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Company assessment: Interholco – June 2021

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Total: 94.8% 145.09 / 153
  • Organisation: 29 / 31 93.6%
  • Policy: 64 / 65 98.5%
  • Practice: 52.1 / 57 91.4%
  • Self-reported: 16 / 57 28.1%
  • External: 20.6 / 57 36.1%
  • Certified: 15.5 / 57 27.2%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    9.75 / 10 97.5%
    • Organisation: 4 / 4 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 3.8 / 4 93.8%
    • Self-reported: 2.8 / 4 68.8%
    • External: 1 / 4 25%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a responsible forest management and procurement policy that covers multiple dimensions of sustainability across the company's operations covering both social and environmental issues.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      2. Sustainable forestry policy or commitment applies to all suppliers?

      The company's responsible forest management and procurement policy applies to all its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Head of Sustainability.

    • 4. One or more members within the board of the company have responsibility for sustainability?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it is privately owned and/or does not have a Board of Directors.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 - The company reports no women in the senior management team in 2019.

    • 6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it is privately owned and/or does not have a Board of Directors.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      7. Member of multiple industry schemes or other external initiatives to reduce negative environmental or social outcomes associated with timber and pulp production?

      [Externally verified] FSC, STTC, CBFP, ATIBT, CIRAD, African Parks and multiple others.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      8. Collaboration with stakeholders to reduce negative environmental or social outcomes associated with timber and pulp production?

      COVID-19 Collection for IFO Clinic, Working Group on Forest Fires in Open Marantaceae Forests, Central Africa HCV Network Group.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The last sustainability report was published in 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company's last sustainability report was published in 2020 according to the GRI standards and is published on GRI's database.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      11. Climate risks assessment available?

      The company published a climate risk assessment, however this assessment is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      12. Natural capital assessment available?

      The company published a natural capital assessment based on the Natural Capital Protocol and the case study of this assessment is available on the Natural Coalition website as well.

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    21.29 / 23 92.6%
    • Organisation: 13.5 / 15 90%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 5.8 / 6 96.5%
    • Self-reported: 2 / 6 33.2%
    • External: 3.8 / 6 63.3%
    • Certified: 0 / 6 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      13. Lists countries and operations?

      Republic of Congo (forest concessions and sawmills).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Lists countries sourcing from?

      The company reports sourcing from Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Central African Republic (southwest area), Democratic Republic of Congo (northwest and central area), Republic of Congo, Canada and United States. Wood from Europe represents a minority (< 2%) of the total volume sourced.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      801,718 - The company reports the total area of natural forest designated for wood production in its sustainability report.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not source from outgrower smallholder suppliers.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      19. Conservation set-aside area, including HCV area (ha)?

      308,000 - Conservation area and HCV area cover a total of 308,000 ha.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      20. Area of Intact Forest Landscape (ha)?

      532,000 - The area of Intact Forest Landscape is reported in the sustainability report of the company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      21. Number of Forest Management Units (FMUs)?

      1 - The compant has one forest management unit.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Maps of forest management units (FMUs)?

      The map of the company's Ngombe concession, managed by IFO, is hosted on WRI Global Forest Watch, the Forest Atlas, and is also published in the company's FSC certification reports.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      23. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

      The forest management plan of the company's Ngombe concession is available on the company website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      24. Monitoring of forest management plan implementation available?

      [Externally verified] FSC audit reports that include externally verified monitoring information on the implementation of the Ngombe concessions's Forest Management Plan are available online. In addition, the company published a monitoring report.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has provided all valid legal documents to OTP on user rights. 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.

    • P
      0.8 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has provided four out of the total five valid legal documents to the OTP on forest management. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      28. Names and locations of all third-party supplying FMUs?

      The company suppliers a list of 'most important suppliers' with links to publicly available maps. As the list does not include all suppliers full points cannot be awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      29. Number of company owned sawmills?

      3 - The company states that it has three sawmills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      30. Names and locations of company owned sawmills?

