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

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  • About this company:

    Established in 1910, Sime Darby Plantation's major business

  • Parent company:
    Sime Darby Group.
  • Landbank (oil palm)
    727,400 hectares
  • Market cap:
    7,953,010,237 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    SIPL.KL
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    SDPL MK
  • ISIN:
    MYL5285OO001
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd – November 2020

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 82.5% 155.9 / 189
  • Organisation: 31.5 / 39 80.8%
  • Policy: 69 / 76 90.8%
  • Practice: 55.4 / 74 74.9%
  • Self-reported: 15.6 / 74 21.1%
  • External: 26 / 74 35.1%
  • Certified: 13.8 / 74 18.6%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    10 / 11 90.9%
    • Organisation: 6 / 6 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 2 / 3 66.7%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • External: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company meets this indicator through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded based on the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company has a standalone document 'Responsible Agriculture Charter' in which it commits to sustainable palm oil policy for all its operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Chief Sustainability Officer - Dr. Simon Lord.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a Sustainability Committee consisting of two Independent Non-Executive Directors and two Non-Independent Non-Executive Directors.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      20

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      2

    • 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?

      HCV Resource Network, Tropical Forest Alliance, Fire free Alliance, NYDF Global Platform, and Pongo Alliance.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company collaborates with stakeholders to jointly resolve issues via collective actions such as the Fire Free Alliance to combat the fire and haze issue which has clouded the region; the PONGO Alliance, which aims to minimise human-wildlife conflict in plantations; and the Decent Rural Living Initiative, which tackles complex human rights and social challenges facing the agricultural sector in rural settings. In addition the company through Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD), commissions and supports long-term research and wildlife protection projects.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      GRI and CDP.

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      12. Climate risks assessment available?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    18.86 / 27 69.9%
    • Organisation: 13 / 17 76.5%
    • Policy: 1.5 / 2 75%
    • Practice: 4.4 / 8 54.5%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 8 18.8%
    • External: 0 / 8 0%
    • Certified: 2.9 / 8 35.8%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      727,400 - The company reports that a total of 727,400 ha land is controlled for oil palm.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      607,146 - As per RSPO ACOP 2018 total planted area is 607,146.00 ha.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      85,549

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 - The company reports that there is no unplanted area.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      47,805

    • Y
      1 / 1

      18. Maps of estates/management units?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      19. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

      The company provides maps of its smallholders in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, but only coordinates of its smallholders in Indonesia and Malaysia.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company provides maps of its smallholders in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, but only coordinates of its suppliers in Indonesia and Malaysia.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      21. Number of company-owned mills?

      69

    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that 83% (9,679,191 MT) of its FFB supply comes from its plantations, and 17% (2,010,706 MT) is externally sourced.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      25. Number of third party supplying mills?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to achieving a fully traceable and segregated supply chain. However, the commitment is not time-bound.

    • P
      0.92 / 2

      31. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

      The company states on its Crosscheck platform that 91.7% of supply is traceable to mill level as of Q1 2020. This data is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits that FFB supplied to their mills will be 100% traceable to the plantation by 2022.

    • P
      +
      0.94 / 1
      1 / 1

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

      The company states that 94% of direct FFB supply is traceable to the plantation. An additional point has been awarded as a number of mills have achieved RSPO Identity Preserved certification.

    • N
      0 / 2

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

      The company has disclosed the percentage of FFB supplied from third party and own mills, and states that 94% is traceable to plantation. However, the percentage of supply from third party mill traceable to plantation is unclear.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      35. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

      The company reports traceability figures to plantation level for each of its refineries through Crosscheck.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      36. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

      The company reports traceability figures to plantation level for each of its KCPs through Crosscheck.

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    14.12 / 16 88.3%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 3 / 3 100%
    • Practice: 9.1 / 11 82.9%
    • Self-reported: 5.1 / 11 46.6%
    • External: 4 / 11 36.4%
    • Certified: 0 / 11 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2004

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2008

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Indonesia (Central Kalimantan, Central Sulawesi, Jambi, Riau, South Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, West Kalimantan), Malaysia (Johor, Kedah, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor), Liberia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands.

