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  • About this company:

    Established in 1909, Socfin Group S.A.'s major business

  • Landbank (oil palm)
    186,473 hectares
  • Market cap:
    306,400,000 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    SLXSF.PK
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    SOCFI LX Equity
  • LEI:
    No LEI
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:
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Company assessment: Socfin Group – November 2023

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 72% 128.22 / 178
  • Organisation: 23.5 / 33 71.2%
  • Policy: 58 / 76 76.3%
  • Practice: 46.7 / 69 67.7%
  • Self-reported: 10.4 / 69 15.1%
  • External: 22.3 / 69 32.3%
  • Certified: 14.1 / 69 20.4%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    8 / 11 72.7%
    • Organisation: 4 / 6 66.7%
    • 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 has published a sustainable palm oil policy which covers all palm oil operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company has a sustainability department, managed by the Head of Sustainability.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that the board of directors has overall responsibility for sustainability.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      0 (0%) - The company reports that it has no women on the board of directors.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Earthworm and TFA.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has partnered with the 'Earthworm Foundation' to aid the implementation of its responsible management policy. It has also collaborated with research institutes and universities to improve the quality of palm oil seeds.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The latest sustainability report was published in 2022.

    • N
      0 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company states that its sustainability report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: extended compliance option. However, no proper reporting standards are used. It has also not responded to CDP questionnaires.

    • 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
    14.5 / 17 85.3%
    • Organisation: 10 / 12 83.3%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 3.5 / 4 87.5%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 4 37.5%
    • External: 0 / 4 0%
    • Certified: 2 / 4 50%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      13. Lists countries and operations?

      Sierra Leone, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Sao Tomé-and-Principe, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Indonesia - (8 plantations and 23 mills), Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria and Cameroon - (3 palm kernel-crushing plants), Cameroon - (1 refinery).

    • N
      0 / 1

      14. Lists countries sourcing from?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      186473 - The RSPO ACOP 2022 states that the company has 186,472.71 ha of total land area managed/controlled for oil palm.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      16. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      130238 - The company reports that it has 130,238 ha of total oil palm planted area.

    • 17. Scheme smallholders planted area (ha)?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1117.15 - The RSPO ACOP 2022 states that the company has 1,117.15 ha of unplanted area.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      43927.7 - The RSPO ACOP 2022 states that the company has 43,927.66 ha of total conservation set-aside area including High Conservation Value (HCV) area.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      20. Maps of estates/management units?

      The company has KML maps available for all its estates. It also has provided the maps to RSPO and states that no new concessions were acquired after the submission of the maps to RSPO.

    • 21. Maps of all scheme smallholders?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      22. Maps of all third-party supplying plantations?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      23. Number of company-owned mills?

      23 - The company reports that it has 23 palm oil mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      24. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

      The names and locations of all the company's 23 palm oil mills are available on GFW.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that 12 out of 23 mills source from company-owned operations, one mill sources from only third parties while the remaining mills source from both company-owned operations and third parties.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that 91.6% of all FFBs sourced by company-owned mills come from company-owned operations while the remaining 8.4% FFBs come from third parties.

    • 27. Number of third party supplying mills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not own refineries.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

    • 33. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has already achieved 100% traceability to plantation level.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that 100% of FFB supply is traceable to plantation level. An additional point has been added due to the company's RSPO Identity Preserved certifications for ten of its mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not source from third-party supplying mills.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      37. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

      The company reports that it has one refinery and it sources 100% of its CPO from company-owned operations.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      38. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

      The company reports 100% traceability to plantation for all three of its crushers (SAFACAM, SOGB and Okomu Oil Palm PLC).

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    8.15 / 13 62.7%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 5.1 / 10 51.5%
    • Self-reported: 2.1 / 10 21.5%
    • External: 3 / 10 30%
    • Certified: 0 / 10 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2004 - The company has been a member of RSPO (since 06 December 2004).

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      2011 - The company joined RSPO membership in 2004 and became certified in 2011.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has submitted its latest RSPO ACOP 2022.

    • P
      0.63 / 1

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

      63.1% - The company reports 63.10% of RSPO-certified areas in its RSPO ACOP 2022.

