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  • Overall approach
    3/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific commitment
      0/6
      Commodities (if applicable): Palm oil
      Glenealy Plantations Sdn Bhd is Samling's Palm Oil subsidiary - "All Glenealy’s estates are legally and responsibly managed. This is evidenced by the fact that all our oil palm operations have obtained the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification which is a mandatory standard imposed by the Government of Malaysia. Additionally, Glenealy also adopted a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy on 10 April 2020, which has been applied across our entire oil palm operations."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "In our business, we depend on the forest as a vital and precious resource. It is therefore only natural that we take pride in maintaining the forests for generations to come. At Samling, sustainable forest management is our commitment to a journey of continuous improvement." [...] "Removing deforestation from supply chains is indeed a noble cause which the Samling Group wholeheartedly supports as we, as an organisation, have embraced the principles of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG)."
    • 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.: financial
      "Samling has proven itself as a long-term player, having been in the business for almost 50 years. We have also evolved from a logging operator to a public-listed entity delivering healthy performances year after year.We acknowledge that long-term success depends on our capacity to generate returns while nurturing our forests, supporting our communities, delivering shareholder value and empowering our employees to bring useful, innovative wood products to market."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Timber

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Not specified
      "High-level position of responsibility for sustainability: Chief Operating Officer, Chief Forester"
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    20/84
    • Timber
      32/84
      • Commitment Strength
        22/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Which certification schemes are used?: PEFC; Other certification

            If Other, specify here: MTSC
            MTSC verification, "endorsed by" PEFC - "All of the Samling Group’s natural forest log production is from our operating Forest Management Units (FMUs). They have been certified either under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) – which is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), or the Sarawak Timber Legality Verification System (STLVS). We Page 2 of 6 aim to be fully certified under the MTCS by June 2022" [...] "The total gross area of our forest resource is 1,425,015 ha. Of this total, 28% is certified under PEFC/MTCS: 358,525 ha being natural forest and 39,666 ha being tree plantation. Most of the 78% balance is either STLVS certified, in progress or scheduled for PEFC/MTCS or, in the case of tree plantations, was established after the cut-off date for eligibility for certification."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: 0 not specified

            What is the rationale for any exclusion?: Only applies to Upstream

            If no, what is excluded?: Segment
            MTSC verification but only "endorsed by" PEFC - "All of the Samling Group’s natural forest log production is from our operating Forest Management Units (FMUs). They have been certified either under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) – which is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), or the Sarawak Timber Legality Verification System (STLVS). We Page 2 of 6 aim to be fully certified under the MTCS by June 2022" [...] "The total gross area of our forest resource is 1,425,015 ha. Of this total, 28% is certified under PEFC/MTCS: 358,525 ha being natural forest and 39,666 ha being tree plantation. Most of the 78% balance is either STLVS certified, in progress or scheduled for PEFC/MTCS or, in the case of tree plantations, was established after the cut-off date for eligibility for certification."
          • Target date
            2022
            1.5/2
            Target date
            2022
            1.5/2
            MTSC verification but only "endorsed by" PEFC - "All of the Samling Group’s natural forest log production is from our operating Forest Management Units (FMUs). They have been certified either under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) – which is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), or the Sarawak Timber Legality Verification System (STLVS). We Page 2 of 6 aim to be fully certified under the MTCS by June 2022" [...] "The total gross area of our forest resource is 1,425,015 ha. Of this total, 28% is certified under PEFC/MTCS: 358,525 ha being natural forest and 39,666 ha being tree plantation. Most of the 78% balance is either STLVS certified, in progress or scheduled for PEFC/MTCS or, in the case of tree plantations, was established after the cut-off date for eligibility for certification."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            MTSC verification but only "endorsed by" PEFC - "All of the Samling Group’s natural forest log production is from our operating Forest Management Units (FMUs). They have been certified either under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) – which is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), or the Sarawak Timber Legality Verification System (STLVS). We Page 2 of 6 aim to be fully certified under the MTCS by June 2022" [...] "The total gross area of our forest resource is 1,425,015 ha. Of this total, 28% is certified under PEFC/MTCS: 358,525 ha being natural forest and 39,666 ha being tree plantation. Most of the 78% balance is either STLVS certified, in progress or scheduled for PEFC/MTCS or, in the case of tree plantations, was established after the cut-off date for eligibility for certification."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            "As a fully integrated timber company, Samling is able to systematically track the chain of custody of each timber and wood-based product, from the forest floor to each consumer's door, ensuring each product is made prioritizing environmental considerations alongside with business growth."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "As a fully integrated timber company, Samling is able to systematically track the chain of custody of each timber and wood-based product, from the forest floor to each consumer's door, ensuring each product is made prioritizing environmental considerations alongside with business growth."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "As a fully integrated timber company, Samling is able to systematically track the chain of custody of each timber and wood-based product, from the forest floor to each consumer's door, ensuring each product is made prioritizing environmental considerations alongside with business growth."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
      • Social Considerations
        2/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • 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
          "FPIC is required by the MTCS MC&I Principle3 Criterion 3.1. 3 rd party assessment during STLVS & PEFC/MTCS surveillance & re-certification audits" "All of the Samling Group’s natural forest log production is from our operating ForestManagement Units (FMUs). They have been certified either under the Malaysian TimberCertification Scheme (MTCS) – which is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement ofForest Certification (PEFC), or the Sarawak Timber Legality Verification System (STLVS). We Page 2 of 6aim to be fully certified under the MTCS by June 2022."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes

