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M.P. Evans Group plc

Company Profile: M.P. Evans Group plc

  • Parent company:
    N/A
  • Landbank (total):
    83,626 hectares
  • Revenue from oil palm cultivation:
    100%
  • Market cap:
    510,497,152 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    MPE.L
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    MPE LN
  • ISIN:
    GB0007538100
  • Sedol:
    753810
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Other initiatives:
    ISCC, ISPO, MSPO
  • Activities:
    Oil palm cultivation, processing of crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel (PK)
  • Locations:
    Indonesia (Sumatra, East Kalimantan, Bangka, Belitung Island), Peninsular Malaysia
  • Headquarters:
    UK
  • Links to other SPOTT companies:
    Joint venture with both SIPEF and PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk, with regards to PT Agro Muko (announced intention to sell share to SIPEF in Dec 2016). M.P. Evans Group also has a joint venture with SIPEF with regards to PT Kerasaan Indonesia. PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk has a 20% ownership interest in PT Evans Lestari (M.P. Evans Group PLC).
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Company Assessment: M.P. Evans Group plc

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Total: 22 / 59 37.3%
  • RSPO reporting requirements 8 / 15 53.3%
    • Q: 1.1. Is the company an RSPO member?

      A: Yes, M.P. Evans Group PLC has been an RSPO member since 2006.

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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, M.P. Evans 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: No. M.P. Evans only states that it operates in: Indonesia (Aceh, East Kalimantan, Bangka-Belitung, South Sumatra, North Sumatra). It did not state that it operates in Peninsular Malaysia where it has 70 ha of plantation land.

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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. M.P. Evans joined RSPO in 2006 and certified its first plantation estate in 2012. M.P. Evans has a time-bound plan to complete certification by 2024 (time-bound plan does not encompass M.P. Evans' plantation estates in Peninsular Malaysia).

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

      A: No. However, a time-bound plan was extended from 2015 to 2016 and then further extended to 2024.

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

      A: 34.2% of M.P. Evans' plantation estates are RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 28,592 ha (total area RSPO-certified) divided by 83,626 ha (stated landbank for oil palm cultivation) x 100 (M.P. Evans did not declare Malaysia as a country of operation in their latest RSPO ACOP submission)

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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: No information could be found using the research protocols. M.P. Evans has a time-bound plan to complete certification by 2021 (time-bound plan does not encompass M.P. Evans' plantation estates in Peninsular Malaysia)

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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. However, a time-bound plan was extended from 2016 to 2021.

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

      A: Yes. M.P. Evans has a time-bound plan to complete certification by 2024 (time-bound plan does not encompass M.P. Evans's plantation estates in Peninsular Malaysia).

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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. However, a time-bound plan was extended from 2015 to 2016 and then further extended to 2024.

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

      A: 55.8% of M.P. Evans's scheme smallholder plantations are RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 4,167.93 ha (total area RSPO certified) divided by 7,475.28 ha (scheme smallholder hectarage) 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 4 / 8 50%
    • 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. M.P. Evans only states that security of land tenure is of fundamental concern, that it has obtained all necessary licenses for land and compensates smallholders.

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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 83,626 ha

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

      A: Yes, planted area is 25,366 ha in Indonesia and 65 ha in Malaysia.

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

      A: Yes, scheme smallholder hectarage is 7,475.28 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 3,006.9 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 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 estates.

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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 5 / 14 35.7%
    • Q: 3.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement to address deforestation resulting from its operations?

      A: Yes, M.P. Evans only undertakes new plantation development in heavily-degraded areas and in areas that do not have High Conservation Value (HCV).

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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: No information could be found using the research protocols

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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 subsidiaries have a publicly available FPIC process: PT Gunung Pelawan Lestari; PT Evans 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: 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 SEIA assessments:

      South Sumatra: PT Evans Lestari

      East Kalimantan: PT Prima Mitrajaya Mandiri; PT Teguh Jayaprima Abadi

      Bangka Belitung Island: PT Gunung Pelawan Lestari

      No SEIA assessments could be found for: Aceh, Sumatra, North Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia

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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:

      South Sumatra: PT Evans Lestari

      East Kalimantan: PT Prima Mitrajaya Mandiri; PT Teguh Jayaprima Abadi

      Bangka Belitung Island: PT Gunung Pelawan Lestari

      No HCV assessments could be found for: Aceh, Sumatra, North Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia

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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:

      South Sumatra: PT Evans Lestari

      East Kalimantan: PT Prima Mitrajaya Mandiri; PT Teguh Jayaprima Abadi

      Bangka Belitung Island: PT Gunung Pelawan Lestari

      No HCV management plans could be found for: Aceh, Sumatra, North Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia

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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: No. M.P. Evans only states that it monitors water quality on all its estates, but no further details are given.

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

      A: Yes. The Group adopts IPM to control pests on its plantations.

      Beneficial host plants are planted alongside estate roads to attract predators (insects) of leaf pests. The predators feed on leaf pest larvae thus reducing the need for chemical spraying. Barn owls are, where possible, introduced and bred to control rats, thus obviating the need for chemical baits.

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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 0 / 2 0%
    • 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: No information could be found using the research protocols

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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: No information could be found using the research protocols

      No score

  • Zero burning 1 / 2 50%
    • 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. MP Evans has a zero burning policy for new plantings or replantings.

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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

      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 information could be found using the research protocols

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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. However, M.P. Evans Group already has one methane capture facility and plans to have one at its other mill by mid-2016. In addition, methane capture is intended to be implemented at its new mill to be commissioned in 2018.

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  • Traceability 4 / 12 33.3%
    • 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 M.P. Evans's palm oil mills is RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 2 (stated number of palm oil mills RSPO-certified) divided by 2 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

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Media Monitor: M.P. Evans Group plc

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Deforestation and wildlife conflict

Fires and haze

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