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  • Overall approach
    6/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Zero deforestation/Deforestation-free commitment or, for timber, pulp & paper companies only, commitment to well implemented harvest and no deforestation of HCV & HCS areas
      3/4
      Do they have a commitment for other non-Forest 500 commodities, if so which?:
      "SIPEF has committed to no deforestation and to no new plantings on peat of any depth for all of its crops."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Natural forests store large amounts of carbon and host the vast majority of the world's terrestrial species. They are also important for the livelihoods of millions of people that are members of indigenous and local communities. One of the most significant impacts linked with deforestation is that it is accelerating climate and biodiversity breakdown. Deforestation can also have destructive effects on soils, causing erosion and desertification. "
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Reputational 
      "The Group’s reputation is based on its RSPO certification. Bearing in mind that concern for sustainability and corporate social responsibility among consumers is rising, the European Union or the various authorities in the countries in which SIPEF operates could impose tougher rules on companies. It is uncertain whether the Group and the local producers would be able to comply with these certification requirements at any time. If the Group fails to meet these requirements, it could lose its certification, or the certification could be suspended. Such a loss or suspension could have an adverse impact on the activities, reputation and financial situation of the Group". 
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Not specified
      "SIPEF has made a top-down commitment to sustainability, and has put the necessary structure in place to ensure the implementation and the constant evolution of this commitment. This engagement starts at the board of directors, where Priscilla Bracht and Petra Meekers assume a particular interest in the sustainability policies of the SIPEF group...At Group level, three teams are in charge of the sustainability policy: the sustainability teams of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Ivory Coast. Each team is composed of experts who are responsible for the sustainability of the products cultivated in their respective locations. A sustainability officer oversees the teams in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and reports directly to the in-country president director (Indonesia) and general manager (Papua New Guinea), as well as to the executive committee and the managing director of SIPEF. The Indonesian team is composed of 16 people, including the sustainability officer of the Group, and is spread across four regions: in the Medan Head Office are six people, in North Sumatra three, in Bengkulu four and Musi Rawas counts three sustainability experts". 
    • 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
      How many hectares of conservation area are being supported or facilitated by the company on land it does not own or manage?: 12000ha
      "in its diversity project the Company has contributed to nature conservation in Indonesia and remains active in research and development to improve afforestation. More than 12 000 hectares of protected forest bordering the Kerinci Seblat National Park are constantly monitored by the local employees of SIPEF Biodiversity Indonesia (SBI) in Bengkulu."
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 153ha
      "To date, (10/10/2020) the SIPEF biodiversity team has planted 153 ha of bare land with 9 native and 5 multipurpose trees and is tending these to restore the ecological viability of these areas.  The team has also enriched over 26 000 trees of native species within logged over portions of degraded secondary forests. In addition, the team has logged more than 1 152 patrols of which 85 were conjunction with the Government Forest Police and local NGOs"> 
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
  • Commodity score
    67/88
    • Palm oil
      67/88
      • Commitment Strength
        20/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS
            "SIPEF has committed to no deforestation and to no new plantings on peat of any depth for all of its crops. For oil palm, SIPEF is also committed to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Remediation and Compensation Procedure (RaCP) in its own operations and in that of plasma supplier programmes. For both its own operations and its suppliers, the commitment is implemented through the respective RSPO procedures...All new developments undergo an integrated High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) and High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessment in line with current relevant standards and prior to any land development" "Target...Supplying the world with 100% certified sustainable palm products that remain traceable to field of origin...SIPEF is 100% RSPO compliant with all criteria for processing RSPO certified oil palm products in the Group. All of SIPEF’s mills are RSPO Identity Preserved (IP), with the exception of Dendymarker Palm Oil Mill, which is RSPO Mass Balance, due to a large proportion of its supply base currently being in the process of RSPO certification...Of the Company’s entire production area, 66.52% of its Estates and 62.94% of its smallholders are RSPO certified".
