Balancing transparency and privacy
The dance between transparency in supply chains and company privacy seems never-ending. On one hand, we have increasing pressure from regulators to disclose where palm is being sourced, and on the other, we have major producer companies and countries resistant to disclosing this data publicly.
In a perfect world, there would just be one map of all palm oil plots in the world, publicly available and regularly updated. I believe we are moving towards that goal but slowly. Suppliers still guard their plot maps as closely Coca-Cola guards the secret formula for Coke. For this reason, Palmoil.io made its own recipe for a global plot map, which now covers 13 countries.
But with the EU Deforestation Regulation's traceability to plot requirement, suppliers will need to disclose data to their customers. To facilitate this, we've built a way for companies to share and analyze plots for deforestation using Palmoil.io without uploading the data to our server.
Introducing Plot Check
Plot Check is a tool than analyzes deforestation, overlapping areas, grievances, and traceability to private plot boundaries. It analyzes plot boundaries without the need to share directly data with us, and provides the analytics for EUDR due diligence compliance checks.
Plot Check works in three steps
Step 1: Ask your suppliers for data or match with our plot boundaries
Most major palm oil producers should be able to provide you with at least industrial plot data for their direct and most of their indirect supply chain. Request the boundaries as a shapefile or geojson - two common spatial file formats. If they only give you points, we can match the points to our global plot database.
Step 2: Use the Palmoil.io Plot Check tool
Select the shapefile or geojson on your desktop to start the tool. For privacy, your boundaries are not uploaded to our server. Plots are analyzed for deforestation, grievances, and any overlaps with our plot data. Plot Check displays the results as a dashboard with deforestation statistics, overlapping mills, and expert-reviewed Risk Insights. You can sort and filter the dashboard by dates or alert totals.
Step 3: Review your plots back to the EUDR cutoff
Click on any of your plots on your dashboard and then review monthly alerts using the slider at the bottom of the map. Verify alerts using high resolution base maps and Planet monthly mosaics in the legend. If you need help, our expert analysts can do the check for you.
Try Plot Check now!
Plot Check is available now for all Palmoil.io Enterprise, Business, and Producer subscribers. We also offer one month free trials, so please contact us if you would like to give Plot Check and other Palmoil.io features a try. If you are attending GAPKI IPOC this week or RT2023 in Jakarta, please visit our booth and get a live demonstration.