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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific
      0.00/6
      Timber
      "RGE Companies commit to eliminating deforestation from our supply chains, protecting the forest and peatland landscapes in which we operate, and supporting forest management best practices in all countries where we source timber."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      RGE's subsidiary Apical supports the New York Declaration on Forests and are committed to the UN Global Compact. Subsidiary April is a member of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020. 
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "it is the responsibility of the company to maintain and enhance the existing conservation values. We are committed to using licensed HCV assessors accredited by the HCVRN's Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS)."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    36/86
    • Palm oil
      56/86
      • Commitment Strength
        33/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • 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
            "Asian Agri is committed to a no deforestation policy and conserving High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests." "Currently, more than 86% of both owned plantations in North Sumatra, Riau & Jambi provinces and 100% of scheme smallholder plantations in Riau & Jambi provinces have been RSPO certified. "
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Asian Agri is committed to a no deforestation policy and conserving High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests." "Currently, more than 86% of both owned plantations in North Sumatra, Riau & Jambi provinces and 100% of scheme smallholder plantations in Riau & Jambi provinces have been RSPO certified. "
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Asian Agri is committed to a no deforestation policy and conserving High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests." "Currently, more than 86% of both owned plantations in North Sumatra, Riau & Jambi provinces and 100% of scheme smallholder plantations in Riau & Jambi provinces have been RSPO certified. "
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Asian Agri is committed to a no deforestation policy and conserving High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests." "Currently, more than 86% of both owned plantations in North Sumatra, Riau & Jambi provinces and 100% of scheme smallholder plantations in Riau & Jambi provinces have been RSPO certified. "
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Asian Agri is committed to a no deforestation policy and conserving High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests." "Currently, more than 86% of both owned plantations in North Sumatra, Riau & Jambi provinces and 100% of scheme smallholder plantations in Riau & Jambi provinces have been RSPO certified. "
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "Asian Agri is committed to a no deforestation policy and conserving High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests." "Currently, more than 86% of both owned plantations in North Sumatra, Riau & Jambi provinces and 100% of scheme smallholder plantations in Riau & Jambi provinces have been RSPO certified. "
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Asian Agri is committed to a no deforestation policy and conserving High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests." "Currently, more than 86% of both owned plantations in North Sumatra, Riau & Jambi provinces and 100% of scheme smallholder plantations in Riau & Jambi provinces have been RSPO certified. "
        • 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
            "Asian Agri is committed to a no deforestation policy and conserving High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests." "Asian Agri is committed to implementing Best Management Practices on all its peat plantings (as stipulated in the RSPO’s BMP guidelines for peatland, which Asian Agri helped to formulate with emphasis on adopting good water management practices)".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Asian Agri is committed to a no deforestation policy and conserving High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests." "Asian Agri is committed to implementing Best Management Practices on all its peat plantings (as stipulated in the RSPO’s BMP guidelines for peatland, which Asian Agri helped to formulate with emphasis on adopting good water management practices)".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Asian Agri is committed to a no deforestation policy and conserving High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests." "Asian Agri is committed to implementing Best Management Practices on all its peat plantings (as stipulated in the RSPO’s BMP guidelines for peatland, which Asian Agri helped to formulate with emphasis on adopting good water management practices)".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We also share the knowledge and guidance on best management practices with suppliers who are engaging with us and have planted on peatland in order to ensure minimum impact to the environment."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "We also share the knowledge and guidance on best management practices with suppliers who are engaging with us and have planted on peatland in order to ensure minimum impact to the environment."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "Asian Agri is committed to a no deforestation policy and conserving High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests." "Asian Agri is committed to implementing Best Management Practices on all its peat plantings (as stipulated in the RSPO’s BMP guidelines for peatland, which Asian Agri helped to formulate with emphasis on adopting good water management practices)".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Asian Agri is committed to a no deforestation policy and conserving High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests." "Asian Agri is committed to implementing Best Management Practices on all its peat plantings (as stipulated in the RSPO’s BMP guidelines for peatland, which Asian Agri helped to formulate with emphasis on adopting good water management practices)".