            (Downstream only) How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: 358,525HA

            (Upstream only) How many hectares of land owned, controlled or managed is certified?: 399,004.2HA
            MTSC verification but only "endorsed by" PEFC - "All of the Samling Group’s natural forest log production is from our operating Forest Management Units (FMUs). They have been certified either under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) – which is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), or the Sarawak Timber Legality Verification System (STLVS). We Page 2 of 6 aim to be fully certified under the MTCS by June 2022" [...] "The total gross area of our forest resource is 1,425,015 ha. Of this total, 28% is certified under PEFC/MTCS: 358,525 ha being natural forest and 39,666 ha being tree plantation. Most of the 78% balance is either STLVS certified, in progress or scheduled for PEFC/MTCS or, in the case of tree plantations, was established after the cut-off date for eligibility for certification."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "Lists countries and operations: Malaysia (upstream & downstream), Guyana (downstream) , China (downstream), Russia(downstream) [...] Procedures to trace rawmaterials to country of harvestAll raw material for sawmills is sourced from FMUs that are located within, Sarawak, Malaysia [...] Percentage of supply traceableto country of harvestGuyana – 100%; Sarawak – 100%;40 Procedures to trace rawmaterials to FMU level100% of log production is traceable to FMU level thru Sarawak government procedures whichmandate the issue of log Removal Passes41 Percentage of supply traceableto FMU level100% of sawmill supply traceable to FMU via company LDOs & government Removal Passes"
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: MTCC, STLVS, STACC
          "Supplied two members of the Malaysian Timber Certification Council’s (MTCC) Stake holder ReviewCommittee for the review of the PEFC Endorsed MTCS’s MC&I.Represented on the Sarawak Timber Association’s Certification CommitteeParticipates in the State government’s STLVS & in the MTCC’s MTCS."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • 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
          Yes using an internal monitoring system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using an internal monitoring system
          4/4
          What tools, processes, bodies carry out monitoring of the company's production or processing operations?: audits and Environmental Monitoring Reports / Environment Compliance Assessments

          Does the company use a certification system?: No

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Quarterly or 3 times a year

          For what percentage of production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages, or otherwise controls does the company use external processes or actors, such as certification, to monitor compliance?: 0 not specified
          "Maps of forest management units (FMUs)- All FMUs have detailed mapping (General Harvesting Plans) but availability is restricted. However the website has public summaries for all certified areas & these contain maps & some are on GFW [...] All licenced areas must have an FMP. [...] All certified areas are subject to 3rd party CB annual surveillance audits All FMUs & LPFs are required to have quarterly EMRs or 3 x year ECAs (Environmental Monitoring Reports / Environment Compliance Assessments)"
        • 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
    • Palm oil *
      16/84
      • Commitment Strength
        16/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: Other certification

