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  • Next scheduled: July 2020

  • About this company:

    Established in 1972, Cameroon based timber producer Pallisco-CIFM

  • Landbank
    388,949 hectares
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Company assessment: Pallisco-CIFM – July 2019

Assessment date:

Total: 42.5% 37 / 87
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    3.5 / 8 43.8%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

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

      The company has an Environmental Policy and a Social Policy

    • 2. Sustainability policy or commitment applies to all sourcing?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it has no suppliers including outgrower scheme or independent suppliers

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company provides information about which teams are in charge of the implementation, but does not state who has high-level responsibility for sustainability (if anyone)

    • 4. One or more board members have responsibility for sustainability?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is not publicly listed

    • 5. Percentage or number of women board members?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is not publicly listed

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      7. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      8. Member of multiple industry schemes or other external initiatives to improve forest management or transparency?

      FSC, CAFTN (Forest and Trade Network in Central Africa), ATIBT, GFBC, GFTN

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      9. Activities with government, NGOs or academic institutions to improve the sustainability of forest products?

      Examples include the ZSL Wildlife Wood Project; GIZ / GFBC – Public Private Partnership project to fight HIV-AIDS in the forest sector; WWF – Network of Partnerships for sustainable forest management in Central Africa

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      10. Climate risks assessment available?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      11. Natural capital assessment available?

  • Landbank, mills and traceability Landbank, mills and traceability
    8.5 / 12 70.8%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      12. Lists countries and operations?

      The company is based in Douala. Forestry and industrial sites are located in the Mindourou area (between Abong -Mbang and Lomie). Logging concessions are located in the East Province of Cameroon

    • Yes
      1 / 1

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

      388,949 - The company reported a total forest area of 388,949 hectares in 2016

    • 14. Total area of forest plantation (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not produce wood/wood fibre from plantation forests

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it doesn't use outgrower schemes for wood/wood fibre production

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not produce wood/wood fibre from plantation forests

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      17. Conservation set-aside and/or HCV area (ha)?

      56,699 - Information from the Forest Management Plans ('series de conservation' and 'series de protection') summed to obtain total hectares

    • 18. Area of Intact Forest Landscape (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't have any intact forest landscapes within its landbank

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      19. Number of Forest Management Units (FMUs)?

      7

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      20. Maps of forest management units (FMUs)?

      Maps of the company's FMUs are available through WRI Global Forest Watch (under the group name Pallisco and LMF)

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      21. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      22. Monitoring of forest management plan implementation?

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      2.8% - Average score of Pallisco, LFM and Sodetrancam in this OTP category.
      Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance by clicking on the source link

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      44.4% - Average score of Pallisco, LFM and Sodetrancam in this OTP category.
      Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance by clicking on the source link

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      21.7% - Average score of Pallisco, LFM and Sodetrancam in this OTP category.
      Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance by clicking on the source link

    • 26. Number of company owned pulp and paper mills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not own pulp or paper mills

    • 27. Maps or addresses of company owned pulp and paper mills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not own pulp or paper mills

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      28. Number of company owned sawmills?

      2 - The company reports that it owns two primary transformation units (sawmills)

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      29. Maps or addresses of company owned sawmills?

    • 30. Number of supplier mills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it has no suppliers including outgrower scheme or independent suppliers

    • 31. Maps or addresses of supplier mills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it has no suppliers including outgrower scheme or independent suppliers

    • 32. Procedures to trace raw materials to country of harvest?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it has no suppliers including outgrower scheme or independent suppliers

    • 33. Procedures to trace raw materials to FMU level?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it has no suppliers including outgrower scheme or independent suppliers

    • 34. Percentage of supply traceable to country level (above 80%)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it has no suppliers including outgrower scheme or independent suppliers

    • 35. Percentage of supply traceable to FMU level (above 75%)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it has no suppliers including outgrower scheme or independent suppliers

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    4.5 / 10 45%
    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      36. Commitment to zero conversion of natural forest?

