The Sustainable Palm Oil Transparency Toolkit (SPOTT) is an online platform providing practical tools and information for all stakeholders in the palm oil supply chain, including scored assessments for 50 of the world’s largest palm oil producing companies, helping to monitor the industry’s negative environmental impacts.

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Companies Scorecard

Click on Companies to view corporate transparency assessments for 50 of the world’s largest palm oil producers via the companies scorecard.

Companies Scorecard
Indicator Categories

Find out more about the indicators used for company assessments by clicking on Indicators and research under Companies.

Indicator Categories
Indicator Scores

Visit the Indicators and research page to see how companies scored in each indicator category.

Indicator Scores
Compare Companies

Compare up to five companies to see how their scores differ for each indicator.

Compare Companies
Company Pages

Click on a company name in the scorecard to visit their page, including profile and assessment, score trend tracker, media monitor and map of concessions.

Company Pages
Map of Concessions

Clicking on Map of concessions allows you to find information such as site boundaries of featured companies, active fire alerts and primary forest areas.

Map of Concessions

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On the homepage, you will find the following features:

Latest Company Scores showing the most transparent companies, least transparent companies and companies with the most improved scores. Monitor corporate transparency via our interactive companies scorecard, assessments and satellite map. See below for further information on the company scores and using the mapping tool.

Resources for the supply chain containing information, tools, reports and case studies about and for all stakeholders.

You can also consult the Resources section for libraries of links and infographics, images and videos, and a popup glossary of technical terms. Sign up to our email newsletter and stay up to date with current developments in the palm oil industry.

Visit the topics pages for more information on the environmental impacts of palm oil production and the different standards that inform SPOTT’s indicator framework.


Contents

How to use:


Companies Scorecard

ZSL’s SPOTT features a companies scorecard assessing 50 of the world’s largest palm oil producers using publicly available information about the sustainability of their operations. ZSL selected the 50 companies based on market capitalization, land area and nominations by SPOTT users, who can use the company assessments to inform how they buy from, engage with, or invest in oil palm growing companies.

SPOTT generates percentage scores for each company based on their performance against more than 50 best practice indicators across seven categories, including their reporting to RSPO and availability of High Conservation Value (HCV) and Social and Environmental Impact Assessments, as well as policies and procedures on land acquisition, gaining informed consent, pesticide use, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction, among many others.

Wilmar scores

Wilmar International is one of the world’s largest palm oil producers, who score highly on commitments to zero burning and peatland protection, but poorly on greenhouse gas emissions reduction (as of October 2015).

The scores for each indicator category are totalled to calculate an overall percentage score per company. Since company operations vary in scope, some indicators are disabled for companies to which they do not apply, so that their percentage scores are weighted accordingly.

Scores are traffic light colour-coded to give a quick indication of performance:

  • red indicates a total score of less than 33%
  • amber indicates a total score between 33% and 66%
  • green indicates a total score over 66%

SPOTT allows users to rank companies by score, or other factors such as whether they are RSPO members, their landbank for oil palm cultivation and their market capitalization. Trends indicate whether the company’s score has increased, decreased, or remained unchanged since the last update.

All 50 companies featured in SPOTT are listed in alphabetical order. This list view table contains the following information on all 50 companies:

  • Company name
  • Landbank for oil palm cultivation
  • Market capitalization
  • Whether or not the company is an RSPO member
  • Date when the company page was last Updated

The Trend column indicates whether the company’s score has:

  • increased (, positive)
  • decreased (, negative)
  • or remained unchanged (—) since the last update.

Each company’s total indicator assessment score is colour-coded to give a quick indication of performance:

  • red indicates a total score of between 0-33%
  • amber indicates a total score of between 33.1-66%
  • green indicates a total score of between 66.1-100%
companies ranked by score

Company scores ranked by score, with data on RSPO membership, land area and market capitalization (as of October 2015).

Users can also query our database to compare up to five companies simultaneously against specific indicators.

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Five companies compared on their time bound plans for greenhouse gas emission reduction in October 2015.

On the Indicators and research protocols page, the table compares how different companies performed across each indicator category. The seven icons that appear along the top of the table represent the indicator categories; hold your cursor over each icon for its name.

indicator category scores totals

Indicator category scores and totals for companies in alphabetical order (as of October 2015)

Click on any company’s company name in this table to go their individual company page.


Company pages

Each of the 50 companies have their own dedicated and regularly updated company pages, accessible via the scorecard on the Companies page.

Each company page begins with the company’s current percentage score, followed by five sections:

  • Company Profile
  • Company Assessment
  • Trend Tracker
  • Media Monitor
  • Map of Concessions

The company profile contains the following information, where available:

  • Parent company
  • Landbank
  • Revenue from oil palm cultivation
  • Market capitalization
  • Stock market tickers (Bloomberg/Thomson Reuters)
  • ISIN (International Securities Identification Number)
  • RSPO membership
  • Involvement in other initiatives
  • Activities
  • Locations
  • Links to other companies on the SPOTT scorecard
  • Company’s website
  • Company’s latest annual report
  • Company’s latest sustainability report (if applicable)

Below these sections is each company’s indicator assessment, the results of which are split into seven indicator categories. Click on any of the seven categories and a drop down table will appear displaying the results under the following headings:

  • Question
  • Answer
  • Score
  • Further information

Next, the Trend Tracker shows the company’s score changes across seven indicator categories over time.

