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  • Overall approach
    3/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      No overarching deforestation commitment
      0/6
      Commodities (if applicable): 0
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      "Sime Darby was also elected as the President of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Malaysia (BCSDM) and a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)" [...] "As a signatory to the New York Declaration on Forests, Sime Darby reaffirms its commitment to curb forest loss."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "We recognise the inherent value of forests and the ecosystem services they provide, as well as the scarcity of natural resources and threats from climate change. All our activities will be guided by a precautionary approach, and a no-deforestation objective."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      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?: As necessary
      "To ensure that Sustainability continues to be embedded within our business operations, we have established a Sustainability function at each Division, which reports to the Managing Director of the Division. Each Division’s Sustainability function focuses on sustainability matters that are material to each Division. At Group Head Office, material matters are reported to the Group Management Committee and to the Board as and when necessary."
    • 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
    43/84
    • Palm oil
      63/84
      • Commitment Strength
        26/28
        • 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?: RSPO
            Responsible Agriculture Charter (RAC) - "All our activities will be guided by a precautionary approach, and a no-deforestation objective." [....] "We are committed to RSPO certification as a base, as well as the commitments laid out in the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto (SPOM)." with the goal of implementing this throughout all their 3rd party suppliers by 2020"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Sime Darby Plantation and Sime Darby Oils are jointly committed to No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation (NDPE) and today our own operations deliver to standards that go beyond those commitments. Our expectations of third-party suppliers are clear: we require them to meet NDPE standards as well. Our policies are published in our Responsible Agriculture Charter (RAC), Responsible Sourcing Guidelines and our Human Rights Charter. These outline the strict requirements that we promise to meet in our operations."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Sime Darby Plantation and Sime Darby Oils are jointly committed to No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation (NDPE) and today our own operations deliver to standards that go beyond those commitments. Our expectations of third-party suppliers are clear: we require them to meet NDPE standards as well. Our policies are published in our Responsible Agriculture Charter (RAC), Responsible Sourcing Guidelines and our Human Rights Charter. These outline the strict requirements that we promise to meet in our operations."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "Sime Darby Plantation and Sime Darby Oils are jointly committed to No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation (NDPE) and today our own operations deliver to standards that go beyond those commitments. Our expectations of third-party suppliers are clear: we require them to meet NDPE standards as well. Our policies are published in our Responsible Agriculture Charter (RAC), Responsible Sourcing Guidelines and our Human Rights Charter. These outline the strict requirements that we promise to meet in our operations."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Sime Darby Plantation and Sime Darby Oils are jointly committed to No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation (NDPE) and today our own operations deliver to standards that go beyond those commitments. Our expectations of third-party suppliers are clear: we require them to meet NDPE standards as well." [...] "Proactive prevention of the destruction of HCV, through HCV assessments, prior to development. [...] Implementation of international best practices for the maintenance and management of all identified HCV’s, including managing human/wildlife conflicts, and to enhance where possible, the biodiversity of such areas. No new development of peat areas, regardless of depth or location. We will seek to rehabilitate existing plantings on peat where possible"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Sime Darby Plantation and Sime Darby Oils are jointly committed to No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation (NDPE) and today our own operations deliver to standards that go beyond those commitments. Our expectations of third-party suppliers are clear: we require them to meet NDPE standards as well." [...] "Proactive prevention of the destruction of HCV, through HCV assessments, prior to development. [...] Implementation of international best practices for the maintenance and management of all identified HCV’s, including managing human/wildlife conflicts, and to enhance where possible, the biodiversity of such areas. No new development of peat areas, regardless of depth or location. We will seek to rehabilitate existing plantings on peat where possible"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Sime Darby Plantation and Sime Darby Oils are jointly committed to No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation (NDPE) and today our own operations