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  • Overall approach
    2/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Wilmar International is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, and a Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 partner. Company is a signatory to the New York Declaration on Forests
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "From November 2017, Wilmar will also be adopting integrated HCV-HCSA assessments for future developments. These assessments will be led by ALS-licensed assessor who will be required to follow the new HCV-HCSA Assessment Manual. The resulting report will be submitted to the HCV Assessor Licensing Scheme Quality Assurance scheme."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
      High-level management
      No
      0/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: 4 times a year in FY2019

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy
    • 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
      No
      0/0
      How many hectares of conservation area are being supported or facilitated by the company on land it does not own or manage?: 0
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    25/84
    • Palm oil
      63/84
      • Commitment Strength
        24/28
        • 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
            "In December 2013, we committed to a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy in the production and sourcing of palm oil, which extends to our entire supply chain." Additionally, "77%of certifiable area is RSPO-certified".
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            What is the rationale for any exclusion?: NA
            "All provisions in this policy, with no exception, apply to:• All Wilmar operations worldwide, including those of our subsidiaries, any refinery, mill orplantation that we own, manage, or invest in, regardless ofstake.• All third-party suppliers (at a group-level)".
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: NA
            "we have removed 1.5 million hectares of non-compliant oil palm plantation areas from our supply chain. We therefore have confidence that we are on the right track to removing deforestation from our palm oil supply chain by 2020."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: NA
            "we have removed 1.5 million hectares of non-compliant oil palm plantation areas from our supply chain. We therefore have confidence that we are on the right track to removing deforestation from our palm oil supply chain by 2020."
        • 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
            Wilmar commit to "No development on High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forests", and "no development on peat".
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Wilmar commit to "No development on High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forests", and "no development on peat".
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: na
            Wilmar commit to "No development on High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forests", and "no development on peat".
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: na
            Wilmar commit to "No development on High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forests", and "no development on peat".
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "All of Wilmar-owned palm oil mills across our global operations have achieved 100% traceability to plantation based on the above criteria. As at end 2019, approximately 15% of our third-party supplying mills within our global supply chain are traceable to plantation level."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "All of Wilmar-owned palm oil mills across our global operations have achieved 100% traceability to plantation based on the above criteria. As at end 2019, approximately 15% of our third-party supplying mills within our global supply chain are traceable to plantation level."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        14/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Wilmar International commit themselves and their contractors to ensure their workers have the right to freedom of association, and are free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: NA
          "Wilmar is committed to support the inclusion of smallholders into the supply chain. Smallholders are a critical part of the industry and they face unique challenges in meeting sustainability compliance which could sideline them from the palm oil supply chain. [...] Wilmar will conduct ongoing consultations with smallholders and provide technical assistance and support to help them achieve compliance with this policy. As a priority, we are focusing on independent smallholder suppliers to Wilmar's stand-alone mills, and we are encouraging our third-party suppliers to develop their own programmes."
        • 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
          Wilmar states its' suppliers must operate in line with its Women's Charter, which specifically includes "protection from sexual harassment and violence, (ii) non-discriminatory, fair, and equal opportunities at work, and in workers' representation".
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          "We will increase the effectiveness of our NDPE implementation while addressing remediation for past noncompliance to our NDPE policy. We are compelled to do so because we recognize that deforestation due to oil palm expansion continues to occur."
        • 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
          What percentage/number of new interests/developments/expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "Wilmar commits to ensuring legal compliance as well as international best practices in FPIC are implemented, in accordance with the full scope of this policy, prior to commencing any new operations or activities. Wilmar will engage with local and international stakeholder communities to ensure FPIC processes are correctly implemented and continuously improved."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        25/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            (Producers only) How many hectares of deforestation and/or conversion have occurred since the commitment cut-off date on land owned, controlled, or managed by the company?: 1,500,000 hectares
            "77% of certifiable area is RSPO-certified".
          • 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
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "77% of certifiable area is RSPO-certified".
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "All of Wilmar-owned palm oil mills across our global operations have achieved 100% traceability to plantation based on the above criteria. As at end 2019, approximately 15% of our third-party supplying mills within our global supply chain are traceable to plantation level."
        • 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
            "77% of certifiable area is RSPO-certified".
          • 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
            "77% of certifiable area is RSPO-certified".
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 31/12/2015
          "In 2019, the NDPE policy was updated to include more specifics on a deforestation cut-off date of 31 December 2015 (requiring recovery plans for land clearing after this date)"
        • 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?: PONGO Alliance
          Wilmar International is a member of the PONGO Alliance.
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: NA
          "We first identify a risk assessment score based on geospatial analysis which includes legality of land use, occurrence of protected areas, prevalence of fire and/or recent deforestation, and existence of forest and peat. Mills are scored and ranked for individual indictors of risk and for their overall combination."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          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.)?: Internal mechanism

