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  • Overall approach
    3/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      Commodity-specific commitment - commitment that does not apply to all of the commodities the company is exposed to
      0/4
      Commodities (if applicable): Palm oil
      [Translation] "ZERO DEFORESTATION COMMITMENT High Conservation Values ​​(HCV) High conservation values ​​(HCV) are biological, ecological, social and important cultural aspects of our environment, such as that endangered species, the banks of rivers or archaeological sites. The HCV approach is a three-step process in which HCVs are identified, managed and monitored to ensure their maintenance over time."; [Translation] “In July 2016 the group committed to its “Zero Deforestation” policy which consists in biodiversity preservation and valuation of good agricultural practises for the entirety of its industrial plantations. During 2017 the Group led strong actions to maintain its commitment to “Zero Deforestation.””
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      [translation] "HIGHLIGHTS IN 2016 [...] The Group becomes a founding member of the Global Agri-business Alliance (GAA)"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
       [Translation] “In 2016 the Group committed to “Zero Deforestation” taking the following dispositions: High Conservation Value areas, as defined by HCV resource network and subject to its verification are protected and preserved."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      [translation] "Set up a Biodiversity Commission per site made up of the Site Director, the Chief plantations, the subsidiary SD Manager or his representative and the subsidiary surveyor or his representing. The Commission is responsible for ensure the application of the Preservation Criteria of Biodiversity on site."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      [translation] "(Plus) 4 650 hectares of preserved forests (Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria) ... 8,400 hectares of classified forests protected in Bamo and Kinkaine, through support to forest monitoring committees 300 hectares of protected RAMSAR zone."
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      "100 hectares of plant cover reforested each year by SUCRIVOIRE, a subsidiary of the Group 50,000 trees planted in Ivory Coast, on the occasion of the National Day of Peace 2019 02 hectares of arboretum created in the classified forest of Anguédédou"
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
  • Commodity score
    21/88
    • Palm oil
      29/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          5/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            “[...] which is why our “Zero Deforestation” pledge is completely aligned with the sustainable growth policy we have been deploying for decades.” [Translation] “In 2016 the Group committed to “Zero Deforestation” taking the following dispositions: High Conservation Value areas, as defined by HCV resource network and subject to its verification are protected and preserved. High Carbon Stock areas as defined by the HCS Steering Group and subject to its verification are protected and preserved. To this date, the creation of a Biodiversity committee on the entirety of sites has been realised and the “Zero Deforestation” commitment has been effectively implemented through biodiversity studies."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            “[...] which is why our “Zero Deforestation” pledge is completely aligned with the sustainable growth policy we have been deploying for decades.” [Translation] “In 2016 the Group committed to “Zero Deforestation” taking the following dispositions: High Conservation Value areas, as defined by HCV resource network and subject to its verification are protected and preserved. High Carbon Stock areas as defined by the HCS Steering Group and subject to its verification are protected and preserved. To this date, the creation of a Biodiversity committee on the entirety of sites has been realised and the “Zero Deforestation” commitment has been effectively implemented through biodiversity studies."
          • 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
             “[...] which is why our “Zero Deforestation” pledge is completely aligned with the sustainable growth policy we have been deploying for decades.” [Translation] “In 2016 the Group committed to “Zero Deforestation” taking the following dispositions: High Conservation Value areas, as defined by HCV resource network and subject to its verification are protected and preserved. High Carbon Stock areas as defined by the HCS Steering Group and subject to its verification are protected and preserved. To this date, the creation of a Biodiversity committee on the entirety of sites has been realised and the “Zero Deforestation” commitment has been effectively implemented through biodiversity studies."
        • 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
            "To this end, we commit ourselves to: [...] Responsible Development of its Operations: Identify, maintain and protect High Carbon Stock (HCS) areas, Identify, maintain and protect High Conservation Value (HCV) areas , Identify, maintain and protect Peatland ..." "This policy applies but not limited to: All SIFCA and its subsidiaries operations, including processing plants and plantations that the Group owns, manages or invests in, whatever its share volume. All suppliers (third parties) from which the Group buys or with whom it has business ties (particularly for commodities purchasing)."
          • 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
            "To this end, we commit ourselves to: [...] Responsible Development of its Operations: Identify, maintain and protect High Carbon Stock (HCS) areas, Identify, maintain and protect High Conservation Value (HCV) areas , Identify, maintain and protect Peatland ..." "This policy applies but not limited to: All SIFCA and its subsidiaries operations, including processing plants and plantations that the Group owns, manages or invests in, whatever its share volume. All suppliers (third parties) from which the Group buys or with whom it has business ties (particularly for commodities purchasing)."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "To this end, we commit ourselves to: [...] Responsible Development of its Operations: Identify, maintain and protect High Carbon Stock (HCS) areas, Identify, maintain and protect High Conservation Value (HCV) areas , Identify, maintain and protect Peatland ..." "This policy applies but not limited to: All SIFCA and its subsidiaries operations, including processing plants and plantations that the Group owns, manages or invests in, whatever its share volume. All suppliers (third parties) from which the Group buys or with whom it has business ties (particularly for commodities purchasing)."
          • 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
            "To this end, we commit ourselves to: [...] Responsible Development of its Operations: Identify, maintain and protect High Carbon Stock (HCS) areas, Identify, maintain and protect High Conservation Value (HCV) areas , Identify, maintain and protect Peatland ..." "This policy applies but not limited to: All SIFCA and its subsidiaries operations, including processing plants and plantations that the Group owns, manages or invests in, whatever its share volume. All suppliers (third parties) from which the Group buys or with whom it has business ties (particularly for commodities purchasing)."
        • 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
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support; Education and training; Other
          "By supporting individual and cooperative initiative, SIFCA helps private out growers develop their holdings, providing them with tools and services that can improve their production and quality of life. This successful supervision policy is why private out growers supply 60% of the palm bunches processed by PALMCI [...] Development assistance: technical support, training in proper cultivation methods, management assistance for larger holdings, provision of selected high-yield seedlings, equipment, and work supplies [...] regular interaction with out growers (meetings, SMS)."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Environmental harm
          [Translation] "Updating the environmental plan at Awodua to include site-specific mitigation measures to avoid, minimize and offset the impact, with detailed mapping of the areas to be protected."
        • 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
          "To this end, we commit ourselves to: Respect the rights of Native People and Local Communities to grant or refuse their Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) for any operations related to land resources on which they have legal obligation or customary rights. "
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          2/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          2/2
          "This policy applies but not limited to: All SIFCA and its subsidiaries operations, including processing plants and plantations that the Group owns, manages or invests in, whatever its share volume. All suppliers (third parties) from which the Group buys or with whom it has business ties (particularly for commodities purchasing)."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing support/advice/experience/expertise; Providing technical capacity