deliver to standards that go beyond those commitments. Our expectations of third-party suppliers are clear: we require them to meet NDPE standards as well." [...] "Proactive prevention of the destruction of HCV, through HCV assessments, prior to development. [...] Implementation of international best practices for the maintenance and management of all identified HCV’s, including managing human/wildlife conflicts, and to enhance where possible, the biodiversity of such areas. No new development of peat areas, regardless of depth or location. We will seek to rehabilitate existing plantings on peat where possible"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "Sime Darby Plantation and Sime Darby Oils are jointly committed to No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation (NDPE) and today our own operations deliver to standards that go beyond those commitments. Our expectations of third-party suppliers are clear: we require them to meet NDPE standards as well." [...] "Proactive prevention of the destruction of HCV, through HCV assessments, prior to development. [...] Implementation of international best practices for the maintenance and management of all identified HCV’s, including managing human/wildlife conflicts, and to enhance where possible, the biodiversity of such areas. No new development of peat areas, regardless of depth or location. We will seek to rehabilitate existing plantings on peat where possible"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "Our commitment to halting deforestation means that we are now also increasingly focused on improving the traceability of the oils in our supply that are sourced beyond our own production. To do so, we have created two tools to enhance traceability: In 2016 we launched our Open Palm Traceability Dashboard to enhance transparency and provide our customers with better sight of our supply chain and record the actions we are taking to ensure that it remains sustainable. In 2019, we released Crosscheck: an open access tool that maps our supply chain to mill level. This allows our investors, NGO partners, customers, and any other stakeholders concerned about the preservation of the forests to access information about our supply chain."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our commitment to halting deforestation means that we are now also increasingly focused on improving the traceability of the oils in our supply that are sourced beyond our own production. To do so, we have created two tools to enhance traceability: In 2016 we launched our Open Palm Traceability Dashboard to enhance transparency and provide our customers with better sight of our supply chain and record the actions we are taking to ensure that it remains sustainable. In 2019, we released Crosscheck: an open access tool that maps our supply chain to mill level. This allows our investors, NGO partners, customers, and any other stakeholders concerned about the preservation of the forests to access information about our supply chain."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Our commitment to halting deforestation means that we are now also increasingly focused on improving the traceability of the oils in our supply that are sourced beyond our own production. To do so, we have created two tools to enhance traceability: In 2016 we launched our Open Palm Traceability Dashboard to enhance transparency and provide our customers with better sight of our supply chain and record the actions we are taking to ensure that it remains sustainable. In 2019, we released Crosscheck: an open access tool that maps our supply chain to mill level. This allows our investors, NGO partners, customers, and any other stakeholders concerned about the preservation of the forests to access information about our supply chain."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "Our commitment to halting deforestation means that we are now also increasingly focused on improving the traceability of the oils in our supply that are sourced beyond our own production. To do so, we have created two tools to enhance traceability: In 2016 we launched our Open Palm Traceability Dashboard to enhance transparency and provide our customers with better sight of our supply chain and record the actions we are taking to ensure that it remains sustainable. In 2019, we released Crosscheck: an open access tool that maps our supply chain to mill level. This allows our investors, NGO partners, customers, and any other stakeholders concerned about the preservation of the forests to access information about our supply chain."
      • 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: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "At Sime Darby Plantation, we believe that businesses have a responsibility to respect, support and uphold fundamental human rights as expressed, amongst others, in the Universal Declaration for Human Rights and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Our commitment to human rights is reflected in this Human Rights Charter (‘HRC’ or ‘this Charter’), the core values of our business, and is governed by our Code of Business Conduct and Group Policies and Authorities. [....] Our commitment extends to all stakeholders affected by our business activities and relationships, including; workers in our operations and supply chains, counterparties and communities surrounding our operations. [...] Eradicating any form of exploitation, forced or bonded labour [...] Respecting Freedom of Association [...] not tolerating any form of discrimination [...] Eradicating child labour in our supply chain"
        • 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?: 65,343 smallholders

