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Founded in 1906, UK based producer R.E.A. owns palm oil operations in Indonesia. The company

  • Landbank (oil palm):
    100,044 hectares
  • Palm cultivation revenue:
    100%
  • Market cap:
    163,374,000 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    REAH.L
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    RE/ LN
  • ISIN:
    GB0002349065
  • Sedol:
    234906
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: R.E.A. Holdings plc – 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: 70.2% 80 / 114
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 4 / 6 66.7%
    • 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.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a number of sustainability policies, including its Environment and Biodiversity Conservation Policy

    • 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 reported in a 2016 report it has a Head of Sustainability who reports to the President Director and a Group Sustainability Consultant

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • 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.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company reports some activities with NGOs, academic institutions and government bodies including local and provincial government agencies, KEE (Kawasan Ekosistem Essential), Universitas Nasional, Universitas Mulawarman and Plan?te Urgence

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 12 / 13 92.3%
    • 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)?

      100,044 - This is the figure from the company's 2017 RSPO ACOP. However, the company reports a higher figure, of 110,474 ha, in its 2017 Annual Report

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      47,281 - This is the figure from the company's 2017 RSPO ACOP. However, the company reports a lower figure, of 44,094 ha, in its 2017 Annual Report

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      4,403

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      21,689

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      22,268 - This figure is from the 2017 RSPO ACOP. However, the company also states in its 2016 Sustainability Report "The area designated as conservation reserves within the group's titled land bank totals approximately 23,950 hectares."

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

      3,797

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      14. Number and names of company owned mills?

      3 - Perdana Oil Mill (POM), Cakra Oil Mill (COM) and Satria Oil Mill (SOM)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      15. Maps or coordinates of company owned mills?

      Mill locations for the company's three mills are available on the website. Two of the company's mills (POM and COM) are also available on Global Forest Watch (GFW) and GeoRSPO

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      16. Number and names of supplier mills?

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

      Concession boundaries have been made available on the company's website and to the RSPO and the company declared in 2015 these represented 100% of its concession sites. However, in its 2017 ACOP it states it has made an aquisition so the original data submitted no longer covers all the company's operations. Some concession boundaries are available through GFW and GeoRSPO, but it is not clear if all estates are represented

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      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.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      2,016 - The company had a target to achieve a "100% traceable supply base for all three mills" by 2016, but in its 2016 Sustainability Report the company stated this had only been completed for 2 mills so far, and further updates were not found, so it is likely this target was missed

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • Partial
      1.5 / 2
      Source

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

      66% - The company stated in a 2016 report in regards to achieving a 100% traceable supply base for all three mills that "smallholder mapping and traceability project is complete for the two REAK mills (POM & COM) but ongoing for our third mill at, SOM."

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 8.5 / 10 85%
    • Companies should commit to address deforestation and to set aside areas for conservation. They should report on any activities to manage or restore habitat in their conservation areas, or monitor deforestation in their supply chains. They should also provide evidence of species conservation and biodiversity protection.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      24. Commitment to zero deforestation?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company's Responsible Development Policy, which states commitments to not developing HCV or peatland, applies to the company's associated smallholders, and states it "will put in place measures designed to ensure that third party contractors involved in the development of this land also adhere to this policy." However, the policy does not explicitly apply to independent suppliers

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      26. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      HCV, HCS, peat

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      27. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      In its 2017 Annual Report the company reports monitoring deforestation and encroachment through patrols and satellite mapping. It is also working with Satelligence to define a baseline for forest cover, degraded areas and planted oil palm areas within the estate areas and close to the boundaries, and has implemented a forest cover monitoring system that generates bi-weekly updates on forest cover, land clearing and oil palm development within a 5km buffer zone around the group's estates.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company manages a seedling nursery area of native species for the purpose of rehabilitating and restoring disturbed areas. It is also working with the European Crocodile Working Group and the French NGO Plan?te Urgence to restore damaged habitats in the CDM-Mesangat wetland

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states "The group maintains substantial conservation reserves that safeguard landscape level biodiversity" however it is unclear how the company is implementing this landscape scale approach

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      30. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a commitment to protect rare, threatened and endangered species, and makes reference to the IUCN red list in its Sustainability Reports when explaining species monitoring work that has been carried out

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company prohibits capturing or killing any rare, threatened or endangered species, but does not mention all species

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      33. Examples of species conservation activities?