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Partnership with NAUVU
          "solid partnership with NAUVU (since 2008), headed by WILMAR (the world’s largest palm oil refiner). This strategic alliance provides SIFCA with technical and organisational expertise about the management and extension of plantations, as well as the processing of oilseed, and distribution and sales opportunities."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          [Translation] "PALMCI, through the initiative of the SIFCA Group, signed a partnership with the company Satelligence, with a view tothe establishment of a system to monitor the evolution of deforestation around its agricultural sites andin its supply basins.The objective of PALMCI and the entire SIFCA Group is to have a reference database on the status offorests concerned and to be able to detect attempts at deforestation.The satellite monitoring system will:• Mapping the forest cover in real time• Prevent the risk of forest degradation• Alert and act proactively in order to preserve the natural heritage."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 280,000 tons
          "A SIFCA affiliate since 1997, PALMCI resulted from the privatization of former State-owned company Palmindustrie, from which it retained many assets. PALMCI manages oil palm plantations and produces both crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel oil. It sells most of its yearly CPO output of about 280,000 tons to Sania" 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          The have an Operating Standard document which outlines the process of impact assessment for land acquisition "This procedure covers the land acquisition process, including the participatory mapping, negotiation, compensation, conflicts management and monitoring." 
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          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
    • Pulp & Paper *
      6/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/6
          • 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
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/5
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/3
          • 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
        • 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
        6/18
        • 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
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Environmental harm
          [Translation] "Updating the environmental plan at Awodua to include site-specific mitigation measures to avoid, minimize and offset the impact, with detailed mapping of the areas to be protected."
        • 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
          "To this end, we commit ourselves to: Respect the rights of Native People and Local Communities to grant or refuse their Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) for any operations related to land resources on which they have legal obligation or customary rights. "
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          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
    7/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    6/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    9/18
    Avg. score

Profile

The SIFCA Group is an agribusiness group based in the Ivory Coast active throughout the supply chain of several agricultural commodities, including rubber, sugar cane, and palm oil. SIFCA is a major palm oil producer in West Africa. It also processes palm oil and produces products such as margarine. SIFCA Group is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities, Agriculture, Oils & fats
Segments
Producer, Trader, Processor, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Cote d'Ivoire
Company Type
Company type 
Private
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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