          What is the nature of that support?: Certification; Technical assistance/support
          "For us to contribute to the SDG to end poverty and hunger, and spur economic growth, it is vital for us to assure the viability of small farms in our supply chain. We understand that smallholders face numerous challenges in production. Too often, they simply lack the resources to produce palm oil sustainably. As of 2017, less than 1% of independent smallholders’ farms in Indonesia were certified as sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO)2. In Malaysia, only 643 smallholders are certified to RSPO standards" [...] "It is not our policy to suspend smallholders. Working with smallholders needs a different approach and dedicated programmes to help build their capacity. We work actively in partnership with governments to lift smallholders to a certifiable standard of sustainability, so they can make their living in a way that does not damage the forest."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          “Promoting diversity and inclusion by providing equal opportunities and not tolerating any form of discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender"
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          "At Sime Darby Plantation, we want to draw the line on deforestation and the practices that contribute to it. Therefore, in the event of a violation of NDPE standards, we will notify that supplier of our requirement that they commit to: • Stop work immediately on the affected land. • Develop a plan for remediating the damaged forest. • Develop a programme to improve their ongoing operational practices to meet NDPE standards"
        • 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
          Sime Darby Plantation details commitment within a graph/table - "We fully respect the customary rights of the communities in the areas that we operate, and fulfils the Free, Prior and Informed Consent requirement enshrined under the RSPO Principles & Criteria (Criteria2.3, 6.4 and 7.5), and under Article 32 of UN Declaration of Rights of indigenous People." [...] "Respect human rights and empower communities In accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, we respect the right to land and the right to self-determination of indigenous peoples, and customary land rights holders and users, and wish to secure an operating environment free from conflict through: (i) Undertaking robust free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) processes through sustained engagement to ensure that customary, user and traditional land rights are respected"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        24/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Sime Darby Plantation reports on percentage of RSPO certification in it's annual reporting - "We have a long history of operating sustainably – we have worked hard over the years to ensure that SDP is 99% certified to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards. "
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            "Sime Darby Plantation and Sime Darby Oils are jointly committed to No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation (NDPE) and today our own operations deliver to standards that go beyond those commitments. Our expectations of third-party suppliers are clear: we require them to meet NDPE standards as well." [...] "Proactive prevention of the destruction of HCV, through HCV assessments, prior to development. [...] Implementation of international best practices for the maintenance and management of all identified HCV’s, including managing human/wildlife conflicts, and to enhance where possible, the biodiversity of such areas. No new development of peat areas, regardless of depth or location. We will seek to rehabilitate existing plantings on peat where possible"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Progress is reported through the cross check tool and updates to the tool are reported within their annual reports. This includes Sime Darby Oils also.
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Sime Darby Plantation reports RSPO certified palm oil through their most recent ACOP report
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification
            Sime Darby Plantation reports RSPO certified palm oil through their most recent ACOP report
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • 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; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto; Sabah Jurisdictional Approach for Sustainable Palm Oil Production
          "In July 2014, Sime Darby Plantation became a signatory to the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto, an initiative that sets higher standards for growers, traders, end users, and other stakeholders in addition to the RSPO Principles and Criteria. Other signatories included four other oil palm planters, IOI Corporation Bhd, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd, Musim Mas Group, and Asian Agri, along with global traders, Apical and Cargill. In signing the Manifesto, all signatories affirms their commitment to no deforestation, creating traceable and transparent supply chains, and protecting peat areas, while ensuring economic and social benefits for the local people and communities where oil palm is grown." [...]
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 0 not specified

