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Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd

Company Profile: Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd

  • Parent company:
    Sime Darby Group
  • Landbank (total):
    986,824 hectares
  • Revenue from oil palm cultivation:
    27.05%
  • Market cap:
    15,215,931,392 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    SIME:MK
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    SIME MK
  • ISIN:
    MYL4197OO009
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Other initiatives:
    SPOM, ISCC, ISPO, MSPO
  • Activities:
    Oil palm cultivation, processing of crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel (PK), producing palm oil derivatives and biofuel, refining, trading
  • Locations:
    Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak, Peninsular Malaysia), Indonesia (Aceh, Jambi, Riau, South Sumatra, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, Sulawesi), Liberia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands
  • Headquarters:
    Malaysia
  • Links to other SPOTT companies:
    Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd holds the majority stake in New Britain Palm Oil; FELDA holds 0.97% stake in Sime Darby Group.
  • Parent website:
  • Website:

Company Assessment: Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd

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Total: 45 / 59 76.3%
  • RSPO reporting requirements 13 / 15 86.7%
    • Q: 1.1. Is the company an RSPO member?

      A: Yes, Sime Darby Plantation Sendirian 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, Sime Darby 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, Sime Darby states its operations in Indonesia, Malaysia and Liberia, and states all relevant regions in which it operates in these countries. It does not state its operations in North Sumatra, where the company has an oil palm nursery, but this property was only acquired in 2015. The company does not state its operations through New Britain Palm Oil Ltd (NBPOL) in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, but these operations are reported on in NBPOL's 2015 ACOP.

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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. Sime Darby joined the RSPO in 2004 and certified its first plantation estate in 2008. Sime Darby has a time-bound plan to complete certification by 2017 (this target covers Sime Darby's operations in Indonesia, Malaysia and Liberia).

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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, an original target for 100% certification of estates of 2011 was extended to 2014, and then to 2015, 2016 and 2017.

      No score | Source

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

      A: 73.7% of Sime Darby's plantation estates are RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 727,744 ha (total area RSPO-certified reported for Sime Darby and NBPOL = 591,476 + 136,268 ha) divided by 986,824 ha (stated licensed landbank reported for Sime Darby and NBPOL = 850,556 + 136,268 ha) x 100

      These figures includes the company's operations in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands through New Britain Palm Oil Ltd (NBPOL).

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    • 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. Sime Darby has worked with Wild Asia to get independent FFB suppliers who are certified into the supply chain.

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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, an original target of 2012 was extended to 2014 and then further extended to 2020.

      No score | Source

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

      A: Yes, Sime Darby certified its first scheme smallholders in 2013. Sime Darby has a time-bound plan to complete certification of its scheme smallholders by 2020.

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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, an original target of 2015 was extended to 2020, and then brought forward to 2019, then extended to 2020 again.

      No score | Source

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

      A: 55.6% of Sime Darby's scheme smallholder plantations are RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 24,820 ha (total area RSPO-certified) divided by 44,664 ha (scheme smallholder hectarage) x 100

      This figure does not include the company's operations in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands through New Britain Palm Oil Ltd (NBPOL), as NBPOL does not have scheme smallholders, but has associated smallholders.

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

      A: Yes, Sime Darby has the following open complaint filed through the RSPO complaints system:
      October 2012: Dispute over partnership scheme between community and PT. Mitra Austral Sejahtera

      No score | Source

  • Landbank and maps 7 / 8 87.5%
    • Q: 2.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement detailing its land acquisition criteria?

      A: Yes

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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: Yes. This commitment will be applied to all external FFB as described in the Responsible Agriculture Charter

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    • Q: 2.2.1. Has the company publicly disclosed its total landbank area for oil palm cultivation?

      A: Yes, licensed landbank is 986,824 ha. This figure includes the company's operations in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands through New Britain Palm Oil Ltd (NBPOL).

      Calculation: 850,556 ha (total landbank for Sime Darby) + 136,268 ha (total landbank for NBPOL)

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

      A: Yes, planted area is 628,831 ha. This includes the planted area of NBPOL.

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

      A: Yes, scheme smallholder hectarage is 44,664 ha. This figure does not include the company's operations in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands through New Britain Palm Oil Ltd (NBPOL), as NBPOL does not have scheme smallholders, but only has associated smallholders.

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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 38,652.26 ha.

      Calculation: 31,793.04 ha (land managed for conservation by Sime Darby) + 6,859.22 ha (land managed for conservation by NBPOL).
      Note that NBPOL's landbank for conservation has decreased from the previous figure of 14,798 ha reported in the 2014 ACOP.

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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 10 / 14 71.4%
    • Q: 3.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement to address deforestation resulting from its operations?

      A: Yes, Sime Darby has a commitment to no deforestation of primary and virgin forest, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests and 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: 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

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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 Sime Darby's SEIA assessments:

      Liberia: SEIA assessments could be found for Grand Cape Mount County, Bomi County and Gbarpolu County. No SEIA assessment could be found for Bong County.

      No SEIA assessments could be found for: Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Sabah, Sarawak, 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 of Sime Darby's HCV assessments:

      Liberia: HCV assessments could be found for Grand Cape Mount County, Bomi County and Gbarpolu County. No HCV assessment could be found for Bong County

      No HCV assessments could be found for: Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Sabah, Sarawak, 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 of Sime Darby's HCV management plans:


      Liberia: HCV management plans could be found for Grand Cape Mount County, Bomi County and Gbarpolu County. No HCV assessment could be found for Bong County

      No HCV management plans could be found for: Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Sabah, Sarawak, 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: Yes

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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: Yes

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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. Sime Darby commits to the prohibition of new planting in peat areas, irrespective of the land's condition.

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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

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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 4 / 6 66.7%
    • 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. Sime Darby's commitment for reduction of GHG emissions are disclosed in the Responsible Agriculture Charter, with an implementation timeline for external FFB (smallholders and independent).

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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

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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: No. However, Sime Darby has "identified 17 mills in total where biogas will be implemented up to 2015. The mid-term target is to achieve 25% reduction in carbon emissions by 2016, for which an additional 9 plants would need to be identified". It estimates that the establishment of biogas capture facilities at 50% of its mills in Indonesia and Malaysia would enable emission reductions of 40% by 2020.

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  • Traceability 7 / 12 58.3%
    • Q: 7.1. Are all of the company's mill locations publicly available for all countries in which it operates?

      A: Yes. All Malaysia, Indonesia, PNG, Solomon Islands and Liberia mills are available on OpenPalm traceability dashboard.

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

      A: 98.57% of Sime Darby's palm oil mills is RSPO-certified. This figure includes 58 certified mills in Malaysia and Indonesia, and 11 certified mills through NBPOL in Papua New Guinea.

      Calculation: 69 (stated number of palm oil mills RSPO-certified) divided by 70 (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: 0% of the company's independently sourced FFB is RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 0 (tonnes RSPO-certified) divided by 1,099,390 tonnes (total tonnes of independently sourced FFB) x 100

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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: Yes. Sime Darby's commitment to work towards an SG supply chain is disclosed in the Responsible Agriculture Charter which was launched on 21 Sept 2016.

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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, Identity Preserved

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Media Monitor: Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd

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