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  • Overall approach
    11/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero-deforestation
      4/6
      "We will support and promote deforestation-free strategies or initiatives, to end deforestation in our supply chains and to protect or restore forests at a regional, national, landscape, jurisdictional and/or local level where we operate"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      If Other Initiative, specify:: The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project

      Which initiatives?: Global Agribusiness Alliance; UN Global Compact; Natural Capital Coalition
      Company is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, and "Olam is a member of the Natural Capital Coalition and The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S)", and "In 2016, [they] instigated the Global Agri-business Alliance".
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Unsustainable conversion or over-exploitation of forests and other natural habitats for food, fuel, fibre and other purposes threatens our natural life support systems, including soil, air, water, all living things, and the global climate, with serious implications for future generations."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Quality, reputational
      "When sourcing from so many, and from such a diverse supply chain, issues such as traceability, food safety, child labour and deforestation can present both quality and reputational risks to us and to the brands of customers."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: 4 times a year

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Timber; Pulp & Paper
      "we have established a dedicated Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CR&S) Function, and embedded sustainability experts in businesses across the world. The CRSC met 4 times during the year. The terms of reference of this Committee include: • To review and recommend to the Board the CR&S vision and strategy for the Group; • To oversee the integration of CR&S perspectives into the Company’s strategy and businesses; • To review global CR&S issues and trends and assess their potential impact on the Group; [...] To monitor implementation, through the CR&S function, strategy as well as policies and investments in the CR&S area; • To review the progress made on various initiatives; [...] • To review the Company’s report and statement on sustainability activities, commitment and involvement and its sustainable sourcing platform AtSource; and • To review the adequacy of the CR&S function. The CRSC actively engages the CR&S function headed by Dr. Christopher Stewart with oversight by Gerard Manley, a member of the Executive Committee, in the formulation and implementation of various sustainability policies and projects"
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      3/3
      LUC emissions target
      Yes
      3/3
      "By end of 2020 All Olam farms, plantations and Tier 1 facilities to have implemented their 2020 GHG Reduction Plans [...] By 2030 Reduce GHG emissions by 50% both in own operations and Olam managed farmer programmes"
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 4,000 hectares
      "Meanwhile in Mexico, Olam is part of the Alliance for Sustainable Landscapes and Markets project in partnership with USAID and Rainforest Alliance, which is reforesting 4,000 hectares in the protected biological corridor in Chiapas, contributing to Mexico’s goal of zero deforestation by 2030."
  • Commodity score
    34/84
    • Soy
      20/84
      • Commitment Strength
        0/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/17
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No commitment
            0/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        14/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Olam require their suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          "Of the 4 million smallholders in our supply chain, around 345,000 are embraced by the Olam Livelihood Charter. We also have direct buying arrangements with a further 655,000 whom we support with microfinance and/or inputs such as seeds or fertiliser. We buy from the remaining 3 million via licensed buying agents."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Olam commit their suppliers to "Encouraging gender equality, equal access and empowerment of women." "Olam works to close the gender gap in agriculture by providing equal opportunities for women to obtain farm inputs and support; encouraging farmer groups to include women leaders; actively drawing women to training on Good Agricultural Practices and farm management; providing targeted trainings on nutrition and crop diversification; and sensitising communities about gender equality. In the past year, the number of women farmers we support through the Olam Livelihood Charter (OLC) has increased by 6% to 67,708 or 20% of OLC farmers."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: "FPIC should not be obtained only once, it is a process that lasts for a long time. This implies regular dialogue and agreements between CIB and affected or interested communities. A participatory monitoring and evaluation process should therefore be an integral part of the agreement and should be conducted regularly. Indeed, the FPIC process does not end with the signing of an agreement between the project proponent and the community" - https://www.olamgroup.com/content/dam/olamgroup/products/industrial-raw-materials/wood-products/wood-products-pdfs/FPIC-CIB-policy-and-guidelines-english.pdf
          Olam commit their suppliers to "Respecting the rights of local communities and indigenous people and their cultural heritage, including Free, Prior and Informed Consent for new developments"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Respect the natural environment by: i. Complying with all relevant applicable laws and regulations relating to the protection of the environment. ii. Prohibiting the conversion (i.e. destruction or deforestation) and the sourcing of raw materials resulting from the conversion of the following natural areas: – Legally Protected Areas designated for the protection of nature, and Internationally Recognized Areas for conservation [...] Olam reserves the right to conduct (or have its designee conduct) announced and unannounced inspections of the Supplier’s facilities and business practices to verify compliance with this Code. On the assumption that Olam become aware of non-compliance with any aspect of the Code, Olam reserves the right to demand corrective measures."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: webform, email, mail, phone

