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Headquartered in Japan, Oji Holdings owns natural forests and plantations in Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia,

  • Landbank (timber/pulp):
    450,000 hectares
  • Market cap:
    5,979,986,538 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    3861.T
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    3861:JP
  • ISIN:
    JP3174410005
  • Activities:
    Timber production, timber processing and manufacturing, pulp and paper production, trading and distribution
  • Locations:
    Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, New Zealand, Vietnam
  • Headquarters:
    Japan
  • Website:

Company assessment: Oji Holdings – July 2018

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Assessment date:

Total: 28.9% 30.5 / 105.5
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 3.5 / 6 58.3%
    • Companies should publish sustainability policies or similar covering their entire supply chain — including third party suppliers — implemented and enforced through high-level leadership that engages with wider industry schemes.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has an Environmental Charter and Action Guidelines, however these provide only very general sustainability commitments

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      2. Sustainability policy or commitment applies to direct and third-party suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Chairman of Environmental Committee

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company includes an Environmental Management and Corporate Governance section in its annual report

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      CDP, UNGC

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Landbank, FMUs and mills Landbank, FMUs and mills 3.5 / 13 26.9%
    • Companies should publicly report figures on their total landbank and details of different areas under their management. They should also disclose maps of their forest management units and provide forest management plans, as well as details on supplier pulp and paper mills.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      7. Lists countries and operations?

      Indonesia (plantation), Vietnam (plantation, production facilities), Laos (plantation), Myanmar (production facilities), China (plantation), Brazil (plantation, production facility), Australia (plantation), New Zealand (plantation), Japan (forest concessions)

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not produce wood/wood fibre from natural forests

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      9. Total area of forest plantation (ha)?

      450,000 - Figure includes plantations in Japan and overseas as stated in the 2017 AR. Overseas plantations are reported to total 260,000 ha in the 2017 AR. However, according to two FSC certificates, subsidiaries in Brazil and New Zealand alone have a total area of 281,433. Therefore, the total scope of operations as stated in the 2017 AR is not clear

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      No, however the company has a target to increase the land area of overseas forest plantations to 300,000 hectares by 2020

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      113,962 - The company states 2,600 ha of forest is being conserved in Japan and the FSC certificates of two subsidiaries show that 106,561.67 ha are protected in Brazil and 4,800 ha have been set aside in New Zealand. However, this data does not cover all of the company's operations and some of the data is more than 2 years old

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      13. Area of Intact Forest Landscape (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not have Intact Forest Landscape within its landbank

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      14. Number of Forest Management Units (FMUs)?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      15. Maps of forest management units (FMUs)?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      16. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      17. Monitoring of forest management plan implementation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      18. Number of company owned pulp and paper mills?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      20. Number of company owned sawmills?

      2 - Hyuga Japan and MOS Myanmar

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      21. Maps or addresses of company owned sawmills?

      The company only provides a static image showing location of all mills

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 7 / 13 53.8%
    • Companies should commit to address deforestation and to set aside areas for conservation. They should report on any activities to manage or restore habitat in their conservation areas, or monitor deforestation in their supply chains. They should also provide evidence of species conservation and biodiversity protection.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      22. Commitment to zero conversion of natural forest?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      23. Zero conversion commitment applies to outgrower scheme and independent suppliers?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      24. Commitment to minimise the impact of logging roads?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not produce wood/wood fibre from natural forests

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      25. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities?

      The company only states regular on-site inspections to uncover issues such as illegal logging

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      26. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      The monitoring of forest extent and condition is covered by FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded for this indicator on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank, which stands at 281,433 ha (it is unclear what percentage of the total operational area this accounts for)

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      27. Amount of deforestation recorded?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      28. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      29. Commitment to set aside areas for conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      30. Examples of habitat management and/or habitat restoration of set-aside areas?

      The management and restoration of habitat is covered by FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded for this indicator on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank, which stands at 281,433 ha (it is unclear what percentage of the total operational area this accounts for)

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The maintenance and restoration of appropriate landscape values, including environmental and economic resilience is covered by FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). However, this commitment does not extend to active engagement with stakeholders outside of the Forest Management Unit. Half points have therefore been awarded for this indicator on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank, which stands at 281,433 ha (it is unclear what percentage of the total operational area this accounts for)

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      32. Commitment to protect species of conservation concern, referencing international or national system of species classification?