        • 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
            "Achieved 100% FFB Traceability to plantation with the full implementation of robust sourcing frameworks across all managed estates and smallholder partners".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Achieved 100% FFB Traceability to plantation with the full implementation of robust sourcing frameworks across all managed estates and smallholder partners".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Achieved 100% FFB Traceability to plantation with the full implementation of robust sourcing frameworks across all managed estates and smallholder partners".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Achieved 100% FFB Traceability to plantation with the full implementation of robust sourcing frameworks across all managed estates and smallholder partners".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Achieved 100% FFB Traceability to plantation with the full implementation of robust sourcing frameworks across all managed estates and smallholder partners".
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "Achieved 100% FFB Traceability to plantation with the full implementation of robust sourcing frameworks across all managed estates and smallholder partners".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Achieved 100% FFB Traceability to plantation with the full implementation of robust sourcing frameworks across all managed estates and smallholder partners".
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            'In 2017, Asian Agri reported 100% Fresh Fruit Bunch traceability to the mill.
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "Asian Agri is committed to a no deforestation policy and conserving High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests." "Currently, more than 86% of both owned plantations in North Sumatra, Riau & Jambi provinces and 100% of scheme smallholder plantations in Riau & Jambi provinces have been RSPO certified. "
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "Asian Agri is committed to a no deforestation policy and conserving High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests." "Currently, more than 86% of both owned plantations in North Sumatra, Riau & Jambi provinces and 100% of scheme smallholder plantations in Riau & Jambi provinces have been RSPO certified. "
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
            other third party verification
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          2/4
          Asian Agri state that "we will cease to do business with any suppliers who breach this policy and do not take immediate action to correct their violation. However, regardless of remedial action, we will not do business with serious repeat violators of this policy". 
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          ASIAN AGRI [a subsidiary of RGE] has a grievance mechanism for reports of environmental and social issues arising from their operations or operations within their supply chain. 
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
          Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        12/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "RGE Companies [...] are committed to the following [...] Respect of the rights of indigenous peoples and communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to operate on lands where they hold legal, communal or customary rights."
        • 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
          RGE state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO. They require their companies 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
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "Thus, we have a CSV smallholders program which encourages independent smallholders to be trained the same way as our plasma smallholders. In order to become CSV smallholders, they are required to form a farmers group and have all of their legal documents of their lands."
    • Pulp & Paper
      46/86
      • Commitment Strength
        22/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            "RGE Companies and their third-party Indonesian wood suppliers are committed to protecting forests of HCS and HCV, by ensuring specifically that they: Only develop areas that are not forested, as identified through independent HCS and HCV assessments." "RGE Companies will adopt the following policy for peatlands: No new development on forested peatland."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "RGE Companies and their third-party Indonesian wood suppliers are committed to protecting forests of HCS and HCV, by ensuring specifically that they: Only develop areas that are not forested, as identified through independent HCS and HCV assessments." "RGE Companies will adopt the following policy for peatlands: No new development on forested peatland."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "RGE Companies and their third-party Indonesian wood suppliers are committed to protecting forests of HCS and HCV, by ensuring specifically that they: Only develop areas that are not forested, as identified through independent HCS and HCV assessments." "RGE Companies will adopt the following policy for peatlands: No new development on forested peatland."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "RGE Companies and their third-party Indonesian wood suppliers are committed to protecting forests of HCS and HCV, by ensuring specifically that they: Only develop areas that are not forested, as identified through independent HCS and HCV assessments." "RGE Companies will adopt the following policy for peatlands: No new development on forested peatland."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "RGE Companies and their third-party Indonesian wood suppliers are committed to protecting forests of HCS and HCV, by ensuring specifically that they: Only develop areas that are not forested, as identified through independent HCS and HCV assessments." "RGE Companies will adopt the following policy for peatlands: No new development on forested peatland."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "RGE Companies and their third-party Indonesian wood suppliers are committed to protecting forests of HCS and HCV, by ensuring specifically that they: Only develop areas that are not forested, as identified through independent HCS and HCV assessments." "RGE Companies will adopt the following policy for peatlands: No new development on forested peatland."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "RGE Companies and their third-party Indonesian wood suppliers are committed to protecting forests of HCS and HCV, by ensuring specifically that they: Only develop areas that are not forested, as identified through independent HCS and HCV assessments." "RGE Companies will adopt the following policy for peatlands: No new development on forested peatland."
