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  • Parent company:
    Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd
  • Landbank
    275,140 hectares
  • Market cap:
    2,310,091,806 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    1911.T
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    1911:JP
  • ISIN:
    JP3409800004
  • Website:

Company assessment: Sumitomo Forestry – June 2021

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 47.4% 78.23 / 165
  • Organisation: 15 / 37 40.5%
  • Policy: 39 / 74 52.7%
  • Practice: 24.2 / 54 44.9%
  • Self-reported: 9 / 54 16.6%
  • External: 6.3 / 54 11.6%
  • Certified: 9 / 54 16.7%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    11 / 12 91.7%
    • Organisation: 6 / 6 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • 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 commits to build a sustainable supply chain and implement the Code of Conduct in all of its operations.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company commits to build a sustainable supply chain and implement the Code of Conduct through out its supply chain.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Environmental Management Officer (General Manager of Sustainability Department) under President (CEO).

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      A board member sits on the company Sustainability Committee and has responsibility for sustainability.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      1 - The company reports one female among a total of 20 executive officers. Percentage figure is not directly reported. Data as of 1 July 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      2 - The company reports two female among a total of 9 board members. Data as of 2019.

    • 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] UNGC and WBCSD.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company is involved in a partnership with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and cooperates with some local NGOs and companies on biodiversity conservation.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      Sustainability report published in 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The report has been prepared in accordance with GRI standards and has been published on GRI database. Also according to CDP, the company has submitted the Forest Report for the year 2019 and 2020.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      11. Climate risks assessment available?

      The company has conducted a climate related risk assessment, but does not disclose any metrics, targets, or processes used to mitigate or manage climate risks.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      12. Natural capital assessment available?

      The company has identified dependencies on natural capital, but has not set actions.

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    8.75 / 23 38%
    • Organisation: 5 / 18 27.8%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 1.8 / 3 58.3%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • External: 0.8 / 3 25%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      13. Lists countries and operations?

      The company provides details of countries of operation and the nature of operations within those countries.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      14. Lists countries sourcing from?

      The company provides data on the percentage of supply sourced by region and not country. Europe 47.6%, South East Asia 21.5%, Oceania 19.1%, East Asia 5.3%, South America 2.6%, Russia 2.3% and North America 1.6%.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      20,828 - The company does not directly report an overall figure for all of its natural forests. Figure complicated to calculate on the basis of information provided by the company.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      16. Total area of forest plantation (ha)?

      241,561 - The company does not directly report an overall figure for all of its plantation areas. The figure is calculated using a graph and a table.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      12,751 - Figure represents the plantation area under Social forestry in 2020.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states that protected areas cover 20% of its land, but this covers land in Indonesia only and not other countries of operation.

    • 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)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      23. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

    • 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/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.

    • 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?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      29. Number of company owned sawmills?

      The company has at least one mill but it is not clear how many it owns in total.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      30. Names and locations of company owned sawmills?

      The company reports the address for one mill facility, it is not clear how many mills the company owns in total.

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

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

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

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

    • 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?

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a due diligence system that enables raw materials to be traced back to origin.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      39. Percentage of supply traceable to country of harvest?

      The company has a due diligence system that enables raw materials to be traced back to origin.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      40. Procedures to trace raw materials to FMU level?

      The company has a due diligence system that enables raw materials to be traced back to origin.

    • N
      0 / 1

      41. Percentage of supply traceable to FMU level?

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    0.97 / 9 10.8%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 0 / 4 0%
    • Practice: 1 / 5 19.4%
    • Self-reported: 1 / 5 19.4%
    • 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 mentions 100% SGEC (Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council) certification of its approximately 48,800 ha forest in Japan. However, no time-bound plan for overseas plantation could be found for the same.

    • P
      0.79 / 1

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

      79.46% - Sum of operations SGEC, FSC FM/COC, CW/FM and PHPL certified. Data as of 2020.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.18 / 1

      46. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

      18.44% - The company reports 12,854.00 ha under Open Bay Timber (OBT) company in PNG and 36,360 ha under Tasman Pine Forest (TPF) in New Zealand are FSC FM certified out of a total managed area of 266,874 ha. Figures exclude Social Forestry areas.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      47,736 (25.6%) - Percentage calculation excludes the company's land that is FSC certified and land in PNG where currently no PEFC-endorsed certification exists. Total directly controlled land is 266,874 ha. Figures as of 2020. However, a valid PEFC certificate confirming the area of land certified could not be found.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    11.86 / 23 51.6%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 8 / 13 61.5%
    • Practice: 3.9 / 8 48.3%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 8 0%
    • External: 1.5 / 8 18.8%
    • Certified: 2.4 / 8 29.5%
    • 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) and the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2013). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification/FSC membership and PEFC CoC certification.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      54. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • N
      0 / 1

      55. Evidence of monitoring deforestation in supplier operations?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      60. 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

      61. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

      The company has published this commitment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      62. Commitment to biodiversity conservation applies to all suppliers?