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Yes
          "We have established a Grievance Procedure to report and address breaches of relevant Olam Policies or Codes, resulting in illegality, exploitation of local communities or workers employed by Olam or a third-party supplier, or unacceptable practices in land use management as defined in the Olam Living Landscapes Policy and the Olam Supplier Code. The Grievance Procedures for CIB are provided here and our Grievance log here. Grievances must be submitted in writing through any of the following channels:·By mail to: accueil.admin@cibpokola.com · Mailed to the social service or to a CIB officer during his visits to the village· Emailed to cib@cibpokola.com."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Timber
      41/84
      • Commitment Strength
        11/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "Global food and agri-business Olam International has achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for its Mimbeli-Ibenga forestry concession, which means all of the natural forest concessions of its subsidiary, CIB-Olam in the Republic of Congo are now 100% FSC certified."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidary; Location
            "Global food and agri-business Olam International has achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for its Mimbeli-Ibenga forestry concession, which means all of the natural forest concessions of its subsidiary, CIB-Olam in the Republic of Congo are now 100% FSC certified." "Our forest concessions in the Republic of Congo cover around two million hectares (ha) which are managed by our subsidiary Congolaise Industrielle des Bois. Around 2.1 million ha of natural forest are FSC® certified (license numbers). In Asia, our subsidiary Concorde Industries Ltd processes Myanmar teak and hardwoods for wood products and furniture."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "Global food and agri-business Olam International has achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for its Mimbeli-Ibenga forestry concession, which means all of the natural forest concessions of its subsidiary, CIB-Olam in the Republic of Congo are now 100% FSC certified."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            "Global food and agri-business Olam International has achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for its Mimbeli-Ibenga forestry concession, which means all of the natural forest concessions of its subsidiary, CIB-Olam in the Republic of Congo are now 100% FSC certified."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        16/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Olam require their suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          "Of the 4 million smallholders in our supply chain, around 345,000 are embraced by the Olam Livelihood Charter. We also have direct buying arrangements with a further 655,000 whom we support with microfinance and/or inputs such as seeds or fertiliser. We buy from the remaining 3 million via licensed buying agents."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Olam commit their suppliers to "Encouraging gender equality, equal access and empowerment of women." "Olam works to close the gender gap in agriculture by providing equal opportunities for women to obtain farm inputs and support; encouraging farmer groups to include women leaders; actively drawing women to training on Good Agricultural Practices and farm management; providing targeted trainings on nutrition and crop diversification; and sensitising communities about gender equality. In the past year, the number of women farmers we support through the Olam Livelihood Charter (OLC) has increased by 6% to 67,708 or 20% of OLC farmers."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          "If unacceptable practices are reported in our own operations or those of third party suppliers, we will assess the extent and nature of non-compliance and establish a time-bound plan with our suppliers to address the issue and where necessary remediate material negative impacts of non-compliance."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: not disclosed
          Olam commit their suppliers to "Respecting the rights of local communities and indigenous people and their cultural heritage, including Free, Prior and Informed Consent for new developments"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        14/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            "Global food and agri-business Olam International has achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for its Mimbeli-Ibenga forestry concession, which means all of the natural forest concessions of its subsidiary, CIB-Olam in the Republic of Congo are now 100% FSC certified."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            "Global food and agri-business Olam International has achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for its Mimbeli-Ibenga forestry concession, which means all of the natural forest concessions of its subsidiary, CIB-Olam in the Republic of Congo are now 100% FSC certified."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not disclosed
          "We will assess risks associated with our Policy requirements in our supply chains, and use these risk assessments to define priorities to be addressed by our businesses with our suppliers, partners and third parties". The policy includes deforestation.
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Respect the natural environment by: i. Complying with all relevant applicable laws and regulations relating to the protection of the environment. ii. Prohibiting the conversion (i.e. destruction or deforestation) and the sourcing of raw materials resulting from the conversion of the following natural areas: – Legally Protected Areas designated for the protection of nature, and Internationally Recognized Areas for conservation [...] Olam reserves the right to conduct (or have its designee conduct) announced and unannounced inspections of the Supplier’s facilities and business practices to verify compliance with this Code. On the assumption that Olam become aware of non-compliance with any aspect of the Code, Olam reserves the right to demand corrective measures."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Yes

