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Olam International

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  • Latest update: November 2023
  • Next scheduled: November 2024

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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
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    OLAM.SI
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    OLAM SP Equity
  • Sedol:
    B05Q3L4
  • LEI:
  • RSPO member?
    Yes - Olam has been an RSPO member since 2006. SOTRADER, its joint venture with the Gabonese government, has been an RSPO member since 2015.
  • Website:
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Company assessment: Olam International – November 2023

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 74.9% 140.04 / 187
  • Organisation: 25.5 / 38 67.1%
  • Policy: 63 / 77 81.8%
  • Practice: 51.5 / 72 71.6%
  • Self-reported: 7.5 / 72 10.5%
  • External: 26 / 72 36.1%
  • Certified: 18 / 72 25%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    9.75 / 11 88.6%
    • Organisation: 5 / 6 83.3%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 2.8 / 3 91.7%
    • Self-reported: 1.8 / 3 58.3%
    • External: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company meets this indicator through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company has also published its own sustainable palm oil policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published a sustainable palm oil policy which applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company reports having a 'Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Committee(CRSC), headed by Dr Christopher Stewart, Julie Greene, and Gerard Manley.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports having the 'Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Committee (CRSC) and as of 2022, 5 members of the board are a part of this committee.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      3% - The company reports that 3% of its senior management team were women in 2020. However, this information is over two years old now.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      1 (10%) - The company does not report the gender balance directly. The figures were calculated through the profiles of the board members. As of 2022, only one female is a part of the company's board out of a total of 10 members.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 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 in 2022, it entered into a scientific partnership with the Gabonese National Park Agency (Agence National des Parcs Nationaux, ANPN) to improve its elephant action and management plan. The objective of the programme is to gain a better understanding of the elephant populations present in OPG's concessions, their movements, and their behaviours.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company published its latest Sustainability Report in 2020. However, the company has published a progress update report on ESG information for 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company has submitted CDP questionnaires for forest, water security, and climate change in 2022 and 2023.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is not a POIG member.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      12. Climate risks assessment available?

      The company reports climate change risk analysis in its annual report. However, the information reported is not externally verified.

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    18.5 / 27 68.5%
    • Organisation: 11.5 / 17 67.7%
    • Policy: 1.5 / 2 75%
    • Practice: 5.5 / 8 68.8%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 8 18.8%
    • External: 0 / 8 0%
    • Certified: 4 / 8 50%
    • P
      0.5 / 1

      13. Lists countries and operations?

      Gabon (plantations, mills, crushers, and refinery), Mozambique (refinery), Nigeria (refinery), Malaysia (refinery), UK (refinery). This information was collected from multiple sources.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      14. Lists countries sourcing from?

      Gabon and Nigeria. However, these countries only cover information on some refineries of the company. For palm oil mills, the company mentions to source 99.99% of FFB for its two mills from its own estates in 2022, however, the sourcing information for the remaining percentage of FFB is not reported.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      202654 - 202,654 ha- concession land area. Data as of Q4-2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      16. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      63303 - The company states the planted area as 63,303 ha. Data as of Q4-2022.

    • 17. Scheme smallholders planted area (ha)?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      22473 - The company states a figure of 22,473 ha 'unplanted' area in its 2022 RSPO ACOP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      111924 - The company reports 111,924 ha of total land designated and managed as HCV areas in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      20. Maps of estates/management units?

      The company has submitted the updated concession maps to the RSPO as declared in its 2021 ACOP. The company has also published the concessions maps on its website.

    • 21. Maps of all scheme smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is only a processor or trader.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      22. Maps of all third-party supplying plantations?

      The company reports the names of its direct suppliers in its 2020 Sustainability Update Report, but information on the location of these suppliers' estates is not available.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      23. Number of company-owned mills?

      3 - The company reports it owns three mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      24. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

      The names and locations of all company-owned mills are available on the RSPO-certified growers database and information on two mills is available on the GFW universal mill list.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      25. Number (or percentage) of company-owned mills that source from company-owned operations and 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 zip file from the company's website. However, the information reported is from 2019 and is now over two years old.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports in its 2020 Sustainability Report that its two palm oil mill source 99.99% of crops from its own estates and produces 70k mt of CPO and 3800k mt of PKO. However, the information only covers two mills and is from 2020, and is over two years old now.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      27. Number of third party supplying mills?

