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Established in 1987, QL Resources is a Malaysia based company engaged in investment holding and

  • Landbank (oil palm):
    16,200 hectares
  • Palm cultivation revenue:
    11.87%
  • Market cap:
    2,389,050,000 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    QRES.KL
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    QLG MK
  • ISIN:
    MYL7084OO006
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: QL Resources Bhd – November 2018

SPOTT assesses companies against over 100 indicators across ten categories. Click on the icons or bars below to expand each category for further details, scoring and links to reports and sources.

Assessment date:

Total: 15.2% 18.5 / 121.5
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 1 / 6 16.7%
    • Companies should publish sustainability policies or similar covering their entire supply chain — including third party suppliers — implemented and enforced through high-level leadership that engages with wider industry schemes.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company set up a Sustainability Project Team in 2016, chaired by the Executive Chairman and comprising heads of business units and functions

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company only provides a short sustainability section in its Annual Report with little reference to its palm oil operations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 3.5 / 17 20.6%
    • Companies should publicly report figures on their total landbank and details of different areas under their management. They should also disclose maps of their management areas and provide details on traceability of their products, both to mill and plantation level.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      16,200 - Plantation area is given as 1,200 ha + 15,000 ha = 16,200 ha in the company's 2018 Annual Report, but this also states that the company has land use rights over plantation land of approximately 20,000 hectares, but that approximately 20% of this has to be set aside for Plasma Scheme under Indonesian regulations

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      The company reports in 2018 that it owns a 1,200 ha mature palm oil estate in Sabah and a 15,000 ha plantation (9,000 ha mature) plantation in East Kalimantan. It also states that land with existing oil palm estate is 156.2815 hectares. On an undated website the company states it has a 1,200 ha mature plantation in Sabah, and a 20,000 ha plantation under development in Eastern Kalimantan, of which 10,000 ha is planted, including 5,000 ha mature. So it is not possible to calculate the total planted area

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states that 6,000 ha of land is yet to be utilised in their Indonesian operations, but it is not clear if this covers the full scope of their operations

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      1,905 - Data more than two years old, reported in 2015 ACOP. The company's 2017 ACOP does not report any land set aside for conservation

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

      20 - The company states that "build-up area" is 20 ha for oil palm estate with palm oil mill and building

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      14. Number and names of company owned mills?

      3 - The company states it "has two independent Crude Palm Oil (CPO) mills servicing small and medium sized estates in the Tawau and Kunak regions of Sabah, East Malaysia and one CPO mill in Northern Kalimantan, Indonesia" but does not provide their names

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      15. Maps or coordinates of company owned mills?

      The coordinates for one mill appear in Global Forest Watch oil palm mills data from June 2018

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      16. Number and names of supplier mills?

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      18. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 0 / 10 0%
    • Companies should commit to address deforestation and to set aside areas for conservation. They should report on any activities to manage or restore habitat in their conservation areas, or monitor deforestation in their supply chains. They should also provide evidence of species conservation and biodiversity protection.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      24. Commitment to zero deforestation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      26. Criteria for defining deforestation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      27. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      30. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      33. Examples of species conservation activities?

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 1.5 / 11 13.6%
    • Companies should commit to the High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) approaches, and to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIA). They should develop and publish monitoring and management plans, and provide evidence through SEIA, HCV and HCS assessments, typically published in summary form due to the sensitive nature of certain sites.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company does not have an explicit commitment, but commits under RSPO NPP

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company does not have an explicit commitment, but commits under RSPO NPP

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      42. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company does not have an explicit commitment, but commits under RSPO NPP

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions 0.5 / 15 3.3%
    • Companies should commit to protect peatland and undertake best management practices for soils and peat. They should also have policies on zero burning and to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Companies should report their GHG emissions, as well as any fires that occurred in or around their estates, along with plans for managing and monitoring fires.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      48. Landbank or planted area on peat?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      50. Commitment to zero burning?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      52. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      56. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      57. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      58. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      1 (33.3%)

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 2 / 12 16.7%
    • Companies should commit to managing water use and water quality, providing evidence through time-bound reduction plans, policies on toxic chemical use and treatment of palm oil mill effluent (POME).

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company reports that the wastewater for some of its operations meets regulatory requirements regarding BOD and COD, but does not have a commitment to maintain this

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      62. Progress towards commitment on water use?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company reports that BOD in POME in 2017 and 2018 was 19 mg/L and that the regulatory limit is 20 mg/L. It does not report figures for COD

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      64. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      67. No use of paraquat?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      70. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 5 / 19.5 25.6%
    • Companies should commit to respect human rights, including those of indigenous peoples and local communities, consulted with free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Companies should respect the rights of workers, report relevant workforce data, and comply with health and safety legislation.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it upholds the human rights of employees, but does not reference the UN Declaration of Human Rights or UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company does not have an explicit commitment, but commits under RSPO NPP

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      77. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      79. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      80. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      81. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      82. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it does not condone violations of human rights, including acts of forced labour, discrimination, child labour, and acts barring freedom of opinion and expression. This statement is made in the context of only some of the company's operations

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      No source

      84. Total number of employees?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      85. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      100% - The company reports that 100% of the workforce within QL Plantation, representing two of its palm oil subsidiaries, are permanent, but this does not cover the full scope of its palm oil operations as it has a further three subsidiaries under its palm oil activities

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      86. Percentage or number of women employees?

      19% - The company reports that 19% of the workforce within QL Plantation, representing two of its palm oil subsidiaries, are women, but this does not cover the full scope of its palm oil operations as it has a further three subsidiaries under its palm oil activities

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      87. Commitment to pay minimum wage?

      The company states that it ensures workers' wages meet national minimum wage requirements, as stipulated by relevant national regulations, but does not provide evidence of this. This statement is made in the context of only some of its operations

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      88. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      89. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      0 - The company reported no fatalities in 2018, but it is not clear whether this covers the full scope of its operations

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      91. Provision of personal protective equipment and pesticide training?

  • Certification standards Certification standards 2.5 / 18 13.9%
    • Companies should become members of credible certification standards and report in accordance with all appropriate categories of membership. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) requires members registered as growers to submit data relating to certification targets for their estates, scheme smallholders and independent fresh fruit bunch (FFB) suppliers, via an annual communications of progress (ACOP) report.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      2,007

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      The company states all countries and regions in which the company operates: Indonesia (East Kalimantan) and Malaysia (Sabah)

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2,025 - The target was extended from 2019 in the company's 2015 ACOP to 2025 in the company's 2017 ACOP

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2,030 - The target was extended from 2022 in the company's 2015 ACOP to 2030 in the company's 2017 ACOP

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2,030

    • No
      0 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2,022

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

      0 (0%)

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      106. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 0.5 / 7 7.1%
    • Companies should report details of any programmes or schemes to support both schemed and independent smallholders, as well as criteria to assess suppliers on compliance with company policies, and in what cases suppliers should be suspended or excluded due to non-compliance.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      108. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      110. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      The company reports that it supports independent smallholders, but does not provide details of support

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      113. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Companies should operate in an ethical manner at all levels, providing accessible channels and clear procedures for both employees and external stakeholders to raise any grievance or complaint with the company, as well as allowing for whistleblowing.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      115. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      116. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      117. Own grievance or complaints system?

      The company only states "QL Plantation strives to ensure that employees have minimal to no grievances. Team leaders and management teams are encouraged to listen to employees and highlight any relevant matters to upper management"

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      119. Details of grievances disclosed?

Media monitor: QL Resources Bhd

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Research protocols: QL Resources Bhd

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