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: webform, email, mail, phone

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental
          "We have established a Grievance Procedure to report and address breaches of relevant Olam Policies or Codes, resulting in illegality, exploitation of local communities or workers employed by Olam or a third-party supplier, or unacceptable practices in land use management as defined in the Olam Living Landscapes Policy and the Olam Supplier Code. The Grievance Procedures for CIB are provided here and our Grievance log here. Grievances must be submitted in writing through any of the following channels:·By mail to: accueil.admin@cibpokola.com · Mailed to the social service or to a CIB officer during his visits to the village· Emailed to cib@cibpokola.com."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          How does the company remedy adverse social and environmental impacts linked to their operations and/or supply chains?: Not disclosed
          "We have therefore conducted extensive biodiversity surveys during our Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) and supplementary surveys to guide land use plans, zoning and management."
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non compliance with the supplier code of conduct

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "Olam reserves the right to conduct (or have its designee conduct) announced and unannounced inspections of the Supplier’s facilities and business practices to verify compliance with this Code. On the assumption that Olam become aware of non-compliance with any aspect of the Code, Olam reserves the right to demand corrective measures. Olam also reserves the right to terminate an agreement with any supplier that is not in compliance with the requirements set forth in this document"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil *
      66/84
      • Commitment Strength
        25/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            If Other, specify here: Olam do have requirements for third party suppliers but do not have a clear target date for RSPO certification, and seems to only reference their direct suppliers - "All suppliers are expected to uphold our Sustainable Palm Oil Policy as a pre-requisite (“No HCV, No HCS, No Peat and No Exploitation”).5 • Our suppliers must also implement full compliance to the Olam Supplier Code (OSC), to RSPO, or to a Code that is equivalent to the OSC and approved by Olam. [...] transformation of the palm oil supply chain through engagement with our direct suppliers." - https://www.olamgroup.com/content/dam/olamgroup/sustainability/policies-codes-and-standards/palm-policy/palm-policy-pdfs/sustainable-palm-policy-jan-2019.pdf [...] Reporting on commitment - "Olam sourced from 19 suppliers (17 are RSPO members, one supplier has applied for RSPO membership in 2019, and one supplier is a non-RSPO member). The total number is down from 48 suppliers in 2014." - https://www.olamgroup.com/content/dam/olamgroup/products/food-staples/edible-oils/edible-oils-pdfs/Sustainable-Palm-Annual-Progress-Update.pdf

