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  • About this company:

    Established in 1963 and headquartered in Malaysia, Samling

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Company assessment: Samling Group – August 2023

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Score by disclosure type:

Total: 60.4% 98.37 / 163
  • Organisation: 25.5 / 33 77.3%
  • Policy: 46.5 / 76 61.2%
  • Practice: 26.4 / 54 48.8%
  • Self-reported: 10.2 / 54 18.9%
  • External: 5.1 / 54 9.4%
  • Certified: 11.1 / 54 20.6%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    7.5 / 10 75%
    • Organisation: 3.5 / 4 87.5%
    • Policy: 1.5 / 2 75%
    • Practice: 2.5 / 4 62.5%
    • Self-reported: 1.8 / 4 43.8%
    • External: 0.8 / 4 18.8%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published a sustainable forestry policy which covers all operations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has a Responsible Forest Management Policy which covers multiple dimensions of social and environmental issues. However, it is unclear if applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Chief Operating Officer, Chief Forester and Sustainability Head are the persons who have high-level positions of responsibility for sustainability.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it is either privately owned or does not have a Board of Directors.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      3 - The company has three women on its senior management team.

    • 6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it is either privately owned or does not have a Board of Directors.

    • 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] Borneo Forestry Cooperative (BFC).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that it has collaborated with stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health, Malaysia and its agencies to accelerate Covid-19 vaccination programmes by taking part in setting up industry-based vaccination centres, WWF-Malaysia, FORMADAT (Native Committee) and Nottingham University (Malaysia Campus) for the river bank restoration.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company's latest sustainability report was published in 2021.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company's subsidiary Lingui Group has published its latest Timber Sustainability Report 2021 which is aligned with GRI standards.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      11. Climate risks assessment available?

      The company has published a climate risk assessment which includes details of the actual, and potential impact of climate change, metrics, targets and climate change responsibility. However, it is self-reported.

    • N
      0 / 1

      12. Natural capital assessment available?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    16 / 23 69.6%
    • Organisation: 13.5 / 18 75%
    • Policy: 1 / 2 50%
    • Practice: 1.5 / 3 50%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 3 50%
    • External: 0 / 3 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      13. Lists countries and operations?

      Malaysia (upstream & downstream), Guyana (downstream), China (downstream), and Russia (downstream).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Lists countries sourcing from?

      The company reports that besides Malaysia it also sources from China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brazil, Russia and Guyana.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      15. Total land area managed/controlled for forestry (ha)?

      1096460 - The company has 1,096,459 ha of the total land area managed/controlled for forestry.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      742730 - The company states it has 742,730 ha of natural forest designated for wood/wood fibre production.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      17. Total area of forest plantation (ha)?

      35000 - The company reports 35,000 ha of forest plantation which excludes outgrower scheme areas.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not source from outgrower smallholder suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      30000 - The company reports that the unplanted area is 30,000 ha (as of 2021).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      226537 - The company reports that it has 226,537 ha of conservation and protected area.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      21. Area of Intact Forest Landscape (ha)?

      114173 - The company reports 114,173 ha as the area of Intact Forest Landscape. However, the information is between two to five years old.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Number of Forest Management Units (FMUs)?

      10 - The company reports that it has ten Forest Management Units (FMUs) and six Licenses for Planted Forest (LPFs) under ITP.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      23. Maps of forest management units (FMUs)?

      The company and GFW database has published the maps of some FMUs. However, this does not cover the company's entire operations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      24. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

      The company has reported forest management plans for five FMUs. However, it does cover all company FMUs.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      25. Monitoring of forest management plan implementation available?

      The company publishes forest management monitoring plans for 5 FMUs and 4 LPFs only.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      30. Number of company owned sawmills?

      2 - The company reports that it has 2 sawmills, one in Malaysia and the other in Guyana.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      31. Names and locations of company owned sawmills?

      The coordinates and locations of both mills are published by the company.