      The company reports various activities, including "HCV boundary marking and monitoring, camera trapping point surveys, belttransects, restoration and enrichment activities and conservation education in schools" as well as water quality monitoring and orangutan nest surveys

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 7 / 11 63.6%
    • 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.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company's Responsible Development Policy applies to the company's associated smallholders, and states it "will put in place measures designed to ensure that third party contractors involved in the development of this land also adhere to this policy." However, the policy does not explicitly apply to independent suppliers

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The following HCV assessments are publicly available:
      East Kalimantan: PT Cipta Davia Mandiri; PT Persada Bangun Jaya; PT. Kutai Mitra Sejahtera

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has an HCV summary report for new plantings done since Jan 2015 but it is unclear if this covers all of the company's new plantings

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has an HCV summary report for new plantings done since Jan 2015 but it is unclear if this covers all of the company's new plantings

    • 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?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states that prior to developing any new land it undertakes carbon stock assessments and avoids development of high carbon stock areas, but it does not clearly refer to the HCS Approach

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      42. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The following SEIA assessments are publicly available:
      East Kalimantan: PT Cipta Davia Mandiri; PT Persada Bangun Jaya; PT. Kutai Mitra Sejahtera

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions 10 / 15 66.7%
    • 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.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it "will not develop any contiguous area of >10 ha which has been identified as peat" regardless of depth. This presumably means it will develop on peat covering an area smaller than 10 ha

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company's Responsible Development Policy applies to the company's associated smallholders, and states it "will put in place measures designed to ensure that third party contractors involved in the development of this land also adhere to this policy." However, the policy does not explicitly apply to independent suppliers

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company commits to maintaining soil fertility and preventing erosion, but does not explicitly commit to general best management practices for either soil or peat

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      48. Landbank or planted area on peat?

      1,067

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      50. Commitment to zero burning?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company's Responsible Development Policy applies to its associated smallholders, and states it "will put in place measures designed to ensure that third party contractors involved in the development of this land also adhere to this policy." However, the policy does not explicitly apply to independent suppliers

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      52. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

      The company reports emergency training courses on fires, and patrols to monitor occurrences of fire, in a 2016 report. Older reports also mention firefighting as part of a neighbourhood watch team, and state the company participated in the RSPO's 'fire alert and reporting system'

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company reports that in 2017 "there were no forest fires recorded in the region" but it is not clear what area it is referring to. It reported the area of oil palm or conservation reserves lost to fire as 0 ha in 2016 and 379 ha and 282 ha respectively in 2015

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      2,017 - The company had a target to reduce the intensity of GHG emissions per planted hectare by 2017, but did not state by how much. A new target could not be found

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      56. GHG emissions from land use change?

      677,082 - Figure is in tCO2eq. Data is from 2016, and no more recent data could be found

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      57. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      RSPO PalmGHG calculator v. 3.0.1

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      58. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      4.95 - Figure is in tCO2eq per planted hectare, and data is for 2017. Net emissions per planted hectare have been reduced year by year from 2012 to 2017. However, the company does not have a target-based reduction commitment to measure this progress against

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      2 (66.7%)

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 9.5 / 12 79.2%
    • 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).

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      2,017 - The company had a commitment to "Reduce the volume of water used to process each tonne of FFB in all 3 mills" by 2017, but did not specify by how much. A new target could not be found

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company commits to decrease its BOD value by July 2019 but does not specify by how much

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      62. Progress towards commitment on water use?

      The company states "Water consumption per tonne of FFB processed decreased at COM from 2015 to 2016 but increased at POM and SOM." It also provides a chart showing fluctuations in water use for 2015 and 2016 at each mill. More recent figures could not be found and it is not clear the company is improving its water use

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company reported an improvement in BOD figures for its POME from all 3 of its mills from 2015-16. However, BOD levels in 2017 were not always compliant with regulatory standards. COD levels were maintained within the quality standards for 2017

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      64. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      67. No use of paraquat?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      70. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company reports figures for tonnes of inorganic fertilisers applied per hectare and toxicity per hectare in its 2016 Sustainability Report

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 15.5 / 19.5 79.5%
    • Companies should commit to respect human rights, including those of indigenous peoples and local communities, consulted with free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Companies should respect the rights of workers, report relevant workforce data, and comply with health and safety legislation.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      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 recognises its "duty to respect and support" the International Bill of Human Rights, which contains the UN Declaration on Human Rights

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only refers to legal and customary rights in the context of FPIC and land acquisition

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • 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?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      79. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      The company only states that "conflicts will be resolved through an open, transparent and consultative process"

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      80. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      81. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      82. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company's policy does not specifically refer to equal remuneration, but it does state it recognises its "duty to respect and support the internationally recognised human rights expressed in ? the core conventions of the International Labour Organisation's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work"

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      84. Total number of employees?

