Malaysia’s Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) has launched an open online access tool, ‘Crosscheck’, which allows anyone to trace the source of the company’s palm oil supply, down to mill level.
Crosscheck would allowed users concerned about deforestation to check whether palm oil was being sourced from high risk areas, said Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Mohd Bakke Salleh, SDP’s executive deputy chairman and managing director.
“There is a worldwide concern that palm oil production is causing deforestation. Increasingly, major global customers require confidence that the palm oil they buy is not associated with deforestation. SDP believes the frontier to halting deforestation is traceability,” said Mohd Bakke on 23 May.
“Tracking supply back to its source will make it possible to identify where problems may exist, so that people can raise the alert for action to be taken. Crosscheck makes this possible for the very first time and it is an important step towards the full traceability of our supply chain.”
Crosscheck provided users with a map showing the mills that supplied each of SDP’s refineries and information on who owned them, as well as a risk map showing a 50km radius around each mill.
Additionally, Crosscheck had satellite mapping which showed any evidence of deforestation on the ground.
“Throughout 2019, SDP intends to work with various stakeholders to explore potential new applications for Crosscheck and gather feedback on how the tool can be further improved,” SDP said.
“Stakeholders will include SDP’s customers, investors, as well as international non-governmental organisations such as Conservation International (CI), which has already indicated its interest in working with us.”
SDP operates 73 palm oil mills across Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Liberia. It has about 603,000ha of oil palm planted area. Sime Darby Oils is the downstream operations unit of the Sime Darby Group, trading, producing and marketing oils and fats products through its 11 refineries, with a total capacity of 3.8M tonnes.