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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific
      0/6
      Palm oil; Pulp & Paper
       For pulp & paper, Sinar Mas Group co. Ltd. subsidary, APP, has stated that "Our goal is clear - No Deforestation. This applies to our entire supply chain, now and in the future" and for palm oil, Sinar Mas Group co. subsidary, Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), has stated that they want to "ensure that our palm oil operations are deforestation-free".
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1.00/1
      New York Declaration on Forests
      "Golden Agri Declares Strong Commitment to the New YorkDeclaration on Forests at the UN Climate Summit 2014."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "It is clear that the only way to truly halt deforestation globally is to adopt a landscape approach,otherwise islands of sustainable supply will be engulfed by barren sea of deforestation".
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    35/86
    • Palm oil
      72/86
      • Commitment Strength
        31/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification
            "Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) wants to ensure that our palm oil operations are deforestation-free, traceable and bring benefits to the communities where we operate" [and] "to date, 257,621 hectares of plantations including smallholders plantation 51,128 hectares, 29 mills, 9 kernel crushing plants, 6 refineries, 7 bulking stations and 1 oleochemical plant have received RSPO certification". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) wants to ensure that our palm oil operations are deforestation-free, traceable and bring benefits to the communities where we operate" [and] "to date, 257,621 hectares of plantations including smallholders plantation 51,128 hectares, 29 mills, 9 kernel crushing plants, 6 refineries, 7 bulking stations and 1 oleochemical plant have received RSPO certification". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            "Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) wants to ensure that our palm oil operations are deforestation-free, traceable and bring benefits to the communities where we operate" [and] "to date, 257,621 hectares of plantations including smallholders plantation 51,128 hectares, 29 mills, 9 kernel crushing plants, 6 refineries, 7 bulking stations and 1 oleochemical plant have received RSPO certification". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) wants to ensure that our palm oil operations are deforestation-free, traceable and bring benefits to the communities where we operate" [and] "to date, 257,621 hectares of plantations including smallholders plantation 51,128 hectares, 29 mills, 9 kernel crushing plants, 6 refineries, 7 bulking stations and 1 oleochemical plant have received RSPO certification". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) wants to ensure that our palm oil operations are deforestation-free, traceable and bring benefits to the communities where we operate" [and] "to date, 257,621 hectares of plantations including smallholders plantation 51,128 hectares, 29 mills, 9 kernel crushing plants, 6 refineries, 7 bulking stations and 1 oleochemical plant have received RSPO certification". 
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) wants to ensure that our palm oil operations are deforestation-free, traceable and bring benefits to the communities where we operate" [and] "to date, 257,621 hectares of plantations including smallholders plantation 51,128 hectares, 29 mills, 9 kernel crushing plants, 6 refineries, 7 bulking stations and 1 oleochemical plant have received RSPO certification". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) wants to ensure that our palm oil operations are deforestation-free, traceable and bring benefits to the communities where we operate" [and] "to date, 257,621 hectares of plantations including smallholders plantation 51,128 hectares, 29 mills, 9 kernel crushing plants, 6 refineries, 7 bulking stations and 1 oleochemical plant have received RSPO certification". 
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "GAR committed to protecting forests that included High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas in 2011"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "GAR committed to protecting forests that included High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas in 2011"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            "GAR committed to protecting forests that included High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas in 2011"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "GAR committed to protecting forests that included High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas in 2011"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "GAR committed to protecting forests that included High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas in 2011"
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "GAR committed to protecting forests that included High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas in 2011"
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "GAR committed to protecting forests that included High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas in 2011" 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "We commit to building a fully traceable and transparentsupply chain which includes smallholders. We aim toachieve full traceability to palm oil mills by end of 2015. Wewill publish a time-bound plan by Q1 2016 for traceability toplantations."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We commit to building a fully traceable and transparentsupply chain which includes smallholders. We aim toachieve full traceability to palm oil mills by end of 2015. Wewill publish a time-bound plan by Q1 2016 for traceability toplantations."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            "We commit to building a fully traceable and transparentsupply chain which includes smallholders. We aim toachieve full traceability to palm oil mills by end of 2015. Wewill publish a time-bound plan by Q1 2016 for traceability toplantations."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We commit to building a fully traceable and transparentsupply chain which includes smallholders. We aim toachieve full traceability to palm oil mills by end of 2015. Wewill publish a time-bound plan by Q1 2016 for traceability toplantations."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We commit to building a fully traceable and transparentsupply chain which includes smallholders. We aim toachieve full traceability to palm oil mills by end of 2015. Wewill publish a time-bound plan by Q1 2016 for traceability toplantations."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) has finished mapping all its suppliers to its own mills (44), covering more than 600,000 hectares of estates and accounting for 39 percent of GAR’s total supply of palm oil  Golden Agri-Resources is using supply chain mapping methods and technology to achieve 100 percent traceability to plantation for the remaining 427 independent mills by 2020"
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) has finished mapping all its suppliers to its own mills (44), covering more than 600,000 hectares of estates and accounting for 39 percent of GAR’s total supply of palm oil  Golden Agri-Resources is using supply chain mapping methods and technology to achieve 100 percent traceability to plantation for the remaining 427 independent mills by 2020"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        27/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) wants to ensure that our palm oil operations are deforestation-free, traceable and bring benefits to the communities where we operate" [and] "to date, 257,621 hectares of plantations including smallholders plantation 51,128 hectares, 29 mills, 9 kernel crushing plants, 6 refineries, 7 bulking stations and 1 oleochemical plant have received RSPO certification". 
