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  • Overall approach
    7/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Zero deforestation/Deforestation-free commitment or, for timber, pulp & paper companies only, commitment to well implemented harvest and no deforestation of HCV & HCS areas
      3/4
      Commodities (if applicable): 0
      "The Company upholds NDPE (No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation) policy, in addition to working towards full implementation of sustainable plantation management principles in accordance with the RSPO, ISPO and ISCC certification standards in all of its nucleus operations (including subsidiaries)"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Sampoerna Agro continuously upholds efforts to implement principles of sustainability in producing sustainable palm oil as well as related products and services within its operational activities.  Our commitments: ... To enforce zero burning in our land clearing activities and prohibit land clearing activities in environmentally protected areas, High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, peatlands, and forest with High Carbon Stock (HCS)." 
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Regularly but not specified. 
      Company has an audit committee and risk management committee who look after compliance in relation to company policies (which includes palm oil/HCV). In addition they have a sustainability department who carry out various assessments. "Sampoerna Agro's Sustainability Department, supported by professionals qualified and experienced in their respective fields, is composed of people with diverse competencies, including: agriculture, forestry, biological conservation, geographic information systems, engineering, agricultural technology, sociology, management systems, and economics. It is aimed at creating synergies capable to understand and implement principles of sustainability, whose aspects are broad—such as social, economic, environmental—which encompasses all aspects of company activities. Team development continues to be carried out, in quality and quantity, in a planned manner through the Individual Development Plan and Man Power Planning. The Sustainability Team continuously perform improvements across all aspects, as a means to ensure business sustainability.
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      2/2
      Yes
      2/2
      What is the total volume of GHG emissions arising from land use change?: 331,836 m3

      Which method is used to calculate the GHG emissions arising from land use change?: The Company employs three methods for calculating GHG emissions, according to its pertinent needs: RSPO (ton CO2e/ton FFB), ISPO (kg CO2e/kg FFB), and ISCC (kg CO2e/dry ton FFB).
      "Calculation of carbon stocks and the valuation of areas with HCS is carried out by the Company on land on which new planting will take place, with reference to HCSA (High Carbon Stock Approach) document issued by the HCSA Steering Committee. After November 2018, if the HCS calculation is carried out with the HCV assessment, the Company will refer to the HCV-HCSA assessment guidelines issued by HCVRN and the HCSA Steering Committee. [...] To mitigate GHG emissions, the Company performs: [...] Calculating carbon stocks before opening new land (HCSA)"; "From the monitoring emissions in 2020, the Company’s two methane capture facilities processed 331,836 m3 of Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME), a waste product from the mills, into biogas. The methane capture facility reduced potential GHG emissions by 53,093,760 kg CO2e."
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
  • Commodity score
    48/88
    • Palm oil
      48/88
      • Commitment Strength
        12/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat
            "Sampoerna Agro continuously upholds efforts to implement principles of sustainability in producing sustainable palm oil as well as related products and services within its operational activities...Our commitments: ... To enforce zero burning in our land clearing activities and prohibit land clearing activities in environmentally protected areas, High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, peatlands, and forest with High Carbon Stock (HCS)...on any new clearing for oil palm planting, the Company will conduct an HCV-HCS combined assessment with the HCVRN’s ALS scheme and comply with all new planning provisions according to the rules set by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)." "The Company upholds NDPE (No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation) policy, in addition to working towards full implementation of sustainable plantation management principles in accordance with the RSPO"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Sampoerna Agro continuously upholds efforts to implement principles of sustainability in producing sustainable palm oil as well as related products and services within its operational activities...Our commitments: ... To enforce zero burning in our land clearing activities and prohibit land clearing activities in environmentally protected areas, High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, peatlands, and forest with High Carbon Stock (HCS)...on any new clearing for oil palm planting, the Company will conduct an HCV-HCS combined assessment with the HCVRN’s ALS scheme and comply with all new planning provisions according to the rules set by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)." "The Company upholds NDPE (No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation) policy, in addition to working towards full implementation of sustainable plantation management principles in accordance with the RSPO"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Sampoerna Agro continuously upholds efforts to implement principles of sustainability in producing sustainable palm oil as well as related products and services within its operational activities...Our commitments: ... To enforce zero burning in our land clearing activities and prohibit land clearing activities in environmentally protected areas, High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, peatlands, and forest with High Carbon Stock (HCS)...on any new clearing for oil palm planting, the Company will conduct an HCV-HCS combined assessment with the HCVRN’s ALS scheme and comply with all new planning provisions according to the rules set by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)." "The Company upholds NDPE (No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation) policy, in addition to working towards full implementation of sustainable plantation management principles in accordance with the RSPO"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            "Sampoerna Agro continuously upholds efforts to implement principles of sustainability in producing sustainable palm oil as well as related products and services within its operational activities...Our commitments: ... To enforce zero burning in our land clearing activities and prohibit land clearing activities in environmentally protected areas, High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, peatlands, and forest with High Carbon Stock (HCS)...on any new clearing for oil palm planting, the Company will conduct an HCV-HCS combined assessment with the HCVRN’s ALS scheme and comply with all new planning provisions according to the rules set by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)." "The Company upholds NDPE (No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation) policy, in addition to working towards full implementation of sustainable plantation management principles in accordance with the RSPO"
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Our commitments: ... To enforce zero burning in our land clearing activities and prohibit land clearing activities in environmentally protected areas, High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, peatlands, and forest with High Carbon Stock (HCS)."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Our commitments: ... To enforce zero burning in our land clearing activities and prohibit land clearing activities in environmentally protected areas, High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, peatlands, and forest with High Carbon Stock (HCS)."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Our commitments: ... To enforce zero burning in our land clearing activities and prohibit land clearing activities in environmentally protected areas, High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, peatlands, and forest with High Carbon Stock (HCS)."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Our commitments: ... To enforce zero burning in our land clearing activities and prohibit land clearing activities in environmentally protected areas, High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, peatlands, and forest with High Carbon Stock (HCS)."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        13/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Our commitments: ... To respect and uphold human rights, including the right of employees to form labor unions and discuss issues collectively. We neither discriminate based on race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, physical disabilities, gender, sexual orientation, membership in labor unions, political affiliations, nor age. No forced nor illegal labor. To respect human rights activists... We do not employ underaged children"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 35,600 smallholders