      889 - The company reports 11 direct and 878 indirect supplying mills as of December 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      A zip file on the company's palm oil dashboard has the names and coordinates of all supplying mills. Data as of Q1-Q42022.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has already achieved 100% traceability to the mill level as of 2022.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

      33. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

      The company has already achieved 100% traceability to the mill level in 2021. Additionally, a few of the company's facilities have RSPO SCC under SG.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company previously reported a commitment to 100% traceability to the plantation level by 2020, however, the company has only achieved 75% traceability to the plantation level in 2022.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that its supply to its own mills is 100% traceable as of 2022. Additionally, all of the company's mills have Identity Preserved certification.

    • P
      0.75 / 2

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

      The company reports the traceability to the plantation level as 75% in 2022. Additionally, a few of the company's facilities have RSPO SCC under SG.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      37. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

      The company reports the traceability data for all four refineries- Nigeria (1), Gabon (1), and Mozambique (2). However, the information reported is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      38. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

      As of 2022, the company has three crushing facilities. However, the traceability information is not reported for any crushing facility.

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    7.54 / 12 62.8%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 1.5 / 2 75%
    • Practice: 5 / 9 56%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 9 0.4%
    • External: 5 / 9 55.6%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2006 - The company has been an RSPO member since 2006.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 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

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

      RSPO ACOP 2022 is submitted by the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 100% - The company's landbank is 100% RSPO certified as of 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      43. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      [Externally verified] 100% - The company owns three mills and all of the three mills are RSPO certified under 2018 P&Cs.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2022 - The company has already achieved 100% RSPO certification of estates and mills in 2022.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      45. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of all palm product processing facilities within 5 years?

      2022 - The company commits to achieving 100% RSPO certification of all palm product processing facilities by 2022. However, as of 2023, only the crushing facilities of the company are 100% RSPO certified.

    • 46. Percentage of scheme smallholders (ha) RSPO-certified?

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

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      0% - The company's RSPO ACOP 2022 reports having no scheme/independent smallholders, out-growers, or third-party suppliers. However, the 2022 company's website states 99.99% of FFB is from own plantations, but does not account for the remaining 0.01%.

    • P
      0.02 / 1

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

      1.64% - The company reports that 1.64% of all palm oil and oil palm products handled/traded/processed (tonnes) are RSPO-certified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      50. Sells RSPO-certified palm oil through Segregated or Identity Preserved supply chains?

      The company's 2022 RSPO ACOP reports that 0% of RSPO-certified palm oil is sold through Segregated or Identity Preserved supply chains.

    • P
      0.02 / 1

      51. Processes/trades RSPO-certified palm oil through Segregated or Identity Preserved supply chains?

      8339.67 tonnes (1.54%) of CSPO are traded as certified under SG out of the total 540,693 tonnes of CSPO, CSPKO, and CSPKE. Data as of 2022.

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

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

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] ISCC.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    11.5 / 20 57.5%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 2 25%
    • Policy: 6.5 / 12 54.2%
    • Practice: 4.5 / 6 75%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 6 8.3%
    • External: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Certified: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • N
      0 / 1

      55. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

    • N
      0 / 1

      56. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      57. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      The company meets this indicator through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to no deforestation.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      58. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to no deforestation.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      59. Criteria and cut-off date 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 forests since November 2018, through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company's own reporting defines deforestation as the development of HCV, HCS, and peatland areas. The cut-off date is reported as 2017.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      60. Criteria and cut-off date for defining deforestation in supplier operations?

      The company defines deforestation for suppliers as the development of protected and peat areas and specifies any deforestation/conversion past February 2017 will not be accepted in supplier operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      61. Evidence of monitoring deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company's own reporting states it uses a third-party platform by Maphubs, which is designed to monitor natural resources. It provides the company with monthly deforestation monitoring, risk insights, and helps manage supply chain relations, and enables comprehensive grievance monitoring. However, the information is undated.