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: not specified
          Sime Darby conducts risk assessments of their own operations through the tool Cross Check, as well as through a project of mapping deforestation risk by satellite monitoring - "RADAR ALERTS FOR DETECTING DEFORESTATION (RADD) In 2019, we were also glad to come together with an industry coalition of ten major palm oil producers and buyers to support and fund the development of a new publicly available, radar-based monitoring system known as Radar Alerts for Detecting Deforestation (RADD). It will complement the work we have been doing in the development of Crosscheck which maps our own supply chain and risk areas on the ground, by providing bestin-class monitoring capability from the sky"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Yes

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: Email, telephone, webform, address (postal)
          Agriculture policy is included - "Parties can report a Whistleblowing complaint if they are aware of any Wrongdoings, including, but not limited to the following:Fraud, including but not limited to the following:Act of corruption such as conflicts of interest, bribery, kickbacks;Misappropriation of assets,Financial statement fraud;Sexual harassment;Criminal breach of trust;Acts or omissions which are deemed to be against the interest of the Company, laws, regulations or public policies;Misuse of confidential information;Giving false or misleading information (including suppression of any material fact or information);Breaches of any Group policies and/or COBC; orDeliberate concealment of any of the above matters or other acts of wrongdoing."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 1,889,807 tonnes

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

          What is the certified volume?: 1,349,117 tonnes
          Sime Darby Plantation processed 3,238,924.00 tonnes of palm oil as stated in their 2019 ACOP report
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          For what percentage of production units has an ESIA been carried out as part of the land use planning process?: 0 not specified
          "Sime Darby Plantation undertakes Social & Environmental Impact Assessments (SEIA) as a standard operating procedure before any development begins. The company does not plant on High Conservation Value (HCV) ground. As a founding members of RSPO, Sime Darby Plantation respects and fulfils the principles and criteria set. The company has strict policies against the clearing of HCV forests and virgin jungles, graveyards, identified buffer and riparian zones. All of these commitments have been discussed at the RSPO’s RT5-7 summits and have been endorsed by the Board of Directors of Sime Darby Berhad, the parent of Sime Darby Plantation."
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of certified land holdings; Reports location of land holdings under conservation; Reports location of uncertified land holdings only; Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          4/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of certified land holdings; Reports location of land holdings under conservation; Reports location of uncertified land holdings only; Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          4/4
          In what country(ies) does the company operate and/or source material?: Indonesia, Malaysia, south America, south east Aisa

          What is the total area in production (in ha)?: 727,400 Hectares

          For what percent are point locations (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: 100%

          For what percent are boundaries (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: 100%

          For what percent are boundaries (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: 100%

          For what percent are point locations (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: 100%

          For what percent are point locations (of land holdings and processing facilities) disclosed?: 100%

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 100%
          Sime Darby provides full disclosure of mills/plantations through it's portal/tool Cross Check - "At Sime Darby Plantation (SDP), we have long made a commitment towards creating a deforestation-free supply chain. We believe the frontier to halting deforestation is traceability and in 2019, we launched ‘Crosscheck’, an open source online traceability tool that is available for everyone.‘Crosscheck’ helps provide transparency by tracking supply back to its source, identifying where problems exist – and taking action that is clearly outlined in our 'Working with Suppliers to Draw the Line on Deforestation’ policy statement."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers; Yes report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers; Yes report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          For what percent of smallholder suppliers is location disclosed?: 100%
          Sime Darby provides full disclosure of mills/plantations through it's portal/tool Cross Check - "At Sime Darby Plantation (SDP), we have long made a commitment towards creating a deforestation-free supply chain. We believe the frontier to halting deforestation is traceability and in 2019, we launched ‘Crosscheck’, an open source online traceability tool that is available for everyone.‘Crosscheck’ helps provide transparency by tracking supply back to its source, identifying where problems exist – and taking action that is clearly outlined in our 'Working with Suppliers to Draw the Line on Deforestation’ policy statement."
        • 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
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          What tools, processes, bodies carry out monitoring of the company's production or processing operations?: various

