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Cargill Inc

Company Profile: Cargill Inc

  • Parent company:
    N/A
  • Landbank (total):
    66,118 hectares
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    Private company
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Other initiatives:
    SPOM, ISCC, ISPO
  • Activities:
    Oil palm grower; refiner; trader
  • Locations:
    Indonesia (South Sumatra and West Kalimantan)
  • Headquarters:
    USA
  • Links to other SPOTT companies:
    N/A
  • Website:

Company Assessment: Cargill Inc

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Total: 38 / 59 64.4%
  • RSPO reporting requirements 15 / 15 100%
    • Q: 1.1. Is the company an RSPO member?

      A: Yes, Cargill Incorporated 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, Cargill 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. Cargill states all the countries and regions in which it operates: Indonesia (West Kalimantan and South Sumatra).

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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: Yes. Cargill joined the RSPO in 2004 and certified its first plantation estate in 2008.

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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 Cargill's plantation estates are RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 66,117.81 ha (total area RSPO-certified) divided by 66,117.81 ha (stated licensed landbank) x 100

      It is not clear whether this figure includes the operations of PT Poliplant Sejahtera, which was acquired by Cargill in December 2014.

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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: Yes. Cargill's first independent FFB suppliers achieved RSPO certification in 2014. Cargill has a time-bound plan to complete certification of its existing independent FFB suppliers by 2014, but this target has not been met.

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

      A: Yes, Cargill states a target of 2014 to complete certification of all independently sourced FFB by 2014, and this target has not been met.

      No score

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

      A: Yes. Cargill's first scheme smallholders achieved RSPO certification in 2010. Cargill has a time-bound plan to complete certification of its existing scheme smallholders by 2014, which was achieved in December 2014. However, it is not clear whether this figure includes the operations of PT Poliplant Sejahtera, which was acquired by Cargill in December 2014.

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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: 100% of Cargill's scheme smallholder estates are RSPO-certified

      Calculation: 29,032.20 ha (total area RSPO-certified) divided by 29,032.20 ha (scheme smallholder hectarage) x 100

      It is not clear whether this figure includes the operations of PT Poliplant Sejahtera, which was acquired by Cargill in December 2014.

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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 5 / 8 62.5%
    • Q: 2.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement detailing its land acquisition criteria?

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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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 is 66,117.81 ha (a figure of 60,634.20 ha is reported in the 2015 ACOP as the landbank for oil palm cultivation, but as this is lower than the certified area, the figure for licensed landbank is given here instead).

      It is not clear whether this figure includes the operations of PT Poliplant Sejahtera, which was acquired by Cargill in December 2014.

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

      A: Yes, planted area is 50,971.76 ha

      It is not clear whether this figure includes the operations of PT Poliplant Sejahtera, which was acquired by Cargill in December 2014.

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

      A: Yes, scheme smallholder hectarage is 29,032.20 ha
      The company also reports 578.59 ha of independent smallholders.

      It is not clear whether these figures include the operations of PT Poliplant Sejahtera, which was acquired by Cargill in December 2014.

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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 5,139.06. This is a decrease from the figure of 6,020.06 ha reported in the 2014 ACOP.

      It is not clear whether this figure includes the operations of PT Poliplant Sejahtera, which was acquired by Cargill in December 2014.

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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 submitted 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: No information could be found using the research protocols

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  • Environmental management 6 / 14 42.9%
    • Q: 3.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement to address deforestation resulting from its operations?

      A: Yes, Cargill is committed to be deforestation-free by 2020, including the protection of old growth forests, primary forests, High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) lands

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

      A: Yes

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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: Yes, for the following plantation subsidiaries: PT Indo Sawit Kekal, PT Sumber Terang Agro Lestari

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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: No information could be found using the research protocols

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

      A: There is public availability of some SEIA assessments:

      West Kalimantan: PT Indo Sawit Kekal; PT Harapan Sawit Lestari

      South Sumatra: PT Hindoli Mukut-Penuguan; PT Sumber Terang Agro Lestari

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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: No information could be found using the research protocols

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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 some HCV assessments:

      West Kalimantan: PT Indo Sawit Kekal; PT Harapan Sawit Lestari
      South Sumatra: PT Hindoli Mukut-Penuguan; PT Sumber Terang Agro Lestari

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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 some HCV management plans:

      West Kalimantan: PT Indo Sawit Kekal; PT Harapan Sawit Lestari

      South Sumatra: PT Hindoli Mukut-Penuguan; PT Sumber Terang Agro Lestari

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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 information could be found using the research protocols

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

      A: No information could be found using the research protocols

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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: No information could be found using the research protocols

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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. Cargill has a policy of no development on peat.

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

      A: Yes

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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. Cargill has a no-burn policy.

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

      A: Yes

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

      No score

  • Greenhouse gas emissions 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Q: 6.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available time-bound plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?

      A: Yes

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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: 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: 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. However, Cargill is currently working on completing methane capture facilities at two of its mills by 2020. The two mills are in PT Harapan Sawit Lestari and Poliplant Group

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  • Traceability 6 / 12 50%
    • 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 previously, which are viewable on the SPOTT map. However, ZSL is currently unable to ascertain if the maps disclosed constitute 100% of the company's palm oil mills.

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

      A: 100% of Cargill's palm oil mills are RSPO-certified

      Calculation: 6 (stated number of palm oil mills RSPO-certified) divided by 6 palm oil mills (stated number of palm oil mills operated) x 100 (includes Cargill's acquisition of PT Poliplant Sejahtera in December 2014)

      It is not clear whether this figure includes the operations of PT Poliplant Sejahtera, which was acquired by Cargill in December 2014.

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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: 5.75% of the company's independently sourced FFB is RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 243 (tonnes RSPO-certified) divided by 4,228 (total tonnes of independently sourced FFB) x 100.

      Data found was more than 1 year old.

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    • 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, Mass Balance, Segregated

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Trend Tracker: Cargill Inc

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Media Monitor: Cargill Inc

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Deforestation and wildlife conflict

Fires and haze

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