    • P
      0.96 / 1

      43. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      96% - The company reports that 22 out of 23 mills are RSPO certified. However, the RSPO ACOP 2022 states that 21 out of 23 mills are RSPO certified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2024 - The company commits to achieve 100% RSPO certification of estates and mills by 2024. This is within five years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2024 - The company commits to achieve 100% RSPO certification of all palm product processing facilities by 2024. This is within five years.

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

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

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      0% - The company reports that 0% of FFB supply (tonnes) from independent smallholders, outgrowers and third-party FFB suppliers are RSPO-certified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      0% - The company reports that 0% of all palm oil and oil palm products handled/traded/processed (tonnes) are RSPO-certified.

    • P
      0.56 / 1

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

      The company sells 56.24% of RSPO-certified palm oil through segregated or identity-preserved supply chains.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports that it processes/trades 0% of RSPO-certified palm oil through segregated or identity preserved supply chains.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company reports that Socfindo sites are ISPO certified and provide externally verified certificates.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company is certified under ISO 14001 and Bio-Organic.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    11.63 / 20 58.2%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 7.5 / 12 62.5%
    • Practice: 4.1 / 6 68.8%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 6 8.3%
    • External: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Certified: 1.6 / 6 27.2%
    • N
      0 / 1

      55. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      57. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      The company commits to zero deforestation. This commitment has been in place since 2017.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      58. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to zero deforestation. This commitment has been in place since 2017.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      59. Criteria and cut-off date for defining deforestation?

      The company defines deforestation as the removal of HCV and HCS areas and specifies any deforestation/conversion past 2017 will not be accepted.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company defines deforestation for suppliers as the removal of HCV and HCS areas and specifies any deforestation/conversion past 2017 will not be accepted in supplier operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to restore ecosystems to their prior condition in cases of conversion within its own operations. This commitment has been in place since 2017.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to restore ecosystems to their prior condition in cases of conversion within their own operations. This commitment has been in place since 2017.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      67. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

      The company reports that it has created and regularly monitors the implementation of locally adapted action plans which include topics such as internal and external grievance management process, suppliers training and monitoring, communities engagement and support. The company also has created a stakeholder round table for the implementation of an integrated conservation land use plan made up of local companies and authorities. However, the information is between two to five years old.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      68. Biodiversity policy?

      The company has a biodiversity strategy to protect primary forests, areas of HCS, HCV, peatland, and critical habitats. However, no time-bound target is provided.

    • N
      0 / 1

      69. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.63 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company has also identified various endemic, rare, threatened, or endangered species (according to the list of the IUCN).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports that it maintains, protects and supports the rehabilitation of peatland areas if it is degraded.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to protecting wildlife and rare, threatened, endangered and critically endangered species from poaching, hunting and habitat loss in areas under its management. However, a commitment to no hunting of all species or only sustainable hunting by local communities is not found.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to protect wildlife and rare, threatened, endangered and critically endangered species from poaching, hunting and habitat loss in areas under its management. However, a commitment to no hunting of all species or only sustainable hunting by local communities is not found.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    10 / 15 66.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 6 / 8 75%
    • Practice: 4 / 7 57.1%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 7 10.7%
    • External: 3.3 / 7 46.4%
    • Certified: 0 / 7 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company states that it recognises the concept of high conservation values which applies to all suppliers. However, a commitment to conduct HCV assessments is not found.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The HCV assessments for Okomu Extension 1 concession, Okomu Extension 2 concession, and Plantation Socfinaf Ghana Limited are available on HCVRN while the HCV assessment for PT Socfin Indonesia is available on both RSPO NPP and HCVRN websites. However, it is not clear whether these assessments cover all estates planted since January 2015.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Management and monitoring plans for Okomu Extension 1 concession, Okomu Extension 2 concession, Plantation Socfinaf Ghana Limited and PT Socfin Indonesia are publicly available. However, it is not clear whether these management and monitoring plans cover all estates planted since January 2015.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also commits to using licensed HCSA accredited by the HCV Resource Network's Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] HCV assessments of Okomu Extension 1 concession, Okomu Extension 2 concession, Plantation Socfinaf Ghana Limited and PT Socfin Indonesia are available on the HCRN website and are reviewed as satisfactory. However, it is not clear whether these assessments cover all estates.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also commits to the high carbon stock (HCS) approach in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      84. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

