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Noble Group Ltd

Company Profile: Noble Group Ltd

  • Parent company:
    N/A
  • Landbank (total):
    70,705 hectares
  • Market cap:
    1,355,734,478 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    NOBG.SI
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    NOBL SP
  • ISIN:
    BMG6542T1190
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Other initiatives:
    ISPO
  • Activities:
    Oil palm cultivation, processing of crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel (PK)
  • Locations:
    Indonesia (Papua province)
  • Headquarters:
    UK
  • Links to other SPOTT companies:
    n/a
  • Website:

Company Assessment: Noble Group Ltd

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Total: 25 / 54* 46.3%
  • RSPO reporting requirements 4 / 14 28.6%
    • Q: 1.1. Is the company an RSPO member?

      A: Yes, Noble Plantations Pte Ltd has been an RSPO member since 2011.

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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, Noble 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. Noble states all the countries and regions in which the company operates: Indonesia (Papua and West Papua provinces).

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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: No. Noble Plantations joined RSPO in 2011 (after commencing plantation operations in 2010) and plans to commence certification of its first plantation estate in 2016. Noble Plantations has a time-bound plan to complete certification by 2020.

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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: 0% of Noble Group's plantation estates are RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 0 ha (total area RSPO certified) divided by 14,876 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: None of Noble Group's plantation estates are currently RSPO-certified.

      No score

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

      A: This indicator has been disabled as Noble Group currently does not have any independent FFB suppliers. The company plans to finalise third party supplier certification by 2020.

      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 Noble Group currently does not have any independent FFB suppliers.

      No score

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

      A: No. Noble Group states that it will not commence certification until 2016. Noble Plantations plans to finalise scheme smallholder certification by 2020.

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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: No

      No score

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

      A: 0% of Noble Group's scheme smallholder plantations are RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 0 ha (total area RSPO certified) divided by 2,000 ha (scheme smallholder planted) x 100

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

      A: No

      No score

  • 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: No information could be found using the research protocols

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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 70,705 ha

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

      A: Yes, the planted area is 16,002 ha, excluding 2,098 ha of scheme smallholders.

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

      A: Yes, scheme smallholder hectarage is 2,098 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 12,093 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 are not 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: Scheme smallholder boundaries have been made available to the RSPO as part of their estate maps according to Noble, but not all are publicly available due to ongoing legal issues.

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  • Environmental management 9 / 14 64.3%
    • Q: 3.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement to address deforestation resulting from its operations?

      A: Yes. Noble states it has not replaced primary forest or any HCV area since November 2005, does not replace primary forest and identifies and maintains HCV areas.

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

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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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: No information could be found using the research protocols

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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: There is public availability of the following Noble Group SEIA assessments:

      Papua: PT Pusaka Agro Lestari; PT Henrison Inti Persada

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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

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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 the following Noble Group HCV assessments:

      Papua: PT Pusaka Agro Lestari; PT Henrison Inti Persada

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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: There is public availability of the following Noble Group HCV management plans:

      Papua: PT Pusaka Agro Lestari; PT Henrison Inti Persada

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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: No. Noble states that it is developing a comprehensive Water Management Plan for its operations. Some details on water management are given, including on riparian buffers, not using chemicals inside riparian zones and not polluting waterways.

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

      A: No. Noble only states that is has developed a Pest Management Plan, but not enough details are given.

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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: Noble has committed to not using WHO Class 1a and 1b pesticides and paraquat, and has a time-bound plan for phasing them out, but does not state the actual date of the time-bound plan.

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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: Please find the relevant media stories listed in the media monitor below.

      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

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

      A: Yes, the statement applies to all scheme smallholders (Noble does not have independent FFB suppliers).

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

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

      No score

  • 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

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

      A: Yes, the statement applies to all scheme smallholders (Noble does not have 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

      No score

  • Greenhouse gas emissions 0 / 6 0%
    • Q: 6.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available time-bound plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?

      A: No. Noble is developing a time-bound plan for the reduction of GHG emissions, but this is not yet available.

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

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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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: No information could be found using the research protocols

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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: No information could be found using the research protocols

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  • Traceability 1 / 8 12.5%
    • Q: 7.1. Are all of the company's mill locations publicly available for all countries in which it operates?

      A: Yes

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

      A: 0% of Noble Group's palm oil mills is RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 0 palm oil mills RSPO-certified divided by 1 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 Noble Group currently does not have any independent FFB suppliers.

      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: No information could be found using the research protocols

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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: Book & Claim

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Trend Tracker: Noble Group Ltd

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Media Monitor: Noble Group Ltd

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Deforestation and wildlife conflict

Fires and haze

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