How did we assess the companies in the Scorecard?

This year, we’ve once again assessed companies on their commitment to CSPO, how much CSPO they use, whether they disclose their palm oil use and whether they are members of the RSPO.


We evaluated companies’ performance in relation to the following six questions:


  Maximum score
Is the company a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm OIl (RSPO)? 1
Has the company submitted its 2013 Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP) to the RSPO? 1
Does the company have a policy on sustainable palm oil - specifically a commitment to source 100% RSPO-certified palm oil by 2015 or earlier? 1
Does the company have a policy on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in their palm oil supply chain? 1
Is the company disclosing total volumes of palm oil and/or certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) used/bought? 2
What proportion of the company’s total palm oil use/sales were CSPO in 2012-2013? 6
Maximum overall score 12

Disclaimer

As with our previous Scorecards, the size of the project didn’t allow for independent verification of all information. 
 
While the Scorecard is largely based on publicly available information, the final scoring was determined by WWF’s assessment of companies’ intentions and actions toward sustainable palm oil.
 
In some cases, companies provided different answers to WWF than they did in their RSPO ACOP submissions. In such cases we have tried to use the ACOP data, as the information is in the public domain. 

Where we took the information from

For RSPO members, we took information from their RSPO ACOP, which reports their progress from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013. 
 
The data in this Scorecard on RSPO members is based only on the information passed to us from the RSPO after the deadline for ACOP submissions. 
 
We asked companies that joined the RSPO after July 2012 (and were therefore not obliged to complete an ACOP) and companies that aren’t RSPO members to complete a questionnaire asking the same questions as the ACOP. 
 
We also evaluated non-RSPO companies based on publicly available data.

Industry snapshot 

Some companies support sustainability through projects we were unable to capture in the scoring methodology. We believe that this Scorecard reflects the most important ways companies can help transform the industry - by supporting the RSPO and by buying CSPO.
 
The 2013 Scorecard presents a snapshot of company performance on palm oil use and sourcing. It’s based on actions taken in 2012 but also reflects commitments that companies made before October 2013 - the cut-off date for the report. Companies’ action on palm oil after this are not reflected in the Scorecard.
 
We only recognized claims to use Identity Preserved, Segregated or Mass Balance CSPO if the company is an RSPO member. 
 
However, we accepted Book and Claim (GreenPalm) claims from members and non-members if they were verified, for example, by entries on the GreenPalm website for the correct period. 
 
We didn’t award points for range disclosures without disclosure of actual volumes of palm oil and CSPO use.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

For the first time, we’ve asked companies in the Scorecard about their own GHG policies as well as whether they’re applying similar policies to the palm oil they buy, to see if they’re taking wider responsibility for sustainability in their business. 
 
We also want to show growers that there is demand for “low-carbon” palm oil.

FIND OUT MORE: WHY WE ASKED ABOUT GHG EMISSIONS
 
 / ©: © Hartmut Jungius / WWF-Canon
Palm oil plantation, Ivory Coast.
© © Hartmut Jungius / WWF-Canon
GPN 261100 / ©: WWF-Canon / Richard Stonehouse
Many spreads and other food products are likely to contain or have been made using palm oil.
© WWF-Canon / Richard Stonehouse

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