      Carbon stock assessments for Okomu and PSG are available on the company's dashboard, but not on the HCVRN website.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] SEIAs are available for multiple subsidiaries: PSG, Okomu, SAC, SOGB, and PT Socfin Indonesia.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    14.34 / 20 71.7%
    • Organisation: 2.5 / 5 50%
    • Policy: 7 / 8 87.5%
    • Practice: 4.8 / 7 69.1%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 7 17.9%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Certified: 3.6 / 7 51.3%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also commits to no planting on peat of any depth in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1905 - The company reports that its total peatland planted area is 1,905 ha. Data as of 2022.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company reports that its peatland planted areas have not increased from 2021 to 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to best management practices for soils and peat.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to best management practices for soils and peat.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.63 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      96. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company commits to no burning.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      97. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to no burning.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.96 / 1

      98. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports that it will use 'Starling' from 2023 to ensure continuous monitoring of its concessions through very high-resolution satellite images to control fire and deforestation incidents.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company recorded 189 cases of fires due to internal or external causes in 2022.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      102. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports its net GHG emissions intensity as 1.24 (T CO2e/T CPO) in 2022. However, it does not include scope 1 and 2 emissions.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • (NEW: not scored this year) N
      -

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      105. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports a reduction in net GHG emissions intensity from 1.26 (T CO2e/T CPO) in 2021 to 1.24 (T CO2e/T CPO) in 2022. However, it does not include scope 1 and 2 emissions.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      106. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The company uses the PalmGHG calculator to calculate GHG emissions.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    19.35 / 25 77.4%
    • Organisation: 1.5 / 2 75%
    • Policy: 9.5 / 11 86.4%
    • Practice: 8.3 / 12 69.6%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 12 4.2%
    • External: 1 / 12 8.3%
    • Certified: 6.8 / 12 57.1%
    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that its average water consumption intensity is 1.13 m3/T in 2022. The average water consumption intensity for 2022 is below the African industry standards (1.23 m3 /T of processed FFB) but it exceeds the Asian industry standards (0.96 m3 /T of processed FFB). Also, a time-bound commitment to improving water use intensity is not found.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      109. Water use intensity?

      1.13 - The company reports that its average water consumption intensity is 1.13 m3/T in 2022.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      110. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports an increase in average water consumption intensity from 1.05 (m3/T) in 2021 to 1.13 (m3/T) in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to maintain BOD and COD levels within legal limits.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.63 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      115. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company commits to protect natural waterways through buffer zones.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.63 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company has also developed a strategy for riparian buffer management zone, and surface water protection, in line with RSPO criteria, which is gradually implemented on all plantations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to minimise the use of chemical fertilisers only.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to reduce pesticide usage applies to suppliers. However, the company only commits suppliers to 'optimise usage' in the case of fertilisers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      119. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

      The company commits to not use paraquat.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to not use paraquat.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company publishes details of toxic products used. However, the figures are not in per ha or per tonne of oil produced.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.96 / 1

      126. Implementation of commitment to minimise inorganic fertiliser use?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also publishes a list of organic fertilisers and states that 750 981 tons of organic fertilisers are used in 2022.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.63 / 1

      127. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also states that it has implemented an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also has a waste management system in place which includes collection, transport, recycling, and disposal of both industrial and household waste in accordance with the environmental management system (EMS).

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    30 / 35 85.7%
    • Organisation: 4.5 / 5 90%
    • Policy: 16.5 / 21 78.6%
    • Practice: 9 / 9 100%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 9 0%
    • External: 9 / 9 100%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      129. Commitment to human rights?