            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            Olam require the following from their own operations: "Effectively implement the RSPO Standard in Olam-owned operations and to all subsidiary companies, joint ventures and areas in which we have management control. [...] No deforestation of protected areas. • No deforestation or conversion of high conservation value (HCV) forests and ecosystems2 . • No deforestation or conversion of high carbon stock (HCS) forests3 . • Zero burning including no use of fire during land preparation, planting or replanting. • No development on peatland regardless of depth. [...] 100% RSPO-certified Palm Oil plantations by 2021" "All suppliers are expected to uphold our Sustainable Palm Oil Policy as a pre-requisite (“No HCV, No HCS, No Peat and No Exploitation”).5 • Our suppliers must also implement full compliance to the Olam Supplier Code (OSC), to RSPO, or to a Code that is equivalent to the OSC and approved by Olam. [...] transformation of the palm oil supply chain through engagement with our direct suppliers."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "All suppliers are expected to uphold our SustainablePalm Oil Policy as a pre-requisite (“No HCV, No HCS, NoPeat and No Exploitation”) [...] Our suppliers must also implement full compliance to the Olam Supplier Code (OSC), to RSPO, or to a Code that is equivalent to the OSC and approved by Olam." Olam report that all Gabon Palm plantations are fully compliant with their Sustainable Palm Policy and they have a commitment to be fully RSPO certified by 2021."
          • Target date
            2021
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2021
            1.2/1.3
            "All suppliers are expected to uphold our SustainablePalm Oil Policy as a pre-requisite (“No HCV, No HCS, NoPeat and No Exploitation”) [...] Our suppliers must also implement full compliance to the Olam Supplier Code (OSC), to RSPO, or to a Code that is equivalent to the OSC and approved by Olam." Olam report that all Gabon Palm plantations are fully compliant with their Sustainable Palm Policy and they have a commitment to be fully RSPO certified by 2021."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2021
            Olam require the following from their own operations: "Effectively implement the RSPO Standard in Olam-owned operations and to all subsidiary companies, joint ventures and areas in which we have management control. [...] No deforestation of protected areas. • No deforestation or conversion of high conservation value (HCV) forests and ecosystems2 . • No deforestation or conversion of high carbon stock (HCS) forests3 . • Zero burning including no use of fire during land preparation, planting or replanting. • No development on peatland regardless of depth. [...] 100% RSPO-certified Palm Oil plantations by 2021"
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            Olam require the following from their own operations: "Effectively implement the RSPO Standard in Olam-owned operations and to all subsidiary companies, joint ventures and areas in which we have management control. [...] No deforestation of protected areas. • No deforestation or conversion of high conservation value (HCV) forests and ecosystems2 . • No deforestation or conversion of high carbon stock (HCS) forests3 . • Zero burning including no use of fire during land preparation, planting or replanting. • No development on peatland regardless of depth. [...] 100% RSPO-certified Palm Oil plantations by 2021"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Olam has a "commitment to forest conservation and reduction of GHG emissions: [including] No deforestation or conversion of high carbon stock (HCS) forests [...] No development on peatland regardless of depth." Olam report that all Gabon Palm plantations are fully compliant with their Sustainable Palm Policy and they have a commitment to be fully RSPO certified by 2021. 
          • Target date
            2021
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2021
            1.2/1.3
            Olam require the following from their own operations: "Effectively implement the RSPO Standard in Olam-owned operations and to all subsidiary companies, joint ventures and areas in which we have management control. [...] No deforestation of protected areas. • No deforestation or conversion of high conservation value (HCV) forests and ecosystems2 . • No deforestation or conversion of high carbon stock (HCS) forests3 . • Zero burning including no use of fire during land preparation, planting or replanting. • No development on peatland regardless of depth. [...] 100% RSPO-certified Palm Oil plantations by 2021"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "Olam is committed to fully trace: • Our CPO and PKO to sourcing mills by end of 2018 (2016 – 30%; 2017 – 50%; 2018 – 100%) • Palm oil derivatives by end of 2020 (2017 – 30%; 2018 – 50%; 2020 - 100%) • Establish traceability to plantation by the end of 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Olam is committed to fully trace: • Our CPO and PKO to sourcing mills by end of 2018 (2016 – 30%; 2017 – 50%; 2018 – 100%) • Palm oil derivatives by end of 2020 (2017 – 30%; 2018 – 50%; 2020 - 100%) • Establish traceability to plantation by the end of 2020."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Olam is committed to fully trace: • Our CPO and PKO to sourcing mills by end of 2018 (2016 – 30%; 2017 – 50%; 2018 – 100%) • Palm oil derivatives by end of 2020 (2017 – 30%; 2018 – 50%; 2020 - 100%) • Establish traceability to plantation by the end of 2020."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "Olam is committed to fully trace: • Our CPO and PKO to sourcing mills by end of 2018 (2016 – 30%; 2017 – 50%; 2018 – 100%) • Palm oil derivatives by end of 2020 (2017 – 30%; 2018 – 50%; 2020 - 100%) • Establish traceability to plantation by the end of 2020."
      • Social Considerations
        16/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Olam require their suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          Olam commit to "support outgrowers and smallholders to build capacity, improve yields, apply good practices and avoid deforestation".
