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  • Latest update: July 2019
  • Next scheduled: July 2020

  • About this company:

    Founded in 1920, Empresas CMPC has forestry operations

  • Parent company:
    Matte Group
  • Landbank
    686,623 hectares
  • Market cap:
    6,671,373,164 USD
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    CMPC:CI
  • ISIN:
    CL0000001314
  • Website:

Company assessment: Empresas CMPC – July 2019

Assessment date:

Total: 42.2% 51.5 / 122
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    8 / 11 72.7%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      1. Sustainable forestry policy or commitment for all its operations?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      2. Sustainability policy or commitment applies to all sourcing?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Corporate Affairs Committee

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      4. One or more board members have responsibility for sustainability?

      The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company, Mr. Luis Felipe Gazitúa is a member of Corporate Affairs Committee. This committee defines the objectives and evaluates implementation of CMPC sustainability including community relations programs and environment

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      5. Percentage or number of women board members?

      1 (10%)

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women in senior management team?

      0 (0%) - Only photos of senior management are available on company's website

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      7. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      8. Member of multiple industry schemes or other external initiatives to improve forest management or transparency?

      FSC, UNGC, WBCSD, CDP, GRI

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      9. Activities with government, NGOs or academic institutions to improve the sustainability of forest products?

      Examples include participation in the Pilot Project for Forest Certification for Ecosystem Services (ForCes), FSC Chile's technical committees, and the New Generation Plantations project; collaboration with the CODEFF NGO, in order to protect and restore the habitat of the huilli­n, an endangered freshwater otter; Forestal Mininco Program (in collaboration with FSC and Certfor) for the Restoration of Native Forests and collaboration with the Etica en los Bosques NGO on initiatives to protect native forests in the south of Chile

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      10. Climate risks assessment available?

      The company publishes a summary of some climate change-related risks on its forestry operations and some adaptation measures adopted as a result

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      11. Natural capital assessment available?

  • Landbank, mills and traceability Landbank, mills and traceability
    7 / 22 31.8%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      12. Lists countries and operations?

      Plantations in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Peru. Processing facilities in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, and Mexico

    • 13. Total area of natural forest designated for wood/wood fibre production (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it only produces wood/wood fibre from plantation forests. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      14. Total area of forest plantation (ha)?

      686,623

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      15. Area of plantation/natural forest within outgrower schemes (ha)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      16. Unplanted (areas designated for future development as plantation forest) (ha)?

      62,502 - 45,293 ha Chile, 9,518 ha Brazil, 7,691 Argentina. Data as of 2017.

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      17. Conservation set-aside and/or HCV area (ha)?

      262,065

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      18. Area of Intact Forest Landscape (ha)?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      19. Number of Forest Management Units (FMUs)?

    • No
      0 / 1

      20. Maps of forest management units (FMUs)?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      21. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

      Forest Management Plans are not available for all of the company's FMUs

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      22. Monitoring of forest management plan implementation?

    • 23. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on use rights (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • 24. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on forest management (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • 25. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on timber harvesting (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      26. Number of company owned pulp and paper mills?

      4 - The company reports four pulp mills, however, no information on number of paper mills is available

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      27. Maps or addresses of company owned pulp and paper mills?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      28. Number of company owned sawmills?

      5

    • No
      0 / 1

      29. Maps or addresses of company owned sawmills?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      30. Number of supplier mills?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      31. Maps or addresses of supplier mills?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      32. Procedures to trace raw materials to country of harvest?

      Partial points based on the cmpany's FSC CoC certification which only covers traceability for the certified portion of all its supply

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      33. Procedures to trace raw materials to FMU level?

      Partial points based on the cmpany's FSC CoC certification which only covers traceability for the certified portion of all its supply

    • No
      0 / 2

      34. Percentage of supply traceable to country level (above 80%)?

      Some of the company's supply is CoC certified which ensures that it is traceable. However, the percentage of supply traceable cannot be calculated

    • No
      0 / 2

      35. Percentage of supply traceable to FMU level (above 75%)?

      Some of the company's supply is CoC certified which ensures that it is traceable. However, the percentage of supply traceable cannot be calculated

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    4.5 / 10 45%
    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      36. Commitment to zero conversion of natural forest?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      37. Zero conversion commitment applies to all sourcing?

    • 38. Commitment to minimise the impact of logging roads?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it only produces wood/wood fibre from plantation forests. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      39. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities?

      The company's commitment covers HCV areas only

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      40. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      41. Amount of deforestation recorded?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      42. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      43. Examples of species and/or habitat conservation management?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      44. Implementing a landscape-level approach to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      45. Identified species of conservation concern referencing international or national system of species classification?

