The latest SPOTT assessments were published on 29 June 2017. Please visit SPOTT.org to see the updated scorecard.

All 50 SPOTT assessments have been comprehensively updated since the first assessment. Companies receive previews of these drafts and are invited to provide feedback prior to publication.

Assessments for 25 companies were first published in June 2014 and then updated in October 2014 prior to the SPOTT launch in November 2014. The next update followed in January 2015 and then occurred on a quarterly basis until October 2015. Assessments now take place on a biannual basis being published in May 2016 and most recently in October 2016.

 

MAY 2016 TO OCTOBER 2016

NOVEMBER 2015 TO MAY 2016

AUGUST 2015 TO OCTOBER 2015

MAY 2015 TO JULY 2015

FEBRUARY 2015 TO APRIL 2015

NOVEMBER 2014 TO JANUARY 2015


MAY 2016 TO OCTOBER 2016

Updated assessments published in October 2016 for the 50 companies on SPOTT

Updated assessments and scores have been published for the 50 palm oil companies featured on SPOTT.

37 companies gained points with companies being scored on maps again

37 (74%) of the companies on SPOTT gained points since the last assessment in May 2016, although only half improved their overall percentage scores, due to the map-related indicators being re-enabled. These assess whether the companies have made all their concessionscheme smallholder and mill maps publicly available. However, ongoing legal issues around the publication of maps still remain. In light of this, numerous companies have been scored on their map submissions to the RSPO, although this map data is not yet publicly available. SPOTT is continuing to monitor the situation relating to the availability of maps and will update the website when more information is available.

Notable score increases: Noble Group, IOI Corporation and IJM Plantations increase significantly, while Olam and Wilmar become “green” (score more than 66%)

  1. Noble Group Ltd increased the most in the latest round of assessments from 15.7% to 46.3% (+30.6%). This was due to the company making a number of documents publicly available, such as Standard Operating Procedures, hence improving the transparency of its operations. The release of these documents revealed its commitments to limit deforestation, conduct FPIC, SEIA and HCV assessments, and avoid high carbon stock areas, peatlands and burning.
  2. IOI Corporation increased from 37.2% to 55.9% (+18.7%) due to its RSPO certificates having been reinstated in August 2016. The company has now released a revised IOI Group Sustainable Palm Oil Policy and a Sustainable Implementation Plan. IOI also gained points for disclosing its land managed for conservation, undertaking integrated pest management and its plans to capture methane from all of its mills.
  3. IJM Plantations increased from 12.5% to 20.3% (+7.8%) due to the company making publicly available commitments to limit deforestation, not plant on peat, undertake FPIC, conduct HCV assessments and clarifying that its zero burning policy applies to schemed and independent smallholders.
  4. Olam International Ltd increased from 60% to 76.6% (+16.6%) partly due to it certifying its one and only mill. It also gained points for its greenhouse gas plan applying to scheme smallholders and independent suppliers, and for concession and mill locations being made available.
  5. Wilmar International Ltd increased from 64.3% to 71.2% (+6.9%) with points being awarded for integrated pest management, committing to use the HCV Assessor Licensing Scheme, reporting greenhouse gas emissions from land use change, and making maps available.

Notable score decreases: Glenealy Plantations

Glenealy Plantations decreased from 3.6% to 0%, meaning it is now the least transparent company alongside Darmex Agro Group. The score decrease is due to landbank figures being over a year old with no newly reported figures being found.

Sime Darby launches Responsible Agriculture Charter

Sime Darby has launched its Responsible Agriculture Charter outlining its commitments to improve agricultural practices.

 

NOVEMBER 2015 TO MAY 2016

Updated assessments and scores have been published for the 50 palm oil companies featured on SPOTT.

Scores improved for 28 companies, did not change for 15 companies and decreased for 7 companies

Over half of the companies have obtained an improved score in the latest assessment (May 2016) signifying a greater move towards transparency and sustainability. 15 of the 50 companies did not have a change in score, while seven companies have a decreased score compared with the last assessment in October 2015.

Notable score increases: Olam is the most improved company, and Cargill and Musim Mas become ‘green’ (score>66%)

  1. Olam International increased from 44.4% to 60% (+7 points) due to HCV & SEIA reports being publicly available, a HCS+ case study detailing GHG emissions from land use change and a commitment to phasing out pesticides (note that a number of indicators are currently disabled for Olam due to it not currently from smallholders or independent FFB suppliers at present)
  2. Kuala Lumpur Kepong increased from 43% to 52% (+ 5 points) due to peat and deforestation commitments now applying to all suppliers, a GHG emissions reduction commitment, reporting on smallholder hectarage and an increase in the percentage of its estates RSPO-certified
  3. Cargill increased from 57% to 66% (+5 points), becoming ‘green’, due to it reporting certifying its 1st independent FFB suppliers, smallholder hectarage and having 100% of smallholders certified
  4. Musim Mas Group increased from 65% to 70.5% (+3 points), becoming ‘green’, due to a commitment to phasing out pesticides and an increase in the percentage of its estates RSPO-certified
  5. DAABON Group increased again from 93% to 96% (+2 points) to remain the highest scoring company due to a commitment to use HCV ALS assessors and HCV management and monitoring plans being publicly available

The companies with the greatest improvement in score since their first assessment in June 2014 are:

  1. SIPEF 29% to 55% (+26%)
  2. First Resources 18% to 41% (+23%)
  3. United Plantations 42% to 64% (+22.5%)
  4. Wilmar 42% to 64% (+22.5%)
  5. Sime Darby 51% to 70% (+19%)

Notables score decreases: IOI Corporation, FELDA and IJM Plantations decrease in score due to RSPO-related indicators

  1. IOI Corporation decreased from 57% to 37% (-10 points) due to the suspension of its RSPO certificates
  2. FELDA decreased from 45% to 32% (- 7 points) due to it voluntarily withdrawing its RSPO certificates
  3. IJM Plantations decreased from 20% to 12.5% (-4 points) due to its resignation from RSPO

First Resources and SIPEF publish their first sustainability progress reports

First Resources published its first sustainability progress report  following the publication of its policy of sustainable palm oil in July 2015.

SIPEF also published its first sustainability progress report covering 2014/2015.

Wilmar makes sustainability dashboard information publicly available

Wilmar has made the information previously only accessible through logging on to its sustainability dashboard now publicly available as information on its website.

 

AUGUST 2015 TO OCTOBER 2015

Two volunteers, Musim Mas and R.E.A. Holdings and 22 additional companies are now assessed on SPOTT

Musim Mas and R.E.A. Holdings have volunteered to join SPOTT and 22 new companies have been added based on our company selection methodology. Altogether 50 companies now feature on SPOTT and they will continue to be assessed quarterly against the revised indicator framework. See the companies’ current results here.

Companies are now assessed against the updated indicator framework

ZSL has widely consulted on the SPOTT indicator framework throughout the year and updated the indicators based on this consultation. This has resulted in the refinement of five existing indicators and addition of five new indicators, bringing the total number of indicators in the updated framework to 53 with a possible maximum score of 56.

Additionally, due to legal issues regarding the publishing of oil palm concession boundary maps in Indonesia and Malaysia, ZSL has decided to temporarily disable three map related indicators (2.3.1, 2.3.2 and 7.1) for all featured companies. This resulted in score changes in the landbank and traceability categories for most companies. The indicators will be enabled as soon as possible following clarification from the RSPO or the Indonesian and Malaysian governments.

