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Established in 1972, Cameroon based timber producer Pallisco-CIFM operates forestry concessions for timber production, and

  • Landbank (timber/pulp):
    388,949 hectares
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    Private company
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    Private company
  • Activities:
    Timber production, timber processing and manufacturing, trading and distribution
  • Locations:
    Cameroon (Douala, Mindourou)
  • Headquarters:
    Cameroon
  • Website:

Company assessment: Pallisco-CIFM – July 2018

SPOTT assesses companies against over 100 indicators across ten categories. Click on the icons or bars below to expand each category for further details, scoring and links to reports and sources.

Assessment date:

Total: 49.1% 39 / 79.5
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 4 / 6 66.7%
    • Companies should publish sustainability policies or similar covering their entire supply chain — including third party suppliers — implemented and enforced through high-level leadership that engages with wider industry schemes.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has an Environmental Policy and a Social Policy

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      2. Sustainability policy or commitment applies to direct and third-party suppliers?

      The company's social policy does not apply to its suppliers

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      5. 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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      6. 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

  • Landbank, FMUs and mills Landbank, FMUs and mills 8 / 9 88.9%
    • Companies should publicly report figures on their total landbank and details of different areas under their management. They should also disclose maps of their forest management units and provide forest management plans, as well as details on supplier pulp and paper mills.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      7. 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
      Source

      8. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      9. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      11. 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
      Source

      12. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      13. Area of Intact Forest Landscape (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not have Intact Forest Landscape within its landbank

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      14. Number of Forest Management Units (FMUs)?

      7

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      15. Maps of forest management units (FMUs)?

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      16. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      17. Monitoring of forest management plan implementation?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      18. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      19. 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
      Source

      20. Number of company owned sawmills?

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      21. Maps or addresses of company owned sawmills?

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 7.5 / 12 62.5%
    • Companies should commit to address deforestation and to set aside areas for conservation. They should report on any activities to manage or restore habitat in their conservation areas, or monitor deforestation in their supply chains. They should also provide evidence of species conservation and biodiversity protection.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      22. Commitment to zero conversion of natural forest?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      23. Zero conversion commitment applies to outgrower scheme and 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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      24. Commitment to minimise the impact of logging roads?

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      25. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities?

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      26. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      The monitoring of forest extent and condition is covered by FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded for this indicator on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank, which stands at 341,708 ha (87.85% of total operational area)

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      27. Amount of deforestation recorded?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      28. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      29. Commitment to set aside areas for conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      30. Examples of habitat management and/or habitat restoration of set-aside areas?

      The management and restoration of habitat is covered by FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded for this indicator on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank, which stands at 341,708 ha (87.85% of total operational area)

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The maintenance and restoration of appropriate landscape values, including environmental and economic resilience is covered by FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). However, this commitment does not extend to active engagement with stakeholders outside of the Forest Management Unit. Half points have therefore been awarded for this indicator on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank, which stands at 341,708 ha (87.85% of total operational area)

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      32. Commitment to protect species of conservation concern, referencing international or national system of species classification?

      The company states that it will 'collaborate with local government and specialized agencies to safeguard the species protected in Cameroon', but does not refer to a system of species classification

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      33. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      34. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      35. Commitment to only use alien species where impacts can be controlled?

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      36. Examples of species conservation activities?

      The protection of rare, threatened and endangered species and their habitats, and the maintenance of ecological functions and values is covered by FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded for this indicator on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank, which stands at 341,708 ha (87.85% of total operational area)

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 2.5 / 6 41.7%
    • Companies should commit to the High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) approaches, and to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIA). They should develop and publish monitoring and management plans, and provide evidence through SEIA, HCV and HCS assessments, typically published in summary form due to the sensitive nature of certain sites.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      37. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      38. HCV commitment applies to outgrower scheme and 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

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      40. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

      The company's HCV summary report does not cover all of the company's FMUs

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      42. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      43. 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
      Source

      44. 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

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

  • Soils, fire and GHG emissions Soils, fire and GHG emissions 2 / 8 25%
    • Companies should commit to protect peatland and undertake best management practices for soils and peat, as well as commit to reduced impact logging. They should also have policies on zero burning and to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Companies should report their GHG emissions, as well as any fires that occurred in or around their estates, along with plans for managing and monitoring fires.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      47. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      48. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      49. Commitment on peatland planting applies to outgrower scheme and independent suppliers?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      50. 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
      Source

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

      The company has confirmed that it does not have operations on peatland. The conservation of soils, including control of erosion and minimising damage during operations is covered by FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded for this indicator on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank, which stands at 341,708 ha (87.85% of total operational area)

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      52. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      53. Commitment to zero burning applies to outgrower scheme and independent suppliers?

