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Agropalma Group

Agropalma Group commenced its palm oil activities

Company Profile: Agropalma Group

  • Parent company:
    Alfa Conglomerate
  • Landbank (total):
    107,000 hectares
  • Revenue from oil palm cultivation:
    100%
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    Private company
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Other initiatives:
    POIG
  • Activities:
    Organic and conventional oil palm cultivation, processing of crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel (PK), producing palm oil derivatives, refining
  • Locations:
    Brazil (Pará state)
  • Headquarters:
    Brazil
  • Links to other SPOTT companies:
    N/A
  • Website:

Company Assessment: Agropalma Group

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Total: 50 / 54* 92.6%
  • RSPO reporting requirements 14 / 14 100%
    • Q: 1.1. Is the company an RSPO member?

      A: Yes, Agropalma has been an RSPO member since 2004.

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    • Q: 1.2. Has the company submitted its most recent Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP) report to the RSPO?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 1.3.1. In the company's  most recent and up-to-date RSPO ACOP report, does the company refer to itself as an oil palm grower?

      A: Yes, Agropalma refers to itself as an oil palm grower

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    • Q: 1.3.2. In the company's most recent and up-to-date RSPO ACOP report, does the company state all the countries and regions in which it operates?

      A: Yes. Agropalma states all the countries in which the company operates: Brazil

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    • Q: 1.4.1. Has the company RSPO-certified its first plantation estate: a) By November 2010, for companies joining prior to finalisation of the RSPO certification systems in November 2007? b) Within three years of joining the RSPO or of acquiring plantation operations as an RSPO member?

      A: Agropalma joined the RSPO in 2004, but could only certify its first plantation estates in 2011 when the Local Interpretation of RSPO P&C became available. Agropalma certified all of its plantations in 2011.

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    • Q: 1.4.2. Has the company missed any of its public targets to be 100% RSPO-certified?

      A: No

      No score

    • Q: 1.5. What percentage of the company's total plantation estates is RSPO-certified?

      A: 100% of Agropalma's plantation estates have been RSPO-certified since 2011.

      Calculation: 39,000 ha (total area RSPO-certified) divided by 39,000 ha (stated planted area) x 100

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    • Q: 1.6. Are the company's RSPO Principles and Criteria certification assessments publicly available?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 1.7.1. Have the first of the company's independent FFB suppliers achieved RSPO certification?

      A: This indicator has been disabled as Agropalma does not have independent FFB suppliers. Agropalma states that it will have regular independent FFB suppliers for its new mill (Parapalma) in the future, and that it will require and support them to gain RSPO certification within 2.5 years of the first regular FFB delivery to Parapalma mill.

      N/A

    • Q: 1.7.2. Has the company missed any public targets for 100% of its independent FFB suppliers to be RSPO-certified?

      A: This indicator has been disabled as Agropalma does not have independent FFB suppliers. Agropalma states that it will have regular independent FFB suppliers for its new mill (Parapalma) in the future, and that it will require and support them to gain RSPO certification within 2.5 years of the first regular FFB delivery to Parapalma mill.

      No score

    • Q: 1.8.1. Has the company RSPO-certified its first scheme smallholders?

      A: Yes. Agropalma certified 100% of its own estates in 2011 and its scheme smallholders were audited in 2014. The RSPO certificate for its smallholders was issued in January 2015.

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    • Q: 1.8.2. Has the company missed any public targets for 100% of its scheme smallholders to be RSPO-certified?

      A: Agropalma had a target to complete 100% certification of its smallholders by 2014. They received RSPO certification audit in June 2014, but the RSPO certificate was not issued until January 2015.

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    • Q: 1.9. What percentage of the company's scheme smallholder plantations is RSPO-certified?

      A: 100% of Agropalma's scheme smallholders are RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 11,056.67 ha (total smallholder area RSPO certified) divided by 11,056.67 ha (stated smallholder area planted) x 100

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    • Q: 1.10. Does the company have any open complaints filed through the RSPO complaints system?

      A: Yes, Agropalma has the following open complaint filed through the RSPO complaints system:
      August 2015: Agropalma has been accused by José Maria Tabaranã da Costa and Aida Raimunda Maia da Costa of acquriring and planting on land that the company has no right to use. Agropalma has strongly rejected this complaint, and argued that the complainants have produced no evidence for their claims. The RSPO Panel is awaiting until there are further developments from the Brazilian courts.