Astra Agro Lestari has updated their sustainability policy

Astra Agro Lestari published their updated sustainability policy in September which now applies to all their suppliers. The policy contains a land acquisition statement, a deforestation statement (including High Carbon Stock areas), a commitment not to develop land without Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and a commitment not to develop on peat regardless of depth.

See changes in Astra Agro’s assessment in more detail below and their updated assessment here.

Hap Seng Plantations has published their inaugural sustainability report

Also in September, Hap Seng published their inaugural sustainability report, which led to improvements in their SPOTT assessment scores, due to the publication of water management and integrated pest management (IPM) plans, a commitment to report and reduce effects from Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) and to have RSPO certified 100% of their palm oil mills.

See changes in Hap Seng’s assessment in more detail below and their updated assessment here.

 

SCORE CHANGES DUE TO CURRENT UPDATES TO THE INDICATOR FRAMEWORK

Company and category scores could have changed this quarter in the following ways:

  1. Increased or decreased due to relevant information published in 2014 RSPO ACOP, company reports, presentations or websites.
  2. Increased or decreased due to the amending of existing indicators and the addition of new indicators (e.g. if no points gained against any new indicators and no other changes happened, a companies’ overall score decreased as a result of dividing their unchanged score by a higher maximum score of 56 points. This has occurred for the following companies: Jaya Tiasa, Malaysia Airport, QL Resources, Sarawak Oil Palms, SIPEF and TSH Resources).
  3. Increased or decreased due to the disabling of indicators based on company engagement with ZSL. This is to prevent the unfair penalising of SPOTT featured companies who, for example do not have any scheme smallholders or do not source from independent FFB suppliers.
  4. Increased or decreased due to the disabling of three map related indicators (2.3.1, 2.3.2 and 7.1) for all featured companies due to legality issues around the publishing of oil palm concession boundary maps in both Indonesia and Malaysia.

Please note that the above changes could counterbalance each other, which might result in no change in overall or category scores.

 

SCORE CHANGES DUE TO AMENDED AND NEW INDICATORS

Only companies whose scores have changed are shown below.

Original indicators in 2014-15 were:

  • 1.4.1. Has the company set any public targets to be 100% RSPO certified?
  • 1.7.1. Has the company set any public targets for its third party suppliers to be 100% RSPO certified?
  • 1.8.1. Has the company set any public targets for scheme smallholders to be 100% RSPO certified?
  • 3.10.1. Does the company have a publicly available statement which phases out the use of WHO Class 1A and 1B pesticides and paraquat?
  • 3.11. Has the company been mentioned in any relevant media stories and reports linked to wildlife conflict within the company’s own plantation estates?

Amended indicators in 2015-16 are:

  • 1.4.1. Has the company RSPO-certified its first plantation estate within either of the following timeframes either a) by November 2010, or b) within three years of first holding plantation operations as an RSPO member?
    • Gained points: IOI, Kuala Lumpur Kepong, Kulim, London Sumatra, Salim Ivomas Pratama, United Plantations, Wilmar International
    • Lost points: Agropalma, Hap Seng Plantations, Keck Seng
  • 1.7.1. Have the first of the company’s independent FFB suppliers achieved RSPO-certification?
    • Gained points: Kulim
  • 1.8.1. Has the company RSPO-certified their first scheme smallholders?
    • Gained points: Sime Darby, Wilmar International
  • 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?
  • 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?

New indicators in 2015-16 are:

  • 1.10. Does the company have any open complaints filed through the RSPO complaints system?
    • Open complaints: Agropalma, FELDA, First Resources, Genting, Golden Agri Resources, IOI, London Sumatra, Sime Darby
  • 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)?
    • Gained points: Agropalma, First Resources
    • Lost points: Astra Agro Lestari, Boustead Plantations, Bumitama Agri, Genting Plantations, Golden Agri Resources, Hap Seng Plantations, IJM Plantations, IOI, Jaya Tiasa, Keck Seng, Kuala Lumpur Kepong, Kulim, London Sumatra, NBPOL, QL Resources, Salim Ivomas Pratama, Sarawak Oil Palms, Sime Darby, SIPEF, Socfin, TSH Resources, United Plantations, Wilmar International
  • 3.5. Has the company publicly committed to applying a High Carbon Stock (HCS) methodology to all of their landholdings and not developing on HCS areas?
    • Gained points: Agropalma, Astra Agro Lestari, Bumitama Agri, First Resources, Golden Agri Resources, IOI, Kuala Lumpur Kepong, NBPOL, Sime Darby, United Plantations, Wilmar International
    • Lost points: Boustead Plantations, Genting Plantations, Hap Seng Plantations, IJM Plantations, Jaya Tiasa, Keck Seng, Kulim, London Sumatra, QL Resources, Salim Ivomas Pratama, Sarawak Oil Palms, SIPEF, Socfin, TSH Resources
  • 6.4. Has the company made a public commitment to report and to reduce effects from Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME)?
    • Gained points: Agropalma, Boustead Plantations, Bumitama Agri, First Resources, Golden Agri Resources, Hap Seng Plantations, IJM Plantations, Kulim, London Sumatra, NBPOL, Salim Ivomas Pratama, Sime Darby, Socfin
    • Lost points: Astra Agro Lestari, Genting Plantations, Jaya Tiasa, Keck Seng, Kuala Lumpur Kepong, QL Resources, SIPEF, TSH Resources, Wilmar International
  • 6.5. Has the company made a public commitment to eliminate methane emissions from all of its palm oil mills?
    • Gained points: Kulim
    • Lost points: Agropalma, Astra Agro Lestari, Boustead Plantations, Bumitama Agri, First Resources, Genting Plantations, Golden Agri Resources, Hap Seng Plantations, IJM Plantations, Jaya Tiasa, Keck Seng, Kuala Lumpur Kepong, London Sumatra, NBPOL, QL Resources, Salim Ivomas Pratama, Sarawak Oil Palms, Sime Darby, SIPEF, Socfin, TSH Resources, United Plantations, Wilmar International

 

LIST OF NEW COMPANIES FROM NOVEMBER 2015

  1. Anglo-Eastern Plantations plc
  2. Archer Daniels Midland Company
  3. Asian Agri Group
  4. Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk PT
  5. Bakrie Sumatera Plantations Tbk PT
  6. Cargill Inc
  7. DAABON Group
  8. Daewoo International Corporation
  9. Darmex Agro Group PT
  10. Eagle High Plantations Tbk PT
  11. Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd
  12. Glenealy Plantations Sdn Bhd
  13. Kencana Agri Ltd
  14. KS Oils Ltd
  15. M.P. Evans Group plc
  16. Musim Mas Group PT (volunteered)
  17. Noble Group Ltd
  18. Olam International Ltd
  19. R.E.A. Holdings plc (volunteered)
  20. Sampoerna Agro Tbk PT
  21. Tiga Pilar Sejahtera Food Tbk PT
  22. Tradewinds Plantation Bhd
  23. Triputra Agro Persada Group PT
  24. Tunas Baru Lampung Tbk PT

 

MAJOR CHANGES IN COMPANY ASSESSMENTS SINCE JULY

Please note that overall and category score changes reflect all updates (incl. disabled map and other indicators, new and amended indicators) but only changes regarding to the original indicator framework are detailed below. Changes related to new or amended indicators are detailed above.

