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  • About this company:

    Established in 1909, Socfin Group S.A. is one

  • Parent company:
    Bolloré Group
  • Landbank (oil palm)
    182,600 hectares
  • Market cap:
    346,000,000 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    SLXSF.PK
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    SOCFI LX
  • ISIN:
    LU0027967834
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: Socfin Group – November 2021

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 67.6% 121.6 / 180
  • Organisation: 24 / 34 70.6%
  • Policy: 57.5 / 75 76.7%
  • Practice: 40.1 / 71 56.5%
  • Self-reported: 6.2 / 71 8.7%
  • External: 9 / 71 12.7%
  • Certified: 24.9 / 71 35.1%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    7.75 / 11 70.5%
    • Organisation: 4 / 6 66.7%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 1.8 / 3 58.3%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • External: 0.8 / 3 25%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a 'policy for responsible management' which covers all operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a 'policy for responsible management' which covers all operations. This applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company has a sustainability manager at group level.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's CEO is responsible for sustainability.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      0 (0%) - The company does not directly report the gender of board members, however, all six members are addressed with male titles.

    • P
      0.75 / 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] Tropical Forest Alliance (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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The latest sustainability report was published in 2020.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company reports using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) index, but its report is not prepared in accordance with GRI Core or Comprehensive standards. The company has not responded to CDP questionnaires.

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      12. Climate risks assessment available?

      The company states that it has conducted preliminary studies of the risks related to climate change. No climate risks assessment are 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: 0.8 / 4 18.8%
    • External: 0.8 / 4 18.8%
    • Certified: 2 / 4 50%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      182,600 - In 2020 the total area managed for oil palm as 182,599.66 ha.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      129,934 - In 2020 a total of 129,934 ha was planted with oil palm across the company's operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2,621.31 - In 2020 the planted area of plasma/scheme smallholders was 2621.31 ha.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1,117.15 - In 2020 1,117.15 ha designated for future planting remained unplanted.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      37,229.3 - In 2020 an area of 37,229.29 ha was set-aside for conservation.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      18. Maps of estates/management units?

      KML files are available for all of the company's oil palm operations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      19. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      21. Number of company-owned mills?

      22 - The company owns 22 mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

      Names and locations are available for all of the company's 22 mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      12 of the 22 mills (55%) only source from company-owned operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      92.8% of all FFB sourced by company-owned mills comes from company-owned operations.

    • 25. Number of third party supplying mills?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 29. 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 it is not applicable to this company.

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

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

    • 31. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      32. 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

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

      100% of supply is traceable to plantation level. an additional point has been added due to the company's RSPO Identity Preserved certifications for nine of its mills.

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

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      35. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

      The company has one refinery in production which sourced 100% of its CPO from company-owned operations in 2019. This information has not been externally verified.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      36. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

      [Externally verified] The company publishes traceability data for all three KCPs (SAFACAM, SOGB and Okomu Oil Palm PLC) which is 100% traceable to mills. 100% of supply comes from company owned mills which are 100% traceable to plantation level, thus crusher supply is 100% traceable to plantation.

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    8.68 / 16 54.3%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 3 66.7%
    • Practice: 4.7 / 11 42.6%
    • Self-reported: 1.7 / 11 15.3%
    • External: 3 / 11 27.3%
    • Certified: 0 / 11 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2,004 - The company became a member of the RSPO in 2004.

    • N
      0 / 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?

      2,011 - The company joined the RSPO in 2004 and became certified in 2011.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company submitted a 2020 ACOP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Indonesia (Aceh), Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Sao Tome & Principe, Sierra Leone.

    • P
      0.32 / 1

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

      31.94% - The company has 31.94% of its landbank RSPO certified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      42. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      50% - 11 of the company's 22 mills are certified (50%).

    • 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?

      2,024 - The company reports a plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of estates and mills by 2024.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      44. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of all palm product processing facilities?

      2,024 - The company reports a plan for achieving 100% RSPO certification of all palm product processing facilities by 2024.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      0% - The company reports that 0% of scheme/plasma smallholders (ha) are RSPO-certified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      2,027 - The company has a commitment but it is set to be achieved within 5 years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      0% - None of the FFB supply (tonnes) from independent smallholders/outgrowers/third-party FFB suppliers is RSPO-certified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.86 / 1

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

      The company sells 86% of palm oil through Segregated or Identity Preserved supply chains.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports to Process/trade 0% of RSPO-certified palm oil through Segregated or Identity Preserved supply chains.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has multiple certificates of ISO 14001 and Bio-Organic certification.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    10.82 / 18 60.1%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 6.5 / 10 65%
    • Practice: 4.3 / 6 72%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 6 16.7%
    • External: 0 / 6 0%
    • Certified: 3.3 / 6 55.3%
    • N
      0 / 1

      54. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      55. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      The reports the implementation of a zero deforestation policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      56. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

      The company reports the implementation of a zero deforestation policy. This applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company uses HCV and HCS definitions. The cut-off date for this commitment is March 2017.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      58. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports to monitor logging to prevent illegal activity, no details are provided.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      59. Evidence of monitoring deforestation in supplier operations?