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  • Landbank and maps 7 / 8 87.5%
    • Q: 2.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement detailing its land acquisition criteria?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 2.1.2. Does this statement apply to all of the company's scheme smallholders and independent FFB suppliers?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 2.2.1. Has the company publicly disclosed its total landbank area for oil palm cultivation?

      A: Yes, landbank for oil palm cultivation is 39,000 ha

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    • Q: 2.2.2. Has the company publicly disclosed its total planted area?

      A: Yes, planted area is 39,000ha

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    • Q: 2.2.3. Has the company publicly disclosed its total scheme smallholder area?

      A: Yes, scheme smallholder hectarage is 11,056.67 ha

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    • Q: 2.2.4. Has the company publicly disclosed its total area of land managed for conservation that is set aside (i.e. including areas of High Conservation Value)?

      A: Yes, landbank for conservation is 64,000 ha

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    • Q: 2.3.1. Are all of the company's concession maps publicly available for all countries in which it operates?

      A: Concession boundaries have been made available to the RSPO, but not all are publicly available due to ongoing legal issues.

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    • Q: 2.3.2. Are all of the company's scheme smallholders' concession maps publicly available for all countries in which it operates?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols.

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  • Environmental management 11 / 14 78.6%
    • Q: 3.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement to address deforestation resulting from its operations?

      A: Yes, Agropalma has a zero deforestation policy, including not planting on areas covered by native vegetation, even secondary forests, since Nov 2005 and not planting High Conservation Value (HCV) areas.

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    • Q: 3.1.2. Does this statement apply to all its scheme smallholders and independent FFB suppliers?

      A: Yes. Also, Agropalma is a founding member of the Palm Oil Innovations Group (POIG) charter which stipulates that "producers shall independently verify and report on compliance with this charter within 12 months of commitment to the Charter, across their operations, subsidiaries and acquisitions of existing plantation including FFB from 3rd party suppliers".

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    • Q: 3.2.1. Does the company have a publicly available commitment to undertake Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) prior to any new planting taking place?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 3.2.2. Does the company make its Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) process publicly available?

      A: Not explicitly, but Agropalma is a founding member of the Palm Oil Innovations Group (POIG) charter which includes the FPIC process.

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    • Q: 3.3.1. Does the company have a publicly available commitment to conduct SEIA (Social and Environmental Impact Assessments) assessments prior to any new planting taking place?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 3.3.2. Are all SEIA assessments conducted after November 2005 publicly available?

      A: No SEIA assessments could be found using the research protocols for Agropalma's estates. However, there is one summary of SEIA management and planning for smallholders:

      Summary of HCV/SEIA Management and Planning for Arauai and Calmaria II Smallholder Communities

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    • Q: 3.4.1. Does the company have a publicly available commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments prior to any new planting taking place?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 3.4.2. Has the company publicly committed to only using licensed High Conservation Value (HCV) assessors accredited by the HCV Resource Network's Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS)?

      A: Yes, Agropalma states that HCV assessments are done by experts accredited by HCV Resource Network’s Accreditation Licensing Scheme

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    • Q: 3.4.3. Are all of the company's High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments conducted after November 2005 publicly available?

      A: There is public availability of one of Agropalma's HCV assessments:

      Tailândia, Pará, Brazil: Integrated Producers

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    • Q: 3.4.4. Does the company make its High Conservation Value (HCV) management and monitoring plans for all of its estates publicly available?

      A: No SEIA assessments could be found using the research protocols for Agropalma's estates. However, there is one summary of SEIA management and planning for smallholders:

      Summary of HCV/SEIA Management and Planning for Arauai and Calmaria II Smallholder Communities

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    • Q: 3.5. Has the company publicly committed to applying a High Carbon Stock (HCS) methodology to all of its landholdings and not developing on HCS areas?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 3.6. Does the company have a publicly available Water Management Plan or equivalent for its operations?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 3.7. Does the company have a publicly available Integrated Pest Management Plan for its operations?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 3.8. Does the company have a publicly available commitment to not use WHO Class 1A and 1B pesticides and paraquat, or time-bound plan for phasing out their use?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 3.9. Has the company been mentioned in any relevant media stories and/or reports that make reference to wildlife conflict or deforestation within the company's plantation estates and/or its scheme smallholders' or independent FFB suppliers' plantations?