      The company has a sawmill, lamination and planing mill, and a heavy timber mill on one site.

    • 31. Number of company-owned pulp and paper mills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills.

    • 32. Names and locations of company-owned pulp and paper mills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      33. Reports total volumes (or percentages) sourced by company-owned sawmills that come from company's own operations and/or third-parties?

      The company reports that all the wood processed by the sawmills of its subsidiary IFO (Industrie forestière de Ouesso) comes from the forest managed by IFO. The company also sources wood from suppliers, but its not processed either by IFO or at IFO.

    • 34. Reports total volumes (or percentages) sourced by company-owned pulp and paper mills that come from company's own operations and/or third-parties?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      35. Number of third party supplying mills?

      22 - The company reports the number of third party supplying mills in its sustainability report.

    • N
      0 / 1

      36. Names and locations of all third party supplying mills?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      37. Reports total volume (or percentages) sourced from third-party supplying mills that come from the supplying mills' own operations and/or third parties?

      The company reports it sourced 88,000 m3 of wood in 2020, 13% was from third party suppliers' own forest or forest in partnership agreement, and 3% was from traders or sawmills, from other forests, including EU or USA supply.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports it has a legality verification system for traceability of its wood products, and publishes the details of the process.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      39. Percentage of supply traceable to country of harvest?

      100 - The company states that 88% of sourced wood is FSC certified, 7% second party verified, 3% 3rd party verified, and 2% from low risk regions including the EU.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      40. Procedures to trace raw materials to FMU level?

      The company publishes the process through which it traces raw material to the forest of harvest.

    • P
      0.99 / 1

      41. Percentage of supply traceable to FMU level?

      In 2020, 88% of the company's supply is FSC certified, which implies traceability to FMU level, 7% is verified by the company's own process which traces wood to the forest of harvest, and 4% is third-party verified (PEFC CS & CoC). The remaining 1.4% reported by the company comes from the EU and therefore it is unclear if supply can be traced back to FMU level.

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    7.8 / 8 97.5%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4 / 4 100%
    • Practice: 3.8 / 4 95%
    • Self-reported: 3.8 / 4 95%
    • External: 0 / 4 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The Ngombé concession of the company is already 100% FSC certified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      100% - 100% of the company operations is FSC-FM certified and the company has been VLC verified by NepCon and ControlUnion.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a 2019 commitment to procure only 3rd party legality verified or certified timber within 10 years.

    • P
      0.92 / 1

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

      92% - 88% of company supply is FSC-certified, and an additional 4% is verified for legality by a third-party.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      46. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

      100% - The company is 100% FSC FM certified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company already reached 100% FSC-FM certification of its FMU.

    • P
      0.88 / 1

      48. Percentage of wood/wood fibre supply (tonnes) from all suppliers that comes from FSC FM certified areas?

      88% - The company reports that 88% of its wood supply is FSC certified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      49. Commitment to source only wood/wood fibre that meets FSC Controlled Wood and/or PEFC Controlled Sources requirements?

      The company reports its commitment in its responsible forest management and procurement policy.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company is either 100% FSC FM certified or is >75% certified and has a commitment to achieve 100% within 5 years.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    19.75 / 21 94.1%
    • Organisation: 2 / 2 100%
    • Policy: 10 / 11 90.9%
    • Practice: 7.8 / 8 96.9%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 8 9.4%
    • External: 3 / 8 37.5%
    • Certified: 4 / 8 50%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      51. Commitment to zero deforestation or zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification/FSC membership. The company also reports its own commitment to zero deforestation in its responsible forest management and procurement policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      52. Commitment to zero deforestation or zero conversion of natural ecosystems applies to all suppliers?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004) and the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2013). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification/FSC membership and PEFC CoC certification. In addition, the company's own commitment to zero deforestation applies to all of its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      53. Criteria and cut-off date for defining deforestation?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification/FSC membership.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      54. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      [Externally verified] The company regularly checks and reports othe amount lost to deforestation at the Ngombe concession and this corresponds with data published on Global Forest Watch.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      55. Evidence of monitoring deforestation in supplier operations?