          What is the nature of that support?: Certification; Education and training
          "Hence, the Company provides various trainings and competency development for smallholders in order to produce satisfactory performance, in addition to the various community development programs that are continuously undertaken... "By end of 2020, Sampoerna Agro had collaborated with 35,600 plasma smallholders, whose oil palm estates covered 49,700 hectares or around 37% of the total plantation area under the Company’s management."; "The Company always encourages its plasma smallholders under guidance to conduct sustainable plantation practices. The Company’s guidance for the plasma smallholders to obtain sustainable certifications, such as the RSPO and ISCC, starts from with implementing a management system in the Village Cooperative (KUD), by adapting from the management system implemented in the Company... Of the total area of plasma estates in the Sumatra and Kalimantan Region of 60,500 ha consisting of 50 KUDs, as of December 2019 there were 25 KUDs with a total area of 31,760.24 ha are RSPO- and/or ISCC-certified. The extent of plasma certification is assured to continue to grow each year in line with management’s commitment to providing certificationrelated assistance to all of its plasma estates."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Our commitments: ... We neither discriminate based on race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, physical disabilities, gender, sexual orientation, membership in labor unions, political affiliations, nor age... To protect female employees at workplace by strongly prohibiting any sexual harassment and violence towards them"
        • 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, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "in the acquisition of land for oil palm plantations both core and plasma, the Company applies the principle of FPIC (Free, Prior, Informed, and Consent) so that the land obtained by the Company is the result of mutual agreement between the Company and the community and local government officials. This mechanism has been outlined in the procedures for the implementation of Land Compensation and/ or Growing Compensation which are consistently carried out by the Company". 
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        24/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Since November 2018, on any new clearing for oil palm planting, the Company will conduct an HCV-HCS combined assessment with the HCVRN’s ALS scheme and comply with all new planning provisions according to the rules set by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The implementation of HCV Areas Management and Monitoring Program is carried out based on the periods specified in the “HCV Areas Management and Monitoring Program Guideline”. Documentation of activities carried out on planned programs are reported in the “HCV Areas Management and Monitoring Report” annually.Total HCV area managed by the Company by 31 December 2019 covered 11,838.17 ha, including 3,265.12 ha in Sumatra and 8,573.05 ha in Kalimantan."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            "Sampoerna Agro continuously upholds efforts to implement principles of sustainability in producing sustainable palm oil as well as related products and services within its operational activities...Our commitments: ... To enforce zero burning in our land clearing activities and prohibit land clearing activities in environmentally protected areas, High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, peatlands, and forest with High Carbon Stock (HCS)...on any new clearing for oil palm planting, the Company will conduct an HCV-HCS combined assessment with the HCVRN’s ALS scheme and comply with all new planning provisions according to the rules set by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)." "The Company upholds NDPE (No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation) policy, in addition to working towards full implementation of sustainable plantation management principles in accordance with the RSPO"
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            Sampoerna Agri Resources Pte. Ltd reports in its 2020 ACOP report the amount of RSPO certified CSPO and CSPK and on its website: " In January 2020, the Company added another certified plasma KUD under PT Aek Tarum. Thus, the total of RSPO-certified units from 7 subsidiaries are 6 mills (75% of the total number of mills), 14 nucleus estates (37% of the total), and 25 KUDs (45% of the total). The Company attempts to obtain its first RSPO certification for independent suppliers in 2021."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          "The Company encourages its plasma estates under guidance to participate in implementing sustainable plantation practices. The Company assists its plasma estates to participate in sustainability certifications such as RSPO and ISCC which begins with the implementation of a management system in their cooperative units (KUD), similar with those of the Company. "
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: 1. Indonesian Palm Oil Council (DMSI) 2. Breeding Science Society of Indonesia (PERIPI) 3. Palm Oil Seed Producers Communication Forum (FKPBKS) 4. Indonesian Agronomic Association (PERAGI) 5. Indonesian Peat Association (HGI) 6. International Society for Oil Palm Breeders (ISOPB) 7. International Society for Oil Palm Agronomist (ISOPA) 8. Indonesian Seeds and Nurseries Society (MPPI) 9. Indonesian Seed Association (Asbenindo)

