WWF Assessment of RSPO Member Palm Oil Producers 2013

WWF's analysis of data from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) member producers shows that a handful are making adequate progress on the road to 100% RSPO compliance.

However, the majority need to move much faster if the RSPO is to reach its goal of transforming the palm oil sector toward 100% sustainability.
 / ©: James Morgan / WWF International
Harvesting oil palm, Musim Mas palm oil plantation, Sumatra, Indonesia
© James Morgan / WWF International

What we evaluated

Based on data compiled by the RSPO in 2012 for its Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP), WWF evaluated RSPO member producers on various criteria, including whether the member has reported its progress, whether it has set a time-bound plan (TBP) toward certification, whether it has disclosed how much palm oil it is producing as well as how much of that palm oil is certified as sustainable.

As it is self-reported by the producers themselves and not independently verified, the RSPO’s data is not perfect. However WWF believes it provides a reasonable snapshot of how RSPO producers are progressing on their sustainability commitments.

Take aways


 
Of the 92 growers in the RSPO, 64 submitted ACOPs (70%)

 
Only 54 of the growers have disclosed the extent of estates that they manage –3.8 million hectares

 
32 growers reported that they had some certified estates – a total of 1.4 million ha or 37% of their total reported area

 
53 growers disclosed how much crude palm oil they produce of which 6.6 million tonnes (or 38%) is reported as certified

 
Only 50 of the growers (54%) had set themselves any sort of time-bound plan for certification of their estate land

 
Only 33 (36%) of members had set themselves a time-bound plan for 2015 or sooner
  Only 29 out of the 92 companies have time-bound plans for certifying their associated smallholders that have a long term contractual relationship to supply fresh fruit bunches (FFB) to their mills

Criteria

WWF has used the RSPO's ACOP data to ‘score’ RSPO grower members according to the following criteria:
 
Criterion Points
Whether the member reported: 1 point for reporting, 0 point for non-submission
Whether the member set a time bound plan (TBP): 1 for a TBP, 0 for none
Whether the TBP deadline is before or after 2015: 1 for 2015 or sooner, 0 for after 2015
Percentage of member's total estate area that is certified: 0% = 0 point
Upto 25% = 1
Upto 50% = 2
Upto 75% = 3
Upto 100% = 4 points
 
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Scores

The following table presents the scored data. When more than one company has the same score, the companies within the scoring group are listed in descending order based on the size of their estate areas.

