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Timber and pulp assessment
  • Latest update: August 2022
  • Next scheduled: July 2023

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Company assessment: International Paper – August 2022

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Total: 34.2% 60.88 / 178
  • Organisation: 15.5 / 38 40.8%
  • Policy: 22.5 / 78 28.9%
  • Practice: 22.9 / 62 36.9%
  • Self-reported: 8.9 / 62 14.3%
  • External: 3.3 / 62 5.2%
  • Certified: 10.8 / 62 17.3%
  • 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: 2 / 4 50%
    • 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 Code of Conduct, a policy on environment, health, safety and sustainability, and statements on climate change and human rights.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has a supplier code of conduct that mainly covers ehtics issues, and some social issues.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company's senior vice president of human resources and global citizenship chairs the global citizenship council, 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?

      0 - The public Policy and Environment Committee of the board of directors have overall responsibility for sustainability.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports 17% women in its Senior Lead Team.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      The company reports 27% of women on its 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] The company is a member of FSC, 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 organizations such as American Forest Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, American Bird Conservancy, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to contribute toward excellence in environmental, health, and safety practices and overall performance. Also In 2021, the company became one of the first five companies in the United States to join WWF's Forests Forward program.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company published a Sustainability Report 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company report has been prepared in accordance with GRI standards and CDP responses are also available on CDP's website.

    • N
      0 / 1

      11. Climate risks assessment available?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      12. Natural capital assessment available?

      The company has conducted Natural Capital assessments and a case study is published on the webpage.

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    6.39 / 23 27.8%
    • Organisation: 5 / 18 27.8%
    • Policy: 1 / 2 50%
    • Practice: 0.4 / 3 13%
    • Self-reported: 0.4 / 3 13%
    • External: 0 / 3 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • P
      0.5 / 1

      13. Lists countries and operations?

      The company only reports the regions in which it has processing operations (North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia, South America). It states countries in which it has production operations (owned or leased forests): Brazil and Russia, however it is not clear whether it covers all operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      14. Lists countries sourcing from?

      In 2020, the company sourced from the US, Russia, Poland, France, Canada and Brazil.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports this figure for Brazil (270,000 acres) but it is unclear whether the figure covers all its natural forest operations (no figure published for operations in Russia for instance).

    • N
      0 / 1

      16. Total area of forest plantation (ha)?

      The company reports a figure for Brazil (72,000 ha of eucalyptus plantations) but it is undated and does not seem to cover all company's operations.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      880,230 - The company reports a total area of 880,230 acres encompassed by private landowners helped towards FSC certification overall. However, it is unclear whether it covers contracted outgrowers, and if so all of them.

    • 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. Also, the figure is over two years old.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      25,612 - The company reports this figure for environmental conservation areas in Brazil, but this does not cover the full scope of the company's operations, and is over two years old.

    • N
      0 / 1

      20. Area of Intact Forest Landscape (ha)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      21. Number of Forest Management Units (FMUs)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      22. Maps of forest management units (FMUs)?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      23. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

      Only one public summary 2019 is available.

    • N
      0 / 1

      24. Monitoring of forest management plan implementation available?

    • 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 does not own sawmills.

    • 30. Names and locations of company owned sawmills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own sawmills.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      37 - The company reports 27 pulp, paper, and packaging mills in North America and 10 mills in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Russia.

    • 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 31 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 third-parties?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not 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 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 third parties?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Chain of Custody Certification Standard (FSC-STD-40-004 V3-1) and the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2020). As the requirements of these certifications do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria partial points have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC/PEFC CoC certification.

    • P
      0.39 / 1

      39. Percentage of supply traceable to country of harvest?

      The company reports its overall fiber supply is 38.6% certified out of which 27% FSC Certified and 14% PEFC certified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      40. Procedures to trace raw materials to FMU level?

      The company is FSC COC and PEFC COC certified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      41. Percentage of supply traceable to FMU level?

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    1.49 / 9 16.6%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 1 / 4 25%
    • 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?

    • 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.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports the increase in third-party certified fiber supply for every year between 2010 and 2020, but does not have a time-bound target to reach 100%.

    • P
      0.39 / 1

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

      The company reports 38.3% of its fiber supply as being certified in 2020.

    • N
      0 / 1

      46. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.1 / 1

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

      10.42% - The company reports 38.6% of its fiber supply as being certified in 2020 out of which 27% 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 provides a commitment to sourcing wood and wood fiber that meets FSC Controlled Wood standards.

    • 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
    7 / 25 28%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 3.5 / 15 23.3%
    • Practice: 3.5 / 8 43.8%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 8 9.4%
    • External: 0.8 / 8 9.4%
    • Certified: 2 / 8 25%
    • N
      0 / 1

      51. Commitment to zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      53. Commitment to zero deforestation?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification/membership. Also, the company reports its own commitment.