    • 37. Zero conversion commitment applies to all sourcing?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source wood/wood fibre from outgrowers or independent suppliers

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      38. Commitment to minimise the impact of logging roads?

      The company lists measures taken to minimise the impact of roads in its Forest Management Plans. However, no clear commitment could be identified

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      39. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities?

      The company only commits to protect forest areas from certain forms of illegal activities

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      40. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      41. Amount of deforestation recorded?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      42. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      44. Implementing a landscape-level approach to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      46. Commitment to sustainably manage the use of non-timber forest products (NTFPs)?

      The company states that to "reduce pressure on the fauna due to traditional hunting and poaching, various alternative measures have been successively carried out", including a "poultry farm, fish pond and employee grocery shop". The company's social policy also commits them to "seek alternative sources of protein to bush meat". A full commitment to sustainably manage the use of non-timber forest products could not be identified

    • 47. Commitment not to use genetically modified organisms?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not produce wood/wood fibre from plantation forests

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    3 / 6 50%
    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company does not have a direct commitment to conduct HCV assessments across all of its operations. However, the company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the destruction of High Conservation Values in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004). For this half points are awarded

    • 49. HCV commitment applies to all sourcing?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source wood/wood fibre from outgrowers or independent suppliers

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

      This indicator is disabled until sufficient number of HCV ALS licensed assessors are available for the location where the company operates

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      51. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not produce wood/wood fibre from plantation forests

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not produce wood/wood fibre from plantation forests

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that it will "adopt measures for the protection of the environment based on the results of environmental impact assessments". The company states that social impact assessments have been undertaken, but a commitment to carry out such assessments prior to all new development/planting could not be identified

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      56. Social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs) available?

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      11.1% - Average score of Pallisco, LFM and Sodetrancam in this OTP category.
      Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance by clicking on the source link

  • Soils, fire and GHGs Soils, fire and GHGs
    2 / 8 25%
    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      58. Commitment to best management practices for soils and/or peat?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      59. Commitment to reduced impact logging?

      The company states it uses Reduced Impact Logging (RIL) techniques, but does not have a full commitment to use RIL across all of its operations

    • 60. Commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not produce wood/wood fibre from plantation forests, and does not have landbank on peat

    • 61. Commitment on peatland planting applies to all sourcing?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not produce wood/wood fibre from plantation forests, and does not have landbank on peat

    • 62. Landbank or planted area on peat (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not have landbank on peat

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      63. Evidence of best management practices for soils and/or peat?

      The company has informed ZSL that it does not have landbank on peat

    • 64. Commitment to zero burning?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not produce wood/wood fibre from plantation forests

    • 65. Commitment to zero burning applies to all sourcing?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not produce wood/wood fibre from plantation forests, or from outgrowers or independent suppliers

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      66. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

      The company states that it provides training to combat fire for employees in its Forest Management Plans. No evidence of fire monitoring activities could be identified

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      67. Details/number of hotspots/fires in FMUs controlled by the company?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      68. Time-bound commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      69. Progress towards reducing GHG emission intensity?

    • 70. Report GHG emissions from land use change?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not produce wood/wood fibre from plantation forests

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      71. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

  • Water, chemical and waste management Water, chemical and waste management
    4 / 9 44.4%
    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      74. Commitment to protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company states that "stream shores, swamps and steep slopes are excluded from logging" and mentions in its management plans that 30-metre strips of forest are left both sides of bodies of water

    • 75. Evidence of treatment of pulp and paper mill effluent?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not own pulp or paper mills

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • 77. Time-bound commitment to improve water use intensity?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not own pulp or paper mills

    • 78. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not own pulp or paper mills

    • 79. Commitment to eliminate chlorine and chlorine compounds for bleaching?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not own pulp or paper mills

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that it will "improve the management of chemicals and minimize their impacts and use". However, it does not mention pesticides and fertilisers specifically

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      81. No use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides?

      The company states that only chemicals allowed under FSC and national legalisation and international conventions are in use

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      82. No use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention?

