Aggregator Refinery Transformation (ART)
Wilmar conducts field assessments on suppliers as part of risk management. A sampling regime was necessary given the large number of supplying mills, as it is not possible to conduct an assessment on all 1,000 mills that span across Indonesia, Malaysia, Latin America and Africa. The selection of mills was conducted with The Forest Trust (TFT) through the Mill Prioritisation Process (MPP), which is based on the analysis of spatial and non-spatial data pertaining to potential risks within a 50km radius.
Developed together with TFT as part of the Aggregator Refinery Transformation (ART) plan (see below figure) aimed at driving transformation at a given region, the MPP involves identification of all specific mill locations (i.e. through verified Global Positioning System (GPS) points) supplying to a specific Wilmar refinery and overlaying these locations on a map with information on national parks, forested areas, peatland and biodiversity hotspots, etc.
Our ART plan aims to achieve progress on the following fronts:
- Legal compliance
- Protection of key conservation value areas
- Environmental impact management
- No exploitation of labour and local communities
- Creation of shared values
Following the mill assessments based on a sample in a specific region, the results of these assessments are consolidated into a wider generalised report that is shared to all Wilmar suppliers in that particular supply shed.
Known as the ‘Overarching Report’, this document is an output of the ART process which aims to provide a collaborative framework of solutions and shared best practices to common issues for mills and growers within a region. We believe such an approach helps affect transformation on the ground. Monitoring is required to ensure progress is made on these recommendations, and this will be an ongoing process.Our ART overarching reports can be downloaded here