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Timber and pulp assessment
  • Latest update: August 2022
  • Next scheduled: July 2023

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Company assessment: Africa Sustainable Investment – August 2022

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 2.8% 5.38 / 190
  • Organisation: 1 / 41 2.4%
  • Policy: 0 / 78 0%
  • Practice: 4.4 / 71 6.2%
  • Self-reported: 0 / 71 0%
  • External: 4.4 / 71 6.2%
  • Certified: 0 / 71 0%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    0.75 / 12 6.3%
    • Organisation: 0 / 6 0%
    • Policy: 0 / 2 0%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 4 18.8%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 4 0%
    • External: 0.8 / 4 18.8%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

      1. Sustainable forestry policy or commitment for all its operations?

    • N
      0 / 1

      2. Sustainable forestry policy or commitment applies to all suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company is a member of UFIGA.

    • N
      0 / 1

      8. Collaboration with stakeholders to reduce negative environmental or social outcomes associated with timber and pulp production?

    • N
      0 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • N
      0 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

    • N
      0 / 1

      11. Climate risks assessment available?

    • N
      0 / 1

      12. Natural capital assessment available?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    2.4 / 29 8.3%
    • Organisation: 1 / 21 4.8%
    • Policy: 0 / 2 0%
    • Practice: 1.4 / 6 23.3%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 6 0%
    • External: 1.4 / 6 23.3%
    • Certified: 0 / 6 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

      13. Lists countries and operations?

      OTP states that the company operates in Gabon, but the extent of the operation is unclear.

    • N
      0 / 1

      14. Lists countries sourcing from?

    • N
      0 / 1

      15. Total area of natural forest designated for wood/wood fibre production (ha)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      16. Total area of forest plantation (ha)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      17. Area of plantation/natural forest within outgrower schemes (ha)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      18. Unplanted (areas designated for future development as plantation forest) (ha)?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      20. Area of Intact Forest Landscape (ha)?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      21. Number of Forest Management Units (FMUs)?

      1 - Open Timber Portal has specified that the company has 1 FMU but it is unclear if this represents all operations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      22. Maps of forest management units (FMUs)?

      OTP has provided a map of FMU however, it is unclear if this represents all operations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      23. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

    • N
      0 / 1

      24. Monitoring of forest management plan implementation available?

    • P
      0.67 / 1

      25. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on use right (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      [Externally verified] The company has 67% of valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on use right. Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance here: http://www.opentimberportal.org/operators.

    • P
      0.33 / 1

      26. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on forest management (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      [Externally verified] The company has 33% of valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on forest management. Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance here: http://www.opentimberportal.org/operators.

    • P
      0.4 / 1

      27. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on timber harvesting (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      [Externally verified] The company has 40% of valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on timber harvesting. Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance here: http://www.opentimberportal.org/operators.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      29. Number of company owned sawmills?

    • N
      0 / 1

      30. Names and locations of company owned sawmills?

    • N
      0 / 1

      31. Number of company-owned pulp and paper mills?

    • N
      0 / 1

      32. Names and locations of company-owned pulp and paper mills?

    • N
      0 / 1

      33. Reports total volumes (or percentages) sourced by company-owned sawmills that come from company's own operations and third-parties?

    • N
      0 / 1

      34. Reports total volumes (or percentages) sourced by company-owned pulp and paper mills that come from company's own operations and third-parties?

    • N
      0 / 1

      35. Number of third party supplying mills?

    • N
      0 / 1

      36. Names and locations of all third party supplying mills?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      38. Procedures to trace raw materials to country of harvest?

    • N
      0 / 1

      39. Percentage of supply traceable to country of harvest?

    • N
      0 / 1

      40. Procedures to trace raw materials to FMU level?

    • N
      0 / 1

      41. Percentage of supply traceable to FMU level?

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    0 / 9 0%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 0 / 4 0%
    • Practice: 0 / 5 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 5 0%
    • External: 0 / 5 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 5 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

      42. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% third-party legality verification of FMUs or achieved?

    • N
      0 / 1

      43. Percentage area (ha) verified as being in legal compliance by a third party?

    • N
      0 / 1

      44. Time-bound plan to source only wood/wood fibre that is in legal compliance verified by a third party?

    • N
      0 / 1

      45. Percentage of all wood/wood fibre supply traded/processed verified as being in legal compliance by a third party?

    • N
      0 / 1

      46. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

    • N
      0 / 1

      47. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% FSC FM certification of FMUs or achieved 100% FSC-certification of FMUs?

    • N
      0 / 1

      48. Percentage of wood/wood fibre supply (tonnes) from all suppliers that comes from FSC FM certified areas?

    • N
      0 / 1

      49. Commitment to source only wood/wood fibre that meets FSC Controlled Wood and/or PEFC Controlled Sources requirements?

    • N
      0 / 1

      50. Percentage area (ha) PEFC certified (excluding FSC certified area)?

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    0 / 25 0%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 0 / 15 0%
    • Practice: 0 / 8 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 8 0%
    • External: 0 / 8 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 8 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

      51. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      53. Commitment to zero deforestation?

    • N
      0 / 1

      54. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 1

      55. Criteria and cut-off date for defining deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      60. Commitment to restoration of deforestation/conversion?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      62. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

    • N
      0 / 1

      63. Biodiversity policy?

    • N
      0 / 1

      64. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 2

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      69. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities?

