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United Plantations Bhd

Palm oil assessment
  • Latest update: November 2021
  • Next scheduled: November 2022

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  • Parent company:
    United International Enterprises Ltd
  • Landbank (oil palm)
    58,755 hectares
  • Market cap:
    1,403,000,000 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    UTPS.KL
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    UPL MK
  • ISIN:
    MYL2089OO000
  • Sedol:
    6917148
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Website:

Company assessment: United Plantations Bhd – November 2021

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 86.2% 158.62 / 184
  • Organisation: 34 / 37 91.9%
  • Policy: 68.5 / 76 90.1%
  • Practice: 56.1 / 71 79%
  • Self-reported: 7.2 / 71 10.2%
  • External: 18.5 / 71 26.1%
  • Certified: 30.4 / 71 42.8%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    8.5 / 11 77.3%
    • Organisation: 6 / 6 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 0.5 / 3 16.7%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 3 16.7%
    • External: 0 / 3 0%
    • 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 on the basis of the company's RSPO-certified landbank( ≥75%)and a further commitment to be 100% certified within 5 years. The company also has published policies regarding the sustainability of palm oil independently.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Suppliers are required to commit to the company's Environment and Biodiversity Policy and Responsible Sourcing Policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company has a Group Sustainability Committee, led by the 'Group Manager Human Resources, Sustainability & Safety' with the overall sustainability objectives, targets and priorities being the responsibility of the Executive Committee headed by the Chief Executive Director.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The Chief Executive Director sits on the Group Sustainability Committee.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 (0%) - The company states that Senior Management only comprise the Executive Directors, of which none are women.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      1 (9%) - The company's board of directors is made up of 10 males and one female.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states it has collaborated with Copenhagen Zoo since 2010 to help them to build "an in-house capacity to manage conservation and nurture our more than 7,500Ha jungle reserves under our Group's landbank" however the details of this collaboration are unclear.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company published a sustainability report in 2020, and can also be found integrated with its annual report.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company answered the CDP Climate Change 2021 and Forests 2020 questionnaire.

    • 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?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    23 / 27 85.2%
    • Organisation: 16 / 17 94.1%
    • Policy: 1 / 2 50%
    • Practice: 6 / 8 75%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 8 0%
    • External: 2 / 8 25%
    • Certified: 4 / 8 50%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      58,755 - The company reports the total area of 63,074 ha which covers oil palm (including plasma smallholders) and coconut in 2020 annual and sustainability reports. A palm oil specific figure of 58,755 ha is reported in the company's 2020 ACOP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Total oil palm planted area (ha)?

      46,645 - The company reports the total area planted with oil palm in its 2020 annual and sustainability reports.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1,314 - The company reports the total area under scheme smallholders in its RSPO ACOP and on its website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      450 - The company reports the total unplanted area managed for oil palm in its 2020 RSPO ACOP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      7,939 - The company reports the total area managed for conservation in its most recent RSPO ACOP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      18. Maps of estates/management units?

      In 2020 the company reports that it has either acquired new concession sites or concession sites have changed ownership since then, so it is unclear if maps submitted to the RSPO cover all of the company's current operations. After correspondence with the company and due to a change in the information reported in the 2020 ACOP, full points have now been awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      19. Maps of scheme/plasma smallholders?

      The company has published a map of its plasma scheme smallholders estates.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company provides names and coordinates of FFB suppliers to one subsidiary only (PT SSS) and no maps/shapefiles are available.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      21. Number of company-owned mills?

      5 - The company reports it owns 5 mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Names and locations of company-owned mills?

      The company reports the coordinates of its 5 mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1 of 5 company-owned mills source from 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?

      4/5 mills source only from company-owned plantations, and the remaining mill sources 81.25% from company-owned plantations and the rest from third parties.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      25. Number of third party supplying mills?

      8 - The company reports 8 direct third-party supplying mills supplying CPO and PK.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has 8 third-party direct supplying mills. The company reports the locations of its indirect supplying mills and it is unclear if the direct supplying mills are included.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      All supplying mills source from their own plantations.

    • Y
      1 / 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?

      100% of third party mill supply comes from the third party mills' own operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      3.75% of raw material sourced by the company's refinery comes from intermediary traders/refiners.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has achieved 100% traceability to mill level.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

      31. Percentage of supply traceable to mill level?

      The company states that 100% of supply can be traced back to mill level. Data is verified by RSPO Identity Preserved Certification.

    • N
      0 / 1

      32. Time-bound commitment to achieve 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 the supply to company-owned mills is traceable to plantation level.