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Olam commit their suppliers to "Encouraging gender equality, equal access and empowerment of women." "Olam works to close the gender gap in agriculture by providing equal opportunities for women to obtain farm inputs and support; encouraging farmer groups to include women leaders; actively drawing women to training on Good Agricultural Practices and farm management; providing targeted trainings on nutrition and crop diversification; and sensitising communities about gender equality. In the past year, the number of women farmers we support through the Olam Livelihood Charter (OLC) has increased by 6% to 67,708 or 20% of OLC farmers."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          "If any supplier is found to be non-compliant, they will be investigated and corrective actions sought. We will request our direct supplier(s) to suspend the producer/ mill, engagement could continue for corrective action. Corrective action for non-compliance after cut off date (Feb 2017) may include compensation/ conservation/ restoration of peatland or forest by working with expert stakeholders and communities where feasible."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: "FPIC should not be obtained only once, it is a process that lasts for a long time. This implies regular dialogue and agreements between CIB and affected or interested communities. A participatory monitoring and evaluation process should therefore be an integral part of the agreement and should be conducted regularly. Indeed, the FPIC process does not end with the signing of an agreement between the project proponent and the community" - https://www.olamgroup.com/content/dam/olamgroup/products/industrial-raw-materials/wood-products/wood-products-pdfs/FPIC-CIB-policy-and-guidelines-english.pdf
          Olam commit their suppliers to "Respecting the rights of local communities and indigenous people and their cultural heritage, including Free, Prior and Informed Consent for new developments"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        25/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            Progress is reported regularly through annual and quarterly reporting. Progress can also be seen through a Palm Oil Dashboard.
          • 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
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            Progress is reported regularly through annual and quarterly reporting. Progress can also be seen through a Palm Oil Dashboard.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "Olam is committed to fully trace: • Our CPO and PKO to sourcing mills by end of 2018 (2016 – 30%; 2017 – 50%; 2018 – 100%) • Palm oil derivatives by end of 2020 (2017 – 30%; 2018 – 50%; 2020 - 100%) • Establish traceability to plantation by the end of 2020."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification
            Olam require the following from their own operations: "Effectively implement the RSPO Standard in Olam-owned operations and to all subsidiary companies, joint ventures and areas in which we have management control. [...] No deforestation of protected areas. • No deforestation or conversion of high conservation value (HCV) forests and ecosystems2 . • No deforestation or conversion of high carbon stock (HCS) forests3 . • Zero burning including no use of fire during land preparation, planting or replanting. • No development on peatland regardless of depth. [...] 100% RSPO-certified Palm Oil plantations by 2021"
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification
            Olam require the following from their own operations: "Effectively implement the RSPO Standard in Olam-owned operations and to all subsidiary companies, joint ventures and areas in which we have management control. [...] No deforestation of protected areas. • No deforestation or conversion of high conservation value (HCV) forests and ecosystems2 . • No deforestation or conversion of high carbon stock (HCS) forests3 . • Zero burning including no use of fire during land preparation, planting or replanting. • No development on peatland regardless of depth. [...] 100% RSPO-certified Palm Oil plantations by 2021"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
          Cut-off date: 2017
          "We will request our direct supplier(s) to suspend the producer/ mill, engagement could continue for corrective action. Corrective action for non-compliance after cut off date (Feb 2017) may include compensation/ conservation/ restoration of peatland or forest by working with expert stakeholders and communities where feasible. This applies to both their own plantations and their third party supplies."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool
          "Working with Gabon’s National Park Agency and the Ministry of Forests, OPG implements a biodiversity management plan, with antipoaching policies, to protect iconic species including elephants, gorillas and chimpanzees. In 2019, the team partnered with WWF Gabon to roll out SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) software to monitor wildlife that live in the protected areas within our concessions. The GPS-enabled tool allows the team to record observations within the 72,000 ha of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: not specified
          "Since February 2011, when we first started development, we have fully complied with the RSPO New Plantings Procedure (inclusive of full ESIAs, HCV assessments and Free, Prior and Informed Consent activities), covering all our upstream activities [...] Since January 2015, all our High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments have been carried out in compliance with the HCV Resource Network’s quality control process, i.e. conducted by independent assessors and peer-reviewed as required per the HCV Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS)"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Respect the natural environment by: i. Complying with all relevant applicable laws and regulations relating to the protection of the environment. ii. Prohibiting the conversion (i.e. destruction or deforestation) and the sourcing of raw materials resulting from the conversion of the following natural areas: – Legally Protected Areas designated for the protection of nature, and Internationally Recognized Areas for conservation [...] Olam reserves the right to conduct (or have its designee conduct) announced and unannounced inspections of the Supplier’s facilities and business practices to verify compliance with this Code. On the assumption that Olam become aware of non-compliance with any aspect of the Code, Olam reserves the right to demand corrective measures."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: webform, email, mail, phone