          • 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
            "SIPEF has committed to no deforestation and to no new plantings on peat of any depth for all of its crops. For oil palm, SIPEF is also committed to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Remediation and Compensation Procedure (RaCP) in its own operations and in that of plasma supplier programmes. For both its own operations and its suppliers, the commitment is implemented through the respective RSPO procedures...All new developments undergo an integrated High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) and High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessment in line with current relevant standards and prior to any land development" "Target...Supplying the world with 100% certified sustainable palm products that remain traceable to field of origin...SIPEF is 100% RSPO compliant with all criteria for processing RSPO certified oil palm products in the Group. All of SIPEF’s mills are RSPO Identity Preserved (IP), with the exception of Dendymarker Palm Oil Mill, which is RSPO Mass Balance, due to a large proportion of its supply base currently being in the process of RSPO certification...Of the Company’s entire production area, 66.52% of its Estates and 62.94% of its smallholders are RSPO certified".
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "SIPEF has committed to no deforestation and to no new plantings on peat of any depth for all of its crops. For oil palm, SIPEF is also committed to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Remediation and Compensation Procedure (RaCP) in its own operations and in that of plasma supplier programmes. For both its own operations and its suppliers, the commitment is implemented through the respective RSPO procedures...All new developments undergo an integrated High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) and High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessment in line with current relevant standards and prior to any land development" "Target...Supplying the world with 100% certified sustainable palm products that remain traceable to field of origin...SIPEF is 100% RSPO compliant with all criteria for processing RSPO certified oil palm products in the Group. All of SIPEF’s mills are RSPO Identity Preserved (IP), with the exception of Dendymarker Palm Oil Mill, which is RSPO Mass Balance, due to a large proportion of its supply base currently being in the process of RSPO certification...Of the Company’s entire production area, 66.52% of its Estates and 62.94% of its smallholders are RSPO certified".
          • 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
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            "SIPEF has committed to no deforestation and to no new plantings on peat of any depth for all of its crops. For oil palm, SIPEF is also committed to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Remediation and Compensation Procedure (RaCP) in its own operations and in that of plasma supplier programmes. For both its own operations and its suppliers, the commitment is implemented through the respective RSPO procedures...All new developments undergo an integrated High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) and High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessment in line with current relevant standards and prior to any land development" "Target...Supplying the world with 100% certified sustainable palm products that remain traceable to field of origin...SIPEF is 100% RSPO compliant with all criteria for processing RSPO certified oil palm products in the Group. All of SIPEF’s mills are RSPO Identity Preserved (IP), with the exception of Dendymarker Palm Oil Mill, which is RSPO Mass Balance, due to a large proportion of its supply base currently being in the process of RSPO certification...Of the Company’s entire production area, 66.52% of its Estates and 62.94% of its smallholders are RSPO certified".
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Our progress to achieve 100% of our supply base RSPO certified is reported annually to the RSPO through their Annual Communication of Progress and is accessible to all stakeholders.""SIPEF is commited to no deforestation. All new projects are developed after integrated HCV-HCS assessments. For ongoing projects, and acquired going concerns, HCS assessments are conducted with the results integrated into habitat management plans...SIPEF is committed to the RSPO New Planting Procedure (NPP). All SIPEF’s oil palm developments comply  with the RSPO NPP..SIPEF will not develop peat areas, of any depth, into new estates (since November 2014)". 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Our progress to achieve 100% of our supply base RSPO certified is reported annually to the RSPO through their Annual Communication of Progress and is accessible to all stakeholders.""SIPEF is commited to no deforestation. All new projects are developed after integrated HCV-HCS assessments. For ongoing projects, and acquired going concerns, HCS assessments are conducted with the results integrated into habitat management plans...SIPEF is committed to the RSPO New Planting Procedure (NPP). All SIPEF’s oil palm developments comply  with the RSPO NPP..SIPEF will not develop peat areas, of any depth, into new estates (since November 2014)". 