    • N
      0 / 2

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

      The company states ""we source significant volumes of CPKO from external Kernel Crushing Plant (KCP) of which the main portion only can be traced back to the Palm Oil Mills (POMs)."" It is not clear how much of the supply from third-party mills is traceable to plantation level.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      35. Publishes traceability data at refinery level?

      [Externally verified] 100% of CPO is traceable to plantation at refinery level, and 20.71% of CPKO supply can be traced to plantation level.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      36. Publishes traceability data at crusher level?

      [Externally verified] The company states ""All Crude Palm Kernel Oil (CPKO) derived from UP's own production of Palm Kernel (PK) can be traced back to the plantations"".

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    12.48 / 17 73.4%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 3 / 3 100%
    • Practice: 7.5 / 12 62.3%
    • Self-reported: 3 / 12 24.8%
    • External: 4.5 / 12 37.5%
    • Certified: 0 / 12 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 2,004 - The company has been a member since 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?

      [Externally verified] 2,008 - The company's first certification was achieved in 2008.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has submitted its 2020 ACOP.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company operates in Malaysia (Perak, Selangor) and Indonesia (Central Kalimantan).

    • P
      0.77 / 1

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

      77% - 44377 ha of land is certified making up 77.26% of the company's operations. This figure excludes scheme smallholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      42. Percentage of mills RSPO-certified?

      [Externally verified] 100% - All 5 company 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?

      2,023 - The company commits to achieve this goal by 2023.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      2,008 - The company's 2020 ACOP states 2008.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      0% - No scheme smallholders are currently 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?

      2,023 - The company commits to achieve this by 2023.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      0% - No FFB from independent smallholders/outgrowers/third-party FFB in 2020.

    • P
      0.72 / 1

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

      71.91% - The company reports 71.91% of its sourced palm oil was RSPO certified in 2020.

    • P
      0.77 / 1

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

      The company reports a total volume of 231,061.03 tonnes of CSPO and CSPK sold under the Segregated and Identity Preserved systems.

    • P
      0.72 / 1

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

      The company reports a total volume of 232,436 tonnes of RSPO-certified palm oil and oil palm products sourced under the Segregated and Identity Preserved systems in 2020.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company states "We are pleased to announce that we have successfully obtained the ISPO initial certificate for the entire HGU* area of 6717.62ha in August 2019 and subsequent Annual Surveillance Audits are ongoing." A ISPO certificate for PT Surya Sawit Sejati is available from the company's website, as the company is not 100% certified, partial points have been awarded.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      52. Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified?

      [Externally verified] All company mills and estates in Malaysia are MSPO certified, however the company's newly acquired plantation, Tanarata Estate, is not yet certified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    13.27 / 18 73.7%
    • Organisation: 1 / 2 50%
    • Policy: 8 / 10 80%
    • Practice: 4.3 / 6 71.2%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 6 8.3%
    • External: 0 / 6 0%
    • Certified: 3.8 / 6 62.8%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      54. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

      The company reports to ""ensure no conversion of all natural ecosystems including not to operate or develop within international or nationally designated protected areas"".

    • Y
      1 / 1

      55. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      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 5 years. The company also makes this commitment separately.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      56. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

      The company's own policy also applies to its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      57. Criteria and cut-off date 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 5 years.

    • 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.

    • N
      0 / 1

      59. Evidence of monitoring deforestation in supplier operations?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 - The company reports 0 non-compliant deforestation across its operations since 2010. This information was last updated in December 2020.

    • 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 commits to ""restoration or rehabilitation of non-compliant deforestation or HCV loss in our plantations and the similar commitment applies for our direct and indirect suppliers"".

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to ""restoration or rehabilitation of non-compliant deforestation or HCV loss in our plantations and the similar commitment applies for our direct and indirect suppliers"".

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      64. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

      The company provides some examples of activities it has carried out within the landscape which it reports was updated in December 2020. However these examples are not clearly part of a wider landscape approach, thus partial points.

    • N
      0 / 1

      65. Biodiversity policy?

      The company only has individual commitments relating to biodiversity but no overarching commitment and no target.

    • N
      0 / 1

      66. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.77 / 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 IUCN Red List classifications.

    • 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 provides multiple examples of efforts to conserve habitats and species.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published a commitment to no hunting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company extends its own policy to suppliers also.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    10 / 10 100%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 8 / 8 100%
    • Practice: 2 / 2 100%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 2 / 2 100%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      71. 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 5 years. 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 its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] An assessment and associated management and monitoring plan is available for PT Surya Sawit Sejati on the RSPO website.