      The company reports that its suppliers are subject to 2nd and 3rd party audits and that no supplier was involved in deforestation as of 2020. Deforestation is monitored annually, via Global Forest Watch, and monitoring covers 4 million ha of forest/90% of supply.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      56. Amount of illegal/non-compliant deforestation recorded?

      0 - The company reports that no deforestation has been recorded in 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      57. Amount of illegal/non-compliant deforestation recorded in supplier operations?

      0 (0%) - The company reported that none of its supplier was involved in deforestation in 2019.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      58. Commitment to restoration of non-compliant deforestation/conversion?

      The company has published this commitment but a the commitment does not specify a cut-off date beyond which deforestation or conversion would not be accepted.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      59. Commitment to restoration of non-compliant deforestation/conversion applies to all suppliers?

      The company requires companies to rehabilitate areas subject to non-compliant deforestation, but the commitment does not specify a cut-off date beyond which deforestation or conversion would not be accepted.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      60. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

      [Externally verified] The company is implementing a landscape approach. For example, it has set up a Congo Working Group on Fire Monitoring in 2016 which is still ongoing, with multiple national and international stakeholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      61. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank (100%).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      62. Commitment to biodiversity conservation applies to all suppliers?

      The company requires suppliers to comply with biodiversity conservation legislation.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has identified species of conservation concern, referencing the IUCN system and the information of the same is available in the company's FSC reports.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank/volume.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      65. Commitment to no hunting or only sustainable hunting of species?

      The company reports its commitment to sustainable hunting of species.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      66. Commitment to no hunting or only sustainable hunting of species applies to all suppliers?

      A commitment enabling sustainable hunting for local communities is applied to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      67. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank (100%).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      68. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities applies to all suppliers?

      The company has published this commitment.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

      69. Evidence of protecting forest areas from illegal activities?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank/volume.

    • 70. Commitment to no use of genetically modified organisms?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests.

    • 71. Commitment to no use of genetically modified organisms applies to all suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports to only source from natural forests.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    7.75 / 8 96.9%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4 / 4 100%
    • Practice: 3.8 / 4 93.8%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 4 0%
    • External: 3.8 / 4 93.8%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification and membership. The company also reports its own commitment to conduct HCV assessments.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      73. Commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments applies to all suppliers?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification and membership. The company's own commitment to conduct HCV assessments applies to all its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      74. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

      [Externally verified] The company has published an HCV assessment of Ngombé concession on its website and also in its forest management plan which is externally verified by Foret Ressources Management.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has published HCV assessment of Ngombé concession on its website which includes the management and monitoring plans, this document is externally verified by Foret Ressources Management. Evidence of monitoring can also be found in FSC surveillance audits.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests.

    • 77. Commitment to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach applies to all suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports to only source from natural forests.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      80. Commitment to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs) applies to all suppliers?

      The company's commitment to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs) applies to all its suppliers.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      81. Social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs) available, and associated management and monitoring plans?

      [Externally verified] The SEIAs are available in the forest management plan of Ngombe concession and the associated management and monitoring plans are available in the monitoring plan of the Ngombe concession of the company, however only the management plan is externally verified by Foret Ressources Management.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has provided all valid legal documents to OTP on impact assessments. 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 GHG emissions Soils, fire and GHG emissions
    15.75 / 17 92.7%
    • Organisation: 4 / 4 100%
    • Policy: 6 / 6 100%
    • Practice: 5.8 / 7 82.1%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 7 10.7%
    • External: 1 / 7 14.3%
    • Certified: 4 / 7 57.1%
    • 83. Commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests.

    • 84. Commitment to no planting on peat of any depth applies to all suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports to only source from natural forests.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      280,000 - The company landbank contains 280,000ha of peatland, which is not harvested. Figure as of 2020.

