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Established in 1993, Indonesian commodity producer Sampoerna Agro owns palm oil operations in Indonesia. It

  • Parent company:
    Sampoerna Strategic Group
  • Landbank (oil palm):
    241,058 hectares
  • Palm cultivation revenue:
    97.42%
  • Market cap:
    311,473,000 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    SGRO:IJ
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    SGRO IJ
  • ISIN:
    ID1000106107
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: Sampoerna Agro Tbk PT – 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: 43.9% 50 / 114
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 3.5 / 6 58.3%
    • 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.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company details its Policies on Sustainability but these have limited environmental scope

    • 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 states its Research and Development Director is responsible for directing implementation of strategies and policies related to sustainability, amongst other issues

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      Published as part of the company's Annual Reports

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company reports that it is a member of the High Conservation Value Network Indonesia

    • 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.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it "cooperates with the Government to actively monitor the presence of areas with HCV" and that it engaged with an NGO and central and regional government agencies in a fire vigilance program

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability 6.5 / 13 50%
    • 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)?

      241,058 - The figure is reported in the company's 2017 ACOP, but in its 2017 Annual Report it states its palm oil operations cover 242,000 hectares

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      9. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      99,804.5 - The figure refers to the company's 2017 ACOP, but in its 2017 Annual Report it states that planted land for oil palm operations amounts to 136,000 hectares

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      66,959.5 - This figure is reported in the company's 2017 ACOP, but in its 2017 Annual Report it states that plasma oil palm plantations reach 53,100 ha

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      60,706.5

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      13,588 - Sum of HCV areas and other conservation areas reported in 2017 ACOP

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      13. Area for infrastructure (ha)?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      14. Number and names of company owned mills?

      7 - The company reports it is building its eighth mill in 2018. Three mills are listed under RSPO certified growers, but no other mill names are provided

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      15. Maps or coordinates of company owned mills?

      One mill is listed in GFW

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      16. Number and names of supplier mills?

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

      Some concession boundaries are available on Global Forest Watch and GeoRSPO, but it is unclear if these represent all of the company's palm oil estates

    • 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?

    • 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.

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • 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 3.5 / 10 35%
    • 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.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      24. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      The company states that it does not clear primary forest and HCS areas, but does not clearly commit to no deforestation, or that it will not develop on HCV and peatland

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      26. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      Primary forest, HCS

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      27. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company reports that it has placed signs in HCV areas, and has undertaken enrichment planting and restoration in HCV areas although it is unclear whether this has been with native species

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No 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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      33. Examples of species conservation activities?

      The company states that it records protected plants and animals within HCV areas, but does not provide details on how it uses this information to implement conservation

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 5 / 11 45.5%
    • 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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      35. HCV commitment applies to scheme smallholders and 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)?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      Two summaries are publicly available for two assessments submitted to the HCVRN in 2016 (for subsidiary PT Usaha Agro Indonesia) and 2017 (for subsidiary PT Kedurang Prakarsa Nabati). One further assessment was submitted in 2017, and eight more were submitted in 2018, but none of these have documents publicly available

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      Two HCV assessment summaries, including management recommendations, are publicly available but this does not cover all new planted areas

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      One HCV assessment submitted to the HCVRN in 2016 was declared satisfactory for subsidiary PT. Usaha Agro, and another in 2017 for subsidiary PT. Kedurang Prakarsa Nabati. Nine further assessments have been submitted incomplete (IS) or they are not ready for review (NR) and are with assessors

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states "Prior to land clearing, the Company performs a Carbon Stock Assessment using a calculation method verified by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)"

    • 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)?

    • 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 8.5 / 15 56.7%
    • 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 manages peatlands in accordance with government regulations, but does not state it does not plant on peat of any depth, or that this applies to all new development

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company stated in 2016 that its peat commitment applied to plasma and independent smallholders, but the commitment itself does not clearly cover all new planting or specify peat depth

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      48. Landbank or planted area on peat?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      50. Commitment to zero burning?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      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
      Source

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

      The company only has a general commitment to reduce GHG emissions

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      56. GHG emissions from land use change?