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Our progress to achieve 100% of our supply base RSPO certified is reported annually to the RSPO through their Annual Communication of Progress and is accessible to all stakeholders.""SIPEF is commited to no deforestation. All new projects are developed after integrated HCV-HCS assessments. For ongoing projects, and acquired going concerns, HCS assessments are conducted with the results integrated into habitat management plans...SIPEF is committed to the RSPO New Planting Procedure (NPP). All SIPEF’s oil palm developments comply  with the RSPO NPP..SIPEF will not develop peat areas, of any depth, into new estates (since November 2014)". 
          • 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
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            "Our progress to achieve 100% of our supply base RSPO certified is reported annually to the RSPO through their Annual Communication of Progress and is accessible to all stakeholders.""SIPEF is commited to no deforestation. All new projects are developed after integrated HCV-HCS assessments. For ongoing projects, and acquired going concerns, HCS assessments are conducted with the results integrated into habitat management plans...SIPEF is committed to the RSPO New Planting Procedure (NPP). All SIPEF’s oil palm developments comply  with the RSPO NPP..SIPEF will not develop peat areas, of any depth, into new estates (since November 2014)". 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/6
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "SIPEF is a firm believer in and encourages full transparency of commodity supply chains. The Company discloses the origin of any shipment to its customers and to concerned stakeholders. All commodities sold by SIPEF are fully traceable to their place of production, either an estate managed by SIPEF or an associated smallholder plot...SIPEF has developed an interactive mapping application called ‘SIPEF Maps’ (https://sipef.co/). The SIPEF Maps Traceability Tool allows the user to interact through Google Earth to locate all of the SIPEF palm oil mills and their supply bases. The user is able to either click on the mill and discover the supply base or click on the supply base and discover the mill it supplies". 
          • 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
            "SIPEF is a firm believer in and encourages full transparency of commodity supply chains. The Company discloses the origin of any shipment to its customers and to concerned stakeholders. All commodities sold by SIPEF are fully traceable to their place of production, either an estate managed by SIPEF or an associated smallholder plot...SIPEF has developed an interactive mapping application called ‘SIPEF Maps’ (https://sipef.co/). The SIPEF Maps Traceability Tool allows the user to interact through Google Earth to locate all of the SIPEF palm oil mills and their supply bases. The user is able to either click on the mill and discover the supply base or click on the supply base and discover the mill it supplies". 
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "SIPEF is a firm believer in and encourages full transparency of commodity supply chains. The Company discloses the origin of any shipment to its customers and to concerned stakeholders. All commodities sold by SIPEF are fully traceable to their place of production, either an estate managed by SIPEF or an associated smallholder plot...SIPEF has developed an interactive mapping application called ‘SIPEF Maps’ (https://sipef.co/). The SIPEF Maps Traceability Tool allows the user to interact through Google Earth to locate all of the SIPEF palm oil mills and their supply bases. The user is able to either click on the mill and discover the supply base or click on the supply base and discover the mill it supplies". 
          • 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
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            "SIPEF is a firm believer in and encourages full transparency of commodity supply chains. The Company discloses the origin of any shipment to its customers and to concerned stakeholders. All commodities sold by SIPEF are fully traceable to their place of production, either an estate managed by SIPEF or an associated smallholder plot...SIPEF has developed an interactive mapping application called ‘SIPEF Maps’ (https://sipef.co/). The SIPEF Maps Traceability Tool allows the user to interact through Google Earth to locate all of the SIPEF palm oil mills and their supply bases. The user is able to either click on the mill and discover the supply base or click on the supply base and discover the mill it supplies". 
      • Social Considerations