            If Other, specify here: Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil - MSPO
            Glenealy Plantations Sdn Bhd is Samling's Palm Oil subsidiary - "All Glenealy’s estates are legally and responsibly managed. This is evidenced by the fact that all our oil palm operations have obtained the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification which is a mandatory standard imposed by the Government of Malaysia. Additionally, Glenealy also adopted a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy on 10 April 2020, which has been applied across our entire oil palm operations."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: 0 Not specified
            Glenealy Plantations Sdn Bhd is Samling's Palm Oil subsidiary - "All Glenealy’s estates are legally and responsibly managed. This is evidenced by the fact that all our oil palm operations have obtained the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification which is a mandatory standard imposed by the Government of Malaysia. Additionally, Glenealy also adopted a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy on 10 April 2020, which has been applied across our entire oil palm operations."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Glenealy Plantations Sdn Bhd is Samling's Palm Oil subsidiary - "All Glenealy’s estates are legally and responsibly managed. This is evidenced by the fact that all our oil palm operations have obtained the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification which is a mandatory standard imposed by the Government of Malaysia. Additionally, Glenealy also adopted a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy on 10 April 2020, which has been applied across our entire oil palm operations."
          • 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
            Glenealy Plantations Sdn Bhd is Samling's Palm Oil subsidiary - "All Glenealy’s estates are legally and responsibly managed. This is evidenced by the fact that all our oil palm operations have obtained the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification which is a mandatory standard imposed by the Government of Malaysia. Additionally, Glenealy also adopted a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy on 10 April 2020, which has been applied across our entire oil palm operations."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Peat
            Glenealy Plantations Sdn Bhd is Samling's Palm Oil subsidiary - "All Glenealy’s estates are legally and responsibly managed. This is evidenced by the fact that all our oil palm operations have obtained the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification which is a mandatory standard imposed by the Government of Malaysia. Additionally, Glenealy also adopted a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy on 10 April 2020, which has been applied across our entire oil palm operations."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidary
            Glenealy Plantations Sdn Bhd is Samling's Palm Oil subsidiary - "All Glenealy’s estates are legally and responsibly managed. This is evidenced by the fact that all our oil palm operations have obtained the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification which is a mandatory standard imposed by the Government of Malaysia. Additionally, Glenealy also adopted a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy on 10 April 2020, which has been applied across our entire oil palm operations."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Glenealy Plantations Sdn Bhd is Samling's Palm Oil subsidiary - "All Glenealy’s estates are legally and responsibly managed. This is evidenced by the fact that all our oil palm operations have obtained the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification which is a mandatory standard imposed by the Government of Malaysia. Additionally, Glenealy also adopted a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy on 10 April 2020, which has been applied across our entire oil palm operations."
          • 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)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • 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
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            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 protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            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
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
          Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
          Monitoring of forest management plan implementation available
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper *
      0/84
      • 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
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/38
        • 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
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • 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
    15/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    4/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    1/18
    Avg. score

Profile

The Samling Group is a Malaysian conglomerate active in forestry, oil palm, and property development. It has been named one of the largest timber companies in Malaysia. It is also a processor of timber, turning its own logs into sawn wood, plywood, and veneer. The Samling Group also has oil palm plantations through its subsidiary Glenealy Plantations in Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea, and processes palm oil in 3 mills in Malaysian Borneo. Samling Group is selected as a powerbroker for timber and paper packaging and is also assessed for its exposure to palm oil.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agriculture, Construction, Forestry
Segments
Producer, Processor, Manufacturer, Retailer
HQ
HQ 
Malaysia
Company Type
Company type 
Private
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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