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental
          "This Grievance Procedure has been established for Wilmar to address grievances from parties, including individuals, government organizations and non-governmental organizations concerning the implementation of Wilmar’s No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) Policy. We recognise that providing this feedback mechanism for stakeholders is important because it helps in the monitoring of compliance with Wilmar’s NDPE policy throughout our operations and supply chain."
        • 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?: 35,998.33 tonnes

          What is the compliant volume?: 387,177.59 tonnes

          What is the certified volume?: 499,041.11 tonnes

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
          In 2018, Wilmar's RSPO ACOP stated that they produced 922, 217.03 tonnes of CSPO and CSPK, of which 499,041.11 tonnes were RSPO certified. An additional 387,177.59 tonnes were certified under another certification scheme.
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          "To reduce impact on the environment, we expect our suppliers to conduct all relevant social & environmental impact assessment (SEIA) prior to all new development/planting as per local legal requirements. "
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          What is the total area in production (in ha)?: 282,405 hectares

          What types of ecosystems are these?: HCV - high conservation value

          In what country(ies) does the company operate and/or source material?: USA, UK, Germany, Ukraine, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa, India, China, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia

          What type of conservation designation and/or conservation status is used?: NA

          What is the total area (in ha) of natural ecosystem on land owned, managed, or controlled by the company?: 31,375 hectares

          What is the total land area owned, managed, or controlled by the company for the forest risk commodity?: 313,750 hectares
          Wilmar disclose processors and refineries which they own through an interactive supply chain map. They also disclose a full list of their own mills.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Wilmar publish an online map of their mills in Indonesia and Malaysia.
        • 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
          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          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

          What tools, processes, bodies carry out monitoring of the company's production or processing operations?: An internal compliance team

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually
          "For Wilmar’s own mills, our internal compliance team conducts an annual internal audit to assess compliance of our operations against a multitude of sustainability-related requirements. This is a checklist that assesses certification compliance which also includes NDPE elements. For our mills that are already RSPO, ISPO, or MSPO certified, the internal compliance assessments are done in preparation for the external audits."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: "Aidenvironment identifies and prioritises the supplier groups that will be subject to compliance verification each year."
          "Given our pivotal role in the value chain, we recognise our ability to influence our third-party suppliers to be NDPE policy compliant throughout all their operations. In practice, this means that we engage our supplier’s management in dialogue about potential non-compliance, and we advise them to issue Stop Work Orders (SWO) to relevant management units pending 1) implementation of the suppliers’ own NDPE policy, 2) conduct of High Conservation Value (HCV) or High Carbon Stock (HCS) studies, 3) initiation/ conduct of conflict mediation and/or other corrective measures. The SGC programme helps us screen our suppliers at company group level, document cases on potential non-compliance, engage our suppliers in dialogue about requirements forcompliance and to monitor commitments made. "
        • 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
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Training and guidance

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Repeat non-compliance
          "We strive to continue the dialogue, offer training and guidance, conduct assessments and monitor progress, in order to change our suppliers’ behaviour towards more sustainable practices. However, in instances, where suppliers repeat non-compliant behaviour or appear unmotivated to comply with our NDPE policy, we will suspend trade with the supplier whilst complaint proceedings are ongoing."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (excluded)
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (excluded)
          1/2
          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?: 1,000,000 mega tonnes

          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
          "We have thus far suspended 16 suppliers at a group level, as they failed to convincingly improve its policies and/or actions, supply chain exclusion at a group level has been imposed. This has resulted to more than 1.0 million MT loss of supply to our operation. Out of these 1.0 million MT of volume, only around 10% comes from our direct supplier, the remaining 90% volume was lost due to our supplier’s group activities outside our supply chain."
    • Soy
      0/84
      • Commitment Strength
        0/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/17
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No commitment
            0/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          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
            0/3
          • 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
        • 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
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          No
          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
    • Pulp & Paper *
      0/84
      • 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
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          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
    10/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    10/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    6/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Wilmar International Ltd. is a global agribusiness group involved in the cultivation, processing, refining, merchandising and trading of a wide range of agricultural products, including palm oil and soy. The company is one of the world’s largest oil palm plantation owners and processors, reportedly controlling around 45% of worldwide palm oil trade sourced from more than 80% of global palm oil growers. Wilmar is also a major player in the soybean crushing industry with a global crushing capacity of 36 million metric tons per annum, the majority of which is in China. The company claims to be one of the world’s largest producers of consumer edible oils. Wilmar International Ltd. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy and paper packaging.

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

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How we assess the Forest 500

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