Socfin – Green Tigers Index Rankings

2018 SCORE

2016 SCORE

72

43.5

Socfin is a large European publicly-traded company 82 percent owned by five institutional investors with a 407,741 ha landbank distributed throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and Indonesia. Socfin has improved its policies since 2016 moving its score up to 72 compared to 52.

Yet Socfin faces numerous allegations of land-grabbing throughout its global palm oil estate. Voice of America reported in 2017 that farmers in Sierra Leone saw their land taken by Socfin overnight.

In other example, villagers in Sierra Leone were jailed for protesting Socfin’s land-grabbing. In Nigeria, NGOs have been protesting Socfin’s 53 percent majority owned and publicly-traded company Okomu Oil Palm Company for its actions clearing rainforests. Employees of Socfin have been shot during protests against the company.

Greenpeace has pushed repeatedly for Socfin to address these land-grabbing and rainforest deforestation issues. In 2017, Socfin announced policies to address these issues including transparency of its palm oil supply chain. But for Socfin, it is going to take a deliberate and conciliatory effort by management to implement statutes that are monitored and measurable to address these numerous community and deforestation issues.

Socfin is a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil.

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.

NO

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.

Full points are given if this date is by 2018. Half points are given if the date is 2019 or 2020. No points are given if the date is after 2020, no date is given or if the company does not commit to full traceability to plantations including for its third party suppliers.

YES

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.

YES

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.

YES

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.