      The company refers to some species that are conserved, but does not have a clear commitment

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not produce wood/wood fibre from natural forests

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      34. Commitment not to use genetically modified organisms?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the introduction of genetically modified organisms in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004)

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      35. Commitment to only use alien species where impacts can be controlled?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      36. Examples of species conservation activities?

      The protection of rare, threatened and endangered species and their habitats, and the maintenance of ecological functions and values is covered by FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded for this indicator on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank, which stands at 281,433 ha (it is unclear what percentage of the total operational area this accounts for)

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 1 / 9 11.1%
    • Companies should commit to the High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) approaches, and to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIA). They should develop and publish monitoring and management plans, and provide evidence through SEIA, HCV and HCS assessments, typically published in summary form due to the sensitive nature of certain sites.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company does not have a direct commitment to conduct HCV assessments across all of its operations. However, the company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the destruction of High Conservation Values in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004). For this half points are awarded

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      38. HCV commitment applies to outgrower scheme and independent suppliers?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the destruction of High Conservation Values in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004). For this half points are awarded

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      39. Commitment to only use licensed High Conservation Value (HCV) assessors accredited by the HCV Resource Network's Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS)?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      40. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      43. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Soils, fire and GHG emissions Soils, fire and GHG emissions 3 / 10 30%
    • Companies should commit to protect peatland and undertake best management practices for soils and peat, as well as commit to reduced impact logging. They should also have policies on zero burning and to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Companies should report their GHG emissions, as well as any fires that occurred in or around their estates, along with plans for managing and monitoring fires.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      47. Commitment to reduced impact logging?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not produce wood/wood fibre from natural forests

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not have landbank on peat

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      49. Commitment on peatland planting applies to outgrower scheme and independent suppliers?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not have suppliers with landbank on peat

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not have landbank on peat

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has confirmed that it does not have operations on peatland. The conservation of soils, including control of erosion and minimising damage during operations is covered by FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN). Full points have therefore been awarded for this indicator on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank, which stands at 281,433 ha (it is unclear what percentage of the total operational area this accounts for)

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      52. Commitment to zero burning?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      53. Commitment to zero burning applies to outgrower scheme and independent suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      54. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      Reduction of GHG emissions per unit of production by more than 10% in 2020 relative to a 2013 (fiscal year) baseline

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      57. Progress towards reducing GHG emission intensity?

      0.5 - The company achieved a 7.3% reduction in GHG emissions Intensity in FY2016 compared with FY2013

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      58. Report GHG emissions from land use change?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      59. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

  • Water, chemical and waste management Water, chemical and waste management 0 / 14 0%
    • Companies should commit to managing water use and water quality, providing evidence through time-bound reduction plans, policies on toxic chemical use, waste management and treatment of wastewater and mill effluents.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      60. Time-bound commitment to improve water quality?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      61. Progress towards commitment on water quality?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      62. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      63. Evidence of treatment of pulp and paper mill effluent?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      65. Time-bound commitment to improve water use?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      66. Progress towards commitment on water use?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      67. mmitment to eliminate chlorine and chlorine compounds for bleaching?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      68. Evidence of minimising or recycling solid waste produced during sawmilling processes?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      72. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 8.5 / 19.5 43.6%
    • Companies should commit to respect human rights, including those of indigenous peoples and local communities, consulted with free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Companies should respect the rights of workers, report relevant workforce data, and comply with health and safety legislation.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      74. Commitment to human rights, referencing the UN Declaration of Human Rights or UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the violation of human rights in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004), which defines human rights as those established through the UN Declaration of Human Rights

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      75. Commitment to human rights applies to outgrower scheme and independent suppliers?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the violation of human rights in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004), which defines human rights as those established through the UN Declaration of Human Rights

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the violation of human rights in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004), which encompasses the rights of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples as established by the ILO Convention 169

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      77. Commitment to respect legal and customary property rights?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the violation of traditional rights in forestry operations. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004), which encompasses customary rights. This policy does not reference legal rights and no reference to legal rights could be found in company sources

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      79. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      81. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      82. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      83. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      FSC Principles and Criteria (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN) require certified organisations to contribute to the social and economic development of local communities. Full points have therefore been awarded for this indicator on the basis of the company's FSC certified landbank, which stands at 281,433 ha (it is unclear what percentage of the total operational area this accounts for)

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      84. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

      The company only commits to sourcing from suppliers who adhere to the protection of human rights and labour rights

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      85. Reference to Fundamental ILO Conventions?