        16/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "SIPEF supports the implementation of the International Bill of Human Rights, and of the ILO...Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, as they are transcribed into the laws...and regulations of the countries where we operate...Charges of violation of Human Rights, where substantiated, will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal, and may also lead to legal action...This Policy applies to all Companies under the Management of SIPEF". "SIPEF will not knowingly participate in any activities which could be categorised as using child labour". "SIPEF supports the implementation of the relevant laws and regulations of the countries where it operates relevant to Freedom of Association for workers and employees". "SIPEF is committed to a non-discriminatory workplace and will abide by the relevant Anti-discrimination and Equal Employment laws and regulations of the countries where it operates...SIPEF is not discriminating against anyone during recruitment or in the performance of its business operations". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Certification; Technical assistance/support
          "In 2019 SIPEF worked closely with the The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) through the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop tools which will allow smallholders to comply with no RSPO HCS-HCV identification and conservation requirements in proposed oil palm expansions. The tools are being developed in coordination with RSPO and will allow smallholders to enter deforestation free sustainable palm oil supply chains and contribute to PNG’s National Determined Contributions (NDC) under the UNFCCC". 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "The smallholder confirms that any form of discrimination is prohibited and there is no gender related discrimination with regards to employment or pay."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          "For oil palm, SIPEF is also committed to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Remediation and Compensation Procedure (RaCP) in its own operations and in that of plasma supplier programmes. For both its own operations and its suppliers, the commitment is implemented through the respective RSPO procedures."
        • 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
          "SIPEF believes that a thorough Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) process is critical to the long-term success of any new operation, both for the communities and for the Company. The first step of all new projects is a robust FPIC process". 
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        31/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "SIPEF has committed to no deforestation and to no new plantings on peat of any depth for all of its crops. For oil palm, SIPEF is also committed to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Remediation and Compensation Procedure (RaCP) in its own operations and in that of plasma supplier programmes. For both its own operations and its suppliers, the commitment is implemented through the respective RSPO procedures...All new developments undergo an integrated High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) and High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessment in line with current relevant standards and prior to any land development" "Target...Supplying the world with 100% certified sustainable palm products that remain traceable to field of origin...SIPEF is 100% RSPO compliant with all criteria for processing RSPO certified oil palm products in the Group. All of SIPEF’s mills are RSPO Identity Preserved (IP), with the exception of Dendymarker Palm Oil Mill, which is RSPO Mass Balance, due to a large proportion of its supply base currently being in the process of RSPO certification...Of the Company’s entire production area, 66.52% of its Estates and 62.94% of its smallholders are RSPO certified".
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Target...Supplying the world with 100% certified sustainable palm products that remain traceable to field of origin...SIPEF is 100% RSPO compliant with all criteria for processing RSPO certified oil palm products in the Group. All of SIPEF’s mills are RSPO Identity Preserved (IP), with the exception of Dendymarker Palm Oil Mill, which is RSPO Mass Balance, due to a large proportion of its supply base currently being in the process of RSPO certification...Of the Company’s entire production area, 66.52% of its Estates and 62.94% of its smallholders are RSPO certified".
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "SIPEF is a firm believer in and encourages full transparency of commodity supply chains. The Company discloses the origin of any shipment to its customers and to concerned stakeholders. All commodities sold by SIPEF are fully traceable to their place of production, either an estate managed by SIPEF or an associated smallholder plot...SIPEF has developed an interactive mapping application called ‘SIPEF Maps’ (https://sipef.co/). The SIPEF Maps Traceability Tool allows the user to interact through Google Earth to locate all of the SIPEF palm oil mills and their supply bases. The user is able to either click on the mill and discover the supply base or click on the supply base and discover the mill it supplies". 
