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  • Overall approach
    1/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0.00/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific
      0.00/6
      Palm oil
      Kuala Lumpur Kepong make the following commitments regarding their palm oil operations: "KLK commits to no deforestation [...] KLK is committed to NO development on peat regardless of depth [...] KLK commits to the conservation of primary forests and HCV areas within the KLK context of sustainably managed landscape."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "KLK commits to the conservation of primary forests and HCV areas within the KLK context of sustainably managed landscape. HCV areas include areas that contain significant concentration of biological values, areas with rare, threatened and endangered species and areas that provide nature services and is fundamental to meeting basic needs of local communities and critical to local communities’ traditional cultural identity". 
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    32/86
    • Palm oil
      70/86
      • Commitment Strength
        32/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            "As part of its sustainability drive, KLK is a member and has been actively working since 2008 towards RSPO certifications at its respective management units. This includes the RSPO Supply Chain certifications as well". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "As part of its sustainability drive, KLK is a member and has been actively working since 2008 towards RSPO certifications at its respective management units. This includes the RSPO Supply Chain certifications as well".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "As part of its sustainability drive, KLK is a member and has been actively working since 2008 towards RSPO certifications at its respective management units. This includes the RSPO Supply Chain certifications as well".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "As part of its sustainability drive, KLK is a member and has been actively working since 2008 towards RSPO certifications at its respective management units. This includes the RSPO Supply Chain certifications as well".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "As part of its sustainability drive, KLK is a member and has been actively working since 2008 towards RSPO certifications at its respective management units. This includes the RSPO Supply Chain certifications as well".
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "As part of its sustainability drive, KLK is a member and has been actively working since 2008 towards RSPO certifications at its respective management units. This includes the RSPO Supply Chain certifications as well".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "As part of its sustainability drive, KLK is a member and has been actively working since 2008 towards RSPO certifications at its respective management units. This includes the RSPO Supply Chain certifications as well".
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "KLK adopts the RSPO Principles & Criteria (“P&C”) as the foundation of its sustainable practices. On 15 November 2018, the RSPO P&C has been revised and endorsed at the 15th Annual General Assembly. The revised RSPO P&C aims to halt deforestation, protect peatlands and strengthen human and labour rights across the sustainable palm oil chain. Our revised Policy aligns with these commitments". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "KLK adopts the RSPO Principles & Criteria (“P&C”) as the foundation of its sustainable practices. On 15 November 2018, the RSPO P&C has been revised and endorsed at the 15th Annual General Assembly. The revised RSPO P&C aims to halt deforestation, protect peatlands and strengthen human and labour rights across the sustainable palm oil chain. Our revised Policy aligns with these commitments". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "KLK adopts the RSPO Principles & Criteria (“P&C”) as the foundation of its sustainable practices. On 15 November 2018, the RSPO P&C has been revised and endorsed at the 15th Annual General Assembly. The revised RSPO P&C aims to halt deforestation, protect peatlands and strengthen human and labour rights across the sustainable palm oil chain. Our revised Policy aligns with these commitments". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "KLK adopts the RSPO Principles & Criteria (“P&C”) as the foundation of its sustainable practices. On 15 November 2018, the RSPO P&C has been revised and endorsed at the 15th Annual General Assembly. The revised RSPO P&C aims to halt deforestation, protect peatlands and strengthen human and labour rights across the sustainable palm oil chain. Our revised Policy aligns with these commitments". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "KLK adopts the RSPO Principles & Criteria (“P&C”) as the foundation of its sustainable practices. On 15 November 2018, the RSPO P&C has been revised and endorsed at the 15th Annual General Assembly. The revised RSPO P&C aims to halt deforestation, protect peatlands and strengthen human and labour rights across the sustainable palm oil chain. Our revised Policy aligns with these commitments". 