      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
      Source

      54. 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

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      57. Progress towards reducing GHG emission intensity?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      58. 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

      59. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

  • Water, chemical and waste management Water, chemical and waste management 4 / 10 40%
    • Companies should commit to managing water use and water quality, providing evidence through time-bound reduction plans, policies on toxic chemical use, waste management and treatment of wastewater and mill effluents.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      60. Time-bound commitment to improve water quality?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      61. Progress towards commitment on water quality?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      62. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      63. 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

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      65. Time-bound commitment to improve water use?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      66. Progress towards commitment on water use?

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      67. mmitment 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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      68. Evidence of minimising or recycling solid waste produced during sawmilling processes?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      70. 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
      Source

      71. 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

      72. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      73. 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 8 / 18.5 43.2%
    • Companies should commit to respect human rights, including those of indigenous peoples and local communities, consulted with free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Companies should respect the rights of workers, report relevant workforce data, and comply with health and safety legislation.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      74. Commitment to human rights, referencing the UN Declaration of 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      75. Commitment to human rights applies to outgrower scheme and 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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      76. 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
      Source

      77. 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
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      79. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      81. 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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      82. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company commits to search for sources of protein as a substitute for bushmeat, but a clear commitment to ensure local food security was not found

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      83. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN) require certified organisations to contribute to the social and economic development of local communities. Full points have therefore been awarded for this indicator on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank, which stands at 341,708 ha (87.85% of total operational area)

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      84. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      85. 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)

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      86. Total number of employees?

      500 - Figure is approximate, and dated 2016

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      87. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      88. Percentage or number of women employees?

      10 - A figure of 10 women employed can be calculated from the September 2017 FSC audit report, which covers 6 of the company's 7 FMUs

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      89. Commitment to pay minimum wage?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      90. 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
      Source

      91. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      A figure of 66 accidents classed as "serious/fatal" is given in the September 2017 FSC audit report, which covers 6 of the company's 7 FMUs. It is not clear how many of these accidents were fatal

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      93. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      The company states that it provides both PPE and regular training

  • Certification standards Certification standards 3 / 4 75%
    • Companies should be certified by credible certification standards, or have time-bound commitments to achieve 100% certification of both forest management units and outgrower schemes. They should also commit to only sourcing certified wood/wood fibre and ensuring that their supply is verified as being in legal compliance.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      341,708 (87.85%) - 341,708 ha out of a total of 388,949 ha are FSC certified. This total area includes Pallisco and its partners

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      95. Percentage wood/wood fibre supply 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

      96. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% FSC FM certification of FMUs?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      97. 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
      Source

      98. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

      341,708 (87.85%) - 341,708 ha out of a total of 388,949 ha are FSC certified. This total area includes Pallisco and its partners

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      99. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      100. Percentage area (ha) PEFC certified?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it does not operate in a county with a PEFC-endorsed SFM standard. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 0 / 0 0%
    • Companies should report details of any programmes or schemes to support both schemed and independent smallholders, as well as criteria to assess suppliers on compliance with company policies, and in what cases suppliers should be suspended or excluded due to non-compliance.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      101. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      102. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      103. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      104. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      105. 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 / 6 0%
    • Companies should operate in an ethical manner at all levels, providing accessible channels and clear procedures for both employees and external stakeholders to raise any grievance or complaint with the company, as well as allowing for whistleblowing.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      106. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      107. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      108. Own grievance or complaints system?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      109. Grievance or complaints system is accessible to internal and external stakeholders?

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      110. Details of grievances disclosed?

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