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO
            "SIPEF has committed to no deforestation and to no new plantings on peat of any depth for all of its crops. For oil palm, SIPEF is also committed to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Remediation and Compensation Procedure (RaCP) in its own operations and in that of plasma supplier programmes. For both its own operations and its suppliers, the commitment is implemented through the respective RSPO procedures...All new developments undergo an integrated High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) and High Conservation Value (HCV) Assessment in line with current relevant standards and prior to any land development" "Target...Supplying the world with 100% certified sustainable palm products that remain traceable to field of origin...SIPEF is 100% RSPO compliant with all criteria for processing RSPO certified oil palm products in the Group. All of SIPEF’s mills are RSPO Identity Preserved (IP), with the exception of Dendymarker Palm Oil Mill, which is RSPO Mass Balance, due to a large proportion of its supply base currently being in the process of RSPO certification...Of the Company’s entire production area, 66.52% of its Estates and 62.94% of its smallholders are RSPO certified".
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO
            "Target...Supplying the world with 100% certified sustainable palm products that remain traceable to field of origin...SIPEF is 100% RSPO compliant with all criteria for processing RSPO certified oil palm products in the Group. All of SIPEF’s mills are RSPO Identity Preserved (IP), with the exception of Dendymarker Palm Oil Mill, which is RSPO Mass Balance, due to a large proportion of its supply base currently being in the process of RSPO certification...Of the Company’s entire production area, 66.52% of its Estates and 62.94% of its smallholders are RSPO certified".
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 15/11/2018
          "The smallholder can prove that there is no new planting on peat, regardless of depth, after 15 November 2018, and all already operated peatlands are managed as per the best management practices. The smallholder confirms that land clearing after 15 November 2018 did not and does not cause deforestation or damage any area required to protect or enhance High Conservation Values (HCVs) or High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest. HCVs and HCS forests in the managed area are identified and protected or enhanced. The smallholder confirms that fire is not used for preparing land and is prevented in the managed area."
        • 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?: RSPO HCS-HCV identification and conservation support tool for smallholders in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
          "In 2019 SIPEF worked closely with the The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) through the Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop tools which will allow smallholders to comply with no RSPO HCS-HCV identification and conservation requirements in proposed oil palm expansions. The tools are being developed in coordination with RSPO and will allow smallholders to enter deforestation free sustainable palm oil supply chains and contribute to PNG’s National Determined Contributions (NDC) under the UNFCCC."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: All new developments
          "SIPEF implements the High Conservation Value (HCV) and the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA ) methodologies to ensure that its plantation expansion does not result in the loss of areas of HCV, forests and ecosystem services. The HCSA requires that areas that are identified as High Carbon Stock (HCS), must be protected. Subsequent to November 2018, all new developments are preceded by an integrated HCV/HCS assessment as part of the RSPO NPP.
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "SIPEF believes that all stakeholders, internal and external, should be confident that their grievances will be heard and handled impartially...When receiving, and dealing with, concerns and grievances, SIPEF is committed:to abide by existing laws and regulations of the country where it operates.to behave in an impartial and fair manner, respectful of the positions and sensitivities of the people expressing their concerns or grievances. Specific reporting channels are made available in particular for internal grievances.to address all concerns and grievances in a prompt manner, in order to reach a swift resolution.to apply strict confidentiality where it is necessary or requested.to provide assistance, when requested and as deemed appropriate, to employees and other stakeholders lodging a concern or grievance, so that the concern or grievance is meaningful."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 334580.67 tonnes
          In the 2020 RSPO ACOP the company states that they have produced 334580.67 tonnes of crude palm oil with 207249.221 RSPO certified 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          50-79%
          3/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          50-79%
          3/6
          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 127331.449 tonnes

