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Wilmar International Ltd

Company Profile: Wilmar International Ltd

  • Parent company:
    N/A
  • Landbank (total):
    282,575 hectares
  • Revenue from oil palm cultivation:
    0.15%
  • Market cap:
    15,888,690,176 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    WLIL.SI
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    WIL SP
  • ISIN:
    SG1T56930848
  • RSPO member?
    Yes
  • Other initiatives:
    ISCC, ISPO
  • Activities:
    Oil palm cultivation, processing of crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel (PK), refining, merchandising, producing biofuels, trading
  • Locations:
    Indonesia (Bengkulu, Jambi, West Sumatra, South Sumatra, North Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, Riau), Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak), Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Ivory Coast. Plans to develop in Liberia.
  • Headquarters:
    Singapore
  • Links to other SPOTT companies:
    20% stake in Kencana Agri Ltd. Joint venture with Olam International Ltd (Nauvu Investments). [Archer Daniels Midland](http Wilmar is udnertaking a joint venture with ADM (Olenex) to market palm oil products in Europea (http://www.olenex.com/index.html)
  • Notes:
    Wilmar International has operations, through joint ventures, in Uganda, the Ivory Coast and Sri Lanka.
  • Website:

Company Assessment: Wilmar International Ltd

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Total: 42 / 59 71.2%
  • RSPO reporting requirements 13 / 15 86.7%
    • Q: 1.1. Is the company an RSPO member?

      A: Yes, Wilmar International 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, Wilmar 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: Wilmar International states all the countries in which the company operates and has over 50% shareholdings: Indonesia, Ghana, Nigeria and Malaysia (Malaysian operations reported through PPB Oil Palms Bhd). Wilmar International also has operations, through joint ventures, in Uganda, the Ivory Coast and Sri Lanka. However, with less than 50% shareholdings, these are not under Wilmar's management control.

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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. Wilmar joined the RSPO in 2005 and certified its first plantation estate in 2009 through PPB Oil Palms in Malaysia, and in 2010 through Wilmar International. Wilmar has a time-bound plan to complete certification by 2016. Note: this time bound plan includes Wilmar's operations in Ghana and Indonesia, but not in Nigeria.

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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 of 2013 was extended to 2016.

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

      A: 89.7% of Wilmar International's plantation estates are RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 215,035 ha (total area RSPO-certified by Wilmar 139,074 ha + PPB Oil Palms 75,961 ha) divided by 239,775 ha (stated planted area) 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: Yes. PPB Oil Palms Berhad, which covers Wilmar's Malaysian operations, reports 13,979.17 tonnes of FFB sourced from independent suppliers as RSPO-certified. Wilmar has a time-bound plan to complete certification of independent FFB suppliers by 2019 for operations in Malaysia and by 2029 for operations in Indonesia, Ghana and Nigeria.

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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 the company extended its target for operations in Malaysia from 2018 to 2019.

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

      A: Yes, all Wilmar's scheme smallholders in Ghana and some in Indonesia are RSPO-certified. Wilmar has a time-bound plan to complete certification of scheme smallholders by 2019 for operations in Indonesia, Ghana and Nigeria. The ACOP for PPB Oil Plams Berhad states that it has no scheme smallholders in 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

      No score

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

      A: 29.5% of Wilmar's scheme smallholder plantations are RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 9,244 ha (total area RSPO-certified) divided by 31,284 ha (scheme smallholder hectarage)

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

      A: Yes, Wilmar has the following open complaint filed through the RSPO complaints system:
      October 2014: PT Permata Hijau Pasaman 1 (Wilmar International Ltd) has been accused by the Nagari Kapa community of using community land for oil palm cultivation

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  • 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. Wilmar 's 'No Exploitation' policy has a specific component on 'Land Tenure Rights and Free Prior and Informed Consent'.

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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. Wilmar's 'No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation' policy applies to all Wilmar operations worldwide and all third-party suppliers they purchase from or have a trading relationship with. This policy contains a specific component on 'Land Tenure Rights and Free Prior and Informed Consent'.

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

      A: Yes, the landbank for palm oil cultivation for Indonesia, Ghana, Nigeria and Malaysia is approximately 243,138 ha (184,732 ha for Wilmar International + 58,406 ha for PPB Oil Palms)

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

      A: Yes, planted area is 239,775 ha as of June 2016

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

      A: Yes, scheme smallholder hectarage is 31,284 ha. Wilmar also has 148,000 ha under smallholder and outgrower schemes through joint ventures and associates in Africa.