    • 86. Implementation of commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

      This indicator is disabled as the company operates in natural forest only and has reported the area of peat in its landbank in the last two years.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      87. Commitment to best management practices for soils and peat?

      All peatland is protected and not harvested by the company. The company makes this commitment for soils through the FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      88. Commitment to best management practices for soils and peat applies to all suppliers?

      The company commits suppliers to BMPs for soils and peat.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

      89. Evidence of best management practices for soils and peat?

      The company reports that all peatland is protected and not harvested. Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank/volume.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      90. Commitment to reduced impact logging?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to reduced impact logging.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      91. Commitment to reduced impact logging applies to all suppliers?

      The company has commitments to reduced impact logging techniques for all its suppliers.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

      92. Evidence of implementing reduced impact logging practices?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank.

    • 93. Commitment to zero burning?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests.

    • 94. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports to only source from natural forests.

    • Y
      1 / 2

      95. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      [Externally verified] The company reports that it has established a procedure for fire-risk prevention and management in FMU Ngombe, including monitoring flights covering the entire surface of the FMU and contact with the WRI/UMD Glad research institute in order to receive regular monitoring by satellite images. The company also reports that it undertakes awareness-raising activities in villages/communities, on the danger of spreading forest fires, and provides safety training in case of a fire emergency.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      96. Details/number of hotspots/fires in company FMUs?

      Minor fires were recorded in 300 ha of the company's FMU in 2019-2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      97. Details/number of hotspots/fires in suppliers operations?

      0 - No fires were reported in supplier concessions in 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      98. Time-bound commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity?

      The company has a commitment to reduce CO2 emissions (per m3 of wood produced) from roads and infrastructures by 10% by 2025.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      99. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports the total CO2 emissions per m3 lumber (0.84 tCO2/m3) and per m3 logs (0.63 tCO2/m3) for 2019.

    • 100. GHG emissions from land use change?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      101. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports a reduction in Scope 3 CO2 emissions per m3 lumber/logs, however this data is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      Emission factors from UK DEFRA and US EPA; the IPCC, 2006 Guidelines for National GHG Inventories; World Resources Institute (2015) GHG Protocol tool for mobile combustion.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    14.25 / 15 95%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 7 / 7 100%
    • Practice: 6.3 / 7 89.3%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 7 7.1%
    • External: 1 / 7 14.3%
    • Certified: 4.8 / 7 67.9%
    • 103. Time-bound commitment to improve water use intensity?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills.

    • 104. Water use intensity?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills.

    • 105. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills.

    • 108. Treatment of pulp and paper mill effluent?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company mentions wastewater treatment and checking pollution levels before discharging water, but no examples are given.

    • 110. Proportion of processing facilities with closed-loop water treatment system?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      111. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company commits to exclude buffer zones around water courses from harvest activities.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      112. Implementation of commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      [Externally verified] The company's 2019 FSC audit reports indicates that "the watercourses are protected by a buffer zone on both sides, the width of which varies according to the size of the watercourse to protect. This ranges from a buffer zone of 15m on either side fora stream less than 2m-wide or 50m on either side for a river larger than 10m".

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to minimise the use of chemicals, including pesticides and chemical fertilisers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      114. Commitment to minimise the use of chemicals, including pesticides and chemical fertilisers, applies to all suppliers?

      The company's own commitment to use no pesticides or fertilisers in forestry operations extends to its suppliers.

    • 115. Evidence of eliminating chlorine and chlorine compounds for bleaching?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      116. Commitment to no use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to no use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      117. Commitment to no use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides applies to all suppliers?

      The company's commitment to no use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides applies to all its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      118. Commitment to no use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to no use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      119. Commitment to no use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention applies to all suppliers?

