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SIPEF

Company Profile: SIPEF

  • Parent company:
    N/A
  • Landbank (total):
    114,152 hectares
  • Revenue from oil palm cultivation:
    86.17%
  • Market cap:
    785,099,712 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    SIP:BB
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    SIP BB
  • ISIN:
    BE0003898187
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Other initiatives:
    ISCC, ISPO
  • Activities:
    Oil palm cultivation, processing of crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel (PK)
  • Locations:
    Papua New Guinea, Indonesia (Bengkulu, North Sumatra, South Sumatra). Minority share in Ivory Coast plantation (SIPEF-CI) was sold in December 2016
  • Headquarters:
    Belgium
  • Links to other SPOTT companies:
    Joint ventures with M.P. Evans Group PLC (PT Kerasaan Indonesia) and Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (PT Agro Muko).
  • Notes:
    SIPEF sold its minority (32.01%) share in an oil palm operation (SIPEF-CI SA) in the Ivory Coast in December 2016 (see 2016 Annual Report).
  • Website:

Company Assessment: SIPEF

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Total: 32 / 59 54.2%
  • RSPO reporting requirements 11 / 15 73.3%
    • Q: 1.1. Is the company an RSPO member?

      A: Yes, SIPEF has been an RSPO member since 2005.

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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, SIPEF 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. SIPEF states all the countries in which the company assumes management control of its plantation estates: Indonesia (Bengkulu, North Sumatra, South Sumatra), Papua New Guinea.

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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. SIPEF joined the RSPO in 2005 and certified its first plantation estate in 2009. SIPEF has time-bound to complete certification by 2015, which it states is completed for all mature estates and commisssioned mills.

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

      A: Yes, an original time-bound plan of 2011 was extended to 2015. SIPEF states that all new operations are certified once they reach maturity (estates) or when a mill is commissioned.

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

      A: 68.7% of SIPEF's plantation estates are RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 60,109 ha (total area RSPO-certified) divided by 87,507 ha (stated landbank for oil palm cultivation) 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: No. SIPEF states that it has independent smallholders in its 2015 ACOP, and has set a target to certify them by 2018.

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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. SIPEF states that it has independent smallholders in its 2015 ACOP, and has set a target to certify them by 2018.

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

      A: Yes

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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: Yes. The company has a target to complete 100% certification of associated smallholders by 2012. SIPEF states that smallholders joining the supply base will be certified within 3 years.

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

      A: 51.3% of SIPEF's scheme smallholder plantations are RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 941 (total area RSPO-certified) divided by 1,835 (scheme smallholder hectarage) x 100.

      In addition, SIPEF has certifed 13,844 ha out of a toal area of 13,844 ha of other smallholders (100%) that are neither schemed or fully independent.

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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 oil palm cultivation is 87,507 ha

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

      A: Yes, planted area is 58,320 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 1,835 ha. SIPEF also has 13,844 ha of other smallholder plantations and 305.5 ha of independent 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 4,920 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, SIPEF identifies and protects 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: The policy only applies to operations owned or managed by SIPEF.

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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 SIPEF subsidiaries which have a publicly available FPIC process are as follows:

      PT Agro Muara Rupit

      PT Agro Rawas Ulu

      PT Agro Kati Lama

      PT Umbul Mas Wisesa

      PT Timbang Deli Indonesia

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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 SIPEF's SEIA assessments:

      Sumatra: PT Timbang Deli Indonesia, PT Agro Muara Rupit, PT Agro Rawas Ulu, PT Mukomuko Agro Sejahtera, PT Agro Kati Lama, PT Umbul Mas Wisesa, no further SEIA assessments could be found

      Papua New Guinea: 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: Yes, SIPEF states that it uses HCV assessors licensed by the HCV Resources Network

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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 SIPEF's HCV assessments:

      Sumatra: PT Timbang Deli Indonesia, PT Agro Muara Rupit, PT Agro Rawas Ulu, PT Mukomuko Agro Sejahtera, PT Agro Kati Lama, PT Umbul Mas Wisesa, no further HCV assessments could be found

      Papua New Guinea: 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 SIPEF's HCV management plans:

      Sumatra: PT Timbang Deli Indonesia, PT Agro Muara Rupit, PT Agro Rawas Ulu, PT Agro Kati Lama, PT Umbul Mas Wisesa, no further HCV management plans could be found

      Papua New Guinea: 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: 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. SIPEF only states Integrated Pest Management systems are in place, but no further details are given.

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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. Paraquat use was stopped in Papua New Guinea in 2015 and SIPEF is commited to stop use in Indonesia in 2016.

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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: No relevant media stories could be found using the research protocols

      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: Yes. SIPEF is committed to no new developments on peatland (since November 2014).

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

      A: The policy only applies to operations owned or managed by SIPEF.

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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

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

      No score

  • Greenhouse gas emissions 1 / 6 16.7%
    • Q: 6.1.1. Does the company have a publicly available time-bound plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?

      A: No. SIPEF only started measuring and monitoring GHG emissions in 2015.

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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. SIPEF only states that it follows regulations on the use of POME and is mitigating emissions from POME.

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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. SIPEF already has 5 mills with methane capture facilities out of its 8 mills.

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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 SIPEF's palm oil mills is RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 8 (stated number of palm oil mills RSPO-certified) divided by 8 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. SIPEF states it has independent smallholders in its 2015 ACOP.

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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. SIPEF has a target to 'get 100% Identity Preserved RSPO certified' by 2018/2019.

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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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Trend Tracker: SIPEF

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Media Monitor: SIPEF

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Deforestation and wildlife conflict

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Fires and haze

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