      The company states that only chemicals allowed under FSC and national legalisation and international conventions are in use

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      83. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states the amount of SARPAGRUM AF200T used per volume of wood produced. It is unclear whether any other chemical products are used by the company

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    7.5 / 21 35.7%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      85. Commitment to human rights, referencing the UN Declaration on Human Rights or UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the violation of human rights in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004), which defines human rights as those established through the UN Declaration of Human Rights

    • 86. Commitment to human rights applies to all sourcing?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source wood/wood fibre from outgrowers or independent suppliers

    • Yes
      1 / 1

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

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the violation of human rights in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004), which encompasses the rights of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples as established by the ILO Convention 169

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      88. Commitment to respect legal and customary property rights?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the violation of traditional rights in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004), which encompasses customary rights. This policy does not reference legal rights and no reference to legal rights could be found in company sources

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      The company has a commitment to consult with local populations to "inform, sensitize and resolve potential conflicts". A full commitment to apply FPIC across all operations could not be identified

    • 90. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source wood/wood fibre from outgrowers or independent suppliers

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      92. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      The company only provides one example of local stakeholder engagement

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      93. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      The company has established committees to "prevent and resolve potential conflicts", which cover all local villages within its concessions. However, limited detail is given and it is not clear whether or how the company addresses land conflicts

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      94. Commitment to support the inclusion of women across forestry operations, including addressing barriers faced?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      95. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      0% - Average score of Pallisco, LFM and Sodetrancam in this OTP category.
      Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance by clicking on the source link

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      97. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      98. Reference to Fundamental ILO Conventions?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004)

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      99. Commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment and occupation?

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      0% - Average score of Pallisco, LFM and Sodetrancam in this OTP category.
      Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance by clicking on the source link

    • 101. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it doesn't have temporary employees

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      102. Percentage or number of women employees?

      23 - The figure does not represent all of the company's operations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      103. Payment of minimum wage?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      104. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      105. Commitment to address occupational health and safety, referencing the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work?

      The company has a health and safety policy, but do not reference the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      106. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      108. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      The company states that it provides both PPE and regular training

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    4 / 5 80%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

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

      100% - The company has already achieved 100% third-party legality verification

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source wood/wood fibre from outgrowers or independent suppliers

    • Yes
      1 / 1

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

      388,949 (100%)

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source wood/wood fibre from outgrowers or independent suppliers

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • 114. Commitment to source only wood/wood fibre that meets FSC Controlled Wood requirements?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source wood/wood fibre from outgrowers or independent suppliers

    • Yes
      2 / 2

      115. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

      341,708 (87.9%) - 341,708 ha out of a total of 388,949 ha are FSC certified. This total area includes Pallisco and its partners

    • 116. Percentage of wood/wood fibre supply from outgrower scheme and/or independent suppliers that is FSC FM certified?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source wood/wood fibre from outgrowers or independent suppliers

    • 117. Percentage of all wood/wood fibre supply traded/processed that are FSC certified (above 75%)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source wood/wood fibre from outgrowers or independent suppliers

    • 118. Percentage area (ha) PEFC certified (excluding FSC certified area)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a country with a PEFC-endorsed SFM standard

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    0 / 0 0%
    • 119. Programme to support outgrower scheme smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source wood/wood fibre from outgrowers or independent suppliers

    • 120. Percentage of outgrower scheme smallholders involved in programme?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source wood/wood fibre from outgrowers or independent suppliers

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source wood/wood fibre from outgrowers or independent suppliers

    • 122. The company has a Due Diligence System (DDS)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not trade wood/wood fibre

    • 123. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source wood/wood fibre from outgrowers or independent suppliers

    • 124. Percentage of suppliers assessed and/or engaged on compliance with company requirements?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not source wood/wood fibre from outgrowers or independent suppliers

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    0 / 8 0%
    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      125. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      16.7% - Average score of Pallisco, LFM and Sodetrancam in this OTP category.
      Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance by clicking on the source link

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      0% - Average score of Pallisco, LFM and Sodetrancam in this OTP category.
      Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance by clicking on the source link

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      129. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      131. Details of grievances disclosed?

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