Agropalma Group – score decrease from 92% to 88.2%

  1. Traceability: 100% to 85.7%

-1 point: the addition of Book & Claim in the companies’ 2014 RSPO Annual Communications of Progress (ACOP) report to the supply chain options which Agropalma prioritizes

 

Astra Agro Lestari Tbk PT – score improvement from 14.6% to 28.6%

September 2015: Astra Agro Lestari Tbk published their updated Sustainability Policy. The publication of this policy has led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. Landbank: 37.5% to 83.3%

+2 points: for publishing land acquisition statement which applies to all suppliers

  1. Environmental Management: 41.7% to 50%

+1 point: for applying the company’s deforestation statement to all suppliers

+1 point: for publishing a commitment to undertake Free, Prior and Informed Consent prior to any new plantings

  1. Fragile, marginal and peat soils: 0% to 100%

+2 points: for publishing a no development on peat statement which applies to all suppliers

  1. Zero burning: 50% to 100%

+1 point: for applying zero burning statement to all suppliers

Media story update:
Sept 2015: Record fine against plantation company upheld
October 2015: Decision to place company in the portfolio of the Government Pension Fund Global under observation.

 

Boustead Holdings – no score change

Updated planted area figure based on company presentation and certified area based on 2014 RSPO ACOP.

 

Bumitama Agri Limited – score improvement from 32.7% to 33.9%

Updated planted area and conservation figure based on company presentation and certified area based on 2014 ACOP.

 

First Resources Ltd – score improvement from 32.7% to 41.1%

October 2015: First Resources contacted ZSL to state that they updated their website as well as publishing the latest investor presentation. The publication of all this information led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. Landbank: 25% to 50%

Updated planted area and scheme smallholder area figures

  1. Environmental Management: 33.33% to 50%

+1 point: for publishing a commitment to conduct Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA)

+1 point: for publishing Water Management Plan

Media story updates:
October 2015: Singapore request for haze information tricky for Indonesia

 

Genting Plantations Bhd – score decrease from 29.1% to 28.6%

Updated landbank for oil palm cultivation, planted area, conservation area and RSPO certified area figures based on 2014 RSPO ACOP.

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: 26.7% to 33.3%

+1 point: Genting Plantations certified its first estate in 2015 and 6.7% of their planted area is now RSPO certified

 

Golden Agri Resources – score improvement from 63.6% to 67.9%

September 2015: Golden Agri Resources updated its Social and Environmental Policy which led to changes in the following indicator category

  1. Landbank: 62.5% to 100%

+2 points: for publishing land acquisition statement which applies to all suppliers

Updated planted area and scheme smallholder area figures.

Media story updates:
September 2015: Haze puts Indonesia pulpwood plantations in a hot spot
September 2015: Golden Agri says halts buys from haze-implicated supplier
October 2015: Plantation companies challenged by haze-causing fires in Indonesia
October 2015: South Sumatra residents to file class action suit against firms causing haze
October 2015: Berikut Korporasi-korporasi di Balik Kebakaran Hutan dan Lahan Itu (The following corporations are behind the land and forest fires)

 

Hap Seng Plantation Holdings Bhd – score improvement from 39.6% to 44%

September 2015: Hap Seng Plantation published their inaugural Sustainability Report. The publication of this report has led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: no score change (due to updated indicator framework)

+1 point: certified area percentage has increased from 67.6% to 88.3%

  1. Landbank: 50% to 66.67%

Updated landbank for oil palm cultivation and planted area figures

  1. Environmental Management: 17.7% to 28.6%

+1 point: for publishing a Water Management Plan

+1 point: for publishing an Integrated Pest Management plan

  1. Traceability: 33.3% to 45.5%

+1 point: all of Hap Seng Plantations’ mills are now RSPO certified

 

IJM Corporation Berhad – score improvement from 18.2% to 19.6%

Updated landbank figure for oil palm cultivation and RSPO certification time-bound plans based on their 2014 ACOP.

 

IOI Corporation Bhd – score improvement from 54% to 56.9%

Updated planted area figure based on 2015 Annual Report and certified area based on their 2014 RSPO ACOP.

Media story update:
September 2015: IOI risks suspension from RSPO-certified palm oil market

 

Jaya Tiasa Holdings Bhd – score decrease from 7.3% to 7.1%

Updated planted area figure based on their 2015 Annual Report.

 

Keck Seng (Malaysia) Bhd – score decrease from 32.7% to 25.9%

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: 53.3% to 40%

-1 point: Keck Seng did not state the countries of its plantation operations in their 2014 RSPO ACOP

 

Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd – score improvement from 41.8% to 42.9%

Updated planted area and RSPO certified area and mill figures and certification time-bound plans based on their 2014 RSPO ACOP.

 

Kulim (Malaysia) Bhd – score improvement from 50.9% to 57.1%

Updated conservation area figure based on their 2014 RSPO ACOP.

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: 46.7% to 66.7%

+1 point: Kulim now reports on all countries of its plantation operations in their 2014 RSPO ACOP

 

London Sumatra PP Tbk PT – score improvement from 43.6% to 44.6%

Updated planted area and scheme smallholder area figures based on latest company presentation.

Media story updates:
September 2015: Palm oil sustainability assessment of Indofood Agri Resources

 

New Britain Palm Oil – score improvement from 83.6% to 86%

October 2015: New Britain Palm Oil contacted ZSL stating that they had updated their website and have now published a Water Management Plan and an Integrated Pest Management Plan. NBPOL also confirmed that they no longer have any scheme smallholders as part of their operations.

This information has led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: no score change

Indicators regarding scheme smallholders are disabled (1.8.1, 1.8.2 and 1.9)

  1. Landbank: 62.5% to 60%

Disabled indicator regarding scheme smallholders

Updated landbank for oil palm cultivation and planted area figures based on their 2014 RSPO ACOP

  1. Environmental Management: 58.3% to 71.4%

+1 point: for publishing a Water Management Plan

+1 point: for publishing an Integrated Pest Management plan

Media story updates:
August 2015: RSPO complaint on New Britain Palm Oil

 

QL Resources – score decrease from 10.9% to 10.7%

Updated certification time-bound plans based on their 2014 RSPO ACOP.

 

PT Salim Ivomas Pratama Tbk – score improvement from 48% to 51%

Updated planted area and scheme smallholder area figures based on latest company presentation.

Media story updates:
September 2015: Palm oil sustainability assessment of Indofood Agri Resources

 

Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd – score improvement from 63.6% to 66.1%

October 2015: Sime Darby published their 2015 Annual Report. The publication of this report and their 2014 RSPO ACOP has led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: 66.7% to 80%

+1 point: Sime Darby updated their certified scheme smallholder area hectarage in their 2014 RSPO ACOP which is now stands at 19,451 ha

  1. Landbank: no score change

Updated landbank for oil palm cultivation, planted area and scheme smallholder figures

  1. GHG emissions: 75% to 50%

-1 point: Sime Darby stated in their 2015 Annual Report that land use change is not included in their GHG emission calculations

Media story updates:
October 2015: Singapore request for haze information tricky for Indonesia
October 2015: News report on class action against Sime Darby
October 2015: Sime Darby hotspot dashboard
October 2015:
South Sumatra residents to file class action suit against firms causing haze

 

Socfin Group S.A – score improvement from 33.6% to 34.8%

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: no score change

Updated RSPO certified landbank figure and certification time-bound plans based on their 2014 RSPO ACOP

  1. Traceability: 16.7% to 27.3%

+1 point: updated their RSPO certified mills figure which is now stands at 33.3%

 

United Plantations – score improvement from 60% to 62.5%

Updated scheme smallholder and conservation area figures based on their 2014 RSPO ACOP.