    • N
      0 / 1

      62. Evidence of monitoring deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion in supplier operations?

    • N
      0 / 1

      63. Amount of deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion recorded in own operations since cut-off date?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      64. Amount of deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion recorded in supplier operations since cut-off date?

      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 the website), which includes allegations of deforestation against supplier companies. A clear figure for all deforestation recorded in the supplier operations since the cut-off date of 2017 is not reported.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      65. Commitment to restoration of deforestation/conversion in own operations since cut-off date?

      The company commits to restore ecosystems to their prior condition in cases of conversion within its own operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      66. Commitment to restoration of deforestation/conversion in supplier operations since cut-off date?

      The company commits suppliers to restore ecosystems to their prior condition in cases of conversion within their own operations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      67. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

      The company reports being a member of the multi-stakeholder RSPO 'Jurisdiction Approach'. The company also reports adhering to a landscape-level and ecosystem approach through practices including "remote sensing, field surveys, landscape analysis and wide-ranging consultations with NGOs, experts, and local communities", however, this data is over two years old now.

    • N
      0 / 1

      68. Biodiversity policy?

    • N
      0 / 1

      69. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also references the IUCN red list in relation to the red-capped Mangabey and cites other endangered species in its Sustainability Report and several species are reported under IUCN red-list categories in its HCV summary reports, which are downloadable from its website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company's own reporting states it conducts great ape surveys as part of its High Conservation Value assessments and in 2022, the company entered into a scientific partnership with the Gabonese National Park Agency (Agence National des Parcs Nationaux, ANPN) to improve its elephant action and management plan.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only mentions that all plantation workers are strictly forbidden to hunt within the HCV areas of its palm operations in Gabon.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    13 / 15 86.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 8 / 8 100%
    • Practice: 5 / 7 71.4%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 7 0%
    • External: 5 / 7 71.4%
    • Certified: 0 / 7 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to conduct HCV assessments.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] All HCV assessments for planting undertaken prior to January 2015, and associated management and monitoring plans are published on the RSPO NPP database.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      77. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments for all estates planted/planned planting since January 2015?

      [Externally verified] HCV assessments for Olam Palm Gabon at Bindo Bifoun (Makouka), Olam Palm Gabon Mouila Lot 3, and SOTRADER, the smallholder program in which Olam has a 49% stake are publicly available.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      78. High Conservation Value (HCV) or combined HCV/HCS management and monitoring plans for all estates planted/planned planting since January 2015?

      [Externally verified] HCV management and monitoring plans for Olam Palm Gabon at Bindo Bifoun (Makouka), Olam Palm Gabon Mouila Lot 3, and SOTRADER, the smallholder program in which Olam has a 49% stake are publicly available.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to only use licensed High Conservation Value (HCV) assessors accredited by the HCV Resource Network's Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to only use licensed HCV assessors accredited by the HCV Resource Network's ALS.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] All HCV assessments undertaken since January 2015 are deemed satisfactory by the HCV ALS Quality Panel.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to apply the HCS Approach, as defined by the HCS Approach Toolkit.

    • N
      0 / 1

      84. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

    • N
      0 / 1

      85. Peer review of all High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments undertaken since April 2015 by the HCSA Quality Assurance Process?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to conduct social and environmental impact assessments.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] SEIAs and associated management and monitoring plans for multiple concessions of the company are published on the RSPO database.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    14.5 / 20 72.5%
    • Organisation: 2.5 / 5 50%
    • Policy: 7 / 8 87.5%
    • Practice: 5 / 7 71.4%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 7 14.3%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Certified: 4 / 7 57.1%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to no planting on peat of any depth.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to no planting on peat of any depth.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      0 (0%) - In its 2020 Annual Sustainability Report, the company states it has had "zero peat development since the beginning of its palm business". However, the information reported is over two years old now.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      In its 2020 Annual Sustainability Report, the company states it has had "zero peat development since the beginning of its palm business". However, the information reported is over two years old now.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to implementing best management practices for peat and soils.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only reports that the suppliers with peat areas are expected to implement best practices on water management to reduce GHG emissions and mitigate fire risk during the dry season. A clear commitment to best management practices (BMPs)/good agriculture practices for soils and peat that apply to all suppliers is not reported by the company.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      96. Commitment to zero burning?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      97. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to zero burning.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

