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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
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      2. Sustainability policy or commitment applies to all sourcing?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      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
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      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
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      10. Climate risks assessment available?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      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
      No source

      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
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      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
      No source

      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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      33. Procedures to trace raw materials to FMU level?

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    2 / 11 18.2%
    • 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?

    • 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
      No source

      40. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      41. Amount of deforestation recorded?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      42. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      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
      No source

      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
      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?

    • 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
      No source

      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
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      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
      No source

      66. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      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
      No source

      71. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

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

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      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
      No source

      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
      No source

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

    • 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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      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
    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
      No source

      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
      No source

      93. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      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
      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)

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      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
      No source

      101. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      102. Percentage or number of women employees?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      103. Payment of minimum wage?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      104. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      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
      No source

      108. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    1 / 12 8.3%
    • 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?

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

    • 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
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      115. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

    • 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%)?

    • 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
      No source

      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?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • 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
    0.5 / 8 6.3%
    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      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
      No source

      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
      No source

      129. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      131. Details of grievances disclosed?

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Scoring criteria: Groupe Decolvenaere (GDC)

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