    • 32. Number of company-owned pulp and paper mills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that 73% of sourcing by company-owned sawmills comes from company-owned operations and the rest from third-party supplies.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      36. Number of third party supplying mills?

      19 - The company has 19 third-party supplying mills as of 2021.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Chain of Custody Certification Standard (FSC-STD-40-004 V3-1) and the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2020). As the requirements of these certifications do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria partial points have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC/PEFC CoC certification.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      40. Percentage of supply traceable to country of harvest?

      100 - The company states that 100% of supply is traceable to the country of processing.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      41. Procedures to trace raw materials to FMU level?

      The company states that it traces logs to FMU level through Sarawak government procedures which mandate the issue of log Removal Passes. However, only limited details are provided.

    • N
      0 / 1

      42. Percentage of supply traceable to FMU level?

      The company states that all sawmill supply is traceable to the FMU level. However, it also operates mills in Russia and Guyana. Hence, the overall supply traceability to the FMU level is unclear.

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    2.52 / 9 28%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 1 / 4 25%
    • Practice: 1.5 / 5 30.4%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 5 19.2%
    • External: 0.6 / 5 11.2%
    • Certified: 0 / 5 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to achieve 100% legality for natural forests by 2022 and plantations by 2025 using PEFC-endorsed MTCS or under STLVS.

    • P
      0.56 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 56.3% - 56.3% of the total area of natural forest and industrial tree plantations was verified as being legally compliant by PEFC-endorsed MTCS or under STLVS.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports that by the end of December 2022, all long-term forest timber licences must have forest management certification. However, no time-bound plan to source only wood/wood fibre that is in legal compliance could be found.

    • P
      0.67 / 1

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

      66.6% - The company reports that 66.6% of wood/wood fibre supply traded/processed is verified as being in legal compliance by PEFC/MTCS-FMC, FSC-CW/COC or STLVS.

    • N
      0 / 1

      47. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

    • N
      0 / 1

      48. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% FSC FM certification of FMUs within 10 years?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to sourcing from FSC-CW, PEFC-FM, and PEFC-CS is only applicable to its ITP (Industrial Tree Plantation) logs.

    • P
      0.29 / 1

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

      398731 (29.5%) - The company reports that 29.50% (398,731 ha) area of natural forests and plantations are PEFC-certified.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    13.35 / 26 51.4%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 2 25%
    • Policy: 8 / 16 50%
    • Practice: 4.9 / 8 60.6%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 8 9.4%
    • External: 1.5 / 8 18.8%
    • Certified: 2.6 / 8 32.5%
    • P
      0.5 / 1

      52. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

      The company commits to zero conversion of undisturbed natural ecosystems. However, it is unclear if this commitment covers all ecosystems.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to zero conversion of undisturbed natural ecosystems also applies to its suppliers. However, it is unclear if it covers all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      54. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification. The company also commits to zero deforestation in its own reporting. However, the commitment was made after 1 Jan 2020.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      55. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits suppliers to zero deforestation. However, the commitment was made after January 2020 and also it does not cover all suppliers.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0). As the policy requirements do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria partial points have been awarded on the basis of the company's partial FSC FM or CoC certification.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company states that it monitors deforestation via GIS satellite imagery (Sentinel-3) covering 1.06 million ha, monthly patrols on foot, and intelligence gathering by community liaison officers during local community visits. The company also reports that it detected 168 cases of encroachment activities in their operation areas between 2020 and 2023.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      0 (0%) - The company reports that it recorded zero illegal deforestation in 2019. However, the information is between two to five years old.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      62. Commitment to restoration of deforestation/conversion in own operations since cut-off date?

      The company commits to restoring degraded areas resulting from its forest operations from 2020 onwards.