 

Wilmar International Ltd – score improvement from 45.5% to 57.1%

Wilmar submitted their 2014 RSPO ACOP as an oil palm grower and informed ZSL that their Malaysian subsidiary, PPB Oil Palms Bhd and their 2014 ACOP submission, should also be included in the assessment.

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: 20% to 66.7%

+1 point: Wilmar is now reporting as an oil palm grower in their 2014 RSPO ACOP

+1 point: Wilmar reports on all countries in which the company operates

+2 point: Wilmar updated its RSPO certified area which currently stands at 76.3% of their total planted area

+1 point: for providing RSPO certified scheme smallholder area figures

  1. Landbank: 75% to 83%

Updated landbank for oil palm cultivation, planted area and conservation area based on 2014 RSPO ACOP

Media story updates:
October 2015: Plantation companies challenged by haze-causing fires in Indonesia
October 2015: South Sumatra residents to file class action suit against firms causing haze
October 2015: Singapore request for haze information tricky for Indonesia
October 2015: Plantation companies challenged by haze-causing fires in Indonesia

 


 

MAY 2015 TO JULY 2015

First Resources published their sustainability policy

In July, First Resources announced their new sustainability policy in which they commit to eliminate deforestation and resolve social issues. Their new policy applies to all of their own operations, scheme smallholders and third party suppliers.

As a result of the new policy, First Resources improved their total score on SPOTT by 7 points from 20% to 32.73%.

 

Bumitama Agri published their updated sustainability policy and inaugural sustainability report

In August, Bumitama Agri updated their sustainability policy and also published their sustainability report where they published their commitment to undertake Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) prior to any new planting taking place, gaining one point.

 

Astra Agro Lestari becomes the first non-RSPO member to improve their score

Astra Agro Lestari published their 2014 Sustainability Report where they published their water management plan, gaining them an extra point.

In June Astra Agro Lestari also halted all new developments on their own estates as well as their smallholders, while they are working on their new sustainability policy to align with the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP).

 

SPOTT SCORE CHANGES

PT Astra Agro Lestari Terbuka – score improvement from 12.73% to 14.55%

June 2015: Astra Agro Lestari Terbuka published their 2014 sustainability report here. The publication of the sustainability report has led to change in the following indicator category:

  1. Environmental Management: 25% to 33.3%
  • One point gained for disclosing their water management plan

Media story update:

May 2015: Jardine Matheson subsidiary accused of threatening at-risk species by cutting down swathes of rainforest for palm oil. The story can be accessed here.

Astra Agro’s updated assessment can be viewed here.

 

Bumitama Agri Limited – 30.91% to 32.73%

Aug 2015: Bumitama Agri published their updated sustainability policy and inaugural sustainability report, which can be accessed here. Bumitama Agri also published a company presentation for investors, which can be accessed here. Publication of these reports has led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: no score change
  • The updated planted area meant that their score against indicator 1.5. – What percentage of the company’s total plantation estates are RSPO certified? – has changed from 17.36% to 23.29%.
  1. Landbank: no score change
  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • Updated hectarage for their scheme smallholders
  1. Environmental Management: 33.33% to 41.67%
  • One point gained for stating that they are committed to undertake Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) prior to any new planting taking place
  1. Fragile, marginal and peat soils: no score change
  • Bumitama stated the hectarage of their landbank that is located on peat soil
  1. Traceability: no score change
  • Updated certified and total mill figures showing that the percentage of Bumitama’s RSPO certified mills decreased from 25% to 20%. The number of GAR’s RSPO certified mills stayed at 2 while the number of mills owned increased from 8 to 10.

Bumitama Agri’s updated assessment can be viewed here.

 

First Resources Limited – 20% to 32.73%

July 2015: First Resources published their new sustainability policy here. First Resources also published a company presentation here. The publication of these documents has led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. Landbank: 25% to 50%
  • One point gained for disclosing their land acquisition criteria
  • One point gained for publishing their latest landbank for oil palm cultivation
  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • Updated hectarage for their scheme smallholders
  1. Environmental Management: 33.33% to 50%
  • One point gained for stating that their deforestation statement extends to their scheme smallholders and third party suppliers
  • One point gained for stating that they use Integrated Pest Management to control pests and diseases on their plantations.
  1. Fragile, marginal and peat soils: 0% to 100%
  • One point gained for stating that they will not undertake any new development on peat.
  • One point gained for stating that their no development on peat policy extends to their scheme smallholders and third party suppliers
  1. Zero burning: 50% to 100%
  • One point gained for stating that their zero burning policy extends to their scheme smallholders and third party suppliers

Media story updates:

June 2015: Palm oil regulator asked to investigate illegal land grabs by Wilmar Group supplier in Borneo. The story can be accessed here.

July 2015: First Resources the latest palm oil giant to announce zero-deforestation commitment. The story can be accessed here.

July 2015: Fires hit Riau, total 426 hotspots in June. The story can be accessed here.

First Resource’s updated assessment can be viewed here.

 

Genting Plantations Berhad – score improvement from 23.64% to 29.09%

May 2015: Genting Plantations published 2014 annual report here. The publication of the annual report has led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. Landbank: no score change
  • Updated hectarage for oil palm cultivation
  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • Updated hectarage for their scheme smallholders
  1. Environmental Management: 33.33% to 41.67%
  • One point gained for stating that they are committed to undertake Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) prior to any new planting taking place.
  1. Fragile, marginal and peat soils: 0% to 50%
  • One point gained for stating that they will not undertake any new development on peat.
  1. Traceability: 0% to 8.33%
  • One point gained for updating the number of their certified palm oil mills, thus, increasing the percentage of Genting’s RSPO certified mills from 0% to 11.11%.

Genting’s updated assessment can be viewed here.

 

Hap Seng Plantation Holdings Berhad – score improvement from 34.54% to 39.58%

Hap Seng Plantation confirmed to ZSL that they do not have scheme smallholders which resulted in disabling the following indicators, thus their score improved:

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: 53.33% to 80%
  • 8.1. Has the company set any public targets for scheme smallholders to be 100% RSPO certified?
  • 8.2. Has the company missed any public targets for scheme smallholders to be 100% RSPO certified?
  • 9. What percentage of the company’s scheme smallholder plantations are RSPO certified
  1. Landbank: 50% to 66.67%
  • 4.1. Has the company publicly disclosed its scheme smallholder hectarage?
  • 7.1. Are all of the company’s scheme smallholders’ concession maps publicly available for all regions in which they operate?

Hap Seng Plantation will also be publishing their inaugural sustainability report soon. Their assessment will be updated as soon as the report is published.

Hap Seng Plantation’s assessment can be viewed here.

 

Kulim (Malaysia) Berhad – score improvement from 45.5% to 50.91%

May 2015: Kulim published their 2014 annual report here. They also updated relevant pages of their website. The publication of the annual report and information on their website has led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: 33.33% to 46.47%
  • Moved back their time-bound plan for third party Fresh Fruit Bunch (FFB) suppliers to obtain RSPO certification from 2015 to 2019
  • Two points gained for updating their licensed landbank figure (now includes Indonesian operations) and also stating that only two Malaysian estates are still to be RSPO certified. From this information we recalculated their RSPO certified landbank which is now 50.3%.
  1. Landbank: no score change
  • Updated hectarage for landbank for oil palm cultivation
  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • Updated hectarage for landbank for conservation
  1. Environmental Management: 50% to 58.3%
  • One point gained for publishing a deforestation statement
  • Updated their HCV statement
  1. GHG emissions: no score change
  • Published an update to their GHG reduction time-bound plan

Kulim’s updated assessment can be viewed here.