      10,026 - The Annual Report states the average number of employees in 2017 was 10,026, and the figure at the end of 2017 was 10,958

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      85. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      4,086 (40.8%)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      86. Percentage or number of women employees?

      3,229 (29.5%)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      87. Commitment to pay minimum wage?

      The company states "All male and female, full time or casual employees receive a wage equivalent to the minimum wage of the region of Indonesia in which they work, regardless of their performance" and provides evidence of the wages paid in its 2016 Annual Report

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      88. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      89. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      In its 2017 Annual Report the company states "In 2017 there were 872 Lost Time Incidents ("LTIs") compared to 649 LTIs in 2016. However, man-hours in 2017 were 24,934,348 compared to 17,301,932 man-hours in 2016, so relative to total man-hours there was a 6.8 per cent reduction in LTIs."

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Three employees and two relatives of employees were involved in fatal accidents within the boundaries of the company's operations in 2015, with two of these considered as work-related. Three fatalities between January 2016 and January 2017. For 2017, the company reports two fatalities, one of which was considered "work-related"

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      91. Provision of personal protective equipment and pesticide training?

  • Certification standards Certification standards 7.5 / 14.5 51.7%
    • 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 the countries and regions in which it operates: Indonesia (East Kalimantan)

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2,023 - The company states in its 2017 ACOP it expects to achieve certification of all existing mills and existing supply bases by 2018, but does not expect certification of all estates until 2023, because some estates are still being developed and do not yet supply its mills

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

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

      2,019 - The company states "This only applies to the plasma scheme co-operatives which supply REA's existing mills." The company also gives a date of 2025 which applies to associated smallholders and outgrowers

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • 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?

      2,011

    • Partial
      1.5 / 2
      Source

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

      2 (66.7%)

    • Partial
      1 / 2
      Source

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

      34,489 (34.5%)

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

      0 (0%)

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

      0 (0%)

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      Mass Balance only

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company's three mills are ISPO certified. It reported in 2017 that one of its estates - Sasana Yudha Bhakti (SYB) - was not yet certified as a land application permit for a POME treatment facility was still pending. SYB has now achieved certification

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      106. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company reports that all three of its mills have ISCC certification

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 4 / 7 57.1%
    • 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.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      108. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

      The company supports plasma smallholders through providing financial support and field surveys to help smallholders comply with company's policy on HCV/HCS

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      8 - The company reports that during 2017 it "collaborated" with 8 plasma cooperatives

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      110. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      The company reports supporting smallholders in various ways through its programme and collaboration with SNV, including providing materials, technical assistance and training on "best agricultural practices"

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      26 - The company reports that during 2017 it 'collaborated' with 8 independent smallholder cooperatives and 18 'PPMD' cooperatives

    • 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
      Source

      113. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company states it only accepts FFB from farmers who participate in a traceability mapping exercise, but does not have clear criteria for suspending or excluding suppliers which breach its policies

    • 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?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      116. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company only states it provides anonymity for complainants and whistle blowers

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      117. Own grievance or complaints system?

      The company states in a 2012 report that a "formal grievance mechanism and an industrial relations officer are in place" but no further details are given. In its human rights policy it states it will protect the anonymity of complainants, but does not give details of a complaints system. It states in its 2015 RSPO ACOP that it has a complaints system, and provides a link, but this link does not work

    • 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?

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Research protocols: R.E.A. Holdings plc

Research protocols guide how ZSL conducts SPOTT assessments and allocates scores to ensure a fair and consistent approach, setting the expectations for companies on how they should publish ESG data. The full palm oil indicator framework contains 119 indicators across 10 categories, aligned with corporate reporting initiatives.

SPOTT is a ZSL initiative.
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