      The company's commitment to no use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention applies to all its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reported in 2020 that no pesticides or fertilizers were used in its natural forest management.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

      121. Implementation of commitment to reduce chemical usage?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank. The company also reported in 2018 that no pesticides or fertilizers were used in its natural forest management, however this was more than two years ago.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

      122. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      123. Waste management system in place to avoid negative impacts?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification. As the P&Cs do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria, only partial points have been awarded for this indicator. The company reports waste water is tested to ensure no pollution.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    35.5 / 37 96%
    • Organisation: 4.5 / 5 90%
    • Policy: 21 / 21 100%
    • Practice: 10 / 11 90.9%
    • Self-reported: 2.3 / 11 20.5%
    • External: 5 / 11 45.5%
    • Certified: 2.8 / 11 25%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      124. Commitment to human rights?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification and membership. The company also reports its own commitment to to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      125. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification and membership. The company's own commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights applies to all its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      126. Progress on human rights commitment ?

      [Externally verified] The company reports that it provides training on human rights to its employees and ecoguards. Evidence of a training workshop in 2020 has been externally verified by an NGO.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification and membership. The company also reports its own commitment to respect indigenous and local communities' rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      128. Commitment to indigenous and local communities' rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification andmembership. The company's own commitment to respect indigenous and local communities' rights applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      129. Commitment to respect legal and customary land tenure rights?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its own commitment to respect legal and customary land tenure rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      130. Commitment to legal and customary land rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank (100%). The company's own commitment to respect legal and customary land tenure rights applies to all its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports its commitment to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) in its responsible forest management and procurement policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      132. Commitment to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) applies to all suppliers?

      The company's commitment to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) applies to all its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports the details of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) process, and refers to FAO's guidelines in its FAQ document.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      134. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      [Externally verified] The company also reports over 150 meetings with local and indigenous communities in 2019, permanent staff members who are responsible for community dialogue, and training to prevent conflicts. Evidence is externally verified from contributions to an article by a government official, and comments from employees in an article published on the FSC website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      135. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      The company reports details of process for addressing land conflicts.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      136. Supports the inclusion of women across forestry operations, including addressing barriers faced?

      The company declares supporting women employees by giving equal training opportunities, offering maternity support and providing mechanisms to report harassment. Indigenous women are included by the company's social team that ensures women are involved in local consultations and FPIC processes.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has provided all valid legal documents to OTP on population rights. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      138. Commitment to enable sustainable use of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) by local communities?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank (100%).

    • Y
      1 / 1

      139. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities ?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank (100%). The company also reports its commitment to provide essential community services and facilities.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      1 / 1

      140. Progress on commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank. The company also reports multiples examples of providing essential services to the communities on its website.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      141. Commitment to provide business/work opportunities for local communities?

      The company reports its commitment to provide work opportunities for local communities in its responsible forest management and procurement policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has provided all valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on labour regulations. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      143. Commitment to Fundamental ILO Conventions or Free and Fair Labour Principles?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004) and the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2013). The company also reports its own commitment to Fundamental ILO Conventions or Free and Fair Labour Principles.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      144. Commitment to Fundamental ILO Conventions or Free and Fair Labour Principles applies to all suppliers?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004) and the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2013). The company's own commitment to Fundamental ILO Conventions or Free and Fair Labour Principles applies to all its suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      145. Progress on commitment to respect all workers' rights?

      [Externally verified] The company reports implementing ILO guidelines for health and safety in the forest sector, this has been externally verified via an FSC audit report.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      146. Commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment?

      The company reports its commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment in its responsible forest management and procurement policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      147. Commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment applies to all suppliers?

      The company's commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment applies to all its suppliers.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      148. Progress on commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment?

      The company set up a workshop on International women's Day in 2016 to tackle the stigma of AIDS amongst women, works to support women during and after maternity leave, has a complaints procedure for discrimination and violations of the Code of Conduct, and offers women-only meetings during FPIC processes.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      149. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      6 - The company reports 6 temporary employees in forestry operations in 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      150. Percentage or number of women employees?