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "Since its establishment, Sampoerna Agro has been engaging in research, development, and multistakeholder efforts in the fields relating to agronomic, the creation of high-yielding varieties, and environmental, all of which contribute to the sustainability of the palm oil industry. Currently, the Company is both an active member and management board of the Indonesian Palm Oil Entrepreneurs Association (GAPKI) at the central and regional (provincial) levels where its plantations are located... The Company through its representatives is also active in a number of organizations, including: 1. Indonesian Palm Oil Council (DMSI) 2. Breeding Science Society of Indonesia (PERIPI) 3. Palm Oil Seed Producers Communication Forum (FKPBKS) 4. Indonesian Agronomic Association (PERAGI) 5. Indonesian Peat Association (HGI) 6. International Society for Oil Palm Breeders (ISOPB) 7. International Society for Oil Palm Agronomist (ISOPA) 8. Indonesian Seeds and Nurseries Society (MPPI) 9. Indonesian Seed Association (Asbenindo). As of 2020, the Company had been collaborating with the Faculty of Forestry of IPB in research related to changes in land cover and diversity of flora and fauna in oil palm plantations. This research was funded by the Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (BPDPKS). During the preparation of the National Interpretation for Indonesia on the 2018 RSPO P&C (INA NI P&C RSPO 2018) the Company played an active role as member of the INA NI P&C RSPO Working Group 2018, representing the plasma smallholders."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: For new development
          "Since November 2018, on any new clearing for oil palm planting, the Company will conduct an HCV-HCS combined assessment with the HCVRN’s ALS scheme and comply with all new planning provisions according to the rules set by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The implementation of HCV Areas Management and Monitoring Program is carried out based on the periods specified in the “HCV Areas Management and Monitoring Program Guideline”. Documentation of activities carried out on planned programs are reported in the “HCV Areas Management and Monitoring Report” annually."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
          " The BOC (Board of Comissioners) is responsible to the shareholders in supervising BOD’s policies in running the Company’s business in general, and to ensure compliance with all the prevailing regulations... The Audit Committee’s activities in 2020 are summed up as follows: ... Performed discussions with legal officer of the Company mainly in relation to the development of legal issues that may materially affect company business activities, changes to government regulations and policies and company compliance with regulations pertinent to the Company’s business activities and operations, activities of the Company as a publicly listed entity, as well as all legal risks that may be faced by the Company as a result of its business activities that may have certain material impacts in the Company."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          "The Company possesses a mechanism to handle complaints and grievances from internal as well as external parties, as stipulated in the “Procedures for Communication, Participation, and Consultation”. These procedures include the manner in which these complaints and grievances are received (verbally as well as in writing), the person in charge for receiving and recording them in the stakeholder logbook, and its response time. This stakeholder logbook is present at all estates and mills. All follow ups to the complaints and grievances is properly documented in each work unit." In its WhitsleBlowing Policy, Sampoerna Agri Resources Pte. Ltd provides an email address and postal address to send any reports to. 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 347407.0
          In the 2020 RSPO ACOP, the company reported 347407.0 tonnes of palm oil produced with 10400.0 certified 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 3%