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

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

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

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

    • 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 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 5 years. The company also makes this commitment independently.

    • Y
      1 / 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?

      The company's own commitment is extended to suppliers.

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      79. 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 5 years. 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 own policy is extended to its suppliers.

    • 81. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is: only a processor/trader; or has had no new planting since April 2015, unless it has undertaken HCS assessments that are not for new planting; or all new planting is since November 2017 AND has all been covered under combined HCV-HCS assessments.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      83. 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 5 years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's own commitment also applies to its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] SEIAs are included in the RSPO NPP for PT Surya Sawit Sejati.

  • Peat, fire and GHG emissions Peat, fire and GHG emissions
    18.54 / 19 97.6%
    • Organisation: 4 / 4 100%
    • Policy: 8 / 8 100%
    • Practice: 6.5 / 7 93.4%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 7 14.3%
    • External: 2 / 7 28.6%
    • Certified: 3.5 / 7 50.6%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      86. 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 5 years. 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 policy applies to its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      5,411.24 (12%) - The company reports the area planted on peat as 5,411.24 ha or 11.6% of its total planted landbank in its 2020 annual report.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company reports it has not planted on peat since 2010. It's landbank on peat increased in 2019 however this is due to new plantation acquisitions. The slight decrease in 2020 is due to re-assessing the peat area at the newly acquired brownfield plantation, Tanarata Estate. The company's landbank planted on peat has been verified by KPMG.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      90. 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 5 years. The company also makes this commitment independently.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's own commitment is extended to its suppliers.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.77 / 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 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 5 years. The company also makes this commitment independently.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      94. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      The company's own policy also applies to suppliers.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.77 / 1

      95. 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 reports examples of fire monitoring and management in its annual report.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      In 2020, 1.06 ha of its planted areas was burnt.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      13.2 - The company reports 13.2 ha of the outer ring ( ?500 m adjacent to concession) of grassland was burnt.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to reduce the GHGs per MT of refined palm oil by 60% before 2025, compared to 2004 levels.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      99. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports a figure of 1.96 kg CO2-eq./kg neutralised. bleached and deodorized (NBD) oil in 2020.

    • 100. GHG emissions from land use change?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      101. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      [Externally verified] The company reports that GHG emissions (excluding iLUC & nature conservation) have reduced from 3.54 kg CO2-eq./kg neutralised, bleached and deodorized (NBD) oil in 2004 to 1.7 kg CO2-eq./kg NBD oil in 2020. When iLUC is included, the figures reduce from 3.81 to 1.96.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. 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 5 years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      All 5 company-owned mills have methane capture.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    20.33 / 25 81.3%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 8 / 11 72.7%
    • Practice: 10.3 / 12 86.1%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 12 6.3%
    • External: 1.5 / 12 12.5%
    • Certified: 8.1 / 12 67.3%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      105. Water use intensity?

      Water use intensity for company mills is reported as 1.7 MT water/MT FFB processed in Malaysia and 1.1 MT water/MT FFB processed in Indonesia in 2020.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      106. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      [Externally verified] The company reports water use intensity for its mills over the last three years, however it is not improving. KPMG have verified the mill water consumption figures.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] BOD figures are verified as being within legal limits, but this does not cover all of the company's operations.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.77 / 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 reports that it treats POME.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company states that it treats PORE. This information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      111. 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 5 years.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.77 / 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 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 5 years.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      115. 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 5 years. The company states it has done a total phase-out since 2010.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's own commitment also extends to suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      117. 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 5 years. The company states it has done a total phase-out since 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's own commitment also extends to suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      119. 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 5 years. The company also makes this commitment independently.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Suppliers are required to adhere to the company's own policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports chemical usage per tonne of palm oil produced, as well as reduction of overall herbicide usage (kg a.i./ha/year).

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.77 / 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 also states it utilises oil palm residues as fertiliser on its plantations.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.77 / 1

      123. 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

      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.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    31.75 / 34 93.4%
    • Organisation: 3 / 4 75%
    • Policy: 20 / 21 95.2%
    • Practice: 8.8 / 9 97.2%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 9 0%
    • External: 0.8 / 9 8.3%
    • Certified: 8 / 9 88.9%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      125. 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 5 years. The company also makes this commitment independently.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      126. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company's own Human Rights Policy extends to 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      128. 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 5 years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company applies its own Human Rights Policy, which references the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      130. 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 5 years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's policy extends to its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      132. 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 5 years. 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 extends 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). 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 5 years. The company has also published its FPIC process on its website.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      135. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      [Externally verified] The company only states that it engages with various stakeholders in and around its areas of operation, and "Our engagement approach varies from formal to informal. All enquiries by stakeholders are recorded and monitored in order to resolve any ongoing issues". Limited details are provided. The company website states the same information but is undated. The company has multiple RSPO audit reports with examples of stakeholder meetings with local communities but do not explain how they prevent conflicts and therefore only partial points can be awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      136. 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 5 years. The company has also published its Standard Operating Procedure for land conflicts.