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Yes

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental
          "We have established a Grievance Procedure to report and address breaches of relevant Olam Policies or Codes, resulting in illegality, exploitation of local communities or workers employed by Olam or a third-party supplier, or unacceptable practices in land use management as defined in the Olam Living Landscapes Policy and the Olam Supplier Code. The Grievance Procedures for CIB are provided here and our Grievance log here. Grievances must be submitted in writing through any of the following channels:·By mail to: accueil.admin@cibpokola.com · Mailed to the social service or to a CIB officer during his visits to the village· Emailed to cib@cibpokola.com."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 30,468 tonnes

          What is the certified volume?: 32,548 tonnes
          Olam reported their total usage of palm oil as 63,016 tonnes, of which 30,406 tonnes were certified in the 2019 RSPO ACOP.
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          How does the company remedy adverse social and environmental impacts linked to their operations and/or supply chains?: Not disclosed
          "We have therefore conducted extensive biodiversity surveys during our Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) and supplementary surveys to guide land use plans, zoning and management."
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of certified land holdings; Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          2/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of certified land holdings; Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          2/4
          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 100%

          In what country(ies) does the company operate and/or source material?: Gabon, Africa

          What is the total area in production (in ha)?: 202,000 ha
          Locations are reported via a map showing the geographical area of the plantations they own along with status, and timeframe for those which are not yet certified
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 100%

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Yes

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Nigeria, Multiple - boundaries disclosed
          Olam report their supplier and mill list, including boundaries and whether or not the supplier is RSPO certified
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using an internal monitoring system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using an internal monitoring system
          4/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          Does the company use a certification system?: No

          What tools, processes, bodies carry out monitoring of the company's production or processing operations?: Environmental and Social Management Plan

