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Founded in 1985, Ta Ann is a Malaysian based timber producer. The company is also

  • Landbank (timber/pulp):
    396,188 hectares
  • Market cap:
    285,572,633 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    TAAN.KL
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    TAH:MK
  • ISIN:
    MYL5012OO009
  • Activities:
    Timber production, timber processing and manufacturing, trading and distribution
  • Locations:
    Malaysia (Sarawak)
  • Headquarters:
    Malaysia
  • Website:

Company assessment: TA ANN Holdings Bhd – July 2018

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Assessment date:

Total: 20% 21.5 / 107.5
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 1.5 / 6 25%
    • 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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company only provides a CSR section in its annual report

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Landbank, FMUs and mills Landbank, FMUs and mills 4 / 13 30.8%
    • 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 lists its main activities under the 'Business Activities' section of its website

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      359,180 - This figure is the sum of five forest concessions, however 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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      9. Total area of forest plantation (ha)?

      37,008 - The company reports this as the planted area within their total licensed area of 308,935 ha for forest plantation

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      271,927 - The company states a total licensed area of 308,935 ha and a planted area of 37,008 ha in its 2016 annual report, therefore an area of 271,927 can be calculated as the area for future planting. However, the company reports different licensed areas of 310,713 ha and 313,078 ha on its website

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states 70% of its forest plantation areas are conserved, but this percentage is undated and it is unclear which hectarage figure it refers to

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      13. Area of Intact Forest Landscape (ha)?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      14. Number of Forest Management Units (FMUs)?

      14 - There are 5 timber concessions and 9 forest plantations reported, but these figures are almost all undated or more than 5 years old

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      15. Maps of forest management units (FMUs)?

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      16. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

      Forest Management Plan summary is only available for one FMU

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      17. Monitoring of forest management plan implementation?

      Summary of forest monitoring is only available for one FMU

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      18. Number of company owned pulp and paper mills?

      The indicator has been disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it does not own pulp and paper mills. Please note that ZSL was unable to confirm this

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      The indicator has been disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it does not own pulp and paper mills. Please note that ZSL was unable to confirm this

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      20. Number of company owned sawmills?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      21. Maps or addresses of company owned sawmills?

      The company provides an address next to the name of its sawmill, but it is the same address as provided for many of its other subsidiary companies, and when checked, the address does not appear to be for the mill itself

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 3 / 15 20%
    • 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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      23. Zero conversion commitment applies to outgrower scheme and independent suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      24. Commitment to minimise the impact of logging roads?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      25. 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

      26. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      27. Amount of deforestation recorded?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      28. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      29. Commitment to set aside areas for conservation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it practices integrated landscape management, however few details are given

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      34. Commitment not to use genetically modified organisms?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      36. Examples of species conservation activities?

      Identification and monitoring of rare, endangered and threatened species with UNIMASl; participating in orangutan conversation and rehabilitation programme

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 3 / 9 33.3%
    • 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.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      38. HCV commitment applies to outgrower scheme and 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?

      HCV assessment summary is only available for one FMU

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      HCV management and monitoring summary is only available for one FMU

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      43. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states it conducts SEIAs, and conducts EIAs prior to new development, but it is unclear if SIAs are conducted prior to all new development

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      45. 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

  • Soils, fire and GHG emissions Soils, fire and GHG emissions 2 / 14 14.3%
    • 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 gives some examples of using Reduced Impact Logging techniques, but they do not have a clear commitment to use them across all operations

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      48. 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

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      51. 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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      52. Commitment to zero burning?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      54. 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

      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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      58. Report GHG emissions from land use change?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      59. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

  • Water, chemical and waste management Water, chemical and waste management 1.5 / 10 15%
    • 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?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      62. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company states to set aside riparian buffer zones however it is unclear if this covers all operations

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      63. Evidence of treatment of pulp and paper mill effluent?

      The indicator has been disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it does not own pulp and paper mills. Please note that ZSL was unable to confirm this

    • 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?

      The indicator has been disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it does not own pulp and paper mills. Please note that ZSL was unable to confirm this

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      66. Progress towards commitment on water use?

      The indicator has been disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it does not own pulp and paper mills. Please note that ZSL was unable to confirm this

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      67. mmitment to eliminate chlorine and chlorine compounds for bleaching?

      The indicator has been disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it does not own pulp and paper mills. Please note however that ZSL was unable to confirm this

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      72. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 4.5 / 19.5 23.1%
    • 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.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      75. Commitment to human rights applies to outgrower scheme and independent suppliers?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      76. 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', but does not refer to the UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples or ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      77. 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
      Source

      78. 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

      79. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      81. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      82. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      83. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      84. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

      The company 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
      Source

      85. Reference to Fundamental ILO Conventions?

      The company only refers to no discrimination (No. 111)

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      86. Total number of employees?

      6,813 - This figure is for 31st December 2016. More recent data is not available

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      87. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      88. Percentage or number of women employees?

      The company only reports the number of new hires that were female (16%)

    • 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 this does not reference the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      91. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      93. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      The company reports that it conducts training in agrochemical handling and the use of safety equipment. No reference to the provision of PPE could be identified

  • Certification standards Certification standards 0 / 10 0%
    • 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.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      95. Percentage wood/wood fibre supply 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, but it is not clear how much of its supply this accounts for

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      98. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

      100. Percentage area (ha) PEFC certified?

      The company only stated in 2016 that it planned to attain MTCS certification by 2017. There is no reporting of this having been achieved

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 0 / 5 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.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      101. Programme to support outgrower scheme smallholders?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      102. Percentage of outgrower scheme smallholders involved in programme?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      104. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 2 / 6 33.3%
    • 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.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      106. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      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?

Media monitor: TA ANN Holdings Bhd

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