 

PP London Sumatra Terbuka – score improvement from 40% to 43.64%

May 2015: PT Perusahaan Perkebunan (PP) London Sumatra Terbuka published their 2014 sustainability report here. Indofood Agri (Lonsum’s parent company) and London Sumatra both published company presentations here and here. The publication of these documents has led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: no score change
  • Moved back their time-bound plan for third party Fresh Fruit Bunch (FFB) suppliers to obtain RSPO certification from 2016 to 2019
  • Moved back their time-bound plan for third party FFB suppliers to obtain RSPO certification from 2019 to 2020
  • The updated planted area meant that their score against indicator 1.5. – What percentage of the company’s total plantation estates are RSPO certified? – has changed from 28.86% to 28.5%.
  1. Landbank: no score change
  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • Updated hectarage for their scheme smallholders
  1. Fragile, marginal and peat soils: 50% to 100%
  • One point gained for stating that their no development on peat policy extends to their scheme smallholders and third party suppliers
  1. Zero burning: 50% to 100%
  • One point gained for stating that their zero burning policy extends to their scheme smallholders and third party suppliers

PP London Sumatra’s updated assessment can be viewed here.

 

PT Salim Ivomas Pratama Terbuka – score improvement from 42% to 48%

May 2015: PT Salim Ivomas Pratama Terbuka published their 2014 sustainability report here. Indofood Agri (Salim Ivomas Pratama’s parent company) also published a company presentation here. The publication of these documents has led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: 42.86% to 50%
  • One point gained for updating their planted area hectarage. The updated planted area meant that their score against indicator 1.5. – What percentage of the company’s total plantation estates are RSPO certified? – has changed from 31.84% to 51.3%
  • Moved back their time-bound plan for third party Fresh Fruit Bunch (FFB) suppliers to obtain RSPO certification from 2016 to 2019
  • Moved back their time-bound plan for third party Fresh Fruit Bunch (FFB) suppliers to obtain RSPO certification from 2019 to 2020
  1. Landbank: 37.5% to 50%
  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • One point gained for updated hectarage for their scheme smallholders
  1. Fragile, marginal and peat soils: 50% to 100%
  • One point gained for stating that their no development on peat policy extends to their scheme smallholders and third party suppliers
  1. Zero burning: 50% to 100%
  • One point gained for stating that their zero burning policy extends to their scheme smallholders and third party suppliers

Salim Ivomas Pratama’s updated assessment can be viewed here.

 

Socfin Group S.A – score improvement from 28.18% to 33.64%

May 2015: Socfin Group published their 2014 sustainability report here. They also published a company presentation here. The publication of these documents has led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: no score change
  • Updated time bound plan for own plantation estates RSPO certification and Africa estates now will fall into RSPO TBP for certiifcation
  1. Landbank: no score change
  • Updated hectarage for landbank for oil palm cultivation
  • Updated hectarage for landbank for conservation
  1. Environmental Management: 33.33% to 58.33%
  • One point gained for stating that they use Integrated Pest Management to control pests and diseases on their plantations
  • One point gained for disclosing their water management plan
  • One point gained for stating that they will phase out the use of WHO Class 1A and 1B pesticides and paraquat
  • Updated FPIC statement

Socfin’s updated assessment can be viewed here.

 

TSH Resources Berhad – score decrease from 9.62% to 7.69%

May 2015: TSH Resources published their 2014 annual report here. The publication of the report has led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: no score change
  • Updated time bound plan for own plantation estates RSPO certification
  1. Landbank: 37.5% to 25%
  • One point lost for hectarage pertaining to their scheme smallholders now over one year old
  • Updated hectarage for oil palm cultivation
  • Updated hectarage for planted area

TSH Resources’ updated assessment can be viewed here.


OTHER CHANGES


Golden Agri Resources Limited – no score change

Golden Agri Resources has published on their website their new 2014 ACOP here. The publication of the 2014 ACOP and new information on their website led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: no score change
  • The updated planted area hectarage meant that their score against indicator 1.5. – What percentage of the company’s total plantation estates are RSPO certified? – has changed from 78.16% to 78.83%.
  1. Landbank: no score change
  • Updated hectarage for oil palm cultivation
  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • Updated hectarage for their scheme smallholders
  • Updated hectarage for landbank conservation
  1. Traceability: no score change
  • Updated certified and total mill figures showing that the percentage of GAR’s RSPO certified mills decreased from 57.1% to 56.8%. The number of GAR’s RSPO certified mills stayed at 24 while the number of mills owned increased from 42 to 44.

Media story updates:

May 2015: GAR, Wilmar punish palm oil supplier for clearing rainforest in New Guinea. The story can be accessed here.

June 2015: Oil palm company accused of violating RSPO, IPOP standards in Indonesia. The story can be accessed here.

Golden Agri Resource’s updated assessment can be viewed here.

 

IJM Corporation Behad – no score change

IJM has published their 2015 annual report leading to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. Landbank: no score change
  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • Updated landbank for conservation hectarage; however, no information found on IJM’s Indonesian operations.

IJM’s assessment can be viewed here.

 

IOI Corporation Berhad – no score change

IOI Corporation has published new information on their website which led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. Landbank: no score change
  • Updated hectarage for oil palm cultivation
  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  1. Traceability: no score change
  • Updated total number of mills owned from 14 to 15 which led to a decrease in the percentage of IOI’s RSPO certified mills from 85.7% to 80%.

Media story update:

June 2015: Update on IOI’s statement in response to report and complaint to RSPO by Aidenvironment on PT. SKS, PT. BNS and PT. BSS, Indonesia dated 30 March 2015. The update can be accessed here.

August 2015: Second Update on IOI’s statement in response to report and complaint to RSPO by Aidenvironment on PT. SKS, PT. BNS and PT. BSS, Indonesia dated 30 March 2015. The update can be accessed here.

IOI’s assessment can be viewed here.

 

Jaya Tiasa Holdings Berhad – no score change

May 2015: Jaya Tiasa Holdings published a company presentation here. The publication of this presentation led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. Landbank: no score change
  • Updated hectarage for oil palm cultivation
  • Updated hectarage for planted area

Jaya Tiasa’s assessment can be viewed here.

 

Keck Seng (Malaysia) Berhad – no score change

May 2015: Keck Seng published their 2014 annual report here. The publication of the annual report has led to changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: no score change
  • The updated planted area hectarage meant that their score against indicator 1.5. – What percentage of the company’s total plantation estates are RSPO certified? – has changed from 96.9% to 97.8%.
  1. Landbank: no score change
  • Updated hectarage for planted area.

Keck Seng’s updated assessment can be viewed here.

 

Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad – no score change

July 2015: KLK published their inaugural sustainability progress report here. The publication of this report has not lead to any changes in their assessment.

KLK Berhad’s assessment can be viewed here.

 

QL Resources Berhad – no score change

July 2015: QL Resources published their 2015 Annual Report here. The publication of the annual report has led to changes in the following indicator category:

  1. Landbank: no score change
  • Updated hectarage for oil palm cultivation

QL Resources’ updated assessment can be viewed here.

 

Sarawak Oil Palms Berhad – no score change

June 2015: Sarawak Oil Palms published their 2014 annual report here. The publication of the annual report has led to changes in the following indicator category:

  1. Landbank: no score change
  • Updated hectarage for planted area

Sarawak Oil Palms’ updated assessment can be viewed here.

