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  • Overall approach
    5/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      No
      0/6
      "In the development of Olam’s own plantations, we have always been committed to no deforestation of High Carbon Stock and High Conservation Value forests". 
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Olam have stated that they are a signatory to the UN Global Compact and a member of the Natural Capital Coalition. 
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      Olam show an awareness of the importance of forests when they state "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". 
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      3/3
      LUC emissions target
      Yes
      3/3
      As part of their Climate Action plan, Olam have set the following goal: "by 2020, all Olam farms, plantations and Tier 1 facilities to have implemented their 2020 GHG reduction plans: 1. Operational efficiency 2. Avoid High Carbon Stocks for land development 3. Climate-Smart Agricultural practices". 
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    37/86
    • Soy
      16/86
      • 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
        0/34
        • 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 a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
        • 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
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        16/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Olam state that they "[respect] the rights of local communities and indigenouspeople and their cultural heritage, including Free, Prior and Informed Consent for new developments."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Olam state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO. 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
          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 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". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Olam have stated that "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 agent". 
    • Timber
      37/86
      • Commitment Strength
        8/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            "All our forest concessions are in the Republic of Congo and are managed by our subsidiary Congolaise Industrielle des Bois (CIB) [...] We manage over two million hectares (ha) of natural forest of which about 1.2 million ha are FSC® certified."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            "All our forest concessions are in the Republic of Congo and are managed by our subsidiary Congolaise Industrielle des Bois (CIB) [...] We manage over two million hectares (ha) of natural forest of which about 1.2 million ha are FSC® certified."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            "All our forest concessions are in the Republic of Congo and are managed by our subsidiary Congolaise Industrielle des Bois (CIB) [...] We manage over two million hectares (ha) of natural forest of which about 1.2 million ha are FSC® certified."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            "All our forest concessions are in the Republic of Congo and are managed by our subsidiary Congolaise Industrielle des Bois (CIB) [...] We manage over two million hectares (ha) of natural forest of which about 1.2 million ha are FSC® certified."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            "All our forest concessions are in the Republic of Congo and are managed by our subsidiary Congolaise Industrielle des Bois (CIB) [...] We manage over two million hectares (ha) of natural forest of which about 1.2 million ha are FSC® certified."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            upstream company, traces to First Importer
            0/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            upstream company, traces to First Importer
            0/5.3
            Olam provides a map showing the location of their concessions in the Congo. 
          • 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
        13/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            "All our forest concessions are in the Republic of Congo and are managed by our subsidiary Congolaise Industrielle des Bois (CIB) [...] We manage over two million hectares (ha) of natural forest of which about 1.2 million ha are FSC® certified."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            certification
            "All our forest concessions are in the Republic of Congo and are managed by our subsidiary Congolaise Industrielle des Bois (CIB) [...] We manage over two million hectares (ha) of natural forest of which about 1.2 million ha are FSC® certified."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "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."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          Olam holds a grievance procedure for stakeholders "to help drive improvements and to address their concerns". 
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          286,265 Cubic meters
          Reported to CDP 2018: 286,265 Cubic meters of timber production.
      • Social Considerations
        16/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Olam state that they "[respect] the rights of local communities and indigenouspeople and their cultural heritage, including Free, Prior and Informed Consent for new developments."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Olam state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO. 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
          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 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". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Olam have stated that "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 agent". 
    • Palm oil
      78/86
      • Commitment Strength
        33/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            "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.
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "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."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "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."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "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."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "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
            1/1.3
            Target date
            2021
            1/1.3
            "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."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "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."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            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. 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            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. 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            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. 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            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. 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            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
            1/1.3
            Target date
            2021
            1/1.3
            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 is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            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. 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/11
          • 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." In 2019 Olam reported 100% traceability to plantation from the mills they own.
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "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." In 2019 Olam reported 100% traceability to plantation from the mills they own.
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "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." In 2019 Olam reported 100% traceability to plantation from the mills they own.
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "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." In 2019 Olam reported 100% traceability to plantation from the mills they own.
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "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." In 2019 Olam reported 100% traceability to plantation from the mills they own.
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "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." In 2019 Olam reported 100% traceability to plantation from the mills they own.
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            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." In 2019 Olam reported 100% traceability to plantation from the mills they own.
      • Reporting and Implementation
        29/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            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." In 2019 Olam reported 100% traceability to plantation from the mills they own.
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Reported to RSPO 2018
          • 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
            Reported to RSPO 2018
        • 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
            Reported to RSPO 2018
          • 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
            Reported to RSPO 2018
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "We will continuously evaluate our suppliers’ compliance against the Olam Sustainable Palm Oil policy, RSPO commitment and adhere to the OSC."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "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 ofpeatland or forest by working with expert stakeholders and communities where feasible.This applies to both their own plantations and their third party supplies."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          In 2018, Olam disclosed a complete mill list. 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          "Our Grievance Procedure applies to all of our upstream operations and supply chain infrastructure (processing plants, warehouses and logistics hubs), and our third-party suppliers."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings
          Olam reported in 2017 that they increased their collaboration initatives with the Global Agribusiness Alliance.
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          289,607.00 Tonnes
          Olam report their total volume of all palm oil and palm product used in the year 2019 at 289,607.00 tonnes and total certified volume at 12,110 tonnes. 
      • Social Considerations
        16/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Olam state that they "[respect] the rights of local communities and indigenouspeople and their cultural heritage, including Free, Prior and Informed Consent for new developments."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Olam state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO. 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
          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 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". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Olam have stated that "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 agent". 
    • Pulp & Paper
      16/86
      • 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
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            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
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        16/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Olam state that they "[respect] the rights of local communities and indigenouspeople and their cultural heritage, including Free, Prior and Informed Consent for new developments."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Olam state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO. 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
          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 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". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Olam have stated that "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 agent". 
  • Commitment strength
    10/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    10/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    16/16
    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 covering about 2 million hectares in 2016. Olam has a minority stake in the SIFCA group based in Côte d’Ivoire which was managing a total of about 180,000 hectares of oil palm in 2014. Additionally, Olam has a joint venture with the government in Gabon to develop about 50,000 hectares of oil palm plantations with the possibility for further expansion, which began in 2011. The company is also active in soy cultivation and processing in South America and Africa.

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

How we assess the Forest 500

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