      A: No relevant media stories could be found using the research protocols

      No score

  • Fragile, marginal and peat soils 2 / 2 100%
    • Q: 4.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement stating that it is committed to a strict 'no new development on peat' policy?

      A: Yes. Agropalma states it does not establish new plantings on areas that have peat (since 2006).

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    • Q: 4.1.2. Does this policy apply to all its scheme smallholders and independent FFB suppliers?

      A: Not explicitly, but Agropalma is a founding member of the Palm Oil Innovations Group (POIG) charter which stipulates that "producers shall independently verify and report on compliance with this charter within 12 months of commitment to the Charter, across their operations, subsidiaries and acquisitions of existing plantation including FFB from 3rd party suppliers". The POIG charter includes a commitment to no peat clearance.

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    • Q: 4.2. What percentage of the company's landbank for oil palm cultivation is located on peat?

      A: 0% of Agropalma's landbank is located on peat soil

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  • Zero burning 2 / 2 100%
    • Q: 5.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement stating that it is committed to a strict policy of zero burning?

      A: Yes. Not used fire to clear land since 2001 and had a strict zero-burning policy since 2011.

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    • Q: 5.1.2. Does this policy apply to all its scheme smallholders and independent FFB suppliers?

      A: Yes, it applies to all scheme smallholders. Agropalma does not source FFB from independent FFB suppliers,

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    • Q: 5.2. Has the company been mentioned in any relevant media stories and/or reports that make reference to fires found within the company's plantation estates and/or its scheme smallholders’ or independent FFB suppliers’ plantations?

      A: No relevant media stories could be found using the research protocols

      No score

  • Greenhouse gas emissions 6 / 6 100%
    • Q: 6.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available time-bound plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?

      A: Yes. Although Agropalma has no time-bound plan with set emission reduction targets as such, it has a plan to install treatment ponds and methane capture at its mills to reduce emissions between 2015-2025. It also "expects" to reduce emissions by 5% per hectare by 2018 due to not clearing further land.

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    • Q: 6.1.2. Does this time-bound plan apply to all its scheme smallholders and independent FFB suppliers?

      A: Not explicitly, but Agropalma is a founding member of the Palm Oil Innovations Group (POIG) charter which stipulates that "producers shall independently verify and report on compliance with this charter within 12 months of commitment to the Charter, across their operations, subsidiaries and acquisitions of existing plantation including FFB from 3rd party suppliers".

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    • Q: 6.2. Does the company publicly report on progress made towards achieving its time-bound plan?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 6.3. Does the company publicly report its GHG emissions from land use change associated with new planting?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 6.4. Has the company made a public commitment to report and to reduce effects from Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME)?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 6.5. Has the company made a public commitment to eliminate methane emissions from all of its palm oil mills?

      A: Yes, Agropalma commits to eliminate all methane emissions from the company's POME, according to a time-bound plan, with a target to install methane capture facilities at the first 2 of its 5 mills by 2021.

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  • Traceability 8 / 8 100%
    • Q: 7.1. Are all of the company's mill locations publicly available for all countries in which it operates?

      A: Mill locations have been made available to the RSPO and previously, which are viewable on the SPOTT map.

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    • Q: 7.2. What percentage of the company's total palm oil mills is RSPO-certified?

      A: 80% of Agropalma's palm oil mills are RSPO certified

      Calculation: 4 (stated number of palm oil mills RSPO-certified) divided by 5 palm oil mills (stated number of palm oil mills operated) x 100

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    • Q: 7.3. What percentage of the company's total fresh fruit bunches (FFBs) purchased from independent suppliers (not including outgrowers and scheme smallholders) is RSPO-certified?

      A: This indicator has been disabled as Agropalma does not have independent FFB suppliers. Agropalma states that it will have regular independent FFB suppliers for its new mill (Parapalma) in the future, and that it will require and support them to gain RSPO certification within 2.5 years of the first regular FFB delivery to Parapalma mill.

      N/A

    • Q: 7.4. Does the company have a public commitment to move towards Segregated and/or Identity Preserved certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO)?

      A: Yes

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    • Q: 7.5. Does the company prioritize certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) from Segregated or Identity Preserved supply chain models over Mass Balance or GreenPalm?

      A: Identity Preserved, Segregated

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Trend Tracker: Agropalma Group

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Media Monitor: Agropalma Group

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Deforestation and wildlife conflict

Fires and haze

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Map of Concessions: Agropalma Group

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