SPOTT’s Media Monitor gathers reports and stories from global media sources, covering specific company activities related to the environmental management (deforestation and wildlife conflict) and zero burning (fires and haze) categories.

Finally, below the company’s indicator assessment you will find the mapping tool, specifically tailored to each company page.


Mapping tool

ZSL has partnered with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and other organisations to display company concession boundaries on our interactive SPOTT mapping tool.

 

The interactive map draws data from Global Forest Watch Commodities to reveal concession site boundaries of the featured companies, and their scheme smallholders and mill locations (where available). The mapping tool also provides the location and description of protected areas, Indonesian primary forest from 2005, tree cover loss alerts since 2013, and active fires within the last 24 hours to one week.

How to use the mapping tool:

Click and hold on a point on the map and drag the mouse to where you want to view. To zoom in and out, click on the + and icons in the top right of the map.

Click on the home icon on the right to automatically zoom out to a regional level where the majority of concessions can be found. Click on the base map layer icon below to choose from nine different base maps (e.g. terrain, topographic, grey canvas).

The control panel or legend to the right of the map contains various data layer options. Tick the boxes on and off to choose which data layers you want to view. For more detailed information on the data sources, click on the adjacent information icons.

Viewing oil palm companies’ plantation concessions:

On the mapping tool, select a company from the drop down list, or type in full the company’s name or that of a specific site in the case sensitive search bar, then press Enter.

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Mapping tool at regional level. Use the search bar to find specific company concessions.

Company concession sites are displayed with coloured marker pins when viewed at a regional level. Clicking on a pin will zoom in to display a particular concession site in more detail.

There are four different datasets displaying plantation concessions. The first two refer to SPOTT featured companies:

  • Those disclosed by the company itself – displayed in purple with vertical hashing on the map
  • Sites registered to the company’s from government mapping data – displayed in orange with horizontal hashing on the map (for Cameroon, Indonesia, Liberia and Republic of Congo only)
  • Percentages alongside each layer refer to the relative hectarage disclosed by the company against data from government maps
  • If no concessions can be found for a particular company, the control panel will state: Data currently unavailable. Please see Landbank indicator 2.6.1.

The second two refer to other available oil palm concessions, which may not pertain to companies featured on SPOTT, but give a greater view of the spread of oil palm concessions in selected countries:

  • Areas certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO; for Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea) – displayed in yellow with diagonal hashing on the map
  • Government allocated areas (for Cameroon, Indonesia, Liberia and Republic of Congo) – displayed in yellow on the map

Click on a concession site on the map and a pop-up box will appear displaying the following information:

  • Company ownership
  • Site name
  • Country in which the plantation is located
  • Area of the plantation concession in hectares (ha)
  • Link to the company’s page
  • Zoom function to view the plantation concession in greater detail

Clicking on company disclosed or RSPO certified concession sites will also display the following information:

  • Country in which the plantation is located
  • Group that owns the plantation
  • Certification Status
  • GIS Calculated Area (hectares)
  • Certificate ID number
  • Certificate Issue Date
  • Certificate Expiry Date
  • Mill name
  • Mill location
  • Mill capacity (tons per hour)
  • Certified Crude Palm Oil (megatons)
  • Certified Palm Kernel (megatons)
  • Estate Suppliers
  • Estate Area (hectares)
  • Outgrower Area (hectares)
  • Scheme Smallholder area (hectares)
  • Source of data
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Mapping tool showing an RSPO certified concession

Other data layers:

The following analytical tools form a crucial component of SPOTT mapping tool, supporting greater accountability of best practice on the ground:

Scheme smallholder sites:

Data layers for scheme smallholder are not yet available in this current version of SPOTT.

Where companies have confirmed that they do not have any scheme smallholders, and/or use third party fresh fruit bunch (FFB) suppliers, these companies are not assessed against any relevant indicators, and their scores are accordingly weighted, so they are not unfairly penalised.

Indonesia primary forest (2005):

Please note that primary forest data are currently available only for Indonesia.

  • Scroll to the mapping tool and go to the control panel on the right of the map.
  • Tick the ‘Indonesia primary forest 2005’ box.
  • The mapping tool will then display the data layer selected, using two different datasets to show forest cover:
  1. Light green displays primary forest which has been degraded
  2. Dark green displays primary forest which remains intact
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Mapping tool with Indonesia primary forest activated

Tree cover loss alerts (since 2013):

  • Scroll to the mapping tool and go to the control panel on the right of the map.
  • Tick the ‘Tree cover loss (since 2013)’ box.
  • The mapping tool will then show FORMA monthly clearance alerts detected since January 2013, displayed in pink.

NASA active fires:

  • Scroll to the mapping tool and go to the control panel on the right of the map.
  • Tick the ‘NASA Active Fires’ box.
  • A filter will then appear at the bottom of the mapping tool giving the option to view fire hotspots over the past 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours and week.
  • Tick the ‘Only show high confidence fires’ box to isolate hotspots above 95% confidence.

Once selected, fire hotspots will be displayed as orange hexagons on the mapping tool.

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Mapping tool with NASA active fire alerts activated