          What is the certified volume?: 207249.221 tonnes

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 62%
          In the 2020 RSPO ACOP the company states that they have produced 334580.67 tonnes of crude palm oil with 207249.221 RSPO certified 
        • 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
          How does the company remedy adverse social and environmental impacts linked to their operations and/or supply chains?: Community impact assessment
          " SIPEF believes in the importance of being a ‘good neighbour’. Social-environmental impacts from its operations are controlled to avoid any negative impact on the surrounding population. Communities  neighbouring the SIPEF operations, or affected by them, are consulted periodically, and as much as possible provided with opportunities to benefit from its activities. SIPEF provides employment, builds and maintains schools, roads, health centres, bridges and places of worship. Smallholder oil palm projects are developed with and for local communities, beyond legal requirements". 
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of certified land holdings only; Reports location of land holdings under conservation; Reports location of un-certified land holdings; Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          4/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of certified land holdings only; Reports location of land holdings under conservation; Reports location of un-certified land holdings; Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          4/4
          What is the total area in production (in ha)?: 150720.31 hectares

          What is the total land area owned, managed, or controlled by the company for the forest risk commodity?: 100%

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 100%

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

          In what country(ies) does the company operate and/or source material?: Indonesia and Papa New Guinea

          For what percent are boundaries (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: 100%
          "The Geo SIPEF Traceability Tool shows the location of all SIPEF palm oil mills, kernel crushing plants, rubber and tea factories, and their respective supply bases. Additional information is provided on each mill, factory and their respective supply base, including certification status (links to certificates) and production capacity. Layers can also be applied to the maps to visualise own estate and smallholder boundaries, conservation areas, as well as any land conversion (potential deforestation) and fire hotspots recorded through SIPEF’s monitoring activities. These layers are updated on annual basis." A link to Geo SIPEF is provided which provides an interactive map of the above description.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Indonesia and Papa New Guinea 
          "The Geo SIPEF Traceability Tool shows the location of all SIPEF palm oil mills, kernel crushing plants, rubber and tea factories, and their respective supply bases. Additional information is provided on each mill, factory and their respective supply base, including certification status (links to certificates) and production capacity. Layers can also be applied to the maps to visualise own estate and smallholder boundaries, conservation areas, as well as any land conversion (potential deforestation) and fire hotspots recorded through SIPEF’s monitoring activities. These layers are updated on annual basis." A link to Geo SIPEF is provided which provides an interactive map of the above description.
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using an internal verification system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using an internal verification system
          4/4
          If so, what jurisdictions and mechanisms does the company use?: HCV-HCS assessments

          For what percentage of production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages, or otherwise controls does the company use external processes or actors, such as certification, to monitor compliance?: 100%

          Does the company use a certification system?: Yes

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: For all new projects
           "SIPEF is committed to no deforestation. All new projects are developed after integrated HCV-HCS assessments. For ongoing projects, and acquired going concerns, HCS assessments are conducted with the results integrated into habitat management plans."
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using certification; Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          "SIPEF has developed a mechanism to select, suspend or exclude suppliers based on the sustainability standards it is committed to."; "All third party suppliers must comply with SIPEF’s Responsible Purchasing Policy, which sets out criteria for selecting and working with smallholders on their journey towards certification. It ensures that all of SIPEF’s supply base is or will become certified to the RSPO Standard where and when possible. For the smallholders SIPEF works with, who are yet to be certified, the fresh fruit bunches (FFB) are at present delivered to a third party mill, in order to maintain the certified IP status of SIPEF’s own mills.SIPEF’s Responsible Purchasing Policy also provides the framework for the procedures utilised to select, monitor, and if necessary, exclude smallholders from the Company’s supply base. In alignment with SIPEF’s policy, these local procedures are based on requirements linked to human rights, labour and environmental issues."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Not specified

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "SIPEF has developed a mechanism to select, suspend or exclude suppliers based on the sustainability standards it is committed to."; "All third party suppliers must comply with SIPEF’s Responsible Purchasing Policy, which sets out criteria for selecting and working with smallholders on their journey towards certification. It ensures that all of SIPEF’s supply base is or will become certified to the RSPO Standard where and when possible. For the smallholders SIPEF works with, who are yet to be certified, the fresh fruit bunches (FFB) are at present delivered to a third party mill, in order to maintain the certified IP status of SIPEF’s own mills.SIPEF’s Responsible Purchasing Policy also provides the framework for the procedures utilised to select, monitor, and if necessary, exclude smallholders from the Company’s supply base. In alignment with SIPEF’s policy, these local procedures are based on requirements linked to human rights, labour and environmental issues."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    20/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    31/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    16/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Sipef Group is a Belgian company, with subsidaries located in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Ivory Coast. It operates agro-industrial activities primarily in the production of oil palm products, as well as natural rubber, tea, bananas, flowers and foliage.

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

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