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DAABON Group

Company Profile: DAABON Group

  • Parent company:
    DAABON Group
  • Landbank (total):
    11,347 hectares
  • Revenue from oil palm cultivation:
    81%
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    Private company
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Other initiatives:
    POIG, SAN
  • Activities:
    Organic and conventional oil palm cultivation, processing of crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel (PK), refining
  • Locations:
    Colombia: Aracataca (Departamento del Magdalena), El Reten (Departamento del Magdalena), El Copey (Departamento de Cesar) and Rioacha (Departamento de La Guajira)
  • Headquarters:
    Colombia
  • Links to other SPOTT companies:
    N/A
  • Notes:
    The company behind the palm oil operations is C.I. Tequendama S.A.S. DAABON has been an RSPO member since 2004 but to include its downstream operations, the company switched to Group membership in 2012.
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Company Assessment: DAABON Group

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Total: 58 / 59 98.3%
  • RSPO reporting requirements 15 / 15 100%
    • Q: 1.1. Is the company an RSPO member?

      A: Yes, DAABON Group has been an RSPO member since 2012.

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: Yes

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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, DAABON refers to itself as an oil palm grower.

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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. DAABON states all the countries in which it operates: Colombia.

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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. DAABON certified its first estate in 2011 according to its 2015 ACOP, although its RSPO member page states it was not an RSPO member until 2012.

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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 DAABON Group's plantation estates have been RSPO-certified since 2010.

      Calculation: 3,184 ha (total area RSPO-certified) divided by 3,184 ha (stated ptlaned area) x 100

      4 / 4.0 | Source

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

      A: Yes

      No score | Source

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

      A: Yes

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: No, however a target for achieving 100% RSPO certification of independently sourced FFB was extended from 2014 to 2017.

      No score | Source

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

      A: Yes

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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 DAABON Group's smallholders are RSPO-certified

      Calculation: 3647.6 ha (total area RSPO-certified) divided by 3647.6 ha (scheme smallholder hectarage) x 100

      These smallholders are listed as outgrowers in the company's 2015 ACOP.

      4 / 4.0 | Source

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

      A: No

      No score

  • Landbank and maps 8 / 8 100%
    • Q: 2.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement detailing its land acquisition criteria?

      A: Yes

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: Yes

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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 6,300 ha

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: Yes, planted area is 3,184 ha

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: Yes, scheme smallholder hectarage is 3,647.6 ha (these smallholders are listed as outgrowers in the company's 2015 ACOP)

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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 497.3 ha

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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.

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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 Daabon, but not all are publicly available due to ongoing legal issues.

      1 / 1.0

  • Environmental management 13 / 14 92.9%
    • Q: 3.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement to address deforestation resulting from its operations?

      A: Yes, DAABON is a member of the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) that aims to break the link between palm oil expansion and deforestation by conserving and restoring High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) areas

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: Yes

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: Yes

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: There is public availability of the following SEIA assessments. Both original and updated SEIAs are referred to as PMAs:

      Ariguani Farm SEIA 2006 & PMA 2015 (estate plantation)
      Gavilán Farm SEIA 2006 & PMA 2015 (estate plantation)
      Tequendama Farm SEIA 2006 & PMA 2015 (estate plantation)
      Mercedes Farm PMA 2006 & PMA 2015 (estate plantation)
      Palmares del Caribe Farm PMA
      Extraction Mill SEIA 2006 & PMA 2015
      Smallholders SEIA 2006

      Daabon has also made available a report on:
      Perception of Social & Environment Impacts of C.I. Tequedama S.A.S.

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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, DAABON states it is committed to only using HCV assessors licensed by the HCVRN ALS for any future development of oil palm (including new planting and replanting), across all of its oil palm operations

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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 HCV assessments:
      La Guajira HCV 2015
      Cesar-Magdalena HCV 2016

      There is also the following Flora and Fauna surveys:
      Tequendama HCV 2013
      Las Mercedes Fauna & Flora 2009
      Tequendama HCV 2009 - Fauna
      Tequendama HCV 2009 - Flora

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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 some public availablity of summary management and monitoring plans within HCV assessments and SEIAs.

      0 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: Yes

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: Yes

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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. DAABON is a member of the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) that commits the company to no peat clearance.

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: Yes

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: 0% of DAABON Group's landbank for oil palm cultivation is located on peat

      No score | Source

  • 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. Daabon is a member of the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) that commits to no land preparation by burning.

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: Yes

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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 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, in the company's GHG policy it commits to achieving 'a carbon neutral state by 2015'. It is not clear whether this has been achieved.

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: Yes

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: Yes

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: Yes

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: Yes

      1 / 1.0 | Source

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

      A: Yes

      1 / 1.0 | Source

  • Traceability 12 / 12 100%
    • 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 previously, which are viewable on the SPOTT map.

      1 / 1.0

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

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

      Calculation: 1 (stated number of palm oil mills RSPO-certified) divided by 1 palm oil mill (stated number of palm oil mills operated) x 100

      4 / 4.0 | Source

    • 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: 100% of of the company's independently sourced FFB is RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 5,233 (tonnes RSPO-certified) divided by 5,233 (total tonnes of independently sourced FFB) x 100

      4 / 4.0 | Source

    • 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

      1 / 1.0 | Source

    • 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: Segregated, Identity Preserved

      2 / 2.0 | Source

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Media Monitor: DAABON Group

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Deforestation and wildlife conflict

Fires and haze

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