Sime Darby Plantation strengthens policy on suppliers who violate no-deforestation commitments

Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) recently published its ‘Working with Suppliers to Draw the Line on Deforestation’ policy statement to strengthen its commitment to achieve a sustainable supply chain.

The policy builds on SDP’s existing practice and maps a step forward to meet the No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) standards as well as SDP’s expectation that suppliers adhere to those same standards.

SDP’s Group Managing Director, Mohamad Helmy Othman Basha, said that the policy makes clear the action the Company will take when an issue is identified.

“The rapid rate of deforestation is an urgent challenge for the world that demands a meaningful response. As the leading producer of sustainable palm oil, SDP shares this concern. This policy was crafted to ensure that our suppliers provide us and others with deforestation-free palm oil, and at the same time improve their NDPE operational standards too,” he added.

Based on the policy, if a supplier is found to be in violation of SDP’s NDPE standards:

  • The supplier would have to immediately cease work on the land (when non-compliance is confirmed)
  • The supplier must also develop two types of plan: a time-bound plan for the restoration of cleared land, and a time-bound plan to upgrade their operational practice.
  • If that supplier is unwilling to meet those conditions, they will be suspended.

The development and execution of landscape restoration plans as well as operational improvement plans will be externally verified and monitored on an ongoing basis.

He said the ultimate goal is to expand the sphere of oil palm companies operating to NDPE standards. Therefore, if a non-compliant supplier commits to meet SDP’s conditions, the Company will re-engage with them and support their progress.

Helmy added that SDP does not believe in suspension without a path for the supplier to be reinstated.

“Constructive re-engagement to introduce new and improved practices is critical to systematically resolving non-compliance to NDPE. Simply suspending suppliers can have the unintended consequence of driving poor practice elsewhere into the system, making it less visible and harder to act on. This is not the intention of our policy. Our priority is to find solutions to the issues and we believe this must be done via engagement with the suppliers and giving them the opportunity to redress the problem,” Helmy stressed.

Helmy said SDP is committed to working with suppliers in the development of their plans, and with NGO partners to build capacity for operational improvements to raise suppliers’ NDPE compliance.

The policy comes on the heels of the launch of Crosscheck, SDP’s new open-access online tool that allows traceability of its palm oil supply chain right down to the mill level.

SDP firmly believes that the frontier to halting deforestation is traceability. By tracking supply back to its source, it is now easier to identify where problems exist – and to take action.

Through this tool, users can choose to view:

  • A map showing all the mills that supply each of SDP’s refineries, and information on who owns these mills.
  • A risk map showing the 50 kilometres radius around each mill, highlighting areas of risk such as forest, animal habitats and biodiversity.
  • Satellite maps which show any evidence of deforestation on the ground.

“The new policy will mirror the efforts we are putting forth through Crosscheck to drive deforestation out of our supply chain. Our hope is that, by working together with our suppliers, we can transform the palm oil industry and achieve our ambition to draw the line on deforestation,” Helmy said.

The new ‘Working with Suppliers to Draw the Line on Deforestation’ policy statement can be accessed via the weblink www.simedarbyplantation.com.

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For further information, please contact:

Eliza Mohamed
Chief Communications Officer
Sime Darby Plantation Berhad
Tel: 03-78485415 (Off), 012-2193059 (HP)
Email: eliza.mohamed@simedarbyplantation.com

Azneal Azam
Tel: 03-78485369 (Off), 016-3376160 (HP)
Email: azneal.azam@simedarbyplantation.com

Asmad Putra
Tel: 03-78485363 (Off), 019-2995571 (HP)
Email: asmad.putra@simedarbyplantation.com

Priya Menon
Tel: 03-78484100 (Off), 012-9150049 (HP)
Email: priya.menon@simedarbyplantation.com

About Sime Darby Plantation

Sime Darby Plantation is the world’s largest oil palm plantation company by planted area, producing about 4 percent of the global CPO output. It is also the world’s largest producer of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), with a CSPO production capacity of over 2.46 million MT.

As a globally integrated plantation company, Sime Darby Plantation is involved in the full spectrum of the palm oil value chain, from upstream to downstream activities, R&D;, renewables and agribusiness. Its upstream operations which consist predominantly of oil palm cultivation, harvesting and milling are spread across Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Liberia. Its downstream business, represented by its subsidiary Sime Darby Oils, spans across 14 countries worldwide and involves the manufacturing as well as the sales and marketing of oils and fats products, palm oil-based biodiesel, nutraceuticals and other derivatives. Sime Darby Plantation is also involved in rubber and sugarcane plantations, as well as cattle rearing.

With a workforce of over 90,000 employees and a strong focus on operational excellence, research, innovation and sustainability, Sime Darby Plantation is one of the largest companies on Bursa Malaysia with a market capitalisation of RM32.92B bn as at 2 July 2019.

About Crosscheck

Crosscheck is an open access and free to use online tool that allows everyone to trace sources of Sime Darby Plantation’s palm oil supply down to the mill level – see crosscheck.simedarbyplantation.com.

It allows users to view:

  • All the mills that supply our refineries and who owns these mills, providing new levels of information about the network of supply relationships across our business
  • Specificity in our supply to the mill level
  • Maps highlighting areas of risk in the landscape surrounding each mill, such as High Carbon Stock forest and large animal habitats
  • Satellite maps which show any evidence of deforestation on the ground
  • How to get in touch to alert us if they identify issues on the ground – so we can take action

Launched in Kuala Lumpur on 23 May 2019, Crosscheck is designed as a platform that can incorporate new data over time. Sime Darby Plantation is currently working with NGO partners and other stakeholders on generating further layers of information to make Crosscheck even more effective.

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