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      138. 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 5 years.

    • 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 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 5 years. The company also makes this commitment independently.

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      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 5 years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      143. 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 5 years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes these commitments across its Human Rights Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct.

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      146. 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 5 years. The company also makes this commitment independently.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's own policy extends to suppliers.

    • 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.

    • 149. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      150. Percentage or number of women employees?

      12.9% - The company reports 12.92% of its workforce across the whole group is female.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      151. Commitment to pay a Decent Living 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 5 years.

    • N
      0 / 1

      152. Commitment to pay a Decent Living wage applies to all suppliers?

    • 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.

    • N
      0 / 1

      154. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. 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 5 years. The company also makes this commitment independently.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's policy extends 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?

      117.2 - The company reports a Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) of 8.31 and 117.2 accidents per million man hours for its Malaysian and Indonesian operations respectively.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      4 - The company reports four fatal accidents in 2020 across both its Indonesian and Malaysian operations.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    14.75 / 16 92.2%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 5.5 / 6 91.7%
    • Practice: 9.3 / 10 92.5%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 10 15%
    • External: 5.8 / 10 57.5%
    • Certified: 2 / 10 20%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      160. 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 5 years. The company also makes this commitment independently.

    • 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. The company also reports its support for smallholders in its annual report.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company states it has 815 smallholders that are managed by the company and participating in the Plasma scheme.

    • 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.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      134 - The company reports that 134 smallholders attended a Smallholders Field Day in 2019 where they were given training on various best management practices.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Supplier compliance is assessed using a self-assessment questionnaire and then suppliers are placed into low, medium or high risk categories.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 100% - All upstream and downstream suppliers were assessed in 2019. The data has been verified by KPMG.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      167. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company requests for suppliers to implement corrective measures using a 60 day time-bound action plan. If the supplier is still unable/unwilling to conform to the company's policy then the relationship is terminated.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that "In the event that any suppliers violating or breaching the above policies or our Supplier Code of Conduct and thereby is viewed as a high-risk supplier (self-assessment scores below 50%), UP/Unitata/UniFuji shall immediately request for corrective measures to be implemented with a 60 days time-bound action plan and further engagement to ensure the suppliers live up to our Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy. We will moreover through dialogue and cooperation, encourage, and coach the supplier to implement the action plan by providing necessary support to see how challenges can be overcome and implemented for positive change. If a supplier is unable or unwilling to take the necessary actions to conform to the expectations outlined in our policy, UP/Unitata/UniFuji will as a last resort terminate its commercial relationship with the supplier." However, compliance is determined based on self-assessment by suppliers only.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company verifies compliance through self-assessment Questionnaires only, that are sent to all suppliers annually. It is also not clear if indirect suppliers are also assessed. Through this process the company states that 100% of suppliers are categorised as 'low risk'. Based on this, the company takes no further action to verify compliance.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company currently has no high risk suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company provides examples of training sessions for high risk suppliers, and this has been verified by KPMG.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company currently has no high risk mills, but provides examples of past engagement with non-compliance to its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy for mills, and has a procedure for engaging high risk mills when they are identified through the self-assessment questionnaire.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company uses self assessment questionnaires to evaluate whether its suppliers are high, medium or low risk.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Supplying mills are assessed annually, and this has been externally verified by KPMG.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] No supplying mills were high risk in 2020, as determined through a self-assessment questionnaire. This has been verified by KPMG. This data is reported annually by the company.

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

      176. 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 5 years. The company also makes this commitment independently.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's own policy also applies to suppliers.

    • 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. Additionally, the company has appointed an Internal Audit Officer who is responsible for anti-corruption compliance, anti-bribery training is conducted in all operating units, and a risk assessment was conducted which resulted in the introduction of procedures to minimise corruption.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published a comprehensive tax risk management policy detailing how risks are calculated and who is responsible.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. 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 5 years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company adheres to this criteria 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 5 years. The company has published its procedures for dealing with grievances from external and internal stakeholders.

    • N
      0 / 1

      182. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      The company only provides a summary of land dispute cases from 2018-2020.

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