      The company has committed to not be directly or indirectly involved in the violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions. This commitment is made through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004)

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      86. Total number of employees?

      36,392 - Data is from FY2016 and includes domestic and overseas employees

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      87. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      88. Percentage or number of women employees?

      9.5% - The company reports the ratio of female employees in management positions in 2016 as 9.5% within Oji Holdings and 2% in Oji Group

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      89. Commitment to pay minimum wage?

      Company states that a minimum wage is paid to all workers, but no evidence provided

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company commits to ensuring health and safety in the workplace but does not refer to the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      91. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      0.7 - Frequency rate of accidents resulting in lost work time

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      93. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

  • Certification standards Certification standards 0 / 10 0%
    • Companies should be certified by credible certification standards, or have time-bound commitments to achieve 100% certification of both forest management units and outgrower schemes. They should also commit to only sourcing certified wood/wood fibre and ensuring that their supply is verified as being in legal compliance.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      451,433 - The company states in its 2017 AR that 190,00 ha of their overseas plantations are FSC certified and that 170,000 ha of their forests in Japan have been certified by the SGEC, Japan's national certification system. The total figure of 360,000 ha therefore gives an overall percentage of 80% based on the data in the company's report. However, FSC certifications of two plantations in Brazil and New Zealand show that these two plantations alone have a combined size of 281,433 ha. Therefore, the scope of the figures provided in the 2017 AR is not clear and therefore the overall percentage cannot be accurately calculated.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      95. Percentage wood/wood fibre supply verified as being in legal compliance by a third party?

      The company only states that it aims to expand procurement of certified wood and will give priority to certified supplies

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      96. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% FSC FM certification of FMUs?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

      98. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

      281,433 - The company states in its 2017 AR that 190,000 ha are FSC certified. However, FSC certifications of two plantations in Brazil and New Zealand show that these two plantations alone have a combined size of 281,433 ha. Therefore, the scope of the figures provided in the 2017 AR are not clear and therefore the overall percentage cannot be accurately calculated

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

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

      The company states that in 2014, 5% of their wood supply form 'private plantations' was certified, but the certification scheme is not stated

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

      100. Percentage area (ha) PEFC certified?

      170,000 - The company has SGEC certification for 170,000 ha in Japan but the percentage area this covers cannot be accurately calculated

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 1.5 / 5 30%
    • Companies should report details of any programmes or schemes to support both schemed and independent smallholders, as well as criteria to assess suppliers on compliance with company policies, and in what cases suppliers should be suspended or excluded due to non-compliance.

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      101. Programme to support outgrower scheme smallholders?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      102. Percentage of outgrower scheme smallholders involved in programme?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states that it will verify that its suppliers of wood raw materials are fulfilling requirements through either document-based or on-site surveys, based on the Oji Group Partnership Procurement Policy

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      104. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company produced a report in 2014 that states they have received 629 traceability reports from domestic woodchip suppliers, 286 reports on each shipment from overseas woodchip suppliers and 413 reports from pulp suppliers which 'confirm our procurement complies with the wood raw material procurement guideline'. However, limited details are provided and it appears that the amount of certified wood purchased was the only assessment criteria

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 2.5 / 6 41.7%
    • Companies should operate in an ethical manner at all levels, providing accessible channels and clear procedures for both employees and external stakeholders to raise any grievance or complaint with the company, as well as allowing for whistleblowing.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      106. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      107. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company has a 'Business Ethics Helpline', but no description of steps are given and they do not state how whistleblowers are protected

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      108. Own grievance or complaints system?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      109. Grievance or complaints system is accessible to internal and external stakeholders?

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      110. Details of grievances disclosed?

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