|This article's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (March 2012)|
|Traded as||SGX: F34
OTC Pink: WLMIY
|Key people||Kuok Khoon Hong, Chairman|
|Products||Palm Oil, Sugar, Specialty Chemicals and Biodiesel|
|Revenue||$44.71 billion USD (2011)|
|Profit||$1.601 billion USD (2011)|
|Total assets||$23.36 billion USD (March 2010)|
|Total equity||$30.31 billion USD (March 2010)|
Wilmar International Limited founded in 1991, is Asia’s leading agribusiness group. It ranks amongst the largest listed companies by market capitalisation on the Singapore Exchange (second largest as of Sep 2010). It is a Singaporean investment holding company that provides management services to its 400+ subsidiary companies. It is also ranked 223rd in the Fortune Global 500 list in 2012.
Wilmar International business activities include oil palm cultivation, edible oils refining, oilseeds crushing, consumer pack edible oils processing and merchandising, specialty fats, oleochemicals, and biodiesel manufacturing, and grains processing and merchandising. It has over 450 manufacturing plants and an extensive distribution network covering China, India, Indonesia and some 50 other countries. The Group is backed by a multinational workforce of over 93,000 people.
Wilmar's merchandising and processing segment encompass (1) merchandising of palm oil and laurics-related products; (2) operations of palm oil processing and refinery plants; (3) crushing, further processing and refining of a range of edible oils, oilseeds, grains and soyabean. Its consumer products segment has oil bottling business in the People's Republic of China, Vietnam and Indonesia. Its plantation and palm oil mills segment engages in oil palm cultivation and milling. Other segment includes manufacturing and distribution of fertiliser and ship-chartering services.
In 2012, Wilmar was named the world's least environmentally friendly company by US news magazine Newsweek. Due to their poor environmental performance they were excluded in 2013 from The Government Pension Fund of Norway, the largest stock owner in Europe.
Unilever is among main customers of Wilmar. Unilever considered their palm oil to be from Sumatra in 2007. Unilever and Wilmar are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) which brings together retailers, producers and NGOs like Oxfam and WWF. 
- Commenced operations as a palm oil trading company
- Established first compound fertiliser manufacturing plant with a production capacity of 120,000 tonnes per year
- First oleochemicals plant commenced operation in Shanghai
- Acquired a controlling interest in Jakarta Stock Exhange listed PT Cahaya Kalbar Tbk, a producer of specialty oils and fats for the chocolate, cocoa confectionery industry, bakery and cakes ingredient industry, and beverage and food industry
- Renamed Wilmar International Limited on 14 July 2006 upon completion of the reverse takeover of Ezyhealth Asia Pacific Ltd.
- Completed the merger with Kuok Group’s palm plantation, edible oils, grains and related businesses in a deal worth US$2.7 billion, as well as a restructuring exercise to acquire the edible oils, oilseeds, grains and related businesses of Wilmar Holdings Pte Ltd (WHPL), including interests held by Archer Daniels Midland Asia Pacific (ADM) and its subsidiaries in these businesses, for US$1.6 billion;
- Formed a joint venture (JV) with Olam International Ltd and SIFCA Group, one of Africa’s largest agro-industrial groups with significant interests across palm oil, cotton seed oil, natural rubber and sugar sectors in Africa. The JV was aimed at developing a regional leadership position in palm oil, natural rubber, sugar and potentially in other agricultural plantation crops in Africa;
- Entry into the Philippines with the setting-up of two coconut oil mills and refineries in Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte and Gingoog, Misamis Oriental
- Formed a joint venture with Nizhny Novgorod Fats & Oils Group and Delta Exports Pte Ltd to spearhead expansion in Russia and the CIS countries
- Expanded into the sugar business through the acquisition of Sucrogen Limited, the largest raw sugar producer and refiner in Australia, and PT Jawamanis Rafinasi, a leading sugar refinery in Indonesia
- Acquired Natural Oleochemicals, a leading oleochemicals producer with significant market share in Europe and Asia and a growing presence in USA
- Further expanded into the sugar business through the acquisition of PT Duta Sugar International in Indonesia and Proserpine Mill in Australia
- Expanded its African footprint to Ghana through the acquisition of Benso Oil Palm Plantations Limted, a company listed on Ghana Stock Exchange
- Acquired approximately 30,000 hectares of land in Nigeria for expansion of oil palm plantations;
- Established a 50:50 joint venture company, Yihai Kerry Kellogg Foods (Shanghai) Company Ltd, with Kelllogg Company for the manufacture, sale and distribution of breakfast cereals and savoury snacks in China;
- Formed a 50:50 Joint Venture with Clariant Ltd for production and sales of amines and selected amines derivatives;
- Formed strategic partnership with Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) in tropical oils refining in Europe, global fertiliser purchasing and distribution, and global ocean freight operations. Launched Olenex CV. headquartered in Rolle, Switzerland to handle the sales and marketing of refined vegetable oils and fats to European Area and Switzerland
- Completed four palm oil milling plants with an aggregate hourly capacity of 200 MT
According to Friends of the Earth Netherlands, Wilmar International starts forest fires and violates the rights of the local population.
Friends of the Earth Netherlands made review of Wilmar palm oil in PT Jatim Jaya Perkasa in 2004 acting in Sumatra Riau. Wilmar had 20,800 hectare land. Dutch Rabobank and IFC finanzed Wilmar. Satellite photos proved plantations were in the sea shore peat rain forests in 2004. The depth of the peat was over four meters. Indonesian law should protect such a peat land. However, Wilmar received despite the peat land permission in 1997. According to local people company dangere Sumatran tiger that lives in the area. This was a conflict in 2004. Soon there after Wilmar sold the company and joined WWF palm oil association. In July 2007 Friends of the Earth and two local environmental organizations criticized the illegal forest cuts in KalimantanIndonesia.
- "Wilmar's Harvest". Forbes. 9 August 2010.
- [Green Rankings 2012: Global Companies http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/10/22/newsweek-green-rankings-2012-global-500-list.html]
- Aftenposten: Oljefondet kvittet seg med «verdens verste selskap» (in Norwegian)
- Sindre Heyerdahl, E24. "OLJEFONDETS GIGANTTAP PÅ AKTIV FORVALTNING: Mener Gjedrem bløffer om investeringene" (in Norwegian).
- Kuok Khoon Hong on Singapore's 40 Richest (2009) Forbes 9.9.2009
- Martua Sitorus on Indonesia's 40 Richest (2009) Forbes 2.12.2009
- Losing land to palm oil in Kalimantan bbc 3.8.2007
- Friends of the Earth: world's biggest palm oil trader shamed