      The company identified species of conservation concern within the operations of Forestal Mininco (CMPC forestry subsidiary in Chile), specifying their conservation status under the IUCN system of classification

    • 46. Commitment to sustainably manage the use of non-timber forest products (NTFPs)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it only produces wood/wood fibre from plantation forests. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      47. Commitment not to use genetically modified organisms?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the introduction of genetically modified organisms in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004)

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    2 / 8 25%
    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      48. Commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments?

      The company does not have a direct commitment to conduct HCV assessments across all of its operations. However, the company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the destruction of high conservation values in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004). For this half points are awarded

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      49. HCV commitment applies to all sourcing?

      The company has committed not be directly or indirectly involved in the destruction of high conservation values in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004). For this half points are awarded

    • 50. Commitment to only use licensed High Conservation Value (HCV) assessors accredited by the HCV Resource Network's Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS)?

      This indicator is disabled until sufficient number of HCV ALS licensed assessors are available for the location where the company operates

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      51. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

      The company has published an HCV report covering only its forestry operations in Chile (Forestal Mininco) and only mentioning species diversity, ecosystems and habitats (HCV1, 2 and 3)

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      52. High Conservation Value (HCV) management and monitoring plans available?

      The HCV report about HCV1, 2 and 3 in the company's operations in Chile (Forestal Mininco) includes management and monitoring summaries. Only half a point has been awarded because it only covers parts of the company's operations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      53. Commitment to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      54. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      55. Commitment to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs)?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      56. Social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs) available?

    • 57. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on impact assessments (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

  • Soils, fire and GHGs Soils, fire and GHGs
    5.5 / 10 55%
    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      58. Commitment to best management practices for soils and/or peat?

    • 59. Commitment to reduced impact logging?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it only produces wood/wood fibre from plantation forests. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • 60. Commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't have landbank on peat. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • 61. Commitment on peatland planting applies to all sourcing?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't have suppliers with landbank on peat. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • 62. Landbank or planted area on peat (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't have landbank on peat. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      63. Evidence of best management practices for soils and/or peat?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      64. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company has a commitment for not using fire within HCVs and surrounding areas, but not clearly for all new development

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      65. Commitment to zero burning applies to all sourcing?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      66. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      67. Details/number of hotspots/fires in FMUs controlled by the company?

      2,556 - The company reports the surface area that has been affected by wildland fires between June 2017 and May 2018 in the countries where it has forestry operations. Chile 1,199 ha; Brazil 1,339 ha; Argentina 18 ha

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      68. Time-bound commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company has a target to increase the energy efficiency of its wood pulp mills by 20% by 2020, however this does not cover all of the company's operations

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      69. Progress towards reducing GHG emission intensity?

      0.318 - The company reports its GHG emissions for all its operations in 2018 (total emissions = 7,667,222 tCO2e in 2018 ; GHG emission intensity = 0.318 tCO2e/ton). However, there is no target in place. Half a point has been awarded

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      70. Report GHG emissions from land use change?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      71. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

  • Water, chemical and waste management Water, chemical and waste management
    4 / 13 30.8%
    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      72. Time-bound commitment to improve water quality (BOD and COD)?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      73. Progress towards commitment on water quality (BOD and COD)?

      The company reports its BOD and COD from 2007 (2.42 kg/ton of final product) to 2015 (1.32kg/ton). The company does not report a specific target for reducing BOD or COD. Data is more than two years old. Half a point has been awarded

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      74. Commitment to protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      75. Evidence of treatment of pulp and paper mill effluent?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      76. Evidence of sawmill run-off containment and wastewater treatment?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      77. Time-bound commitment to improve water use intensity?

      The company targets an annual reduction of 10% water intake against 2016 levels in all their productive areas. The target is not time-bound

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      78. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company published its total water consumtion in 2016, 2017 and 2018. However, water use intensity is not reported and there is no target in place. Half a point has been awarded

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      79. Commitment to eliminate chlorine and chlorine compounds for bleaching?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      80. Commitment to minimise the use of chemicals, including pesticides and chemical fertilisers?

      The company mentions avoiding the use of chemicals in pest management

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      81. No use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      82. No use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      83. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      84. Chemical usage per ha or list of chemicals used?