    • P
      0.98 / 1

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

    • P
      0.99 / 1

      42. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      98.5% - The company owns 69 mills, 67 of which are operational, and 66 mills are RSPO certified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2020

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2018

    • P
      0.78 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2022

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.62 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company states that it has achieved 100% ISPO certification for its Indonesian mills. However, the information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      51. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      ISCC Certification and Sustainable Agriculture Standard.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    13.73 / 17 80.8%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 2 25%
    • Policy: 7.5 / 9 83.3%
    • Practice: 5.7 / 6 95.5%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 6 12.5%
    • External: 3 / 6 50%
    • Certified: 2 / 6 33%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      53. Commitment to zero deforestation or zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have been therefore awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company independently commits to zero deforestation.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      55. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      The company commits to no land clearing damaging primary forests or areas required to protect or enhance HCVs since November 2005, and no land clearing damaging HCVs or HCS forest since November 2018, through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company's own policy uses intact forest landscapes, primary forest, HCV, HCS, and peat as definitions; the cut-off date for deforestation is not mentioned.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      56. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      The company uses the radar-based monitoring system known as Radar Alerts for Detecting Deforestation (RADD) in its own plantation. Points for external verification that have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      57. Evidence of monitoring deforestation in supplier operations?

      The company uses the radar-based monitoring system known as Radar Alerts for Detecting Deforestation (RADD) in its supply chain as well. However, the information is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has reported data in the supplier grievance register. However, the total amount of illegal deforestation is not reported.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      60. Commitment to restoration of non-compliant deforestation/conversion?

      The company commits to applying the RSPO Remediation and Compensation Procedure where there has been land clearing without prior HCV assessment since November 2005, or without prior HCV-HCSA assessment since November 2018, through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. However, a commitment covering restoration of all non-compliant deforestation/conversion was not found. Partial points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's policy commits suppliers to develop a plan for remediating the damaged forest in the event of a violation of the company's NDPE standards. However, no cut-off date is given.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      62. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      63. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      64. Commitment to biodiversity conservation applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.98 / 1

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

      The company has identified various floral/fauna species of conservation concern. Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company lists various biodiversity conservation projects including its Plant-A-Tree Programme and restoration and protection of orangutan habitats. Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company prohibits hunting within its operations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits its suppliers to no illegal hunting but does not have a commitment to no hunting of all species.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    12.5 / 14 89.3%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 6.5 / 8 81.3%
    • Practice: 6 / 6 100%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 6 0%
    • External: 6 / 6 100%
    • Certified: 0 / 6 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment for the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      HCV assessments are available for the following: Liberia: Grand Cape Mount County and Bomi County.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's Responsible Agriculture Charter includes a commitment to "Adoption of integrated HCS-HCV using HCVRN and HCSA toolkit assessments to identify areas to be protected prior to new land clearing" and appears to apply to suppliers. However, an explicit statement committing suppliers to only use HCV assessors under the HCVRN ALS was not found.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      79. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The following SEIAs are publicly available: Grand Cape Mount County, Bomi County, Ziffasing & Tararan-Ramu Agri Industries NBPOL, and Guadalcanal Plain Palm Oil Limited.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    16.73 / 20 83.7%
    • Organisation: 5 / 5 100%
    • Policy: 7.5 / 8 93.8%
    • Practice: 4.2 / 7 60.4%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 7 17.9%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Certified: 3 / 7 42.6%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to no planting on peat regardless of any depth.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      32,797.3

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to good agricultural practices in relation to peat and the same applies to the supply chain. No commitment to best practices for other soils could be found.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.98 / 1

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

      The company has provided various evidence of best management practices it has implemented to conserve soils and peat. Points for external verification have been awarded based on the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      90. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      91. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      1 / 2

      92. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      The company monitors and manages fire using MODIS, VIIRS, and NOAA satellites. Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company states that 2,445 potential fires were detected of which 255 fire alerts were within estate boundaries, the remaining 90% were verified to be within a 5 km radius of estate boundaries.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2,190

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company states that it has a target to reduce tCO2-e/mt CPO produced by 40% by 2030 against a 2009 baseline.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      96. GHG emissions intensity?