      The company reported land conversion GHG emissions for its Belida mill in its 2016 ACOP; the GHG emission report uploaded with the 2017 ACOP was not accessible at the time of assessment

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      57. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      PalmGHG

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      58. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      1,682.27 - The company reports that the intensity of emission from its entire plantations in 2017 reached 1.682.27 kg CO2e per ton of FFB, while the mills recorded emission intensity of 14.73 kg CO2e per ton of CPO production. However, the company does not have a time-bound target for emission intensity reduction

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      2 (28.6%)

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management 3.5 / 12 29.2%
    • 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).

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company only has a general commitment to reduce water use

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      62. Progress towards commitment on water use?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • 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)?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it strives to minimise the use of chemical pesticides, but does not mention fertilisers

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      67. No use of paraquat?

      The company only aims to reduce "the use of paraquat from year to year through a very selective method" and reports it has "reduced the use of paraquat and applied it very selectively to wipe out weeds under certain conditions"

    • 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?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      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 9.5 / 19.5 48.7%
    • 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 is committed to respect human rights, but does not mention the UN Declaration or UN Guiding Principles on 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?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it protects the rights of local communities, but does not reference 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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      79. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      The company only states "for the purpose of avoiding conflicts with Plasma farmers, the company continues to maintain and improve business governance with the farmers and treat them as its business partners"

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      80. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company states that its CSR programs are aligned with the objective of increasing food security, but does not clearly relate this to local communities. The company provides details on economic empowerment from mushroom farming that it states potentially supports national food security as an alternative livelihood

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      81. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company supports education including providing one school for early age education, and renovating kindergarten classrooms; and maintains village roads and builds village bridges, provides clean water in some communities, and provides medical check ups and free medicine in some communities

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      82. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

      The company commits "to respect human rights, including the right of all employees to form labor unions and to discuss matters collectively, as well as provide equal opportunity and treatment in employment practices."

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it is strongly against the practice of forced labour; it has a policy prohibiting employment of underaged workers, with a minimum age of 18; it respects the right of employees to form unions and discuss matters collectively; it provides equal opportunity and treatment in employment practices

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      84. Total number of employees?

      8,259 - The number of employees across all operations

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      85. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      22 (0.3%) - Contract employees

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      86. Percentage or number of women employees?

      1,744 (21.1%) - The number of female employees across all operations

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      87. Commitment to pay minimum wage?

      The company states that wages are determined by referring to applicable minimum wage in each province, targeted for plantation sectors, but does not provide evidence

    • 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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      91. Provision of personal protective equipment and pesticide training?

      The company reports that it provides protective equipment, but does not clearly refer to pesticide or chemical training

  • Certification standards Certification standards 6.5 / 14.5 44.8%
    • 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)?

      Indonesia (Kalimantan Barat; Kalimantan Tengah; Sumatera Selatan)

    • 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?

      2,022

    • 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?

      2,025

    • 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%)?

      4 (57%)

    • Partial
      0.5 / 2
      Source

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

      22,091.1 (9.2%) - The company reported 22,091.07 ha certified in its 2017 ACOP, and this represents 9.2% of the total land controlled/managed for palm oil reported in the 2017 ACOP. However, the RSPO certified companies webpage states that the company has a certified production area of 14,436 ha

    • Partial
      0.5 / 2
      Source

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

      6,782.1 (10.1%) - Land under scheme/plasma certified = 6782.1. Land under scheme/plasma uncertified = 60,177.43. Certified/total: 6782.1/(6782.1+60,177.53) = 10.1%

    • 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?

      The company does not report any segregated or identity preserved products sold in its 2017 ACOP, but states in its 2017 Annual Report that it is "transforming the supply chain of its CPO raw materials, from mass balance to identity preserved or segregated (100% of the supply chain be sustainability certified)" for one of its mills

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company reports that 65% of its total oil palm plantations are ISPO-certified, as are all seven of its palm oil mills

    • 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.)?

      Some of the company's operations are ISCC certified

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 1.5 / 7 21.4%
    • 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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      26,500 - The company reports that "at the close of 2017, the Company managed and provided guidance to 168,000 ha planted areas and more than 26,500 plasma farmers"

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      110. Programme to support independent smallholders?

    • 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
      No source

      117. Own grievance or complaints system?

    • 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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