The definition of traceable to plantation, or fresh fruit bunch (FFB) traceability, is also the subject of considerable debate. As noted previously, Wilmar has focussed its attention on traceability to mill, because the mill is a good indicator of the approximate location of its suppliers. Wilmar has prepared maps of all its own mills, showing all estate boundaries and the location of each smallholder and dealer, and is pursuing options to help its third-party suppliers to do likewise.

Wilmar’s current approach to traceability back to plantation is based on having considerable detail on all growers, as shown in the table below. If any information is missing, that source is considered not traceable. This may result in more conservative results than the other definitions which may have lower data-qualifying requirements.

Wilmar considers each source individually and hence reports the actual percentage (%) of the FFB that is traceable. This for the moment means that most mills in the Wilmar supply chain are 0% traceable to FFB, except those owned by Wilmar and some RSPO certified mills.

Estates Smallgrowers Smallholders Dealers
Parent company name Y
Estate/grower/dealer name Y Y Y Y
GPS Y Y Y
Planted area Y Y Y
Number of growers Y Y Y
Certification status Y
% (volume) from this source Y Y Y Y

While obtaining GPS coordinates and/or maps of each FFB supplier is an objective, it is not the immediate priority. The priority for Wilmar is to engage with mill owners who can reach their own FFB suppliers to ensure the process of transformation can begin across the entire supply shed.

The FFB supply base of all our mills in Malaysia are mapped out and available below:

1. Rekahalus Sdn Bhd, Sabah

2. Sabahmas Plantation Sdn Bhd (Ribubonus), Sabah

3. Sabahmas Plantation Sdn Bhd, Sabah

4. Sapi Plantation Sdn Bhd (Terusan), Sabah

5. Sapi Plantation Sdn Bhd, Sabah

6. Sri Kamusan Sdn Bhd, Sabah

7. Saremas Sdn Bhd (Mill 1), Sarawak

8. Saremas Sdn Bhd (Mill 2), Sarawak

9. Suburmas Plantations Sdn Bhd, Sarawak