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Timber and pulp assessment
  • Latest update: July 2020
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Company assessment: International Paper – July 2020

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Total: 40.3% 68.86 / 171
  • Organisation: 17 / 38 44.7%
  • Policy: 31 / 76 40.8%
  • Practice: 20.9 / 57 36.6%
  • Self-reported: 5.9 / 57 10.3%
  • External: 7.3 / 57 12.7%
  • Certified: 7.8 / 57 13.6%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    10.5 / 12 87.5%
    • Organisation: 6 / 6 100%
    • Policy: 1.5 / 2 75%
    • Practice: 3 / 4 75%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 4 25%
    • External: 2 / 4 50%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a Code of Conduct, a Policy on Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability and a Global Procurement Policy that also applies to its own operations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has a Supplier's sustainability handbook, Supplier code of conduct and a Global Responsible Fiber Procurement Policy which does not apply to joint ventures.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The senior vice president of human resources and global citizenship chairs the global citizenship council, which guides the company's sustainability and community engagement strategies and monitors progress.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

    • 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?

      The company is a member of FSC, PEFC, WBCSD, Natural Capital Coalition and WWF-GFTN.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company collaborates with various organisations such as American Forest Foundation Carolinas Working Forest Conservation Collaborative, EPA SmartWay, North American Forest Partnership, The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to contribute towards excellence in environmental, health and safety practices and overall performance.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      GRI Standards, CDP.

    • N
      0 / 1

      11. Climate risks assessment available?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      12. Natural capital assessment available?

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    8.37 / 23 36.4%
    • Organisation: 6.5 / 18 36.1%
    • Policy: 1 / 2 50%
    • Practice: 0.9 / 3 28.9%
    • Self-reported: 0.1 / 3 3.9%
    • External: 0.8 / 3 25%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      13. Lists countries and operations?

      The company reports that it has 27 pulp, paper and packaging mills, 166 converting and packaging plants, 16 recycling plants and 3 paper bag facilities in North America while in Latin America, Europe, Middle East, North Africa and India, the company has 16 pulp, paper and packaging mills, 43 converting and packaging plants and 2 recycling plants.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Lists countries sourcing from?

      The company reports that approximately half of its suppliers are based in North America and they also source from Asia, Europe, Latin America, North Africa and Russia.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      348,839 - The company reports this figure for Russia (862,000 acres), but it is not clear that this is all the natural forest operations because the company also reports having a forest management certificate for operations in France, and a subsidiary reports forest management certification for operations in India.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      16. Total area of forest plantation (ha)?

      133,142 - The company reports this figure for Brazil overall, and 72,000 ha of eucalyptus plantations in Brazil. However, it is unclear whether this accounts for all plantation operations because the company reports other forest management certificates for operations in France, and a subsidiary reports forest management certification in India.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      232,694 - The company reports a total area of 575,000 acres (232,694.24 ha) encompassed by private landowners helped towards FSC-certification overall. The company reports 10,861 ha under "partnerships" in Brazil, and a subsidiary reports 535,000 acres (216,507 hectares) under a farm forestry initiative. However, it is not clear whether any of these involve contracted outgrowers.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      13,570 - The company reports this figure as a development area in Brazil, but this does not cover the full scope of the company's operations.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      25,921 - The company reports this figure for environmental conservation areas in Brazil, but this does not cover the full scope of the company's operations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      20. Area of Intact Forest Landscape (ha)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      21. Number of Forest Management Units (FMUs)?

      The company reports four FSC forest management certificates for operations in France (one), Russia (two) and Brazil (one) but this web page is undated. A subsidiary reports forest management certification for operations in India. It is also unclear if the company has further FMUs without certification.

    • N
      0 / 1

      22. Maps of forest management units (FMUs)?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      23. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

      Only one summary of a management plan is available for operations in Brazil.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      24. Monitoring of forest management plan implementation available?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC-certification. As the P&C do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria limited, externally verified points have therefore been awarded for this indicator.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 29. Number of company owned sawmills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't own sawmills.

    • 30. Names and locations of company owned sawmills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't own sawmills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      43 - This figure includes pulp, paper and packaging mills.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has an interactive map of operations where addresses can be found, but when filtered by mill facilities it generates a list of 37 locations, which does not correspond to the number of pulp, paper and packaging facilities stated in the previous indicator.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't own sawmills.

    • N
      0 / 1

      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?

    • N
      0 / 1

      35. Number of third party supplying mills?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 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?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has FSC and PEFC CoC certificates but it is unclear if this covers all of the company's supply.

