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Groupe Decolvenaere (GDC)

Timber and pulp assessment
  • Latest update: July 2019
  • Next scheduled: July 2020

  • Landbank
    185,416 hectares
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Company assessment: Groupe Decolvenaere (GDC) – July 2019

Assessment date:

Total: 15.4% 18 / 117
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    0.5 / 9 5.6%
    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

      2. Sustainability policy or commitment applies to all sourcing?

    • No
      0 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is not publicly listed. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • 5. Percentage or number of women board members?

      This indicator is disabled as the company is not publicly listed. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

      7. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      SFIL and GVI (Groupe Decolvenaere's companies in Cameroon) are both members of GFBC

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

      10. Climate risks assessment available?

    • No
      0 / 1

      11. Natural capital assessment available?

  • Landbank, mills and traceability Landbank, mills and traceability
    4 / 22 18.2%
    • Yes
      1 / 1

      12. Lists countries and operations?

      The company has concessions and facilities in Cameroon

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      185,416 - The company states that its FMUs cover an area of 185,416ha. However the information is undated

    • 14. Total area of forest plantation (ha)?

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

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

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

      18. Area of Intact Forest Landscape (ha)?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      19. Number of Forest Management Units (FMUs)?

      3 - The company reports that it operates on three FMUs. However the information does not match the number of FMUs found on external sources (two FMUs only). Half a point has been awarded

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      20. Maps of forest management units (FMUs)?

      Maps of the FMUs mentioned on the company's website (10052, 10025, 10021) are publicly available on the Forest Atlas of Cameroon

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      21. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

      Summaries of forest management plans are available on the company's website for FMUs 10 052 and 10 021. Half a point has been awarded as it does not cover all the company's FMUs

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      22. Monitoring of forest management plan implementation?

      Monitoring information is available for the FMU 10 052 only

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      6.25% - Average score of Green Valley Inc. and SFIL in this OTP category.
      Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance by clicking on the source link

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      25% - Average score of Green Valley Inc. and SFIL in this OTP category.
      Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance by clicking on the source link

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      0% - Average score of Green Valley Inc. and SFIL in this OTP category.
      Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance by clicking on the source link

    • 26. Number of company owned pulp and paper mills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • No
      0 / 1

      28. Number of company owned sawmills?

      2 - The company states that it owns two sawmills. However, the information is undated

    • No
      0 / 1

      29. Maps or addresses of company owned sawmills?

    • No
      0 / 1

      30. Number of supplier mills?

    • No
      0 / 1

      31. Maps or addresses of supplier mills?

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

      33. Procedures to trace raw materials to FMU level?

    • No
      0 / 2

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

    • No
      0 / 2

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    2 / 11 18.2%
    • No
      0 / 1

      36. Commitment to zero conversion of natural forest?

    • No
      0 / 1

      37. Zero conversion commitment applies to all sourcing?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      38. Commitment to minimise the impact of logging roads?

      The measures mentioned by the company only cover the FMU 10 052

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      39. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities?

      The company commits to prevent poaching in two of its FMUs only

    • No
      0 / 1

      40. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • No
      0 / 1

      41. Amount of deforestation recorded?

    • No
      0 / 1

      42. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1

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

    • 47. Commitment not to use genetically modified organisms?

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

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    1.5 / 7 21.4%
    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      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)

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      49. HCV commitment applies to all sourcing?

      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

    • 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?

      One HCV assessment is available but it only covers the FMU 10 052

    • No
      0 / 1

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

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

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

    • 54. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      0% - Average score of Green Valley Inc. and SFIL in this OTP category.
      Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance by clicking on the source link

  • Soils, fire and GHGs Soils, fire and GHGs
    0.5 / 9 5.6%
    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

      59. Commitment to reduced impact logging?

      The company commits to implement reduced-impact logging techniques but it only covers the FMU 10 052

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

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • 64. Commitment to zero burning?

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

    • 65. Commitment to zero burning applies to all sourcing?

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

    • No
      0 / 1

      66. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

      69. Progress towards reducing GHG emission intensity?

    • 70. Report GHG emissions from land use change?

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

    • No
      0 / 1

      71. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

  • Water, chemical and waste management Water, chemical and waste management
    0 / 9 0%
    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • No
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • 78. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company's reporting broadly suggests that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills. Please note that ZSL has been unable to confirm this

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

      83. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • No
      0 / 1

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    8 / 24 33.3%
    • 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?

    • 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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has a commitment to obtain the consent of local populations but it only covers some communities around one of the company's FMUs

    • No
      0 / 1

      90. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      92. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

    • No
      0 / 1

      93. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1

      95. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      0% - Average score of Green Valley Inc. and SFIL in this OTP category.
      Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance by clicking on the source link

    • No
      0 / 1

      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)

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      0% - Average score of Green Valley Inc. and SFIL in this OTP category.
      Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance by clicking on the source link

    • No
      0 / 1

      101. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • No
      0 / 1

      102. Percentage or number of women employees?

    • No
      0 / 1

      103. Payment of minimum wage?

    • No
      0 / 1

      104. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

      106. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      The company published the number of work-based injuries in the FMU 10 052 for the year 2010. No point has been awarded as the information is more than five years old

    • No
      0 / 1

      108. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    1 / 12 8.3%
    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

      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?

      100% - All FMUs controlled by the company have a valid OLB certificate (as of June 2017)

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

      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?

    • No
      0 / 2

      115. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

    • No
      0 / 2

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

    • No
      0 / 2

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a country with a PEFC-endorsed SFM standard

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    0 / 6 0%
    • No
      0 / 1

      119. Programme to support outgrower scheme smallholders?

    • No
      0 / 1

      120. Percentage of outgrower scheme smallholders involved in programme?

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

      123. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    0.5 / 8 6.3%
    • No
      0 / 1

      125. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1

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

      25% - Average score of Green Valley Inc. and SFIL in this OTP category.
      Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance by clicking on the source link

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 1

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

      0% - Average score of Green Valley Inc. and SFIL in this OTP category.
      Please note: Company scores on Open Timber Portal are updated daily. Visit the OTP website to review the company's current performance by clicking on the source link

    • No
      0 / 1

      129. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • No
      0 / 1

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

    • No
      0 / 2

      131. Details of grievances disclosed?

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