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No
          "Environmental and Social Management Plan The ESMP describes the systematic and documented measures to address the requirements of this Code and any specific issues identified by either the due diligence process and/or resulting from the assessment of environmental and social impacts in the ESIA, FPIC and HCV processes. [...] Each upstream operation shall implement KPIs and routinely report against them for each of their relevant ESMP requirements. Additionally, they shall report their status against the CR&S controls in Olam’s quarterly Control Management System. The results shall be reviewed by the CR&S Function with any significant issues escalated to the relevant product business management and the CR&S Executive Committee (CR&S ExCo). [...] On an annual basis the CR&S Function shall facilitate an internal audit of each upstream operation using the Internal Audit Checklist accompanying this Code."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Details of monitoring: Using certification; Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not disclosed
          "Our first commitment states that we expect all of our suppliers to uphold our Sustainable Palm Oil Policy, or be an RSPO member, as soon as they become a supplier. Olam does not source directly from mills and we will actively promote and support the transformation of the palm oil supply chain through engagement with our direct suppliers. We understand, however, that the palm oil sector is complex. Our second commitment is therefore to ensure compliance of our third party suppliers with our policy and we have put in place 3 key phases. i) Engagement of all suppliers through commitment to upholding the Olam Sustainable Palm Oil Policy and Olam Supplier Code or RSPO, or an equivalent Code approved by Olam. ii) Independent identification of mill origin, and risk assessment. iii)Action plan on identified risks, including site verification by trained auditors where necessary." "Our suppliers must also implement full compliance to the Olam Supplier Code (OSC), to RSPO, or to a Code that is equivalent to the OSC and approved by Olam."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "If any supplier is found to be non-compliant, they will be investigated and corrective actions sought. We will request our direct supplier(s) to suspend the producer/ mill, engagement could continue for corrective action." "Our second commitment is therefore to ensure compliance of our third party suppliers with our policy and we have put in place 3 key phases. i) Engagement of all suppliers through commitment to upholding the Olam Sustainable Palm Oil Policy and Olam Supplier Code or RSPO, or an equivalent Code approved by Olam. ii) Independent identification of mill origin, and risk assessment. iii)Action plan on identified risks, including site verification by trained auditors where necessary."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper *
      16/84
      • Commitment Strength
        0/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/12
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Olam require their suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Olam commit their suppliers to "Encouraging gender equality, equal access and empowerment of women." "Olam works to close the gender gap in agriculture by providing equal opportunities for women to obtain farm inputs and support; encouraging farmer groups to include women leaders; actively drawing women to training on Good Agricultural Practices and farm management; providing targeted trainings on nutrition and crop diversification; and sensitising communities about gender equality. In the past year, the number of women farmers we support through the Olam Livelihood Charter (OLC) has increased by 6% to 67,708 or 20% of OLC farmers."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: not disclosed
          Olam commit their suppliers to "Respecting the rights of local communities and indigenous people and their cultural heritage, including Free, Prior and Informed Consent for new developments"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Respect the natural environment by: i. Complying with all relevant applicable laws and regulations relating to the protection of the environment. ii. Prohibiting the conversion (i.e. destruction or deforestation) and the sourcing of raw materials resulting from the conversion of the following natural areas: – Legally Protected Areas designated for the protection of nature, and Internationally Recognized Areas for conservation [...] Olam reserves the right to conduct (or have its designee conduct) announced and unannounced inspections of the Supplier’s facilities and business practices to verify compliance with this Code. On the assumption that Olam become aware of non-compliance with any aspect of the Code, Olam reserves the right to demand corrective measures."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Yes

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: webform, email, mail, phone

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental
          "We have established a Grievance Procedure to report and address breaches of relevant Olam Policies or Codes, resulting in illegality, exploitation of local communities or workers employed by Olam or a third-party supplier, or unacceptable practices in land use management as defined in the Olam Living Landscapes Policy and the Olam Supplier Code. The Grievance Procedures for CIB are provided here and our Grievance log here. Grievances must be submitted in writing through any of the following channels:·By mail to: accueil.admin@cibpokola.com · Mailed to the social service or to a CIB officer during his visits to the village· Emailed to cib@cibpokola.com."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    8/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    12/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    14/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Olam international is a leading agricultural commodity business operating throughout the supply chain across 70 countries. It is a global market leader in many agricultural commodities such as cocoa and coffee, but also is a major player in African oil palm and forestry. Olam’s subsidiary, Congolaise Industrielle de Bois (CIB) operates forestry concessions in the Republic of Congo. The company is also active in soy cultivation and processing in South America and Africa. Olam International is selected as a powerbroker for soy and timber and is also assessed for its exposure to palm oil, soy and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agriculture, Forestry, Packaged food
Segments
Producer, Trader, Processor, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Singapore
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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