Name Group Reported Estate area (ha) Estate area certified (ha) % of estate area certified Mills and estates Score /7
Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd Sime Darby Yes 521,924 506,221 97% 2013 7
New Britain Palm Oil Ltd Kulim Yes 77,518 58,728 76% 2012 7
PPB Oil Palms Berhad Wilmar Yes 59,535 59,535 100% 2012 7
SIPEF Group SIPEF Yes 52,774 41,798 79% 2011 7
Agropalma Group (Agropalma S.A.) Agropalma Yes 40,000 40,000 100% 2011 7
PT Agrowiratama Musim Mas Yes 37,108 37,108 100%  2010 7
PT Musim Mas Musim Mas Yes 24,011 24,011 100% 2009 7
PT Agro Indomas Goodhope Yes 20,453 18,079 88% 2015 7
PT Baruman Agro Sentosa   Yes 13,301 13,819 104% 2010 7
PT Berkat Sawit Sejati Musim Mas Yes 10,862 10,862 100% 2010 7
PT Unggul Lestari Musim Mas Yes 10,838 10,838 100% 2012 7
Keresa Plantations Sdn Bhd Limar Yes 6,023 6,023 100% 2012 7
PT Poliplant Sejahtera Poliplant Yes 3,723 3,723 100% 2014 7
Daabon Group Daabon Yes 3,574 3,574 100% 2010 7
IOI Group IOI Yes 157,752 99,099 63% 2013 6
R.E.A. Holdings Plc REA Yes 29,918 22,943 77% 2016 6
PT Sahabat Mewah dan Makmur ANJ Yes 14,246 14,246 100% 2016 6
Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad KLK Yes 200,106 57,748 29% 2015 5
PT PP London Sumatra Indonesia Tbk Indofood Yes 70,022 41,118 59% 2016 5
United Plantations Bhd United Plantations Yes 67,253 35,791 53% 2016 5
Cargill, Incorporated Cargill Yes 32,854 10,007 30% 2015 5
Keck Seng (Malaysia) Berhad Keck Seng Yes 3,420 3,296 96%   5
Taiping Sawit Enterprise   Yes 60 60 100%   5
Golden Agri-Resources Ltd GAR Yes 361,493 58,144 16% 2015 4
Wilmar International Ltd Wilmar Yes 242,403 117,010 48% 2016 4
PT Bakrie Sumatera Plantations TBK Bakrie Yes 94,804 19,117 20% 2015 4
Socfin Group Socfin Yes 38,465 6,200 16% 2015 4
Hap Seng Plantations Holdings Bhd Hap Seng Yes 35,617 8,761 25% 2012 4
Estet Pekebun Kecil Sdn Bhd (ESPEK)   Yes nd nd 0% 2014 3
FELDA FELDA Yes 723,000 77,900 11% 2017 3
Boustead Plantations Berhad Boustead Yes 69,391 6,867 10% 2012 3
PT Sampoerna Agro Sampoerna Yes 63,152 4,992 8% 2017 3
TDM Plantation Sdn Bhd TDM Yes 32,459 nd   2013 3
SIAT SA SIAT Yes 28,000   0% 2015 3
M.P. Evans Group PLC MP Evans Yes 22,193   0% 2015 3
PT Sawit Sumbermas Sarana Citra Borneo Indah Yes 19,578   0% 2012 3
PT Agro Bukit Goodhope Yes 17,643   0% 2015 3
PT Triputra Agro Persada   Yes 12,531   0% 2015 3
NATURACEITES S. A. (Formerly known as INDESA)   Yes 11,517   0% 2014 3
Agrocaribe   Yes 9,414 0 0% 2012 3
PT Cipta Usaha Sejati   Yes 7,265   0% 2015 3
United Palm Oil Industry PCL (UPOIC)   Yes 7,000   0% 2012 3
Univanich Palm Oil PCL   Yes 6,200   0% 2012 3
PT Salim Ivomas Pratama Tbk Indofood Yes 55   0% 2013 3
PT Swakarsa Sinarsentosa SWA Yes  nd  nd  nd 2012 3
PT Bumitama Gunajaya Agro  nd Yes 123,705   0% 2017 2
First Resources Limited First Resources Yes 113,143   0% 2020 2
Tradewinds Plantations Berhad Tradewinds Yes 110,964   0% 2030 2
Genting Plantations Berhad Genting Yes 96,080   0% 2025 2
PT BW Plantation Tbk   Yes 53,521 nd 0% 2020 2
IJM Plantations Berhad IJM Yes 46,700   0% 2018 2
PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Agri ANJ Yes 9,290   0% 2016 2
Lam Soon Plantations Sdn Bhd Lam Soon Yes 5,761   0% 2018 2
PT Inti Indosawit Subur Asian Agri Yes  nd 21,128   2018 2
Olam International Limited Olam Yes 1,370   0% 2016 2
Chumporn Palm Oil Industry Public Company Limited   Yes nd nd   nd 1
Equatorial Palm Oil PLC   Yes nd   0%   1
Louis Dreyfus Commodities Asia Louis Dreyfus Yes nd nd 0%   1
PT Mentari Pratama Musim Mas Yes nd nd     1
Global Palm Resources Holdings Ltd. Golden Palm Resources Yes 13,438   0%   1
Tian Siang Holdings Sdn Bhd   Yes 5,496   0%   1
Poligrow Colombia Ltda   Yes 4,200   0%   1
PT Perkebunan Nusantara III nd Yes  nd  nd  nd  nd 1
PT Perkebunan Nusantara V nd Yes  nd  nd  nd  nd 1

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