      The company only states that it monitors the implementation of its responsible sourcing policy, however no details about how monitoring is conducted are provided (e.g. extent of area, timeframe). Evidence is four years old.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports a commitment to ""supporting restoration of such areas if they are degraded"". The cut-off date for this commitment is March 2017.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports a commitment to ""supporting restoration of such areas if they are degraded"". The cut-off date for this commitment is March 2017. This applies to all suppliers.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      64. 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      65. Biodiversity policy?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      66. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.32 / 1

      67. 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 identified species of concern using the IUCN system in its HCV reports.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also report to have reforestation programs and that it is restoring riparian zones.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      69. 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 our management". As this is not a commitment to no hunting of all species or only sustainable hunting by local communities, only partial points can be awarded.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to "protecting wildlife and rare, threatened, endangered and critically endangered species from poaching, hunting and habitat loss in areas under our management". This applies to all suppliers. As this is not a commitment to no hunting of all species or only sustainable hunting by local communities, only partial points can be awarded.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    10.25 / 15 68.3%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 6 / 8 75%
    • Practice: 4.3 / 7 60.7%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 7 10.7%
    • External: 3.5 / 7 50%
    • Certified: 0 / 7 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      71. 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. The company also makes this commitment independently.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's own commitment extends to suppliers.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] HCV assessments are available for PT Socfindo (2016), Okomu Extension 1 (2016), Okomu Extension 2 (2016) and PSG (2017), but it is not clear whether they cover all new plantings.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Management and monitoring recommendations are included in all HCV reports, however, it is unclear if reports cover all new plantings since 2015.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      76. 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.

    • N
      0 / 1

      77. 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?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has four satisfactory HCV assessments under the company Socfin and its subsidiary Okomu.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      79. 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 makes this commitment independently.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach applies to all suppliers.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      81. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

      Carbon stock assessments for Okomu and PSG are available on the company's dashboard. These are not available on the HCVRN website. The Okomu and PSG assessments are not alliable, there is one Socfin entry for SAFACAM with the status of 'HCVN ALS Evaluation Withdrawn'.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      83. 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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      85. 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
    10.82 / 20 54.1%
    • Organisation: 1.5 / 5 30%
    • Policy: 7 / 8 87.5%
    • Practice: 2.3 / 7 33.1%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 7 0%
    • External: 0 / 7 0%
    • Certified: 2.3 / 7 33.1%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      86. 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 makes this commitment independently.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's own commitment applies to all suppliers.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      1,905 - The company does not report on this, however its's Indonesian subsidiary reports owning 1,905 hectares of oil palm planted on peat. As this does not cover up all of the peatland across all of the company's operations, partial points have been awarded.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.32 / 1

      92. 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

      93. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company commits to ""prohibition on the use of fire"".

    • Y
      1 / 1

      94. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits to ""prohibition on the use of fire"". This applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 2

      95. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company has a commitment to reduce GHG emissions but it is neither intensity-based or time-bound.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      99. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports GHG emissions intensity (T CO2e/ T CPO) for each of its subsidiaries separately.

    • N
      0 / 1

      100. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • N
      0 / 1

      101. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company has no commitment to work towards and for six out of nine subsidiaries emissions intensity increased in 2020 from 2018 levels.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The company uses the RSPO PalmGHG calculator.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    18.28 / 25 73.1%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 10 / 11 90.9%
    • Practice: 6.3 / 12 52.3%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 12 0%
    • External: 0 / 12 0%
    • Certified: 6.3 / 12 52.3%
    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company set a target for water consumption water use to be below 2 m3/T FFB. This target has not been reported since 2017. The target is not time-bound but every year since it has been below this threshold, therefore only partial points can be awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      105. Water use intensity?

      1.1 - The company reports water use intensity across palm oil operations to be 1.10 m3/T FFB in 2020.

    • N
      0 / 1

      106. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports water use intensity figures but not against a target that has been published in the last three years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company states that it is within legal limits but does not publish figures. The company only states within it is within legal limits but does not specify what those limits are, thus no points.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.32 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also states that all palm oil mills are equipped with treatment facilities so all water is treated before discharge.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      111. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company commits to protect and restore riparian buffer zones and wetlands.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.32 / 1

      112. 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

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

      The company commits to minimise its use of chemical and agrochemicals.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      114. 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, but not fertiliser use.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      115. Commitment to no use of paraquat?