    • P
      0.12 / 1

      39. Percentage of supply traceable to country of harvest?

      The company reports 37.4% of its fiber supply as being certified in 2018 out of which 31% is FSC-certified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      40. Procedures to trace raw materials to FMU level?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC, PEFC and SFI CoC certifications. As the P&C do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria partial points have therefore been awarded for this indicator.

    • N
      0 / 1

      41. Percentage of supply traceable to FMU level?

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    0.99 / 9 11%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 0.5 / 4 12.5%
    • Practice: 0.5 / 5 9.8%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 5 9.8%
    • External: 0 / 5 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 5 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports having FSC and CERFLOR certification for forestry operations in Brazil and Russia, and subsidiaries with forest management certification in France and India, but it is unclear whether this covers all operations.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports having FSC and CERFLOR certification for forestry operations in Brazil and Russia, and subsidiaries with forest management certification in France and India, but it is unclear whether this covers all operations and it is not possible to calculate the percentage of total land under certification.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company had a target to increase third-party certified fiber supply by 35% by 2020, from a 2010 baseline, which has been met in 2018 but does not specify the verification system. No new target disclosed by the company.

    • P
      0.37 / 1

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

      The company reports 37.4% of its fiber supply as being certified in 2018.

    • N
      0 / 1

      46. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

      The company reports having FSC and CERFLOR certification for forestry operations in Brazil and Russia, and subsidiaries with forest management certification in France and India, but it is unclear whether this covers all operations and it is not possible to calculate the percentage of total land under FSC-certification.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.12 / 1

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

      The company reports 37.4% of its fiber supply as being certified in 2018 out of which 31% is FSC-certified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company states it has PEFC/CERFLOR certified land in Brazil, but given other reported forest management operations it is not possible to calculate the percentage that this represents.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    9.5 / 22 43.2%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 6 / 13 46.2%
    • Practice: 3.5 / 7 50%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 7 10.7%
    • External: 0.8 / 7 10.7%
    • Certified: 2 / 7 28.6%
    • 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.

    • 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). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC-certification/FSC membership.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      53. Criteria 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.

    • N
      0 / 1

      54. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      59. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC/PEFC-certification. As the requirements of these certifications do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria limited, externally verified points have therefore been awarded for this indicator.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      60. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • N
      0 / 1

      61. Commitment to biodiversity conservation applies to all suppliers?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company identifies species of conservation concern, referencing IBAMA and IUCN in its public summary of the forest management plan of Brazil (Sao Paulo).

    • Y
      1 / 2

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      66. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 2

      68. Evidence of protecting forest areas from illegal activities?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      69. Commitment to no use of genetically modified organisms?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      70. Commitment to no use of genetically modified organisms 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/FSC membership.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    2 / 10 20%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Practice: 0 / 4 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 4 0%
    • External: 0 / 4 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      71. 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/FSC membership.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      72. 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/FSC membership.

    • N
      0 / 1

      73. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      77. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal.

  • Soils, fire and GHGs Soils, fire and GHGs
    5.25 / 23 22.8%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 5 10%
    • Policy: 1.5 / 10 15%
    • Practice: 3.3 / 8 40.6%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 8 6.3%
    • External: 0 / 8 0%
    • Certified: 2.8 / 8 34.4%
    • N
      0 / 1

      82. Commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 2

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC-certification. As the P&C do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria with regards to peatlands, limited, externally verified points have therefore been awarded for this indicator.

    • N
      0 / 1

      89. Commitment to reduced impact logging?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 2

      91. Evidence of implementing reduced impact logging practices?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      92. Commitment to zero burning?

    • N
      0 / 1

      93. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      1 / 2

      94. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports that it has exceeded its goal to reduce 20% of its GHG emissions and has reduced GHG emissions to 21% by 2018. No time-bound commitment to reduce GHG emission intensity stated by the company.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      98. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports GHG emission figures of 12.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents CO2 e for 2018. Intensity figure is not reported.

    • N
      0 / 1

      99. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      100. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports that it has exceeded its goal to reduce 20% of its GHG emissions and has reduced GHG emissions by 21% by 2018.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      101. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      MRR-GHG, IPCC.

  • Water, chemical and waste management Water, chemical and waste management
    7.5 / 22 34.1%
    • Organisation: 1 / 2 50%
    • Policy: 1.5 / 9 16.7%
    • Practice: 5 / 11 45.5%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 11 13.6%
    • External: 1.5 / 11 13.6%
    • Certified: 2 / 11 18.2%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      103. Water use intensity?

      43.1 - Cubic meters per metric ton of production.

