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TA ANN Holdings Bhd

Timber and pulp assessment
  • Latest update: July 2019
  • Next scheduled: July 2020

  • About this company:

    Founded in 1985, Ta Ann is a Malaysian

  • Landbank
    396,188 hectares
  • Market cap:
    243,230,990 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    TAAN.KL
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    TAH:MK
  • ISIN:
    MYL5012OO009
  • Website:

Company assessment: TA ANN Holdings Bhd – July 2019

Assessment date:

Total: 23.2% 28.5 / 123
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    5 / 11 45.5%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      2. Sustainability policy or commitment applies to all sourcing?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company reports it has a "special unit" to assist the Board of Directors on corporate governance, and this seems to include broader sustainability. It is not clear which individual holds ultimate responsibility for the group's sustainability

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      5. Percentage or number of women board members?

      1 (11%)

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      3 (33%) - The company reports three women and six men on the senior management team in its 2018 annual report, but its webpage on senior management team members appears to show photographs of only two women

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      7. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1

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

      The company refers to a collaboration with UNIMAS, to help "formulate comprehensive conservation plan for our FMUs and training for our employees in conservation management". It also has recently signed an MoU with the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research for work on camera trapping terrestrial mammals from Jan-Sept 2019 in its Raplex FMU

    • 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
    5 / 21 23.8%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      12. Lists countries and operations?

      Malaysia (Sarawak). Operations are listed under 'Business Activities' tab on website

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      359,180 - This figure is the sum of five forest concessions, but the information is undated. The company refers to "timber concession and harvesting" so it is unclear if this includes both natural forest and timber plantations. Figures totalling 345,943 ha are referred to in the 2018 annual report, but it is again unclear if these refer to natural forest or plantation

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      14. Total area of forest plantation (ha)?

      37,008 - The company reports this as the planted area in 2016 within its total licensed area of 310,713 ha for forest plantation (though note this total licensed area figure is undated and contradicts figures reported elsewhere on website). It also stated in 2016 that the target for new planting in 2017 was 1,336 ha, so the total may now be higher. A more up-to-date figure could not be found. The company also reports 30,796 ha of trees planted under its 'Reforestation Division' in its 2018 annual report, but the scope of this figure is also unclear

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      The company states a total licensed area of 310,713 ha and a planted area of 37,008 ha in its 2016 annual report, therefore an area of 273,705 could be calculated as the potential area for future planting. However, it is not clear if a proportion of this land is set aside for other purposes, e.g. conservation. The figures reported for licensed area and planted area also vary between sources and are not all dated

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      The company states "Integrated landscape management is practiced in forest plantation licences with 70 % of project areas conserved as stream buffer, HCV reserves, steep terrain, and green belts for fauna and biodiversity conservation" but this figure is undated, the actual hectarage cannot be accurately calculated due to conflicting and unclear figures, and this 70% refers to plantations and does not cover all the company's operations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      18. Area of Intact Forest Landscape (ha)?

    • No
      0 / 1

      19. Number of Forest Management Units (FMUs)?

      15 - There are five timber concessions and nine forest plantations reported, but these figures are all undated or more than five years old. It is also possible there is a 10th plantation belonging to the company – a Global Forest Watch dataset lists "LPF/0043 Sarawak Planted Forest - SFD" as belonging to "KTS/Samling/Ta Ann". According to GFW this other plantation has an area of 477,083 ha

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      20. Maps of forest management units (FMUs)?

      The company provides static maps of timber concessions and plantations on its website. Concession boundaries for five natural forest concessions and 10 plantations are provided on WRI Global Forest Watch, but it is unclear if these represent all FMUs

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      21. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

      Forest Management Plan summary was found for one FMU

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      22. Monitoring of forest management plan implementation?

      Summary of forest monitoring was found for one FMU

    • 23. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on use 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

    • 24. 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

    • 25. 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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      28. Number of company owned sawmills?

      2 - The company lists two "sawmill factories" in its 2018 annual report

    • No
      0 / 1

      29. Maps or addresses of company owned sawmills?

      The company provides an address next to the name of each of its "sawmill factories", but these addresses are not specific enough to allow the location of the mills to be found online

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      30. Number of supplier mills?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      31. Maps or addresses of supplier mills?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has some PEFC Chain of Custody (CoC) certification which only covers traceability for the certified portion of its supply

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      33. Procedures to trace raw materials to FMU level?

      The company has some PEFC Chain of Custody (CoC) certification which only covers traceability for the certified portion of its supply

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    3.5 / 12 29.2%
    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      36. Commitment to zero conversion of natural forest?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      37. Zero conversion commitment applies to all sourcing?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      38. Commitment to minimise the impact of logging roads?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      39. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities?