      45 (4.8%) - 45 out of 964 employees are female as of 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      151. Commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

      The company reports its commitment to pay at least minimum wage in its responsible forest management and procurement policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      152. Commitment to pay at least minimum wage applies to all suppliers?

      The company's commitment to pay at least minimum wage applies to all its suppliers.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      153. Progress on commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

      The company reports an entry-level wage of 173?/month, which is 210% more than the average entry-level wage in RoC (82?/month). This is in line with GRI reporting, but it is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      154. Reporting of salary by gender?

      The entry level wage for the company's operating subsidiary is reported and the company states pay is equal across genders. However, the ratio of the basic salary and remuneration of women to men for each employee category, by significant locations of operation, was not reported.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      155. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company reports its own commitment to ILO code of good practice on safety and health in forestry work.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      156. Commitment to address occupational health and safety applies to all suppliers?

      The company's commitment to ILO code of good practice on safety and health in forestry work applies to all its suppliers.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      157. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      Evidence that company provides personal protective equipment (PPE) and related training in relation to timber and pulp operations is reported in the company's FSC report. Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification. As the P&Cs do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria limited, externally verified points have therefore been awarded for this indicator.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      158. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      6.7 - The company reports the incident rate (per 100 workers) of injuries with temporary leave of more than 4 days for 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 - The company reports the number of work-related fatalities for 2020.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    4.5 / 5 90%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 3 / 3 100%
    • Practice: 1.5 / 2 75%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 2 75%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • 160. Commitment to support smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't source wood/wood fibre from smallholders.

    • 161. Programme to support outgrower scheme and/or independent smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not source from outgrower smallholder suppliers.

    • 162. Percentage of outgrower scheme and/or independent smallholders involved in programme?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not source from outgrower smallholder suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a due diligence system that includes a form to gather information on many aspects of the supplier and products, a method for assessing legality, traceability and sustainability risks, ensuring compliance with company policies, and identifying mitigation measures.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      164. Number or percentage of suppliers assessed and/or engaged on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

      21 - Number of suppliers in high-risk regions screened and verified to be compliant with company's procurement policy in 2019: 21. This figure has not been externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      165. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company's risk analysis/due diligence system includes the criteria which may lead to the exclusion of the suppliers, and its procurement policies specifies the steps taken and timeframes for action.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      166. Timebound action plans (including Key Performance Indicators) for suppliers to be in compliance with timber and pulp sourcing commitments?

      In 2020, all suppliers were deemed to be compliant with sourcing commitments via a yearly field audit. Unsolved non-conformities with souring commitments led to a halt in procurement for one supplier.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      167. Proportion of direct and indirect supply that comes from FMUs which are compliant with timber and pulp sourcing policies?

      The company's reports all direct and indirect suppliers are compliant with sourcing policies.

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    8.75 / 9 97.2%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 5 / 5 100%
    • Practice: 3.8 / 4 93.8%
    • Self-reported: 1.8 / 4 43.8%
    • External: 2 / 4 50%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      168. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company reports its commitment to both ethical/fair conduct and prohibition of corruption in its code of conduct as well as in its responsible forest management and procurement policy.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      169. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption applies to all suppliers?

      The company's commitment to both ethical/fair conduct and prohibition of corruption applies to all its suppliers.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      170. Progress on commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company reports that it carried out anti-corruption training for 13 of its 961 employees. Training references the local legislation and the company's code of conduct.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has provided all valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on legal registration. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company discloses its management approach to tax and payments to governments through its tax policy and code of conduct.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      174. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company reports that all employees can report unethical conduct securely and confidentially through its Grievance Mechanism, which is described in details.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports having a grievance mechanism that is open to all stakeholders.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      176. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      The company has disclosed the details of complaints and grievances in its monitoring plan of Ngombe concession.

Media monitor: Interholco

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