    • N
      0 / 1

      54. Commitment to zero deforestation applies to all suppliers?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      55. Criteria and cut-off date for defining deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0). As the policy requirements do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria partial points have been awarded on the basis of the company's certification/membership.

    • N
      0 / 1

      56. Evidence of monitoring deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion?

    • N
      0 / 1

      57. Evidence of monitoring deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion in supplier operations?

    • N
      0 / 1

      58. Amount of deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion recorded in own operations since cut-off date?

    • N
      0 / 1

      59. Amount of deforestation and/or ecosystem conversion recorded in supplier operations since cut-off date?

    • N
      0 / 1

      60. Commitment to restoration of deforestation/conversion?

    • N
      0 / 1

      61. Commitment to restoration of deforestation/conversion applies to all suppliers?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      62. Implementing a landscape or jurisdictional level approach?

      [Externally verified] Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company making this commitment through the FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-STD-01-001 V5-2 EN) and the PEFC International Standard (PEFC ST 1003:2018). As the requirements of these certifications do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria partial points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC/PEFC certified landbank.

    • N
      0 / 1

      63. Biodiversity policy?

    • N
      0 / 1

      64. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      65. 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

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

      Comprehensive, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC FM (FSC-STD-01-001 V5-2) and PEFC FM (PEFC ST 1003:2018) certifications as the requirements fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      69. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 2

      71. Evidence of protecting forest areas from illegal activities?

      Comprehensive, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC FM (FSC-STD-01-001 V5-2) and PEFC FM (PEFC ST 1003:2018) certifications as the requirements fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      72. Commitment to no use of genetically modified organisms?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification/membership.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company is FSC and PEFC certified.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    1.5 / 11 13.6%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 1 / 6 16.7%
    • Practice: 0.5 / 5 10%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 5 10%
    • External: 0 / 5 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 5 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification/membership.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      76. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

      The company conducted HCV assessments for some areas of its Brazil concessions but it does not cover all company's operations.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      80. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

    • N
      0 / 1

      81. Peer review of all High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments undertaken since April 2015 by the HCSA Quality Assurance Process?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 85. 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 GHG emissions Soils, fire and GHG emissions
    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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 2

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

      Limited, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's PEFC FM certification (PEFC ST 1003:2018) as the requirements do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria.

    • N
      0 / 1

      93. Commitment to reduced impact logging?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 2

      95. Evidence of implementing reduced impact logging practices?

      Comprehensive, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC FM certification (FSC-STD-01-001 V5-2) as the requirements fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. Additional points have been awarded according to the percent of company landbank certified by FSC.

    • N
      0 / 1

      96. Commitment to zero burning?

    • N
      0 / 1

      97. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      1 / 2

      98. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      Comprehensive, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's PEFC FM certification (PEFC ST 1003:2018) as the requirements fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. Additional points have been awarded according to the percent of company landbank certified by PEFC.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has a target to reduce 35% of GHG emissions (scope 1,2 and 3) by 2030, however it is not expressed as an intensity figure.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      102. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports GHG emission figures of 12.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents CO2e for 2020, however it is not expressed as an intensity figure.

    • N
      0 / 1

      103. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      104. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports reduction its GHG emissions yearly between 2010 and 2019, however it is not expressed as intensity figures.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      105. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      MRR-GHG, IPCC.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    7.75 / 23 33.7%
    • Organisation: 1 / 2 50%
    • Policy: 1 / 9 11.1%
    • Practice: 5.8 / 12 47.9%
    • Self-reported: 2 / 12 16.7%
    • External: 0.8 / 12 6.3%
    • Certified: 3 / 12 25%
    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company publishes its target to reduce 25% water use by 2030, however this is not expressed in intensity.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      107. Water use intensity?

      44.1 - Cubic meters per metric ton of production.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      108. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      The company reports water use intensity figures for every year between 2010 and 2020, however it has increased over the last five years.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      109. Time-bound commitment to improve water quality (BOD or COD)?

      The company had a target to reduce oxygen-depleting substances to 15% below its 2010 baseline by the end of 2020 and has exceeded its target to 35% in 2020.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      110. Progress towards commitment on water quality (BOD or COD)?

      The company reports a reduction in BOD levels in million kilograms from 20.7 in 2019 to 18.9 in 2020, however the information is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      111. Treatment of pulp and paper mill effluent?

      The company states tha all its mills are subject to strict federal and state regulations on effluent quality and details other procedures in place to reduce the impact of effluents (regular audits, technical assessments, sessions organised to improve best practices, etc.).