          • 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
            "we have assessed our concession areas and mapped 72,000 hectares (an area equivalent to the size of Singapore), which are now set aside for conservation[...]with no development on HCS forests and HCV areas and peatlands". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            "Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) has finished mapping all its suppliers to its own mills (44), covering more than 600,000 hectares of estates and accounting for 39 percent of GAR’s total supply of palm oil  Golden Agri-Resources is using supply chain mapping methods and technology to achieve 100 percent traceability to plantation for the remaining 427 independent mills by 2020"
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) wants to ensure that our palm oil operations are deforestation-free, traceable and bring benefits to the communities where we operate" [and] "to date, 257,621 hectares of plantations including smallholders plantation 51,128 hectares, 29 mills, 9 kernel crushing plants, 6 refineries, 7 bulking stations and 1 oleochemical plant have received RSPO certification". 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "We will implement a robust due diligence system that will identify non-compliant suppliers". 
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "Where a grievance is raised about a third party supplier, our first action is to contact the relevant supplier whether GAR owned, partially owned or a third party, to discuss the issues raised. GAR’s objective is to resolve the issues raised in the grievance. If a supplier does not wish to engage in a process to resolve the complaint and is not in compliance with the GAR Social and Environmental Policy (GSEP), GAR will review the relationship with that supplier. Ending our relationship with a non-compliant supplier is the last resort option". 
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Sinar Mas have disclosed a list of their mills.
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          "Our Grievance Handling Procedure enables stakeholders to bring issues of concern relating to Golden Agri-Resources’ (GAR) own operations as well as our suppliers’ to our attention. Our Grievance Handling Procedure covers our worldwide operations and all third-party suppliers". 
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "[Golden Agri-Resources (GAR)] continues to play an active role in the RSPO. In 2017, Mr. Agus Purnomo, GAR’s Managing Director of Sustainability and Strategic Stakeholder Engagement was elected to the RSPO Board of Governors. He is also theChair of Indonesian Growers Caucus (IGC) representing Indonesian Palm Oil Members within RSPO. GAR also actively participates in the Dispute Settlement Facility Advisory Group, the Biodiversity and HCV Working Group, Innovation Lab, and other RSPO working groups and task forces."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Golden Agri-Resources Ltd report the total volume of FFB and total FFB volume that is certified. 
      • Social Considerations
        14/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "A key tenet of our sustainability principles centres on ensuring Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of these communities before any operations begin".
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Sinar Mar Group co. Ltd. ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality in the supply chain
          2/4
          "We recognise, respect and strengthen the rights of all our workers including contract, temporary, casual and migrant workers of all genders.. We provide equal opportunities for all workers, and embrace diversity regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability,gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation or union membership. We shall ensure that workers are protected from any discrimination in all stages of the employment relationship..Practice zero tolerance of sexual and all other forms of harassment and abuse.", "We shall not knowingly source from any suppliers who refuse to comply with this policy"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "Smallholders are an essential part of our supply chain and crucial stakeholders in our sustainability journey as there are an estimated two million small farmers controlling over 44% of palm oil estates in Indonesia. At SMART, we have a policy of supporting all (100%) of our plasma smallholders – we manage their estates and provide them with our high-yielding seeds. This enables them to achieve yields similar to our own main estates". 
    • Pulp & Paper
      33/86
      • Commitment Strength
        12/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "Our goal is clear - No Deforestation. This applies to our entire supply chain, now and in the future". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our goal is clear - No Deforestation. This applies to our entire supply chain, now and in the future". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            "Our goal is clear - No Deforestation. This applies to our entire supply chain, now and in the future". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our goal is clear - No Deforestation. This applies to our entire supply chain, now and in the future". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our goal is clear - No Deforestation. This applies to our entire supply chain, now and in the future". 
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "Our goal is clear - No Deforestation. This applies to our entire supply chain, now and in the future". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Our goal is clear - No Deforestation. This applies to our entire supply chain, now and in the future". 
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        13/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            89% PEFC certified
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            89% PEFC certified
          • 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
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "For our imported pulp consumption, we are committed to purchasing only legal and environmentally sound pulp, which has been produced from sustainably-managed forestry sources and achieved relevant environmental certifications. To implement this commitment, we will ensure that the pulp is properly checked and verified as to legal origin and chain of custody before it enters the mill". 
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          2/4
          "We will ensure that wood suppliers who are found in breach of relevant legal requirements and the provisions of this policy shall be immediately warned and, for repeated violations, have their contracts reviewed for termination". 
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          "APP believes that stakeholders can be constructive partners in helping to improve the implementation of the Forest Conservation Policy. Accordingly, the company has developed a grievance procedure designed to address any issues of concern that stakeholders might raise in relation to the FCP".
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          19,509,031 Tonnes
          APP has reported their total raw materials used for paper and pulp. 
      • Social Considerations
        8/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "Our Forest Conservation Policy announced on February 5th 2013, has led to a significant change in our social policies with the adoption of the principle of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)". 
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Forced Labour; Child Labour
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "We will Include community forests/small producers in our supply chain in line with government regulations and guidance.  We plan to strengthen small scale forestry initiatives in our supply chain".
    • Soy
      0/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/21
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        0/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    14/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    14/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    7/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Sinar Mas is an Indonesian conglomerate active in diverse industries, including pulp and paper, agriculture and food, energy, financial services, and real estate. The group’s agricultural business operates about 480,000 hectares of palm oil plantation as of 2016 and has one of the five largest landbanks globally among palm oil producers. It also has an annual processing capacity of more than 12 million fresh fruit bunches and is one of the largest importers and exporters of palm oil in Indonesia. Its products include cooking oil and margarine. Additionally, the group crushes soy, with an annual capacity of 2.3 million metric tons. Sinar Mas is also a major pulp and paper producer with its company Asia Pulp and Paper, having an annual capacity of more than 20 million metric tons across its mills in Indonesia and China.

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

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