          Does the company use a certification system?: No
          "The commitments of this Charter are effective immediately for all of our palm oil operations, both upstream and downstream, including associated smallholders. [...] We will follow best practice, and are guided by best available science and consultation with our stakeholders. We prefer structured guidance developed in multi-stakeholder contexts, and follow the latest developments of such initiatives. We are committed to RSPO certification as a base, as well as the commitments laid out in the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto (SPOM). In addition, we will adopt and verify our operations to be in compliance with the Palm Oil Innovation Group Charter. [...] This Charter will be subject to third party verification"
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Details of monitoring: Using certification; Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified
          "The commitments of this Charter are effective immediately for all of our palm oil operations, both upstream and downstream, including associated smallholders. [...] We will follow best practice, and are guided by best available science and consultation with our stakeholders. We prefer structured guidance developed in multi-stakeholder contexts, and follow the latest developments of such initiatives. We are committed to RSPO certification as a base, as well as the commitments laid out in the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto (SPOM). In addition, we will adopt and verify our operations to be in compliance with the Palm Oil Innovation Group Charter. [...] This Charter will be subject to third party verification"
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "At Sime Darby Plantation, we want to draw the line on deforestation and the practices that contribute to it. Therefore, in the event of a violation of NDPE standards, we will notify that supplier of our requirement that they commit to: • Stop work immediately on the affected land. • Develop a plan for remediating the damaged forest. • Develop a programme to improve their ongoing operational practices to meet NDPE standards. If the supplier concerned is unwilling to make these commitments, it is our policy to suspend them. Once a supplier has been suspended, purchases will not resume until our strict conditions are met.[...] Following that, the steps towards re-instatement in our supply chain are as follows: • Public acknowledgement of the clearing and the necessity for remediation. • Development within 2 months of time-bound plans for the recovery of High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) forests and/or peatland cleared, plus agreement not to use the area cleared for commercial production. • Development within 2 months of NDPE policies and time-bound implementation plans for operational improvement to meet those standards, covering their group-wide operations. • Commitment to regular progress reports against our stepped Operational Improvement Programme, with third party verification. • Independent annual audits of continued compliance"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (engaged); Yes (excluded)
          2/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (engaged); Yes (excluded)
          2/2
          How many noncompliant producers or suppliers are engaged through improvement plans or other processes, and what percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 0 not specified

          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
          Sime Darby Plantations report their engagement and non-compliance details within their grievance documents, with summarized figures published within annual reporting - "We have put in place an expanded team in order to implement our policy and manage supplier engagement. As of December 2019, we had identified 61 high risk mills in our supply chain on our Grievance Register. Of these, 7 are no longer in our supply chain. We are currently in engagement with 22 mills, and 17 mills have begun to put in place the remedial plans our policy requires. We have investigated and resolved a further 15 cases."
    • Pulp & Paper *
      4/84
      • 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
        4/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "At Sime Darby, we believe that businesses have a responsibility to respect, support and uphold fundamental human rights as expressed, amongst others, in the Universal Declaration for Human Rights and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This is reflected in our business core values and governed by our Code of Business Conduct and Group Policies and Authorities [....] Our commitment extends to all persons within our sphere of influence, which includes all our employees, workers in our operations, counterparties1 and communities surrounding our operations. We are also committed to working with our counterparties and business partners2 to encourage them to uphold respect for human rights as outlined in our policies and to encourage them to have similar commitments within their own business practices. [...] The internationally recognized principles & standards including the International Labour Organization (ILO) core labour standards and relevant industry standards and protocols." [...] Respecting Freedom of Association [...] child labour [...] will not condone discrimination [...] eradicate any form of forced or bonded labour"
        • 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
    17/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    16/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    10/18
    Avg. score

Profile

The Sime Darby Group is a Malaysian conglomerate involved in diverse industries, including logistics, industrial equipment, property and plantations. Sime Darby Plantation is the agribusiness arm of the group which has one of the largest landbanks globally among palm oil producers. It also produces products such as oleochemicals, fats, biodiesel and other derivatives. Sime Darby Bhd. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities, Agriculture, Oils & fats, Chemicals
Segments
Producer, Trader
HQ
HQ 
Malaysia
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

How we assess the Forest 500

To ensure deforestation free supply chains, companies need to adopt and implement timebound and measurable policies for forest risk commodities.

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