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "KLK adopts the RSPO Principles & Criteria (“P&C”) as the foundation of its sustainable practices. On 15 November 2018, the RSPO P&C has been revised and endorsed at the 15th Annual General Assembly. The revised RSPO P&C aims to halt deforestation, protect peatlands and strengthen human and labour rights across the sustainable palm oil chain. Our revised Policy aligns with these commitments". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "KLK adopts the RSPO Principles & Criteria (“P&C”) as the foundation of its sustainable practices. On 15 November 2018, the RSPO P&C has been revised and endorsed at the 15th Annual General Assembly. The revised RSPO P&C aims to halt deforestation, protect peatlands and strengthen human and labour rights across the sustainable palm oil chain. Our revised Policy aligns with these commitments". 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment details
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "Ensuring palm oil mills ("POMs") work with its direct upstream fresh fruit bunch ("FFB") suppliers to trace up to the oil palm plantations level by 31 December 2019; Ensuring refineries work with its supply chain to trace up to oil palm plantations level by 31 December 2020; Ensuring all palm kernel oil traceable to POMs by 31 December 2020; Insisting third party suppliers and dealers to adopt the same timeline for traceability as stated above." "As of September 2018, KLK POMs have achieved 79.5% traceability to plantations. As for refineries and KCPs, we have achieved 100% traceability to POMs."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Ensuring palm oil mills ("POMs") work with its direct upstream fresh fruit bunch ("FFB") suppliers to trace up to the oil palm plantations level by 31 December 2019; Ensuring refineries work with its supply chain to trace up to oil palm plantations level by 31 December 2020; Ensuring all palm kernel oil traceable to POMs by 31 December 2020; Insisting third party suppliers and dealers to adopt the same timeline for traceability as stated above." "As of September 2018, KLK POMs have achieved 79.5% traceability to plantations. As for refineries and KCPs, we have achieved 100% traceability to POMs."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Ensuring palm oil mills ("POMs") work with its direct upstream fresh fruit bunch ("FFB") suppliers to trace up to the oil palm plantations level by 31 December 2019; Ensuring refineries work with its supply chain to trace up to oil palm plantations level by 31 December 2020; Ensuring all palm kernel oil traceable to POMs by 31 December 2020; Insisting third party suppliers and dealers to adopt the same timeline for traceability as stated above." "As of September 2018, KLK POMs have achieved 79.5% traceability to plantations. As for refineries and KCPs, we have achieved 100% traceability to POMs."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Ensuring palm oil mills ("POMs") work with its direct upstream fresh fruit bunch ("FFB") suppliers to trace up to the oil palm plantations level by 31 December 2019; Ensuring refineries work with its supply chain to trace up to oil palm plantations level by 31 December 2020; Ensuring all palm kernel oil traceable to POMs by 31 December 2020; Insisting third party suppliers and dealers to adopt the same timeline for traceability as stated above." "As of September 2018, KLK POMs have achieved 79.5% traceability to plantations. As for refineries and KCPs, we have achieved 100% traceability to POMs."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Ensuring palm oil mills ("POMs") work with its direct upstream fresh fruit bunch ("FFB") suppliers to trace up to the oil palm plantations level by 31 December 2019; Ensuring refineries work with its supply chain to trace up to oil palm plantations level by 31 December 2020; Ensuring all palm kernel oil traceable to POMs by 31 December 2020; Insisting third party suppliers and dealers to adopt the same timeline for traceability as stated above." "As of September 2018, KLK POMs have achieved 79.5% traceability to plantations. As for refineries and KCPs, we have achieved 100% traceability to POMs."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Ensuring palm oil mills ("POMs") work with its direct upstream fresh fruit bunch ("FFB") suppliers to trace up to the oil palm plantations level by 31 December 2019; Ensuring refineries work with its supply chain to trace up to oil palm plantations level by 31 December 2020; Ensuring all palm kernel oil traceable to POMs by 31 December 2020; Insisting third party suppliers and dealers to adopt the same timeline for traceability as stated above." "As of September 2018, KLK POMs have achieved 79.5% traceability to plantations. As for refineries and KCPs, we have achieved 100% traceability to POMs."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Ensuring palm oil mills ("POMs") work with its direct upstream fresh fruit bunch ("FFB") suppliers to trace up to the oil palm plantations level by 31 December 2019; Ensuring refineries work with its supply chain to trace up to oil palm plantations level by 31 December 2020; Ensuring all palm kernel oil traceable to POMs by 31 December 2020; Insisting third party suppliers and dealers to adopt the same timeline for traceability as stated above." "As of September 2018, KLK POMs have achieved 79.5% traceability to plantations. As for refineries and KCPs, we have achieved 100% traceability to POMs."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        25/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "As part of its sustainability drive, KLK is a member and has been actively working since 2008 towards RSPO certifications at its respective management units. This includes the RSPO Supply Chain certifications as well".