      The company commits to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      130. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      131. Progress on human rights commitment?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company provides training on respect for human rights to its security teams in order to ensure the security of its employees. It also organises awareness campaigns on human rights to reduce the potential risk of harassment.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to respect indigenous and local communities' rights in relation to FPIC only.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to respect indigenous and local communities' rights in relation to FPIC only.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower. The company also commits to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to respect FPIC.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The RSPO Principles and Criteria 2018 contain guidance and requirements on the process to conduct free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's commitments under the RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) as an RSPO member reporting as a grower.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      139. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      [Externally verified] The company holds regular communication with stakeholders to improve community relations, and is working with 'Earthworm' to engage with its local stakeholders.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      140. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      The company reports that land conflicts are addressed through the company's grievance system. However, no further details are reported.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      142. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company commits to ensure food security for local communities. However, it is unclear if this includes measures beyond the provision of palm oil for domestic consumption.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      144. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company commits to provide essential community services and facilities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also provides electricity, water supply, and health facilities to village communities and also encourages the employment of members of neighbouring communities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to provide business opportunities for local communities. For example, by partnering with local SMEs and businesses.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to eight fundamental conventions of the international labour organisation. However, it does not commit to all fundamental ILO conventions.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to eight fundamental conventions of the international labour organisation. However, it does not commit to all fundamental ILO conventions.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to no discrimination but does not refer to employment and/or occupation-related discrimination based on gender specifically.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company provides training on the prevention of discrimination to its security team to ensure the security of its employees.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      153. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      3684 (6.92%) - The company reports that its temporary employees are 3,684 (6.92%) in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      154. Percentage or number of women employees?

      13277 (25%) - The company reports that it has 13,277 (24.94%) women employees in 2022.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      155. Commitment to pay a Living Wage?

      The company reports that "When Decent Living Wages (DLW) applicable to our operations have been established and validated by RSPO or GPSNR, they will be implemented." This is not a clear commitment that all workers are paid a living wage.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that "When Decent Living Wages (DLW) applicable to our operations have been established and validated by RSPO or GPSNR, they will be implemented.", within its sustainability policy that applies to all suppliers. This is not a clear commitment that all workers are paid a living wage.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      157. Progress on commitment to pay a Living Wage?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      158. Reporting of salary by gender?

      The company reports that its male and female salary ratio is 100% in 2022. However, it is not in line with GRI reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      159. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      162. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      7.63 - The company reports that it has a 7.63 injury rate in 2022. Calculated as recordable injuries x 200,000/total working hours.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      5 - The company reports five work-related fatalities in 2022.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    6.75 / 15 45%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2.5 / 6 41.7%
    • Practice: 4.3 / 9 47.2%
    • Self-reported: 2.3 / 9 25%
    • External: 2 / 9 22.2%
    • Certified: 0 / 9 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      164. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company has published a commitment to support smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      165. Programme to support scheme smallholders?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company organises awareness and training sessions for smallholders and subcontractors and also offers decision-making and technical support to them. However, the type of smallholders is unclear.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      166. Percentage of scheme smallholders involved in programme?

      0 (0%) - The company reports that it supports zero integrated smallholders through its programme in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      167. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company organises awareness and training sessions for smallholders and subcontractors and also offers decision-making and technical support to them. However, the type of smallholders is unclear.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      1485 - The company reports that it supports 1,485 independent smallholders through its programme in 2022.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that it requires suppliers to comply with its responsible management policy and provides training and assists with decision-making.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      92.8% - The company reports that 92.8% of suppliers have been assessed and engaged on compliance with the company's policy and legal requirements.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      171. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company states suppliers can be excluded for noncompliance if remedial actions to correct failures are not adopted. However, the exact criteria for exclusion are unclear, and timeframes are not published.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • (NEW: not scored this year) N
      -

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    5.5 / 7 78.6%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4 / 5 80%
    • Practice: 1.5 / 2 75%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 2 25%
    • External: 1 / 2 50%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports that it will appoint a Compliance Officer at the group's headquarters to strengthen training and prevention of corruption in all its subsidiaries.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      184. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company has a whistleblowing policy including whistleblowers protection.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a grievance management system open to all stakeholders.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      186. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      The company provides details of complaints and grievances such as date, status, progress and subject.

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