      1.12 tCO2-e/mt CPO.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      97. GHG emissions from land use change?

      The company reports absolute GHG emissions 4.89 million tCO2-e, 40.5% of which is from land-use change (LUC).

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      98. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      GHG emission intensity has decreased from 1.38 tCO2-e/mt CPO in 2018 to 1.12 tCO2-e/mt CPO in 2019. However, the information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      99. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The RSPO requires companies to assess their GHG emissions through the Palm GHG calculator. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company reports that it uses RSPO PalmGHG calculator version 3 and also the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol to measure the GHG intensity.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that 13% of its mills are equipped with methane capture.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    18.46 / 25 73.8%
    • Organisation: 1 / 2 50%
    • Policy: 9.5 / 11 86.4%
    • Practice: 8 / 12 66.3%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 12 8.3%
    • External: 1 / 12 8.3%
    • Certified: 6 / 12 49.7%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a target to reduce its water usage to a target of 1.0 m3 per tonne of FFB produced by 2023.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. Water use intensity?

      1.4

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      103. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports a target for reducing water usage to 1.0 m3 per tonne of FFB by 2023, and reports figures on water use intensity for 2017, 2018 and 2019. While the target has been met for operations in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, the overall figures do not show evidence of improvement, with an average of 1.2 m3/tonne FFB in 2018 and then 1.4 m3/tonne FFB in 2019. The information is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company has limited the use of BOD according to the legal limits of the Malaysian region. However, time-bound commitment to improve water quality is not reported.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that the Malaysian region complies with the legal limit of BOD of water discharge and land application.

    • Y
      1 / 2

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

      POME treatment is reported by the company. Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      108. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.98 / 1

      109. Implementation of commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      Only a general statement for reducing chemical use in the company's operation and supply chain is mentioned.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      112. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 2

      119. Implementation of commitment to minimise inorganic fertiliser use?

      The company states that it composts empty fruit bunches (EFB), POME, as well as boiler ash, and uses the end product for manuring as part of its efforts to reduce inorganic fertiliser usage. Hence, achieving zero waste. Points for external verification have been awarded based on the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.98 / 1

      120. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has waste management system in place such as Project Metamorphosis and an initiative to reduce plastic waste. 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
    34 / 36 94.4%
    • Organisation: 4 / 5 80%
    • Policy: 22 / 22 100%
    • Practice: 8 / 9 88.9%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 9 0%
    • External: 8 / 9 88.9%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      122. Commitment to human rights?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      123. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      124. Progress on human rights commitment?

      The company provides evidence of actions taken such as providing training to the workforce to implement its human rights policies. Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has provided a detailed FPIC process and flowchart describing the FPIC process. 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 based on the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • N
      0 / 1

      132. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      133. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      The RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 contain requirements for addressing land conflicts. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has reported the details of support it provides for the inclusion of women and has taken steps to avoid the barrier faced. Also, points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      135. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      138. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports various examples of facilities it has provided to local communities. Points for external verification have been awarded based on the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has an explicit commitment to provide job opportunities. The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has taken various steps to eliminate gender-related discrimination and has established a Gender Committee to discuss and solve the issues faced by women in the workplace. Points for external verification have been awarded based on the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      147. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      148. Percentage or number of women employees?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      149. Commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      152. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      153. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      The company reports that it provides protective equipment and related training. Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      156. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      11.3 - The company reports 11.3 injuries per million hours worked occurred in the reporting period.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      6

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    11.5 / 16 71.9%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 5.5 / 6 91.7%
    • Practice: 6 / 10 60%
    • Self-reported: 4 / 10 40%
    • External: 2 / 10 20%
    • Certified: 0 / 10 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      158. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      159. Programme to support scheme/plasma smallholders?