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            KLK reported the the 2018 RSPO ACOP.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            "As of September 2018, KLK POMs have achieved 79.5% traceability to plantations. As for refineries and KCPs, we have achieved 100% traceability to POMs."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            KLK reported the the 2018 RSPO ACOP.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "As part of its sustainability drive, KLK is a member and has been actively working since 2008 towards RSPO certifications at its respective management units. This includes the RSPO Supply Chain certifications as well".
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2.00/4
          "KLK will undertake third-party verification to ensure compliance". 
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          2/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          2/4
          KLK have stated in their sustainability policy for 2018 that "in cases of chronic non-compliance or serious violations, KLK will take appropriate action including their removal from the Group’s supply chain". 
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Discloses supplier list
          4.00/4
          "To further improve transparency towards traceable palm products, KLK has made available the GPS coordinates of its POMs, KCPs, Refineries and their respective supply bases (of consenting suppliers)". 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          KLK provides a grievance mechanism for complaints about adverse social or environmental impacts associated with their operations. The mechanism is open to any involved party or member of the general public.
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Full
          4/4
          41,025 FFB Tonnes
          KLK report their total FFB volume that is supplied at 41,025 Tonnes and total certified volume at 1,223 Tonnes for 2019. 
      • Social Considerations
        13/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Yes
          4/4
          KLK state that they "Respect, uphold and recognise the rights of indigenous and local communities, to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (“FPIC”) to operations on lands to which they hold legal, communal or customary rights in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Yes
          4/4
          UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          KLK state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the UN Declaration on Human Rights. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1.00/4
          "There shall be no discrimination based on ethnic origin, caste, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, race, religion, gender identity, union membership, political affiliation or age. ➢ Reproductive rights in line with the country’s laws shall be respected."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Yes
          4/4
          KLK have stated that "despite the early challenges faced during training for smallholders and small growers to attend the training programmes on certification facilitated by Wild Asia, KLK with its partner Fuji Oil managed to certify a total of 52 smallholders and 3 small growers (of a total hectarage of 600ha) who are supplying to KLK’s Bornion Palm Oil Mill in Sabah under RSPO. This has increased the total certified incoming FFB from 75% to 90% for this palm oil mill. KLK, together with WildAsia, will continue to engage with collection centres to achieve 100% certified incoming FFBs". 
    • Pulp & Paper
      13/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          KLK provides a grievance mechanism for complaints about adverse social or environmental impacts associated with their operations. The mechanism is open to any involved party or member of the general public.
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Yes
          4/4
          KLK state that they "Respect, uphold and recognise the rights of indigenous and local communities, to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (“FPIC”) to operations on lands to which they hold legal, communal or customary rights in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Yes
          4/4
          UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          KLK state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the UN Declaration on Human Rights. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1.00/4
          "There shall be no discrimination based on ethnic origin, caste, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, race, religion, gender identity, union membership, political affiliation or age. ➢ Reproductive rights in line with the country’s laws shall be respected."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Timber
      13/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/21
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/4
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.7
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          KLK provides a grievance mechanism for complaints about adverse social or environmental impacts associated with their operations. The mechanism is open to any involved party or member of the general public.
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          KLK state that they "Respect, uphold and recognise the rights of indigenous and local communities, to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (“FPIC”) to operations on lands to which they hold legal, communal or customary rights in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          KLK state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the UN Declaration on Human Rights. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1.00/4
          "There shall be no discrimination based on ethnic origin, caste, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, race, religion, gender identity, union membership, political affiliation or age. ➢ Reproductive rights in line with the country’s laws shall be respected."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    11/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    11/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    10/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK) is a Malaysian agribusiness company active in the cultivation, processing and manufacturing of palm oil and rubber, as well as being involved in property development. The company has one of the top ten largest landbanks among palm oil producers, with more than 200,000 hectares of palm plantations across Malaysia, Indonesia and Liberia. It owns several mills and two refineries and these processed more than 4.5 million metric tons of fresh fruit bunches in 2015. KLK is also among the top ten importers and exporters of palm oil in Indonesia.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities, Agriculture, Oils & fats
Segments
Producer, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Malaysia
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed

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