    • N
      0 / 1

      63. Commitment to restoration of deforestation/conversion in supplier operations since cut-off date?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      64. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's PEFC FM certification (PEFC ST 1003:2018). As the Standard does not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria limited, externally verified points have therefore been awarded. The company also states that it has participated in some projects like the inter-government Heart of Borneo (HOB) project and the Upper Baram Forest Area (UBFA) project.

    • N
      0 / 1

      65. Biodiversity policy?

    • N
      0 / 1

      66. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Limited, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's PEFC FM certification (PEFC ST 1003:2018) as the requirements do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. The company has also identified some rare, threatened, and endangered species in the public summaries of its FMUs and ITPs. However, in maximum, it is not in reference to the international or national system of species classification.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.3 / 1

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

      Comprehensive, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's PEFC FM certification (PEFC ST 1003:2018) as the requirements fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. The company reports that it has continued its environmental efforts such as tree-planting, research, surveillance and protection of wildlife and its natural habitat. It also actively protects and promotes the rehabilitation and regrowth of affected areas.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to no hunting of all species in its operations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to no hunting of all species also applies to its suppliers. However, it is unclear if it covers all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      71. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities?

      The company commits to protecting the natural ecosystems and plantations under its management from illegal activities.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to protecting the natural ecosystems and plantations under its management from illegal activities applies to its suppliers. However, it is unclear if it covers all suppliers.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.3 / 1

      73. Evidence of protecting forest areas from illegal activities?

      Comprehensive, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's PEFC FM certification (PEFC ST 1003:2018) as the requirements fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. The company also reports shreds of evidence of forest protection such as 3rd party annual surveillance, signage, regular patrolling, and inspection of satellite imagery.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      74. Commitment to no use of genetically modified organisms?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification. The company also commits to no use of genetically modified organisms in its own reporting.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to no use of genetically modified organisms applies to its suppliers. However, it is unclear if it covers all suppliers.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    4.5 / 9 50%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2.5 / 6 41.7%
    • Practice: 2 / 3 66.7%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 3 16.7%
    • External: 1.5 / 3 50%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification. The company also commits to conducting High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments in its own reporting.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to conducting High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments applies to its suppliers. However, it is unclear if it covers all suppliers.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      78. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

      The company publishes High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments in some public summaries of FMUs and ITPs. However, it does not cover all operations and the information is self-reported.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has reported High Conservation Value (HCV) management and monitoring plans in public summaries of FMUs and ITPs. It does not cover all operations but the information is externally verified by the Sarawak Forestry Department & WWF.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests.

    • 83. 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 reports that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only commits to conducting environmental impact assessments.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to conducting environmental impact assessments applies to its suppliers. However, it is unclear if it covers all the suppliers.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has published its social and environmental impact assessments in the public summaries of FMUs and ITPs. The environmental impact assessments (EIA) are externally verified by the Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB), however not all assessments contain management and monitoring plans.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal.

  • Soils, fire and GHG emissions Soils, fire and GHG emissions
    11.85 / 22 53.9%
    • Organisation: 3.5 / 4 87.5%
    • Policy: 4.5 / 10 45%
    • Practice: 3.9 / 8 48.1%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 8 9.4%
    • External: 0 / 8 0%
    • Certified: 3.1 / 8 38.8%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      3324 (10%) - The company reports that it has 3,324 ha of planted area on peat.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company has reported a reduction in its planted area on peat between 2020 (3,344 ha) to 2022 ( 3,324 ha). However, the information is self-reported.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to best management practices for soils and peat applies to its suppliers. However, it is unclear if the commitment covers all the suppliers.

    • P
      +
      0.75 / 1
      0.3 / 1

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

      Limited, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's PEFC FM certification (PEFC ST 1003:2018) as the requirements do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      95. Commitment to reduced impact logging?

      The company commits to Reduced Impact Logging (RIL) and specifically mentions minimising the impact of logging roads along with other RIL practices.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits suppliers to Reduced Impact Logging (RIL) techniques. However, it is unclear if it covers all suppliers.