        • 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
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "APRIL [a subsidiary of RGE] has a robust Chain of Custody (CoC) tracking system and mill wood sourcing monitoring system to ensure all the wood is traceable back to source."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "APRIL [a subsidiary of RGE] has a robust Chain of Custody (CoC) tracking system and mill wood sourcing monitoring system to ensure all the wood is traceable back to source."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "APRIL [a subsidiary of RGE] has a robust Chain of Custody (CoC) tracking system and mill wood sourcing monitoring system to ensure all the wood is traceable back to source."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "APRIL [a subsidiary of RGE] has a robust Chain of Custody (CoC) tracking system and mill wood sourcing monitoring system to ensure all the wood is traceable back to source."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "APRIL [a subsidiary of RGE] has a robust Chain of Custody (CoC) tracking system and mill wood sourcing monitoring system to ensure all the wood is traceable back to source."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "APRIL [a subsidiary of RGE] has a robust Chain of Custody (CoC) tracking system and mill wood sourcing monitoring system to ensure all the wood is traceable back to source."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        12/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to 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
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          2015
          "APRIL [a subsidiary of RGE] will not acquire any new land, or forestry licenses; or receive wood from land licensed to third parties, where after 3 June 2015 the seller has knowingly cleared HCV or HCS forests or forested peatlands."
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "RGE Companies will plan and implement regular monitoring and reporting ofprogress in a transparent manner. Where appropriate, RGE Companies will inviterelevant stakeholders to participate in a verification process."
        • 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
          "RGE Companies will cease to do business with any suppliers whom our independent advisors or other stakeholders find are in serious violation of this Framework, and do not take immediate remedial action to correct those violations. Regardless of remedial action, we will not do business with serious repeat violators of the Framework."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          APRIL [a subsidiary of RGE] provide a grievance mechanism for any person to raise issues relating to APRIL's operations or those of their suppliers. 
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          APRIL [a subsidiary of RGE] reported their total paper and pulp production in the year 2018.
      • Social Considerations
        12/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "RGE Companies [...] are committed to the following [...] Respect of the rights of indigenous peoples and communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to operate on lands where they hold legal, communal or customary rights."
        • 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
          RGE state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO. They require their companies 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
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          April [a subsidiary of Royal Golden Eagle] have an integrated farming system which "aims to improve the skills of community farmers in agricultural activities such as horticulture, plantation, animal husbandry, fishery and paddy planting development. APRIL Group provides training, facilitation and ongoing technical support to farmers."
    • Soy
      4/86
      • 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 a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            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
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • 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
          RGE state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO. They require their companies 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
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    18/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    8/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    9/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) is a holding company with interests in natural resources and manufacturing, operating around the world. Its businesses include pulp and paper, palm oil, specialty fibres, and energy. The group’s two pulp and paper subsidiaries, APRIL and Asia Symbol, together produce about 4.6 million metric tons of pulp and more than 1.7 million metric tons of paper products, making it one of the major producers in Indonesia. Asian Agri and Apical, its palm oil subsidiaries, have more than 160,000 hectares of palm oil landbank and an annual refinery capacity of 3.7 million metric tons. RGE is also one of the top five importers and exporters of palm oil in Indonesia.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities, Agriculture, Forestry
Segments
Producer, Trader, Processor
HQ
HQ 
Singapore
Company Type
Company type 
Private
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

How we assess the Forest 500

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