      98. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that in 2020, a total of 10 and 137 hotspots were reported in Mouila and Ndende savannah areas, respectively. However, the information reported is over two years old now.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to reducing GHG emissions by 50%, both in its own operations and company-managed farmer programmes by 2030. However, the commitment does not include Scope 1 and/or Scope 2 emissions as well as the baseline against which the target is reported.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      102. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports the GHG emissions intensity (Scope 1 and Scope 2) for its processing units as 0.13 MT CO2 e/MT of product and for its plantations as 0.71 CO2e/MT of product in 2022. However, these figures are not specific to the palm oil operations of the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      103. GHG emissions from land use change in company's own operations (scope 1)?

      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. Data as of 2022.

    • (NEW: not scored this year) N
      -

      104. GHG emissions from land use change in supplier operations (scope 3)?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      105. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports emissions figures in its 2020 Sustainability Report with the majority of intensity figures reducing over time but there are two cases where they have gone up in 2020. In its ESG update report, the company reports having improved its emissions to 0.71 CO2e/MT of product, due to improvements in its palm, cotton, and coffee production. However, these figures are not specific to the company's oil palm operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      106. 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 (100%). The company's own reporting states using the GHG Protocol Suite of Standards to calculate corporate GHG emissions.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    19 / 25 76%
    • Organisation: 1 / 2 50%
    • Policy: 8.5 / 11 77.3%
    • Practice: 9.5 / 12 79.2%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 12 4.2%
    • External: 1 / 12 8.3%
    • Certified: 8 / 12 66.7%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      109. Water use intensity?

      1.96 - The company reports the water use intensity for its processing facilities as 1.96(m3/MT) and for its plantations as 273.9 (m3/MT) in 2022. However, the information reported is not specific to the company's palm oil operations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      110. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports it consumed 10.0 million m3 of water across its Tier 1 processing facilities or 1.96 m3 per MT of product, a 21% increase in water use efficiency compared to the prior year. Also, the information reported is not specific to the company's palm oil operations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only commits to ""ensure mill effluent is treated in compliance with national regulation and monitor biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) regularly"". A time-bound target is not reported.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

      113. 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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      115. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

      116. 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. The company's own reporting only mentions using remote sensing, sophisticated modelling, and ground surveys to map streams, rivers, and seasonal wetlands in its plantations, which the company protects with a system of interconnected buffer zones.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company's own reporting only mentions a commitment to the optimal use of inorganic fertilisers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to strive to reduce the amounts of agro-chemicals used. This includes pesticides and fertilisers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      119. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to prohibit the use of paraquat.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to no use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to not use World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to no use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to not use Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention chemicals.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      125. 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 all company mills, in their RSPO audit reports. However, reporting on this across all company operations was not found.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

