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Kulim (Malaysia) Bhd

Company Profile: Kulim (Malaysia) Bhd

  • Parent company:
    Johor Corporation
  • Landbank (total):
    91,644 hectares
  • Revenue from oil palm cultivation:
    52.26%
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    Private company
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Other initiatives:
    ISCC, ISPO
  • Activities:
    Oil palm cultivation, processing of crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel (PK)
  • Locations:
    Malaysia (Johor), Indonesia (Central Kalimantan)
  • Headquarters:
    Malaysia
  • Links to other SPOTT companies:
    N/A
  • Notes:
    Kulim was privatized in 2016
  • Parent website:
  • Website:

Company Assessment: Kulim (Malaysia) Bhd

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Total: 36 / 59 61%
  • RSPO reporting requirements 12 / 15 80%
    • Q: 1.1. Is the company an RSPO member?

      A: Yes, Kulim (Malaysia) Berhad 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, Kulim 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. Kulim states all the countries and regions in which the company operates: Indonesia (Central Kalimantan) and Malaysia (Johor). Kulim previously reported one estate in Pehang, Malaysia that it now reports as in Johor, Malaysia.

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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. Kulim joined the RSPO in 2004 and certified its first plantation estate in 2009. Kulim has a time-bound plan to complete certification by 2016 (this target does not include Kulim's operations in Indonesia).

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

      A: No

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

      A: 52.8% of Kulim's plantation estates are RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 47,843.1 ha (total area RSPO-certified) divided by 90,631 ha (stated landbank for palm oil) 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: In the 2014 ACOP Kulim stated a figure for certified FFB from independent FFB suppliers. However, in the 2015 ACOP no information was given regarding independent FFB suppliers and certification. Kulim does report independent smallholders in the 2015 ACOP, but not that these are certified. Kulim has a time-bound plan to complete certification of its independent FFB suppliers by 2025 (this target does not include Kulim's operations in Indonesia).

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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: No, but certification targets have been extended to 2025 (this target does not include Kulim's operations in Indonesia).

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

      A: Yes. Kulim has a time-bound plan to complete certification of its scheme smallholders by 2019 (this target does not include Kulim's operations in Indonesia)

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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, but certification targets have been extended to 2019 (this target does not include Kulim's operations in Indonesia).

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

      A: 63% of Kulim's scheme smallholder plantations is RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 1,691.46 ha (scheme smallholder area RSO certified) divided by 2,683.47 ha (stated scheme smallholder area) 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 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 for palm oil cultivation is 90,631 ha

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

      A: Yes, planted area is 47,202 ha. The 2015 ACOP however reports a figure of 47,317 ha.

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

      A: Yes, scheme smallholder hectarage is 2,683.47 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 6,430.44 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 7 / 14 50%
    • Q: 3.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement to address deforestation resulting from its operations?

      A: Yes, Kulim has a policy of no new development in primary forests or 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: 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: The following Kulim subsidiaries have a publicly available FPIC process:

      PT Sawit Sumber Rejo

      PT Wahana Semesta Kharisma

      PT Harapan Barito Sejahtera

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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 some of Kulim's SEIA assessments:

      Central Kalimantan: PT Harapan Barito Sejahtera, PT Sawit Sumber Rejo, PT Wahana Semesta Kharisma, no further SEIA assessments could be found

      Malaysia: No SEIA assessments could be found

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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 of Kulim's HCV assessments:

      Central Kalimantan: PT Harapan Barito Sejahtera, PT Sawit Sumber Rejo, PT Wahana Semesta Kharisma, no further HCV assessments could be found

      Malaysia: No HCV assessments could be found

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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 of Kulim's HCV management plans:

      Central Kalimantan: PT Harapan Barito Sejahtera, PT Sawit Sumber Rejo, PT Wahana Semesta Kharisma, no further HCV management plans could be found

      Malaysia: No HCV management plans could be found

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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: No information could be found using the research protocols

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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: No. A statement could only be found relating to the phasing out of paraquat, with paraquat eliminated from estates in March 2015.

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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 1 / 2 50%
    • 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: Not a strict policy. Kulim Malaysia states it avoid peatlands and has an on-going commitment to no peat development.

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    • Q: 4.1.2. Does this policy 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: 4.2. What percentage of the company's landbank for oil palm cultivation is located on peat?

      A: 1,380 ha or approximately 1.8% of land cleared is on peat

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  • Zero burning 0 / 2 0%
    • 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: No. Kulim Malaysia only states it has a zero-burning approach for replanting.

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    • Q: 5.1.2. Does this policy 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: 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

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

      A: Yes

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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. Kulim plans to install biogas facilities to capture methane at all 5 of its mills by 2017.

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  • Traceability 5 / 12 41.7%
    • 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: 80% of Kulim's palm oil mills is 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: No information could be found using the research protocols

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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, Identity Preserved

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Media Monitor: Kulim (Malaysia) Bhd

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