However, this figure appears to cover multiple sectors and a figure specific to the company's palm oil operations was not found.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      103. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports year-on-year reductions in water use intensity from 2016-2019 in its 2019 annual report, across its farms and estates. However, this figure appears to cover multiple sectors and a figure specific to the company's palm oil operations was not found.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.78 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.78 / 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits in its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy to minimising the use of pesticides, and this policy applies to suppliers, but no commitment in relation to fertiliser could be found.

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company also makes this commitment explicitly in its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company also makes this commitment explicitly through its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company also makes this commitment explicitly through its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      Records of pesticide use, including active ingredients and use per ha, are provided for the RSPO-certified supply bases of both the Awala and Bilala mills, in the RSPO audit reports. However, reporting on this across all company operations was not found.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.51 / 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 under the 2018 RSPO P&C.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.78 / 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?

      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
    31 / 36 86.1%
    • Organisation: 3.5 / 5 70%
    • Policy: 19 / 22 86.4%
    • Practice: 8.5 / 9 94.4%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 9 5.6%
    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      123. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      124. Progress on human rights commitment?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 contain guidance and requirements on the process to conduct free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      132. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      The company reports it has a community engagement team working across partner villages. Further examples of activities to prevent conflict, outside of FPIC processes, were not found.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      133. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Olam Palm Gabon also has a publicly available conflict resolution procedure dated September 2014.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also provides examples in its 2019 progress update of supporting 43 villagers across 4 different villages in crop diversification, providing planting materials and a processing unit.

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company also makes a commitment to community 'development, healthcare and education programmes' in its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports multiple examples of ways it has supported communities surrounding its palm oil operations, in its 2019 progress update - including building and renovation of medical facilities, schools, houses, water wells and community halls.

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company also makes a commitment to both the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the Free and Fair Labour guidance, explicitly in its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company also makes this commitment explicitly in its Fair Employment Policy.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      It is not clear if the commitment to eliminate gender discrimination outlined in the company's Fair Employment Policy applies to all suppliers. Specification for 'Level 3' audits (which seems to have the widest scope to include all suppliers) only refers to "workplace design makes reasonable accommodation for employees with special needs". The Supplier Code and Living Landscapes policy refer to no discrimination, but do not specify on the basis of gender.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      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?

      53,000 (61%) - The company reports 53,000 secondary workers in its 2019 annual report, across the whole company, out of a total of 87,600 workers. It states this includes seasonal, contract and temporary workers.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      148. Percentage or number of women employees?

      30% - The company reports 30% of its primary workforce are women in its 2019 annual report. Reporting on women in its secondary workforce was not found.

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company also makes this commitment explicitly in its Fair Employment Policy.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company also has a Health and Safety policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      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?

      0.21 - The company reports its Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate as 0.21 in its Tier 1 plants in its 2019 annual report. This figure is shown to have improved each year 2016-19.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      4 - The company reports four fatalities in 2019.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    9.75 / 16 60.9%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4.5 / 6 75%
    • Practice: 5.3 / 10 52.5%
    • Self-reported: 3.3 / 10 32.5%
    • External: 2 / 10 20%
    • Certified: 0 / 10 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company also makes this commitment explicitly in its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      159. Programme to support scheme/plasma smallholders?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Programme to support independent smallholders/outgrowers?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      100% - The company reports that in 2019 all its current suppliers had been engaged. This information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      165. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company states the following in its 2019 Sustainable Palm Oil Policy "If any supplier is found to be non-compliant, they will be investigated and corrective actions sought. We will request our direct supplier(s) to suspend the producer/ mill, engagement could continue for corrective action. Corrective action for non-compliance after cut off date (Feb 2017) may include compensation/ conservation/ restoration of peatland or forest by working with expert stakeholders and communities where feasible. This applies to both their own plantations and their third party supplies.". The Living Landscapes Policy states the company will "develop a global, Olam-wide mechanism for addressing non-compliance to be adopted and rolled out by all businesses.".

    • 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's roadmaps for implementation of its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy are provided in the Annex, and include scheme smallholders and third-party suppliers. Some elements of these roadmaps are time-bound.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      167. Proportion of direct and indirect supply that comes from palm oil plantations which are compliant with palm oil sourcing policies?

      The company only reports in its 2019 annual report that "Within our priority products (cocoa, coffee, hazelnut, palm, rubber, cotton and cashew) 79% of volumes are covered under the Olam Supplier Code.".

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports conducting a third-party mill risk assessment in 2017 with Proforest, and the summary report lists some actions to be taken with direct supplier mills. Further reporting on the status of implementation of these actions, or reporting of an ongoing programme to support compliance among high-risk mills, was not found.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports engaging with all suppliers in 2019, but details of engagement are not provided and it is unclear whether the company always engages on an annual basis. This information is self-reported.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company provides some details on how it assesses suppliers for risk, including analysing deforestation and fires through GFW using GPS coordinates of suppliers. Procedures used for assessing own mills are unclear.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports in its 2019 palm progress update that it found 20% of supplier mills to be high-risk. Reporting on risk level of company's own mills was not found. It is not clear if this information is updated on an annual basis.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports in its 2019 palm progress update that it found 20% of supplier mills to be high-risk. Reporting on risk level of company's own mills was not found. It is not clear if this information is updated on an annual basis.

  • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company also has an Anti-Bribery and Corruption policy and Code of Conduct with these commitments.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company's code of conduct also includes an "Incident reporting flowchart" which refers to whistleblowers, and the annual report for 2019 explains two mechanisms by which a report can be made, and how whistleblowers are protected.

    • 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 (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company provides details of its grievance procedure on its website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      The company provides details of grievances in a zip file downloadable from its website.

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