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own sawmills.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      114. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • Y
      1 / 2

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

      Comprehensive, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC FM certification (FSC-STD-01-001 V5-2) as the requirements fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. Additional points have been awarded according to the percent of company landbank certified by FSC.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 2

      124. Implementation of commitment to reduce chemical usage?

      Comprehensive, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC FM certification (FSC-STD-01-001 V5-2) as the requirements fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. Additional points have been awarded according to the percent of company landbank certified by FSC.

    • Y
      1 / 2

      125. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

      Comprehensive, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC FM certification (FSC-STD-01-001 V5-2) as the requirements fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. Additional points have been awarded according to the percent of company landbank certified by FSC.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] Limited, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC FM (FSC-STD-01-001 V5-2) and PEFC FM (PEFC ST 1003:2018) certifications as the requirements do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    13.25 / 37 35.8%
    • Organisation: 3 / 5 60%
    • Policy: 6 / 21 28.6%
    • Practice: 4.3 / 11 38.6%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 11 4.6%
    • External: 0.8 / 11 6.8%
    • Certified: 3 / 11 27.3%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      127. Commitment to human rights?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification/membership. The company has also published human rights policy independently.

    • N
      0 / 1

      128. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

    • N
      0 / 1

      129. 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 behavior, policies, and procedures towards human rights. However, this is undated.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification/membership.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0). As the policy requirements do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria partial points have been awarded on the basis of the company's certification/membership.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      137. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      [Externally verified] Limited, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC FM certification (FSC-STD-01-001 V5-2) as the requirements do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria.

    • N
      0 / 1

      138. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 140. 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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      142. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities ?

      The company provides a commitment to provide essential community services and facilities to the area where the company operates.

    • Y
      1 / 2

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-STD-01-001 V5-2). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 145. 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

      146. 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 V2-0). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification/membership.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 2

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

      Comprehensive, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC FM (FSC-STD-01-001 V5-2) and PEFC FM (PEFC ST 1003:2018) certifications as the requirements fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. Additional points have been awarded according to the percent of company landbank certified by either FSC or PEFC, whichever is highest.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company provides a commitment to eliminate gender-related discrimination.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company provides training on its code of conduct policies which covers discrimination-related policies. The information is not externally verified and limited details are given on the gender aspect.

    • N
      0 / 1

      152. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      153. Percentage or number of women employees?

      18% - The company reports 18% of the global workforce are women.

    • N
      0 / 1

      154. Commitment to pay a living wage?

    • N
      0 / 1

      155. Commitment to pay a living wage applies to all suplliers?

    • N
      0 / 1

      156. Progress on commitment to pay a living wage?

    • N
      0 / 1

      157. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      158. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 2

      160. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      Comprehensive, externally verified points have been awarded on the basis of the company's PEFC FM certification (PEFC ST 1003:2018) as the requirements fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria. Additional points have been awarded according to the percent of company landbank certified by PEFC.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      161. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      1.6 - The company reports 1.58 Frequency Lost Time Accidents Rate in 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      3 - The company reports 3 fatalities for direct employees and 0 for contractors in 2020.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    2.5 / 8 31.3%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 1.5 / 4 37.5%
    • Practice: 1 / 4 25%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 4 25%
    • External: 0 / 4 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • P
      0.5 / 1

      163. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company mentions providing financial and technical resources to small landowners to achieve certification of their forest management practices.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports supporting 400 private landowners in achieving certification, but it is unclear whether these are contracted outgrowers. The information is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      165. Number or percentage of outgrower scheme and/or independent smallholders involved in programme?

      400 - The company reports supporting 400 private landowners in achieving certification, but it is unclear whether these are contracted outgrowers, and the total number of smallholders is not reported. The information is not externally verified.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      166. 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 that covers the company's policy and legal requirements for its suppliers, but the process for prioritsing, assessing or engaging suppliers is not specified.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      168. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Chain of Custody Certification Standard (FSC-STD-40-004 V3-1). Partial points have been awarded as the requirements do not full meet the SPOTT scoring criteria.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      170. 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
    5.25 / 7 75%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4.5 / 5 90%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      171. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company is committed to ethical conduct and the prohibition of corruption.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company provides a commitment to both ethical/fair conduct and the prohibition of corruption that applies to all suppliers.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company provides mandatory training on ethical conduct and anti-corruption through an internal learning management system and in-person by members of the legal department, the ethics and compliance office, and occasionally outside legal counsel. The information is not externally verified.

    • 174. 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

      175. 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.

    • 176. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      177. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company provides HelpLine, which offers a confidential method for seeking advice and reporting concerns.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has its grievance mechanism open to all stakeholders.

    • N
      0 / 1

      179. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

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