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 337007 Tonnes

          What is the certified volume?: 10400.0 Tonnes
          In the 2020 RSPO ACOP, the company reported 347407.0 tonnes of palm oil produced with 10400.0 certified 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Social and environmental impact assessment is one of the key components in mapping out social investment program by the Company. This assessment includes identification and evaluation of both positive and negative impacts from company operational activities, that have already occurred as well as planned to be implemented. The Company’s participatory social and environmental impact assessment underlies the formulation and planning of CSR programs, and the formulation of engagement strategies to minimize social risks."
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          How does the company remedy adverse social and environmental impacts linked to their operations and/or supply chains?: "In relation to RSPO’s New Planting Procedure, in 2020 Sampoerna Agro halted new planting/expansion in our nucleus plantations. And to deliver greater transparency in reporting, in this Annual Report we have restructured our Sustainability Report to be in line with SPOTT’s (Sustainability Policy Transparency Toolkit) recommendations."; In case of impacts that relate to land conflicts, "the Company has a conflict resolution mechanism stipulated in the “Procedures for Handling Land-related Claims and Disputes”. The steps include a minimum of three phases to be taken should any land conflict occur, i.e. persuasion, mediation, and litigation."
          "Since November 2018, on any new clearing for oil palm planting, the Company will conduct an HCV-HCS combined assessment with the HCVRN’s ALS scheme and comply with all new planning provisions according to the rules set by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The implementation of HCV Areas Management and Monitoring Program is carried out based on the periods specified in the “HCV Areas Management and Monitoring Program Guideline”. Documentation of activities carried out on planned programs are reported in the “HCV Areas Management and Monitoring Report” annually."
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          If so, what jurisdictions and mechanisms does the company use?: Government monitoring and RSPO

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          Does the company use a certification system?: Yes

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: Yes
          "In 2019, the Company fulfilled its obligations according to the Minister of Environment Regulation No. 15/2017 in areas designated by the Government where peat management was to be applied."; "The Company is committed to obtaining RSPO certification for all its subsidiaries, including its plasma plantations. To fulfill this commitment, a time-bound commitment for RSPO certification has been made so that 100% of the Company’s subsidiaries and plasma under guidance will have been certified by 2025. For its independent suppliers, the Company plans to obtain its first RSPO certification in 2023."; “Sampoerna Agro’s commitment to improving the functionsand strengthening the roles of each entity in its corporate governance structure goes hand in hand with our compliance with the prevailing regulations and with the standards ofvarious international certifications (ISPO, ISCC, RSPO, and ISO).Starting from the top management down to the employees on the grassroots level, all have been inculcated with the spirit to execute their responsibilities alongside the principles of good corporate governance and best practices in the industry. Sampoerna Agro’s current risk management strategy and initiatives have enabled the Company to identify the risk factors in day-to-day business activities across different areas and situations. Effective strategic decisions to measure potential risks were robustly implemented through regular updating and reporting by the management to the Board of Commissioners and its supporting committees. This ensures that the Company’s business plans and prospects remain known to and supported by our shareholders."
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    12/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    24/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    13/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Sampoerna Agri Resources Pte. Ltd is one of the leading producers of palm oil and palm kernel in Indonesia. Sampoerna Agri Resources Pte. Ltd is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities
Segments
Producer, Processor
HQ
HQ 
Singapore
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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