      The company commits to ""eliminate the use of Paraquat"".

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to ""eliminate the use of Paraquat"". This applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports a commitment to eliminate the use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides but in its sustainability report it states to still use some 1B chemical in exceptional circumstances.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports a commitment to eliminate the use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides. This applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to the prohibition of ""chemicals on the Stockholm POP and Rotterdam PIC lists"".

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to the prohibition of ""chemicals on the Stockholm POP and Rotterdam PIC lists"". This applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company details pesticides used, toxic products used and organic fertiliser used.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.32 / 1

      122. 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 reports it uses empty fruit bunches and leaves felled palm roots to decompose in order to reduce its reliance on inorganic fertilisers.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.32 / 1

      123. 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 makes this commitment independently.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports its own waste management system which involves using an Environmental Management System, HSE guidelines, PPE and training sessions for employees.

  • 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: 1 / 9 11.1%
    • Certified: 8 / 9 88.9%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      125. Commitment to human rights?

      The company commits to 'respect and support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights'.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      126. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company's policy applies to its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      127. Progress on human rights commitment?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to respect local communities and indigenous rights, referencing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. However as this is only referenced in relation to FPIC, partial points have been awarded.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to respect local communities and indigenous rights, referencing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This applies to all suppliers. However as this is only referenced in relation to FPIC, partial points have been awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to respecting both legal and customary land rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to respect ""land access rights and tenure by local and indigenous communities"".

    • Y
      1 / 1

      132. 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 makes this commitment independently.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's policy applies to its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      134. 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

      135. 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.

    • N
      0 / 1

      136. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company reports to hold workshops and awareness sessions on the discrimination of women.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      138. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company makes a commitment to contribute to local food security however it is unclear if this is beyond the provision of palm oil for domestic consumption.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      139. 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

      140. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company commits to 'encourage long-term collaboration to implement projects with the local communities in order to increase social impact: social life, health, education, etc.'.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company provides multiple examples spanning education, healthcare and support obtaining water and electricity.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to collaborate with local partners.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to the ILO conventions.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's policy applies to its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      145. 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. The company also reports progress in its sustainability report.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's policy applies to suppliers however the commitment itself is unclear.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank. The company also reports that it has put in place internal policies and organised workshops and awareness sessions for certain countries which ""favour one gender for a specific position"".

    • Y
      1 / 1

      149. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      2.99% - The company reported that 2.99% of employees in 2020 were temporary workers. It also reports 10.9% are 'daily workers' and 18.9% 'subcontractors'. These figures are for the whole Group, and not just palm oil operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      150. Percentage or number of women employees?

      5,300 (18%) - The company reports in 2020 that its direct employees 'consisted of more than 5,300 women and 24,100 men. In 2020, women thus represented 18% of direct employees' and that of the total number of direct, temporary and daily employees, women represent more than 25% of the workforce.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      151. Commitment to pay a Decent 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 DLW, thus partial points.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      152. Commitment to pay a Decent 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." This applies to all suppliers. This is not a clear commitment that all workers are paid a DLW, thus partial points.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      153. Progress on commitment to pay a Decent Living wage?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      154. Reporting of salary by gender?

      The company reports the minimum wage of all subsidiaries is legally set and equal among genders. However, reporting of figures or ratio of the basic salary of women in line with men is not published.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company makes this commitment in its Policy for Responsible Management.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's policy applies to its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      157. Provision of personal 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

      158. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      12.95 - The company reports it has achieved an 'average bodily accident rate of 12.95 injuries/200,000 working hours (or 100 employees)' in 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      6 - In 2020 the company reported it experienced six fatalities, including daily workers, contractors and others.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    4.5 / 16 28.1%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2.5 / 6 41.7%
    • Practice: 2 / 10 20%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 10 0%
    • External: 0 / 10 0%
    • Certified: 2 / 10 20%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      160. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company commits to support smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Programme to support scheme/plasma smallholders?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      163. Programme to support independent smallholders?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports it requires compliance to its responsible management policy from suppliers and provides training and assists with decision making.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      167. 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 criteria for exclusion is unclear and timeframes are not published. It also states that in the event of blatant reluctance, smallholders can be banned from the Group's suppliers' list.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • 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: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 1 / 2 50%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      176. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company has an Employee and Corporate Code of Ethics.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a Supplier Code of Ethics.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company has a Whistleblowing Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a grievance procedure which is open to all stakeholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      182. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      The grievance log is available through the company's Transparency dashboard.

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