 

Sime Darby Plantation Sendirian Berhad – no score change

Sime Darby has updated relevant pages of their website leading to subsequent changes in the following indicator categories:

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: no score change
  • The updated licensed landbank hectarage meant that their score against indicator 1.5. – What percentage of the company’s total plantation estates are RSPO certified? – has changed from 83% to 82.6%.
  1. Landbank: no score change
  • Updated hectarage for oil palm cultivation
  • Updated hectarage for planted area

Sime Darby’s updated assessment can be viewed here.

 

Wilmar International Limited – no score change

July 2015: Wilmar has published their second quarter update report on their No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation Policy. The report can be accessed here. The publication of this report has not lead to any changes in their assessment.

Media story updates:

May 2015: Wilmar, Musim Mas supplier caught clearing elephant habitat for palm oil in Aceh. The story can be accessed here.

May 2015: GAR, Wilmar punish palm oil supplier for clearing rainforest in New Guinea. The story can be accessed here.

June 2015: Oil palm company accused of violating RSPO, IPOP standards in Indonesia. The story can be accessed here.

June 2015: Cargill’s supply chain linked to deforestation in Papua. The story can be accessed here.

June 2015: Palm oil regulator asked to investigate illegal land grabs by Wilmar Group supplier in Borneo. The story can be accessed here.

July 2015: Wilmar, Musim Mas supplier still destroying forest for oil palm in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem. The story can be accessed here.

July 2015: World’s largest palm oil trader comes under scrutiny for land grab in Nigeria. The story can be accessed here.

July 2015: Wilmar remains undaunted by detractors and continues to focus on responsible development in Nigeria. The story can be accessed here.

July 2015: Wilmar categorically refutes allegations by Forest Peoples Programme. The story can be accessed here.

July 2015: Burned land Jatim Jaya Perkasa, KemenLHK Sues Rp 491 Billion. The story can be accessed here.

July 2015: Not just any Wilmar suppliers caught violating no-deforestation policy. The story can be accessed here.

Wilmar’s updated assessment can be viewed here.

 

 

NO CHANGES

No information were made available between April and July 2015 therefore no updates were necessary for the following companies:

  • Agropalma
  • Boustead Holdings Berhad
  • Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad
  • New Britain Palm Oil Limited
  • Groupe de Société Internationale de Plantations et de Finance (SIPEF)
  • United Plantations

 

OTHER NEWS

Nominate a grower!

Do you have an oil palm grower in mind who you would like to see featured on SPOTT? We are planning to assess more companies in 2016 and would like to hear your suggestions. Please send us your suggestions via spott@zsl.org or via this anonymous form. Thank you!

 

FEBRUARY 2015 TO APRIL 2015

 

AGROPALMA JOINS SPOTT

Brazilian oil palm grower Agropalma Group was the first company to volunteer for SPOTT assessment, making them the 26th company to be featured on the Toolkit. Agropalma tops the leader board of companies already featured on SPOTT by achieving 92% on their first quarterly assessment.

As with some other companies, Agropalma has established that they do not source fresh fruit bunches (FFB) from third party suppliers; therefore, the company’s scores have now been weighted so that they are not unfairly penalised.

See Agropalma’s scores in more detail below:

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: 14/14 (100%)
  2. Landbank: 7/8 (87.5%)
  3. Environmental Management: 9/12 (75%)
  4. Fragile, marginal and peat soils: 2/2 (100%)
  5. Zero burning: 2/2 (100%)
  6. GHG emissions: 4/4 (100%)
  7. Traceability: 8/8 (100%)

Overall score: 46/50 (92%)

Upon joining SPOTT, Tulio Dias Brito, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for Agropalma Group said “SPOTT is a very important tool because it provides means to palm oil companies and their stakeholders to identify and benchmark the best examples in our industry. Being part of SPOTT on a voluntary basis is one important step to Agropalma meeting the new transparency requirements of society. Now, clients, NGOs, governmental agencies, banks and other stakeholders will be able to get information on our performance against the 48 indicators selected by ZSL.”

 

SPOTT SCORE CHANGES

Boustead Plantations Berhad – increase: 23.64% to 25.45%

March 2015: Boustead Holdings Berhad, parent company to Boustead Plantations Berhad, published their 2014 annual report here.

1. RSPO reporting requirements: no score change

  • The updated planted area hectarage meant that Boustead’s score against indicator 1.5. – What percentage of the company’s total plantation estates are RSPO certified? – has changed from 9.98% to 9.95%.

2. Landbank: 37.5% to 50%

  • One point gained for publishing their landbank for conservation hectarage
  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • Updated hectarage for their scheme smallholders

 

Bumitama Agri Limited – increase: 29.09% to 30.91%

April 2015: Bumitama Agri published their 2014 annual report here.

2. Landbank: no score change

  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • Updated hectarage for their scheme smallholders

4. Fragile, marginal and peat soils: 0% to 50%

  • One point gained for stating that they will not undertake any new development on peat.

 

Golden Agri Resources Limited – increase: 58.18% to 63.64%

April 2015: Golden Agri Resources Limited published their 2014 annual report here.

1. RSPO reporting requirements: 62.50% to 80%

  • One point gained for publishing their latest planted area and RSPO certified area hectarage which meant that their score against indicator 1.5. – What percentage of the company’s total plantation estates are RSPO certified? – has changed from 46.86% to 51.15%.
  • One point gained for publishing their updated hectarage for scheme smallholders which meant that their score against indicator 1.9. – What percentage of the company’s scheme smallholder plantations are RSPO certified? – has changed from 49.6% to 50.44%.

2. Landbank: no score change

  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • Updated hectarage for their scheme smallholders

7. Traceability: 33.33% to 41.67%

  • One point gained for updating the number of their palm oil mills, thus, increasing the percentage of Golden Agri’s RSPO certified mills from 47.62% to 57.14%.

 

IJM Plantations Berhad – increase: 16.36% to 18.18%

3. Environmental Management:

  • One point gained for stating that they use Integrated Pest Management to control pests and diseases on their plantations.

 

PT Salim Ivomas Pratama Terbuka – increase: 40% to 42%

April 2015: PT Salim Ivomas Pratama Terbuka published their 2014 annual report here.

2. Landbank: 37.5% to 50%

  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • One point gained for updated hectarage for their scheme smallholders

 

PT PP London Sumatra Terbuka – increase: 38.18% to 40%

April 2015: PT PP London Sumatra Terbuka published their 2014 annual report here.

1. RSPO reporting requirements: 33.33% to 40%

  • One point gained for publishing their latest planted area hectarage

2. Landbank: no score change

  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • Updated hectarage for their scheme smallholders

 

Sime Darby Plantation Sendirian Berhad – increase: 56.36% to 63.64%

3 March 2015: Sime Darby Acquires New Britain Palm Oil

Sime Darby Plantation Berhad has completed its acquisition of New Britain Palm Oil Limited. The $1.7 billion deal, brings Sime Darby’s total land holdings to almost one million hectares.  For more information on this acquisition, read more here.

Sime Darby has also updated relevant pages of their website.

1. RSPO reporting requirements: 60% to 66.67%

  • Sime Darby has clarified on their website that a time-bound plan for RSPO certification of their Liberian estates will be established, once construction of their Liberian palm oil mill has been completed. This clarification meant that their score against indicator 1.4.1 – Has the company set any public targets to be 100% RSPO certified? – has improved by one point.
  • Sime Darby has stated on their website that at present there are no scheme smallholders in either their Malaysian or Liberian operations.
  • Sime Darby has stated on their website that at present there are no third party suppliers to either their Liberian operations.

