Timber and pulp assessment summary - August 2023
ZSL's SPOTT initiative assesses 100 timber and pulp producers, processors and traders on their public disclosure regarding their organisation, policies and practices related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. We encourage stakeholders to engage with companies, as policies and commitments may not always translate into effective implementation on the ground.
SPOTT scores timber and pulp producers, processors and traders using up to 182 ESG indicators across 10 categories. View the categories below to find out more about key results, and visit company pages to view their full assessments.
Note: Indicators are disabled if they are not applicable to companies due to the nature or location of their operations.
- The average score of companies is 23.3% in August 2023, compared to 21.7% during the last assessment of timber & pulp companies in August 2022.
- 0/100 (0%) companies were assessed for the first time in August 2023.
- 58/100 (58%) companies assessed in August 2022 saw an increase in their scores in August 2023 – the average change in score was +3.2 percentage points.
- 28/100 (28%) companies assessed in August 2022 saw a decrease in their scores in August 2023 – the average change in score was –0.9 percentage points.
- 14/100 (14%) companies assessed in August 2022 did not see a change in their scores in August 2023 – 8 companies scored below 1 point in both years.
- The average score of producers with some or all of their landbank Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management (FM) certified or Programme for Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC) FM certified is 57.4% compared to 9.9% for producers lacking such certification.
Average scores by type
Developed by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), SPOTT is an online platform supporting sustainable commodity production and trade. By tracking transparency, SPOTT incentivises the implementation of corporate best practice. SPOTT assesses commodity producers, processors and traders on their public disclosure regarding their organisation, policies and practices related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. SPOTT scores companies annually against sector-specific indicators to benchmark their progress over time. Investors, buyers and other key influencers can use SPOTT assessments to inform stakeholder engagement, manage risk, and increase industry transparency. For more information, visit spott.org.
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