    • P
      0.75 / 2

      97. Evidence of implementing reduced impact logging practices?

      The company states that RIL harvesting techniques are mandatory and permission to enter Coupe will not be issued unless all RIL conditions have been complied with. It also states practices like careful planning and strict specifications for the design of roads and skid trails which ensures that any damage to potential crop trees and to samplings caused by the felling of mature trees is reduced to a minimum, tagging of trees which indicates that a tree has fulfilled all the criteria for harvesting including attaining a certain diameter, contain logs of commercial grades. This information is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      98. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company commits to zero burning within the management plans of some of its management units. However, this does not cover all operations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      99. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.3 / 1

      100. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      Comprehensive, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's PEFC FM certification (PEFC ST 1003:2018) as the requirements fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. Additional points have been awarded according to the percent of company landbank certified by PEFC.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 (0%) - The company states that it has recorded 0 cases of fire in 2021.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      0 (0%) - The company has recorded 0 cases of fire in its major supplier's operations. However, monitoring information does not cover all suppliers.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      104. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports that in 2022, its GHG emissions intensity was 0.10 tCO2eq/m3. This figure includes scope 1 and scope 2 emissions.

    • 105. GHG emissions from land use change in company's own operations (scope 1)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it only produces wood/wood fibre from plantations.

    • (NEW: not scored this year) N
      -

      106. GHG emissions from land use change in supplier operations (scope 3)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      107. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      108. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The company uses the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting Reporting Standard.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    9.55 / 16 59.7%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 5.5 / 7 78.6%
    • Practice: 3.1 / 8 38.1%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 8 0%
    • External: 0.8 / 8 9.4%
    • Certified: 2.3 / 8 28.8%
    • 109. Time-bound commitment to improve water use intensity?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

    • 110. Water use intensity?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

    • 111. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

    • 114. Treatment of pulp and paper mill effluent?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      117. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company commits to protect natural waterways using buffer zones.

    • Y
      1 / 2

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

      The company publishes maps of the buffer zones located inside FMUs and ITPs. The information is externally verified by Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to minimise the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits only some suppliers to minimise the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.

    • 121. Evidence of eliminating chlorine and chlorine compounds for bleaching?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to not use World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits only some suppliers to no use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to not use Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention chemicals.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to not use of Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention chemicals applies to its suppliers. However, it is unclear if it covers all the suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports the average rate of herbicide application as 5.8l/ha (glyphosate) and 96.9g/ha (metsulfuron) and for fertilisers as 81.8 kg/ha (Data as of 2021).

    • N
      0 / 2

      127. Implementation of commitment to minimise inorganic fertiliser usage?

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.3 / 1

      128. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      Comprehensive, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's PEFC FM certification (PEFC ST 1003:2018) as the requirements fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. Additional points have been awarded according to the percent of company landbank certified by PEFC.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Limited, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's PEFC FM certification (PEFC ST 1003:2018) as the requirements do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. The company also reports that it complies with the disposal requirements for scheduled wastes under Environmental Quality (Scheduled Waste) Regulations 2005. Waste items generated from individual operating units that are classified under Scheduled Waste are contained in labelled containers and stored in the designated scheduled waste storehouse.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    25.85 / 36 71.8%
    • Organisation: 3.5 / 4 87.5%
    • Policy: 17 / 21 81%
    • Practice: 5.4 / 11 48.6%
    • Self-reported: 2.3 / 11 20.5%
    • External: 0 / 11 0%
    • Certified: 3.1 / 11 28.2%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      130. Commitment to human rights?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification. The company also commits to human rights in its Human Rights policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      131. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits all suppliers to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      132. Progress on human rights commitment ?