      126. Implementation of commitment to minimise inorganic fertiliser use?

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

      127. 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

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

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    33.25 / 35 95%
    • Organisation: 4 / 5 80%
    • Policy: 20.5 / 21 97.6%
    • Practice: 8.8 / 9 97.2%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 9 8.3%
    • External: 8 / 9 88.9%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      129. Commitment to human rights?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      130. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits suppliers to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      131. Progress on human rights commitment?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company's own reporting states, in 2021, it contributed to Wageningen University's Research (WUR) to develop a human rights risk assessment methodology to assess growing regions where it operates. The company also provides information on the number of employees that have received training on human rights policies/procedures in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to respect legal and customary land tenure rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to respect legal and customary land tenure rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to respect FPIC.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      139. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      The company reports engaging with 61 local communities in 2022 through participatory mapping and the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) process to ensure that they agree with its analysis and with the company projects. The company has also conducted "participatory mapping and FPIC with 60 impacted villages, established 39 self-elected community steering committees, and conducted 89 meetings with community steering committees" in 2020. However, the information reported is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      140. 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 (100%).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company's own reporting states that in 2020, it established an Inclusivity Diversity Equity of Olam Committee (the IDEO) to implement a group-wide strategy with the agenda of embedding equality, openness, and belonging to our culture, to remove barriers to success for minority groups. The company's diversity agenda is inclusive of sexual orientation.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      142. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      144. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to creating positive social and economic impact in the local communities through employment, capacity building, rural infrastructure development, and the development of income-generating activities to empower communities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports the number of social infrastructure projects it has established such as building water wells, building schools and houses for teachers, and medical facilities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to creating positive social and economic impact in the local communities through employment and the development of income-generating activities to empower communities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to the ILO's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to eliminate gender-related discrimination with regard to employment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to prevent employment-related discrimination based on gender.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      153. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      51151 (58%) - The company reports 51,151 or 58% of the secondary workforce is engaged in contract, seasonal and temporary roles as well as casual day workers which fluctuate throughout the year. Data as of 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      154. Percentage or number of women employees?

      30229 (34%) - The company reports 30,229 or 34% of women across its all operations in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. Commitment to pay a Living Wage?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      156. Commitment to pay a Living Wage applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to pay at least minimum wage only.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      157. Progress on commitment to pay a Living Wage?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      158. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      159. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to addressing occupational health and safety.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to address health and safety at work for all workers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      162. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      0.41 - The company reports that the Lost Time Injury Frequency rate (LTIFR) for the whole group was 0.41 in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      15 - The company reports 15 fatalities in 2022 across its all operations.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    7 / 15 46.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 3.5 / 6 58.3%
    • Practice: 3.5 / 9 38.9%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 9 16.7%
    • External: 2 / 9 22.2%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      164. Commitment to support smallholders?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      165. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      166. Percentage of scheme smallholders involved in programme?

      500 - The company only reports that as of 2020, 500 cooperative smallholders in Ndende were part of its scheme smallholder program. However, it is unclear if this figure represents all scheme smallholders supported by the company under this program.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      167. Programme to support independent smallholders?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports the process used to prioritise, assess and/or engage suppliers on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements which includes an "on-boarding" reporting procedure for new suppliers and due-diligence process for all suppliers, plus a commitment to employ a "suspend and engage approach" in the case of non-compliance.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      170. 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 2020 there was "100% compliance to OSC and mills risk mapping" in its supply chain. However, it is unclear if this covers all suppliers of the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      171. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company reports that if any supplier is found to be non-compliant, they will be investigated, and corrective actions will be sought at the parent company level and a " suspend and engage approach" will be employed. The company also mentions that if unacceptable practices are reported in the operations of its third-party suppliers, the company will assess the extent and nature of non-compliance and establish a time-bound plan with suppliers to address the issue and where necessary remediate material negative impacts of non-compliance. The company will disengage from suppliers who are unable to demonstrate positive steps to eliminate unacceptable practices in a time-bound manner, provided in the Grievance Procedure.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • (NEW: not scored this year) N
      -

      173. Proportion of supply from suppliers that is verified as deforestation- and/or conversion-free (DCF)?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company regularly engages with mills that have been implicated in grievances but do not specify high-risk mills.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports using Fair Labor Association's (FLA) monitoring techniques to assess supplier risk levels. However, it is unclear what this involves and if it applies to all supplying palm oil mills and to own palm oil mills.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      180. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to ethical conduct and the prohibition of corruption.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company reports it has an Ethical Business Programme in place and that all employees are required to undergo online training to familiarise themselves with the ABC Policy. Completion of the training is tracked and monitored by the Head of Ethics and Compliance and reported to the IA and the AC under the IRAF. Periodic reminders and updates on the EBP are communicated to all staff. In 2022, all employees within the group completed the anti-bribery and corruption training.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      184. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 contain guidance and requirements on whistleblowing procedures. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also has its own whistleblowing procedure in place.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company adheres to these criteria through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (100%). The company also has its own grievance system open to all stakeholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      186. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      [Externally verified] The company has a grievance monitoring log updated till July 2023.

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