Musim Mas – Green Tigers Index Rankings

 

SCORE

73.5

Musim Mas is a privately held Singapore-based company that controls approximately 18% of the global palm oil trade. In December 2014, Musim Mas announced a new No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation policy for its palm oil supply chain and third-party suppliers, effective immediately. Under the policy, all palm oil sourced will be traceable to the mill level by the end of 2015, and to the plantation level by the end of 2016. Musim Mas has also undertaken efforts to reduce methane emissions at its mills with the assistance of the Government of Denmark. In conjunction with the policy, Musim Mas has become a member of The Forest Trust to help ensure successful and transparent implementation of the policy.

Musim Mas has stated that, for now, it will protect High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests according to the standard approach used by Wilmar, GAR, Cargill and others.  However, Musim Mas is still supporting the “Palm Oil Manifesto,” which has been roundly discredited by forest advocates for its attempt to weaken the HCS standard. Musim Mas’ continuing to entertain the weaker Manifesto approach sends a concerning mixed message about the depth of its commitment to forest conservation.

In implementing its new policy, Musim Mas has serious issues it needs to rapidly address. Musim Mas has recently come under fire from NGOs Rainforest Action Network, Greenpeace and others that have connected the company to deforestation in Sumatra’s world-renowned Leuser Ecosystem. In addition, it recently announced a deal that would turn it years backwards in its progress toward sustainability: it has obtained permits to develop lands in the heavily forested Indonesian province of Papua, where palm oil companies have frequently operated in collusion with military forces to evict or abuse local people trying to defend their homes. The company is in the process of obtaining additional lands that would bring its total Papua landbank up to 100,000 hectares. All these concessions are heavily covered by primary forest.

POLICY

1.A

The company has a forest policy for palm oil produced, traded or processed that applies to its global operations including all subsidiaries and joint ventures. The company also requires its suppliers to follow the policy.

YES

1.B

The policy excludes the sourcing of  raw materials or products originating from natural forests including both primary and secondary forests.

NO

1.C

The policy specifically excludes the sourcing of raw materials or products originating from High conservation Value (HCV) areas.

YES

1.D

The palm oil policy specifically excludes development on peat soil regardless of depth.

YES

1.E

The palm oil policy excludes the sourcing  of raw materials and products from developments in High Carbon Stock (HCS) Forests.

YES

1.F

The palm oil policy excludes the sourcing of raw materials and products from lands where burning has been used to clear vegetation.

YES

1.G

The company has pledged to use (or uses) a third party for compliance verification of its policy.

YES

1.H

The company has developed and published a non-compliance procedure that outlines thresholds for the suspension and/or cancellation of contracts with suppliers in breach of the policy.

HALF

1.I

The company has committed to developing a traceability system that documents palm oil back to the plantation of origin within its entire supply chain.

YES

1.J

The company specifically commits (and requires its suppliers to do so) to respect the rights of Indigenous and local communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to development on their lands.

YES

1.K

The company has programs that support small holders in its supply chain with support that goes beyond purely financial considerations and the palm oil supply chain but addresses longer term development.

YES

1.L

The company has policy to reduce the environmental and health impacts of chemical pesticides and/or fertilizers.

YES

IMPLEMENTATION & TRANSPARENCY

2.A

Date by which the company aims to achieve full traceability to plantation for its entire supply chain.

CURRENT

2.B

The company or the relevant third party publishes detailed processes and results of the policy verification assessments.

NO

2.C

The company has established and published an accessible and transparent grievance and dispute resolution mechanism.

NO

2.D

The company reports on its progress towards meeting its policy goals at least annually against measurable indicators.

YES

2.E

The company has published the  names or  detailed locations (that allow for coordinates to be obtained) of all palm oil mills in its supply chain.

YES

3.A

Points are deducted for the following (occurring since January 1, 2015). There is public evidence that since January 1, 2015 the company has in its own operations not met criteria 1.C, 1.D, 1.E or 1.J (or uses palm oil from protected areas). Or the company has sourced from suppliers that have not met these criteria. Or the company had its RSPO license revoked or suspended since that date. Or there is evidence of significant workers rights violations or social conflicts.

HALF

See all of the rankings of major palm oil and soy companies on their adherence to forest conservation requirements on the Green Tiger and Green Jaguar index.