      The company reports that it conducted an awareness programme on Human Rights Policy in 2021 and 2022. However, the information is self-reported.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification. The company also commits to respecting indigenous and local communities' rights in its own reporting.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to respect legal and customary land tenure rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to respect legal and customary land tenure rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to respecting free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) across all operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to respecting free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) also applies to its suppliers.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      140. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      The company reports having a dedicated native liaison team and Community Relationship Committees with responsibility for community engagement. However, no further detail could be found.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      141. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      The company reports a series of steps taken to resolve land conflicts.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a commitment to enable the sustainable use of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) by local communities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      145. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities ?

      The company commits to providing essential services and facilities to communities.

    • P
      0.5 / 2

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

      The company reports that it has provided essential services such as food distribution, the donation of a bio-safety cabinet to a hospital, and the provision of aid to fire victims. This information is self-reported.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to providing business/work opportunities for local communities.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.3 / 1

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

      Comprehensive, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's PEFC FM certification (PEFC ST 1003:2018) as the requirements fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. Additional points have been awarded according to the percent of company landbank certified by PEFC.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to eliminating gender-related discrimination with regard to employment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to eliminate gender-related discrimination with regard to employment.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company reports that it provides training to supervisors, line managers, management and any other designated staff (i.e. HR) to manage overall activities like employee feedback, grievances and harassment cases when they occur.

    • 155. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports to have no temporary employees.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      156. Percentage or number of women employees?

      29% - The company reports that it has 29% of women employees (Data as of 2022).

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      157. Commitment to pay a living wage?

      The company only commits to paying minimum wage.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company's commitment to paying minimum wage applies to all suppliers.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      159. Progress on commitment to pay a living wage?

      The company reports that the average wage of all workers in its Sarawak downstream operations and refor nurseries and offices is 17% and 5% above the current level required by the Minimum Wage Order 2020 respectively. However, this does not cover all employees and information is self-reported.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      160. Reporting of salary by gender?

      The company reports the percentage of salaries and wages of women supervisors and workers working in upstream and downstream operations with respect to their male counterparts. However, it is unclear if it covers all operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company commits to addressing health and safety at work in reference to the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry work.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.3 / 1

      163. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      Comprehensive, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's PEFC FM certification (PEFC ST 1003:2018) as the requirements fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. Additional points have been awarded according to the percent of company landbank certified by PEFC. The company also states that it provides personal protective equipment (PPE) related training to its workforce.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      164. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      1.38 - The company reports the accident rate for forestry operations as 1.38 per million manhours worked in 2021.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 - The company reports that it recorded 0 cases of fatalities as a result of work-based accidents in 2020 and 2021.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    2.25 / 5 45%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Practice: 1.3 / 2 62.5%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 2 62.5%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • 166. Commitment to support smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not source wood/wood fibre from smallholders.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not source from outgrower smallholder suppliers.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not source from outgrower smallholder suppliers.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company describes the general process used to assess and engage with suppliers on compliance with its policies. Partial points have been awarded as limited details have been provided.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      100% - The company reports that in 2022, 100% of its suppliers were assessed internally by its timber procurement PIC on compliance to company and legal requirements. This information is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      171. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Chain of Custody Certification Standard (FSC-STD-40-004 V3-1). Partial points have been awarded as the requirements do not full meet the SPOTT scoring criteria.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that in 2022, 75% of direct and indirect wood supply was compliant with its practices. Partial points have been awarded as this information is self-reported and does not distinguish between direct and indirect suppliers.

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    5 / 7 71.4%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4.5 / 5 90%
    • Practice: 0.5 / 2 25%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 2 25%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      174. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company commits to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits all suppliers to ethical conduct and the prohibition of corruption.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that it organised an awareness programme on Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Policy, has a zero-tolerance approach and recorded zero misconduct cases in 2020. The information is self-reported.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that Group Tax Department headed by a group tax officer is responsible for the management of tax. However, no tax strategy or policy could be found.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      180. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company has its whistleblowing policy which includes ways how whistleblowers can report unethical conduct and how they are protected.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a grievance or complaints system which is open to all stakeholders.

    • N
      0 / 1

      182. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

Media monitor: Samling Group

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