      The company commits to prohibiting illegal logging in forest areas. A broader commitment to protect forest areas from all illegal activities could not be identified

    • 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?

      The company commits to protecting and conserving "our forest diversity and its ecosystem"

    • Yes
      1 / 1

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

      The company stated in its 2017 annual report that as part of the HCV assessment process, initiatives to protect biodiversity are undertaken, including "installation of signage at forest boundaries, anti-poaching and wilding monitoring patrols"

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states it practices integrated landscape management, but very few details are given and it is not completely clear whether this indicates a landscape level approach

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      Threatened species, including orangutans and a Malayan sun bear, have been identified in company plantations through EIA summary reports. However, these were not classified according to their threatened status

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      47. Commitment not to use genetically modified organisms?

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    3.5 / 8 43.8%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      49. HCV commitment applies to all sourcing?

    • 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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      51. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

      HCV assessment summary only found for one FMU

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      HCV management and monitoring summary only found for one FMU

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      54. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      Summaries of two SEIA assessments from October 2016 are available, but they do not have management and monitoring plans associated with them

    • 57. 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 GHGs Soils, fire and GHGs
    2.5 / 14 17.9%
    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      59. Commitment to reduced impact logging?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only commits to no conversion of Ramsar Convention peat forest, not all peatland.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      61. Commitment on peatland planting applies to all sourcing?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that it practices Reduced Impact Logging techniques, including zebra logging, to reduce soil compaction and erosion. The company does not report practices on peat in relation to its forestry operations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      64. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company's commitments around burning seem to relate only to its oil palm operations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      65. Commitment to zero burning applies to all sourcing?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      66. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

      The company reports that staff from reforestation departments and mills have received training from Malaysian Fire Dept. on fire safety awareness, combating forest fires and use of fire equipment. No information on monitoring fires 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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      70. Report GHG emissions from land use change?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      71. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

  • Water, chemical and waste management Water, chemical and waste management
    1 / 9 11.1%
    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • 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's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • 78. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      The company only mentions minimising the use of chemical pesticides in relation to palm oil operations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1

      83. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      Only referred to in relation to oil palm operations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    5.5 / 22 25%
    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1

      86. Commitment to human rights applies to all sourcing?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states it that it respects the rights of local communities, and that it "respects and recognises local customs and Native Customary Rights as defined by regional laws such as the Land Code" in its forest plantations. It does not refer to the UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples or ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      88. Commitment to respect legal and customary property rights?

      The company states that it recognises and manages customary and use rights, and is committed to only operate in areas with legally accorded right of use. A clear commitment to respect legal property rights could not be identified

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company only states FPIC will be carried out "where appropriate" and that it is "recognizing and managing the customary rights, use rights and social facets of the local communities through open, consultative and participatory relationships"

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      90. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      92. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      93. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • 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?

    • 96. 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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      97. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

      The company states it recognises workers' rights, but does not specify whether this commitment extends to all types of workers (e.g. whether it includes temporary employees)

    • No
      0 / 1

      98. Reference to Fundamental ILO Conventions?

      Reference was only found to no discrimination (No. 111)

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • 100. 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

    • No
      0 / 1

      101. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      102. Percentage or number of women employees?

      28 (11.2%) - The company only reports the number of new hires that were female (of 250 total new hires for 2015-18)

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      103. Payment of minimum wage?

    • No
      0 / 1

      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 this does 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?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      108. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      The company reported in its 2017 annual report that it conducted training, including in agrochemical handling and PPE. However, no reference to the provision of PPE could be identified

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    0.5 / 14 3.6%
    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that one FMU has PEFC-MTCS certification, and states a target that two further FMUs will achieve PEFC-MTCS certification by 2019 and 2020. It is not clear whether a target is in place regarding the company's other forestry operations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      The company states in its 2018 annual report that PEFC-MTCS certification has been achieved for one FMU, and is planned for two others by 2020. However, it is unclear what percentage of the company's landbank this covers

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports that its division in Tasmania has certification under a PEFC-endorsed standard, and it has PEFC-MTCS certification for one FMU, but it is not clear how much of its supply these account for

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      115. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2

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

      The company states in its 2018 annual report that PEFC-MTCS certification has been achieved for one FMU, and is planned for 2 others by 2020. However, it is unclear what percentage of the company's landbank this covers

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    0 / 6 0%
    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      119. Programme to support outgrower scheme smallholders?

    • No
      0 / 1

      120. Percentage of outgrower scheme smallholders involved in programme?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1

      123. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    2 / 6 33.3%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      125. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • 126. 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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • 128. 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

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      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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