2. Landbank: 62.50% to 75%

  • One point gained for disclosing information pertaining to their land acquisition criteria
  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • Updated hectarage for their scheme smallholders

3. Environmental Management: 50% to 66.67%

  • One point gained for disclosing their water management plan
  • One point gained for publishing a statement committing Sime Darby to phasing out the use of WHO Class 1A and 1B pesticides and paraquat

 

TSH Resources Berhad – increase: 7.27% to 9.61%

1. RSPO reporting requirements: 0% to 8.33%

  • One point gained for becoming an RSPO member.

Note: no Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP) report has been submitted so far, as RSPO Supply Chain Associates together with Ordinary and Affiliate Members who have been RSPO members for less than a year are not required to submit an ACOP report. Therefore TSH Resources’ score has been weighted to not unfairly penalise them for not submitting an ACOP.

 

United Plantations Berhad – increase: 58.18% to 60%

March 2015: United Plantations Berhad published their 2014 annual report here.

1. RSPO reporting requirements: no score change

  • The updated planted area hectarage meant that their score against indicator 1.5. – What percentage of the company’s total plantation estates are RSPO certified? – has changed from 78.16% to 78.83%.

2. Landbank: 62.50% to 75%

  • One point gained for publishing their updated hectarage for their scheme smallholders
  • Updated hectarage for oil palm cultivation
  • Updated hectarage for planted area (slight decrease)
  • Updated hectarage for conservation

 

Wilmar International Limited – decrease: 47.27% to 45.45%

23 Feb 2015: Research undertaken by Greenomics-Indonesia showed that a supplier of Wilmar International, Austindo Nusantara Jaya Agri (ANJ), was found to be clearing High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests in the southern part of West Papua’s Bird’s Head Peninsula in Indonesian New Guinea.  Wilmar said it was unaware of the clearing by ANJ but promised to investigate the matter. The company noted that no-one had filed a grievance via its online complaints system to report on the activity. Read more here

25 Feb 2014: Wilmar International published a response in the original article published on Mongabay. Read more here.

April 2015: Wilmar International Limited published their 2014 annual report here.

2. Landbank: no score change

  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • Updated hectarage for their scheme smallholders

7. Traceability: 41.67% to 33.33%

  • One point lost for providing updated figures showing that the percentage of Wilmar’s RSPO certified mills decreased from 59.5% to 49.1%. The number of Wilmar’s RSPO certified mills decreased from 22 to 21 while the number of mills owned increased from 37 to 46.

 

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

PT Astra Agro Lestari Terbuka – no score change

March 2015: Astra Agro Lestari Terbuka published their 2014 annual report here.

2. Landbank: no score change

  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • Updated hectarage for their scheme smallholders

 

First Resources Limited – no score change

April 2015: First Resources Limited published their 2014 annual report here.

2. Landbank: no score change

  • Updated hectarage for planted area
  • Updated hectarage for their scheme smallholders

 

Hap Seng Plantation Holdings Berhad – no score change

April 2015: Hap Seng Plantation published their 2014 annual report here.

2. Landbank: no score change

  • Updated hectarage for landbank for oil palm cultivation

3. Environmental Management: no score change

  • Hap Seng Plantation state in their Annual Report that they are not using Paraquat in their operations.
  • Hap Seng Plantation have also announced in their annual report that they will be publishing their inaugural sustainability report in Q3 2015.

 

Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad – no score change

27 Feb 2015: Analysis published by Chain Reaction Research, a project involving several environmental consultancies, KLK’s failure to adopt a robust zero deforestation policy puts its financial performance at risk. In December 2014, KLK announced a sustainability policy which stated that the company would no longer clear forests and peat lands for new plantations and would establish protocols for dealing with local communities and workers. However, unlike some of the other deforestation policies established by its peers, the commitment came under criticism from environmentalists who noted that the policy didn’t extend to third party suppliers (with whom the report estimates are responsible for supplying KLK with approximately 70% its palm oil related raw materials) meaning that KLK’s palm oil could still potentially be linked to deforestation. Read more here.

13 March 2015: KLK published a response and maintained that it abides by the commitments stated in its sustainability policy. When asked whether these policies extended to their third party suppliers, KLK stated that their suppliers were bound by rules and regulations and reiterated that their policy clearly states that KLK will continuously work with suppliers, contractors or trading partners to ensure compliance.  In this response, KLK also clarified its landbank for oil palm cultivation hectarage, which has since been updated on KLK’s respective performance assessment on SPOTT. Read more here.

KLK have also announced on their website that they will shortly be publishing their first sustainability progress report. Read more here.

2. Landbank: no score change

  • Updated hectarage for conservation

These publications have not affected the company’s score, though some weblinks in their assessment have now been updated where relevant.

 

Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad– no score change

April 2015: Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad published their 2014 annual report here. The publication of this report has not changed Malaysia Airport’s score and no information pertaining to their respective assessment has needed to be updated.

 

QL Resources Berhad – no score change

QL Resources published their updated hectarage for their planted area on their website.

2. Landbank: no score change

  • Updated hectarage for planted area

 

SIPEF – no score change

April 2015: SIPEF published their 2014 annual report here.

2. Landbank: no score change

  • Updated hectarage for planted area

 

Socfin Group S.A. – no score change

April 2015: Socfin published their 2014 annual report here.

2. Landbank: no score change

  • Updated hectarage for planted area

 

AWAITING ANNUAL/SUSTAINABILITY REPORTS

The following companies’ assessments will be updated once their reports below are published:

2014 Annual Reports

  • Genting Plantations Berhad
  • Keck Seng (Malaysia) Berhad
  • New Britain Palm Oil Limited
  • Sarawak Oil Palms Berhad
  • TSH Resources Berhad

2014 Sustainability Reports

  • Bumitama Agri Limited
  • First Resources Limited
  • Golden Agri Resources Limited
  • Indofood Agri Resources Limited
    • PP London Sumatra Terbuka
    • Salim Ivomas Pratama Terbuka
  • Kulim (Malaysia) Berhad
  • New Britain Palm Oil Limited
  • Socfin Group S.A.
  • Wilmar International Limited

 

NOMINATE A GROWER

Do you have an oil palm grower in mind who you would like to see featuring on SPOTT? Get in touch and let us know! We are planning to assess more companies in 2016 and would like to hear your suggestions. Please send us your suggestions via spott@zsl.org or via this anonymous survey.

 

OCTOBER 2014 TO JANUARY 2015

 

SPOTT SCORE CHANGES

PP London Sumatra Terbuka (Lonsum) / Salim Ivomas Pratama Terbuka (SIMP)

Since the launch of SPOTT in November 2014, ZSL has been in contact with Indofood Agri (parent company to both Lonsum and SIMP), who were keen to gain a better understanding of how their sustainability reports are interpreted by stakeholders and how their companies can deliver relevant information more effectively.

Lonsum and SIMP saw their assessment scores worsen during our October 2014 SPOTT assessment review. This was because they had published outdated information on the RSPO website, having not submitted their 2014 Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP) reports by the required deadline.

In January 2015, both outstanding ACOP submissions for both Lonsum and SIMP were published.