    • N
      0 / 1

      104. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports its water use intensity figures but it is not improving.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company had a target to reduce oxygen-depleting substances to 15% below its 2010 baseline by the end of 2020 and it has already exceeded its target to achieve an 18% reduction in 2018.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company only reports a reduction in BOD levels in million kilograms from 24.0 in 2017 to 23.9 in 2018.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      107. Treatment of pulp and paper mill effluent?

      The company works to protect water quality in mill watersheds and its mill teams focus on reducing losses to the wastewater treatment systems, which decreases oxygen-depleting substances and further improves watershed quality.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't own sawmills.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      110. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC/PEFC-certification. As the requirements of these certifications do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria limited, externally verified points have therefore been awarded for this indicator.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      114. Evidence of eliminating chlorine and chlorine compounds for bleaching?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 2

      120. Implementation of commitment to reduce chemical usage?

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

    • Y
      1 / 2

      121. 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

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC/PEFC-certification. As the requirements of these certifications do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria limited, externally verified points have therefore been awarded for this indicator.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    18.5 / 35 52.9%
    • Organisation: 3 / 5 60%
    • Policy: 11.5 / 21 54.8%
    • Practice: 4 / 9 44.4%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 9 8.3%
    • External: 2.3 / 9 25%
    • Certified: 1 / 9 11.1%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      123. Commitment to human rights?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      124. 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/FSC membership.

    • N
      0 / 1

      125. Progress on human rights commitment ?

      The company states in its human rights statement that it provides regular training to its employees in the standards of behaviour, policies and procedures towards human rights. However, no points could be awarded as the information is from an undated webpage.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      126. 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/FSC membership.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      127. 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/FSC membership.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004). As the Policy for Association's requirements do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria partial points have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC-certification/FSC membership.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2013). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's PEFC CoC certification.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      133. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC-certification. As the P&C do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria limited, externally verified points have therefore been awarded for this indicator.

    • N
      0 / 1

      134. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      138. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities ?

    • Y
      1 / 2

      139. 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.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      142. 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). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC-certification/FSC membership.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      143. 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). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC-certification/FSC membership.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC/PEFC-certification. As the requirements of these certifications do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria limited, externally verified points have therefore been awarded for this indicator.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company has an Equal Employment Opportunity Statement which provides evidence of progress on the commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment.

    • N
      0 / 1

      148. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      149. Percentage or number of women employees?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      150. Commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      153. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      154. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company commits to address occupational health and safety but it does not refer to the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's SFI, PEFC and FSC CoC certification. As the P&C do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria partial points have therefore been awarded for this indicator.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      156. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC/PEFC-certification. As the requirements of these certifications do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria limited, externally verified points have therefore been awarded for this indicator.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      157. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      1.69 - Frequency Rate: Frequency Lost Time Accidents: lost time accidents x 1,000,000 / hours worked.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      3 - The company reports zero fatalities for direct employees and three for contractors in 2018.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    2 / 8 25%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2 / 4 50%
    • Practice: 0 / 4 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 4 0%
    • External: 0 / 4 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • P
      0.5 / 1

      159. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company states that it has teamed up with partners, from small family farmers to global environmental organisations to sustain forestlands through management, conservation and restoration.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports supporting 230 private landowners in achieving certification, but it is unclear whether these are contracted outgrowers.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports supporting 230 private landowners in achieving certification, but it is unclear whether these are contracted outgrowers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a supplier code of conduct which ensures conducting business with honesty and integrity, treating all people with dignity and respect, supporting communities and honoring the laws, regulations and treaties of the countries in which it operates and also it has supplier sustainability handbook which communicates the company's values and way of doing business, establish expectations for suppliers in the areas of financial, environmental, and social responsibility, and outline the process for aligning supplier performance with the company's values and business needs.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company only reports that "From 2017 to 2018, we increased the number of suppliers surveyed by more than 50 percent". However, the number of suppliers assessed in 2018 is unclear.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      164. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Chain of Custody Certification Standard (FSC-STD-40-004). As the Standard's requirements do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria partial points have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC CoC certification.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    4.25 / 7 60.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 3.5 / 5 70%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      167. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company provides details of the role of ethics office in delivering compliance training, education and guidance on ethical issues.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has a UK Tax Strategy and a US tax reform document, but a strategy for all operations could not be found.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it doesn't operate in a geography currently covered by Open Timber Portal.

    • N
      0 / 1

      173. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      175. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

Media monitor: International Paper

SPOTT monitors global media sources for coverage of assessed companies. The media monitor gathers reports about specific activities related to the assessment indicator categories. ZSL does not assess or score the validity of media coverage, but users can explore the media monitor to provide context on implementation, and infer risks associated with reported operations on the ground.

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