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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 29,562 ha (21,882 ha for Wilmar in Indonesia, Ghana and Nigeria and 7,680 ha for PPB Oil Palms in Malaysia).

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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: Scheme smallholder boundaries have been made available to the RSPO as part of their estate maps according to Wilmar, but not all are publicly available due to ongoing legal issues.

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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, Wilmar has a no deforestation policy, including no development of High Carbon Stock (HCS) 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: Yes. Wilmar's No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation Policy applies to 'all Wilmar operations worldwide' and all third-party suppliers they purchase from or have a trading relationship with.

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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. Wilmar 's 'No Exploitation' policy has a specific component on 'Land Tenure Rights and Free Prior and Informed Consent'.

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

      A: Yes. Wilmar reported details of its FPIC process in the 2009 sustainability report. Wilmar also gives details of the FPIC process on its 'No Exploitation' page and states it will publish the procedure when available.

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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. Wilmar commits to undertaking environmental and social impact assessments prior to land development.

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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 Wilmar International's SEIA assessments:

      Sumatra: PT Agrindo Indah Persada - Jambi Province
      West Kalimantan: PT Agronusa Investama - Sambas District
      Nigeria: Biase Plantations - Ibiae Estate.

      No further assessments or summary assessments could be found for Indonesia (Sumatra, Kalimantan), Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak), Ghana or Nigeria. However, it is not clear from the RSPO or Wilmar's sites whether/when new planting has taken place since 2005.

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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

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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 Wilmar International's HCV assessments:

      Sumatra: PT Agrindo Indah Persada - Jambi Province
      Kalimantan: PT Agronusa Investama - Sambas District, PT Perkebunan Anak Negeri Pasaman - Landak District, Wilmar Nabati - Balikpapan Bay
      Nigeria: Biase Plantations - Ibiae Estate

      No further assessments or summary assessments could be found for Indonesia (Sumatra, Kalimantan), Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak), Ghana or Nigeria, however it is not clear from the RSPO or Wilmar's sites whether/when new planting has taken place since 2005.

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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 Wilmar International's HCV management plans:

      Sumatra: PT Agrindo Indah Persada - Jambi Province
      Kalimantan: PT Agronusa Investama - Sambas District
      Nigeria: Biase Plantations - Ibiae Estate

      No further plans could be found for Indonesia (Sumatra, Kalimantan), Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak), Ghana or Nigeria, however it is not clear from the RSPO or Wilmar's sites whether/when new planting has taken place since 2005.

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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 commitment could be found using the research protocols. Wilmar only states that it safeguards water quality and provides information on water usage.

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

      A: Yes. Wilmar states that it seeks to minimise pesticide use through an integrated pest management approach. The company also discloses key figures related to its herbicide use.

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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. Wilmar has a policy of no development on peat regardless of depth.

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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: Approximately 8% of Wilmar planted area is currently on peat soil (21,244 ha).

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  • 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 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. Wilmar International is committed to reducing GHG emissions, but a time-bound plan could not 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: Wilmar International's "No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation" policy states that greenhouse gas emissions on existing plantations should be progressively reduced. This policy applies to both scheme smallholders and independent FFB suppliers, but there is no time-bound plan for this policy.

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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: 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: No. Wilmar only commits to treat mill effluent to reduce emissions and to establish a monitoring system for this.

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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. Wilmar International currently has 8 mills with methane capture facilities with 15 more expected to be completed by 2017, representing nearly half of Wilmar's 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 to the RSPO according to Wilmar, but not all are publicly available due to ongoing legal issues. Information on Wilmar's mills and their supply base is also available on Wilmar's own website.

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

      A: 70.3% of Wilmar International's palm oil mills is RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 26 (stated number of palm oil mills RSPO-certified for Wilmar 16 + PPB Oil Palms 8) divided by 37 palm oil mills (stated number of palm oil mills managed) x 100.

      Note: Wilmar operates a total of 46 mills, but nine are independent

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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: 2.28% of the company's independently sourced FFB (in Malaysia through PPB Oil Palms) is RSPO-certified.

      Calculation: 13,979.19 (tonnes RSPO-certified) divided by 611,005.09 (total tonnes of independently sourced FFB) x 100 (this figure only includes Wilmar International's Malaysian operations)

      In addition more than 2,700 independent smallholders were certified in June 2016 covering 5,500 ha and producing 92,000 tonnes. Wilmar reports 3,895,302 tonnes of independently sourced FFB in total 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: 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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Trend Tracker: Wilmar International Ltd

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Media Monitor: Wilmar International Ltd

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