    • N
      0 / 1

      70. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities applies to all suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 2

      71. Evidence of protecting forest areas from illegal activities?

    • N
      0 / 1

      72. Commitment to no use of genetically modified organisms?

    • N
      0 / 1

      73. Commitment to no use of genetically modified organisms applies to all suppliers?

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    0.33 / 12 2.8%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 0 / 6 0%
    • Practice: 0.3 / 6 5.5%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 6 0%
    • External: 0.3 / 6 5.5%
    • Certified: 0 / 6 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      76. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

    • N
      0 / 1

      77. High Conservation Value (HCV) management and monitoring plans available?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      80. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.33 / 1

      85. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on impact assessments (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      [Externally verified] The company has 33% of valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on impact assessments. Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance here: http://www.opentimberportal.org/operators.

  • Soils, fire and GHG emissions Soils, fire and GHG emissions
    0 / 23 0%
    • Organisation: 0 / 5 0%
    • Policy: 0 / 10 0%
    • Practice: 0 / 8 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 8 0%
    • External: 0 / 8 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 8 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 2

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      93. Commitment to reduced impact logging?

    • N
      0 / 1

      94. Commitment to reduced impact logging applies to all suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 2

      95. Evidence of implementing reduced impact logging practices?

    • N
      0 / 1

      96. Commitment to zero burning?

    • N
      0 / 1

      97. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 2

      98. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      100. Details/number of hotspots/fires in suppliers operations?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      102. GHG emissions intensity?

    • N
      0 / 1

      103. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • N
      0 / 1

      104. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

    • N
      0 / 1

      105. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    0 / 24 0%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 0 / 9 0%
    • Practice: 0 / 13 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 13 0%
    • External: 0 / 13 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 13 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      107. Water use intensity?

    • N
      0 / 1

      108. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

    • N
      0 / 1

      109. Time-bound commitment to improve water quality (BOD or COD)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      110. Progress towards commitment on water quality (BOD or COD)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      111. Treatment of pulp and paper mill effluent?

    • N
      0 / 1

      112. Evidence of sawmill run-off containment and wastewater treatment?

    • N
      0 / 1

      113. Proportion of processing facilities with closed-loop water treatment system?

    • N
      0 / 1

      114. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • N
      0 / 2

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      118. Evidence of eliminating chlorine and chlorine compounds for bleaching?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 2

      124. Implementation of commitment to reduce chemical usage?

    • N
      0 / 2

      125. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    0.9 / 39 2.3%
    • Organisation: 0 / 5 0%
    • Policy: 0 / 21 0%
    • Practice: 0.9 / 13 6.9%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 13 0%
    • External: 0.9 / 13 6.9%
    • Certified: 0 / 13 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

      127. Commitment to human rights?

    • N
      0 / 1

      128. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 1

      129. Progress on human rights commitment ?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      137. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

    • N
      0 / 1

      138. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • N
      0 / 1

      139. Supports the inclusion of women across forestry operations, including addressing barriers faced?

    • P
      0.4 / 1

      140. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on population rights (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      [Externally verified] The company has 40% of valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on population rights. Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance here: http://www.opentimberportal.org/operators.

    • N
      0 / 1

      141. Commitment to enable sustainable use of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) by local communities?

    • N
      0 / 1

      142. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities ?

    • N
      0 / 2

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      145. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on labour regulations (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      [Externally verified] The company has 50% of valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on labour regulations. Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance here: http://www.opentimberportal.org/operators.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 2

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      152. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • N
      0 / 1

      153. Percentage or number of women employees?

    • N
      0 / 1

      154. Commitment to pay a living wage?

    • N
      0 / 1

      155. Commitment to pay a living wage applies to all suplliers?

    • N
      0 / 1

      156. Progress on commitment to pay a living wage?

    • N
      0 / 1

      157. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • N
      0 / 1

      158. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 2

      160. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

    • N
      0 / 1

      161. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    0 / 8 0%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 0 / 4 0%
    • Practice: 0 / 4 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 4 0%
    • External: 0 / 4 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

      163. Commitment to support smallholders?

    • N
      0 / 1

      164. Programme to support outgrower scheme and/or independent smallholders?

    • N
      0 / 1

      165. Number or percentage of outgrower scheme and/or independent smallholders involved in programme?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      168. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 1

      169. Timebound action plans (including Key Performance Indicators) for suppliers to be in compliance with timber and pulp sourcing commitments?

    • N
      0 / 1

      170. Proportion of direct and indirect supply that comes from FMUs which are compliant with timber and pulp sourcing policies?

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    1 / 9 11.1%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 0 / 5 0%
    • Practice: 1 / 4 25%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 4 0%
    • External: 1 / 4 25%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

      171. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      174. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on legal registration (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      [Externally verified] The company has 100% valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on legal registration. Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance here: http://www.opentimberportal.org/operators.

    • N
      0 / 1

      175. Disclosure of the company’s management approach to tax and payments to governments?

    • N
      0 / 1

      176. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on taxes, fees and royalties (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      The company has 0% valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on taxes, fees, and royalties. Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance here: http://www.opentimberportal.org/operators.

    • N
      0 / 1

      177. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      179. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

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