 

PP London Sumatra Terbuka (Lonsum) – increase: 29.1% to 38.18%

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: 13.3% to 33.3%
  • One point gained for publishing their most recent ACOP submission
  • One point gained for correctly refering to the company as an oil palm grower
  • One point gained for correctly stating the country in which the company operates
  1. Landbank: 37.5% to 62.5%
  • One point gained for publishing their latest landbank for oil palm cultivation hectarage
  • One point gained for publishing their landbank for conservation hectarage
  1. Traceability: no score change
  • One point gained for providing updated figures showing that 45.46% of Lonsum’s palm oil mills are RSPO certified
  • One point lost for stating that they currently only sell RSPO-certified palm oil products through Book & Claim (GreenPalm)

 

Salim Ivomas Pratama Terbuka (SIMP) – increase: 23.6% to 40%

SIMP has established that they do not source fresh fruit bunches (FFB) from third party suppliers; therefore, the company’s scores have now been weighted so that SIMP is not unfairly penalised for not using third party FFB suppliers.

  1. RSPO reporting requirements: 13.3% to 42.9%
  • One point gained for publishing their most recent ACOP submission
  • One point gained for correctly refering to the company as an oil palm grower
  • One point gained for correctly stating the country in which the company operates
  • One point gained for providing updated figures showing that 32.37% of Salim Ivomas Pratama’s planted area is RSPO certified
  1. Landbank: 12.5% to 37.5%
  • One point gained for publishing their latest landbank for oil palm cultivation hectarage
  • One point gained for publishing their landbank for conservation hectarage
  1. Traceability: 8.3% to 25%
  • One point gained for providing updated figures showing that 36.36% of SIMP’s palm oil mills are RSPO certified

 

Sime Darby Plantation Sendirian Berhad – increase: 54.55% to 56.36%

In October 2014, Sime Darby published their 2014 annual report here and their 2014 sustainability report here.

  1. Landbank: 50% to 62.5%
  • One point gained for gained for publishing their scheme smallholder hectarage; however, the figure stated does not include smallholder hectarage for either Malaysia or Liberia

 

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Astra Agro Lestari Terbuka PT – no score change

11 Nov 2014: Rainforest Action Network (RAN) published a report entitled The last place on Earth: Exposing the threats to the Leuser Ecosystem – a global biodiversity hotspot deserving protection.

In this report, RAN states that an Astra Agro Lestari subsidiary has cleared large areas of forests within the Tripa peatlands in Sumatra without the consent of the local communities in the Kreung Seumayam and Ie Mierah villages.

These publications have not affected the company’s score, though some weblinks in their assessment have now been updated where relevant.

 

Bumitama Agri Limited – no score change

22 Dec 2014: Bumitama Agri announced that they had cut ties with an illegal plantation, in response to a 2013 Friends of the Earth report entitled: Commodity Crimes: Illicit land grabs, illegal palm oil, and endangered orang-utans’. Read the press release from Friends of the Earth here.

30 Dec 2014: Bumitama Agri published its latest new planting procedure public notification on the RSPO website for PT Gunajaya Karya Gemilang, located in the sub-district of Kendawangan, District of Ketapang, Province of West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Read the HCV/SEIA assessment summary and HCV management plan can be accessed here.

31 Dec 2014: Bumitama Agri published another new planting procedure public notification for PT Gunajaya Ketapang Sentosa, also located in the District of Ketapang. Read the HCV/SEIA assessment summary and HCV management plan here.

These publications have not affected the company’s score, though some weblinks in their assessment have now been updated where relevant.

 

Golden Agri Resources Limited (GAR) – no score change

2014: GAR launched their new online reporting system – GAR Sustainability Dashboard (GSD) – to track the progress of their sustainability commitments. Access the GSD here (set up login details required to access this site).

11 Nov 2014: Rainforest Action Network (RAN) published a report entitled: The last place on Earth: Exposing the threats to the Leuser Ecosystem – a global biodiversity hotspot deserving protection.

In this report, RAN claims that three of GAR’s downstream suppliers (PT Pati Sari, PT Perkebunan Nusantara and PT Surya Panen Subur II) are sourcing palm oil from the Leuser Ecosystem, an area of national importance for economic and environmental reasons.

12 Nov 2014: GAR published a response here.

22 Dec 2014: Greenpeace published its findings on how GAR is implementing its forest conservation policy launched in 2011. Read the progress report here.

These publications have not affected the company’s score, though some weblinks in their assessment have now been updated where relevant.

 

Jaya Tiasa Holdings Berhad – no score change

Nov 2014: Jaya Tiasa Holdings published their 2014 annual report here.

This publication has not affected the company’s score, though some weblinks in their assessment have now been updated where relevant.

 

Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK) – no score change

1 Dec 2014: KLK announced their new sustainability policy, which can be accessed here.

The announcement was met with criticism from Rainforest Action Network (RAN), who said the policy falls short of those established by KLK’s peers. In particular, the policy does not apply to KLK’s suppliers, trading partners, or joint ventures. Read the Mongabay article on KLK’s policy here.

8 Dec 2014: Equatorial Palm Oil PLC published its latest new planting procedure public notification on the RSPO website. KLK has a 20.1% stake in the company located in New Cess, District 4, Grand Bassa County, Liberia. Read the HCV/SEIA assessment summary and HCV management plan here.

Dec 2014: KLK published their 2014 annual report here.

These publications have not affected the company’s score, though some weblinks in their assessment have now been updated where relevant.

 

SIPEF – no score change

12 Dec 2014: SIPEF published its latest new planting procedure public notification on the RSPO website for PT Umbul Mas Wisesa, located in Kecamatan Kampung Rakyat and Panai Tengah, Kabupaten Labuhan Batu Induk and Labuhan Batu Selatan, Sumatra, Indonesia. Read the HCV/ SEIA assessment summary and HCV management plan here.

18 Dec 2014: SIPEF published its latest new planting procedure public notification on the RSPO website for PT Timbang Deli Indonesia, which is located in Galang sub-district Deli Serdang District, North Sumatera Province, Indonesia. Read the HCV/ SEIA assessment and HCV management plan here.

These publications have not affected the company’s score, though some weblinks in their assessment have now been updated where relevant.

 

United Plantations Berhad – no score change

30 Dec 2014: United Plantations published its first new planting procedure public notification on the RSPO website for PT Surya Sawit Sejati, located in the district of Kotawaringin Barat, Province of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Read the HCV/ SEIA assessment summary and HCV management plan here.

This publication has not affected the company’s score, though some weblinks in their assessment have now been updated where relevant.

 

Wilmar International Limited – no score change

11 Nov 2014: Rainforest Action Network (RAN) published a report entitled The last place on Earth: Exposing the threats to the Leuser Ecosystem – a global biodiversity hotspot deserving protection.

The report stated that Wilmar remains at risk of sourcing conflict palm oil from suppliers whose operations are not compliant with its policy, including controversial palm oil growers operating inside the Leuser Ecosystem, Sumatra.

20 Nov 2014: Wilmar published a response, stating that they currently procure from four companies listed in the report, namely PT Ensem Sawita, PT Surya Panen Subur II, PT Sisirau and PT Perkebunan Nusantara I. Read Wilmar’s full response here.

22 Jan 2015: Wilmar launched their new online reporting system – Wilmar Transparency Dashboard (WTD). WTD maps Wilmar’s supply chain, including the names of locations of its palm oil refineries and supplier mills, increasing the levels of transparency around Wilmar’s palm oil sourcing, a key component to the zero deforestation policy the company signed in December 2013. Access WTD by requesting log-in details from Wilmar here.

Around the same date, Wilmar also published its fourth quarterly progress report against its no deforestation, no peat and no exploitation policy here.

These publications have not affected the company’s score, though some weblinks in their assessment have now been updated where relevant.

 

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