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    14 / 22 63.6%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      85. Commitment to human rights, referencing the UN Declaration on Human Rights or UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the violation of human rights in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004), which defines human rights as those established through the UN Declaration of Human Rights

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      86. Commitment to human rights applies to all sourcing?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the violation of human rights in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004), which defines human rights as those established through the UN Declaration of Human Rights

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      87. Commitment to respect indigenous and local communities' rights?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the violation of human rights in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004), which encompasses the rights of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples as established by the ILO Convention 169

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      88. Commitment to respect legal and customary property rights?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the violation of traditional rights in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004), which encompasses customary rights. This policy does not reference legal rights and no reference to legal rights could be found in company sources

    • No
      0 / 1

      89. Commitment to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      90. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      91. Details of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) process available?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      92. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      The company reports organising meetings, workshops, field visits and cooperation projects with local communities and indigenous people

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      93. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      94. Commitment to support the inclusion of women across forestry operations, including addressing barriers faced?

      The company's commitment to promote the inclusion of women is not specific to forestry operations

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      95. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

    • 96. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on population rights (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      97. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      98. Reference to Fundamental ILO Conventions?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004)

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      99. Commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment and occupation?

    • 100. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on labour regulations (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      101. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      31,843 - The company reports a total of 31,843 contractors. Data as of 2017

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      102. Percentage or number of women employees?

      2,316 (13.7%) - The company reports the percentage of women employees among their direct workers. Data as of 2017

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      103. Payment of minimum wage?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      104. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      105. Commitment to address occupational health and safety, referencing the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work?

      The company does not refer to the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      106. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      1.3% - During 2017 the overall CMPC accident rate was 1.3 losttime accidents for each 100 direct employees. This rate was 0.79 for its contractors

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      107. Number of fatalities as a result of work-based accidents?

      4 - The company reports four fatalities among its contractors in 2017

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      108. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      The company only mentions provision of training

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    3 / 14 21.4%
    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      109. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% third-party legality verification of FMUs or achieved?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      110. Time-bound plan to source only wood/wood fibre that is in legal compliance verified by a third party?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      111. Percentage area (ha) verified as being in legal compliance by a third party?

      944,446 (90%) - The company has FSC FM certificates for Forestal Mininco, CMPC Pulp and CMPC Cellulose Riograndense LTDA, covering an area of 944,446 ha. The company reports a total landbank of 1,051,119 ha, therefore its certified area covers 90% of their operations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      112. Percentage of all wood/wood fibre supply traded/processed verified as being in legal compliance by a third party?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      113. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% FSC FM certification of FMUs or achieved 100% FSC-certification of FMUs?

    • No
      0 / 1

      114. Commitment to source only wood/wood fibre that meets FSC Controlled Wood requirements?

      The company has a commitment to supply its industrial processes with 100% certified or controlled wood from renewable plantations. However, it does not specify FSC Controlled Wood

    • Yes
      2 / 2

      115. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

      944,446 (90%) - The company has FSC FM certificates for Forestal Mininco, CMPC Pulp and CMPC Cellulose Riograndense LTDA, covering an area of 944,446 ha. The company reports a total landbank of 1,051,119 ha, therefore its certified area covers 90% of their operations

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      116. Percentage of wood/wood fibre supply from outgrower scheme and/or independent suppliers that is FSC FM certified?

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      117. Percentage of all wood/wood fibre supply traded/processed that are FSC certified (above 75%)?

    • No
      0 / 2

      118. Percentage area (ha) PEFC certified (excluding FSC certified area)?

      221,000 - The company has PEFC FM certification for Celulose Rio Grandense Ltda (221,000.76 ha) and CMPC PULP S.A. Esquema de Certificaci??n en Grupo. However the total area this covers is not provided and so an overall percentage cannot be calculated

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    1.5 / 6 25%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      119. Programme to support outgrower scheme smallholders?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      120. Percentage of outgrower scheme smallholders involved in programme?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      121. Process used to prioritise, assess and/or engage suppliers on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      122. The company has a Due Diligence System (DDS)?

      The company mentions that its Service Contracts Department checks all potential suppliers on four criteria but limited details are given

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      123. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      124. Percentage of suppliers assessed and/or engaged on compliance with company requirements?

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    2 / 6 33.3%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      125. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • 126. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on legal registration (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      127. Disclosure of the company's management approach to tax and payments to governments?

    • 128. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on taxes, fees and royalties (at the time of SPOTT assessments)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      129. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company has a complaint line for reporting any violation of laws or of the Company's principles, values, or Code of Conduct. However, no process for protecting whistleblowers is detailed

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      130. Own grievance or complaints system open to all stakeholders?

      The company reports that a grievance system has been in place since 2018, but no details are given

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      131. Details of grievances disclosed?

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