      The company assists smallholders in increasing yields, improving agro management practices, and gaining certification through engagement activities, facilitation, and technical support. Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      In its 2016 sustainability report the company stated that the Kredit Koperasi Primer Anggota (KKPA) and Plasma schemes in Indonesia have impacted more than 25,000 families. In its 2019 report the company reports a total of 65,343 smallholders across Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, although it is not clear whether these figures refer to scheme smallholders only, or include independent smallholders. The total number of scheme smallholders covered through a support programme is not clearly reported.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Programme to support independent smallholders/outgrowers?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      1,000 small producers in the area of the program of whom 400 have so far been identified. As of FY2017, one smallholder and one small-grower became certified through the scheme. The total number or percentage of independent smallholders covered by a support programme is not clear.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company states that its Responsible Sourcing Guidelines are implemented in three phases: phase 1: identification of key suppliers and effective communication; phase 2: identification of prequalified suppliers through desktop assessment; phase 3: verification and continuous engagement towards compliance.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports on its process for assessing supplier compliance, and states it uses an Aidenvironment database to identify "The mills and concessions that supply us directly" and "The mills and concessions that do not supply us directly but are affiliated due to the business relationships that we have with the company groups". This reporting implies that all suppliers are assessed on compliance, but it is unclear. The information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      165. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company states that in the event of the violation of NDPE standards, it will - Stop work immediately on the affected land. - Develop a plan for remediating the damaged forest. - Develop a program to improve its ongoing operational practices to meet NDPE standards. If the supplier concerned is unwilling to make these commitments, it is the policy to suspend them. Once a supplier has been suspended, purchases will not resume until respective conditions are met.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only publishes a time-bound action plan for all its suppliers for compliance, however, no information on KPIs could be found.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company does not have a clear commitment on this, but reports in its 2019 sustainability report that 61 high-risk mills had been identified as of December 2019, and that all of these have been or are being engaged with (or have been removed from the supply chain).

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that in the event of supplier suspension, it will resolve the issues through constructive engagement, and it outlines steps a non-compliant company must take, but it is not clear exactly how the company supports these suppliers on working on these steps towards compliance. The company stated an intention to "deliver the supplier improvement programme starting in January 2020", which includes "Designing the steps required to progress towards meeting NDPE standards" in collaboration with Conservation International and Aidenvironment, but detail on what this support programme involves was not found.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that 61 high-risk mills were identified and engaged as of December 2019. However, it is unclear how regularly engagement occurs.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company uses its Crosscheck platform which maps its own and third-party mills, classifying them as high, medium or low risk using monthly reports from Aidenvironment on potential occurrences of deforestation and peat clearing.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company recieves monthly reports from Aidenvironment on potential occurrences of deforestation and peat clearing, which are used to classify risk-level of own and supplying mills.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company recieves monthly reports from Aidenvironment on potential occurrences of deforestation and peat clearing, which are used to classify risk-level of own and supplying mills and which are displayed on Crosscheck. The company states that it has identified 61 high-risk mills.

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    6 / 7 85.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4 / 5 80%
    • Practice: 2 / 2 100%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 2 50%
    • External: 1 / 2 50%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      174. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company makes this commitment through the RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has an explicit commitment to the same.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has dedicated personnel for mitigating bribery and corruption. Also, points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      178. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 contain guidance and requirements on whistleblowing procedures. Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. Also, the company has provided details of the whistleblowing procedure independently.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      179. 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 based on the company's RSPO-certified landbank (>75%) and a further commitment to be 100% certified within five years. The company has its grievance system which is open to all the stakeholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      The company has published a detailed supplier grievance register which is inclusive of date, issue, complainant category, actions taken, and status.

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