      Company carries out out due diligence on timber procurement to ensure that the procurement is performed conserving biodiversity.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [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
      0.18 / 1

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

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC/PEFC certified landbank/volume (whichever is highest). Points have been awarded for FSC FM certified area (excluding controlled wood certifications) as the PEFC FM certified area cannot be verified without a publicly available certificate.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      67. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities?

      The company commits to prevent illegal logging but commitment to protect forest areas from other illegal activities could not be found.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company commits to prevent illegal logging for suppliers but commitment to protect forest areas from other illegal activities could not be found.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.18 / 1

      69. Evidence of protecting forest areas from illegal activities?

      Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC/PEFC certified landbank/volume (whichever is highest). Points have been awarded for FSC FM certified area (excluding controlled wood certifications) as the PEFC FM certified area cannot be verified without a publicly available certificate.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      70. Commitment to no use of genetically modified organisms?

      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

      71. 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) and the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2013). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification/FSC membership and PEFC CoC certification.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    3 / 10 30%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 3 / 6 50%
    • Practice: 0 / 4 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 4 0%
    • External: 0 / 4 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      74. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published this commitment.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      78. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • 82. 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
    5.61 / 23 24.4%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 5 10%
    • Policy: 1.5 / 10 15%
    • Practice: 3.6 / 8 45.1%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 8 6.3%
    • External: 0 / 8 0%
    • Certified: 3.1 / 8 38.9%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company commits to managing peat sustainably but it is not clear if this applies to all operations or just those in Indonesia, and also which practices are deemed "sustainable". It is also not clear if the company commits to best management practices for mineral soils.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      +
      0.75 / 1
      0.18 / 1

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

      The company states about Conservation of Peat Swamp Forests where it conducts detailed measurements and surveys and advocates the importance of proper tropical forest and peatland management. Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification. As the P&Cs do not fully meet the SPOTT indicator criteria with regards to peatlands, limited, externally verified points have therefore been awarded for this indicator.

    • N
      0 / 1

      90. Commitment to reduced impact logging?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.18 / 1

      92. Evidence of implementing reduced impact logging practices?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      93. Commitment to zero burning?

    • N
      0 / 1

      94. Commitment to zero burning applies to all suppliers?

    • Y
      1 / 2

      95. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      The company provides evidence of fire monitoring and management. Points for external verification have been awarded on the basis of the company's PEFC certification.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      21% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Scope 1 & 2 and 16% reduction of total greenhouse gas emissions in Scope 3 but target is not intensity-based.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      99. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports total Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accrued From Corporate Activities in 2019 as 10,636,000 t-CO2e. As the figure is not specific to forestry operations partial points have been awarded.

    • N
      0 / 1

      100. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      101. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports its yearly GHG emission figures in t-CO2e (Scope 1 and 2) 336,017 (2016), 369,785 (2017), 381,613 (2018) and 380,641 (2019). A minor reduction of 972 t can be observed between 2019 and 2018, however, figures are not specific to forestry operations so partial points have been awarded.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The company obtains quantitative data through GHG Protocol which is widely used international accounting tools for quantifying GHG emissions.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    5.36 / 15 35.7%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 1 50%
    • Policy: 1 / 7 14.3%
    • Practice: 3.9 / 7 55.1%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 7 0%
    • External: 1.5 / 7 21.4%
    • Certified: 2.4 / 7 33.7%
    • 103. Time-bound commitment to improve water use intensity?

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

    • 104. Water use intensity?

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

    • 105. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

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

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

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

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

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

    • 108. Treatment of pulp and paper mill effluent?

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      111. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

      The company has a management manual for the preservation of riparian areas but it is unclear if this applies to all of its operations.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      112. 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company monitors hazardous chemical substances like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and makes an effort to reduce the use of these chemicals. But does not mention any particular pesticides and fertilizers.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      List of chemicals used does not cover the company's whole operations.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.18 / 1

      121. Implementation of commitment to reduce chemical usage?

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.18 / 1

      122. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      123. 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
    22.93 / 35 65.5%
    • Organisation: 3 / 5 60%
    • Policy: 15 / 21 71.4%
    • Practice: 4.9 / 9 54.8%
    • Self-reported: 2.3 / 9 25%
    • External: 1.5 / 9 16.7%
    • Certified: 1.2 / 9 13.1%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      124. Commitment to human rights?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      125. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

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

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      126. Progress on human rights commitment ?

      In 2019, the company created a human rights risk map for its supply chain and trained 11,956 employees on human rights issues.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      129. 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

      130. 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published this commitment.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      134. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

      The company signed agreement with International Finance Corporation and has engaged with NGOs and Other External Stakeholders.

    • N
      0 / 1

      135. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company is committed to improve the inclusion of women, but no details on addressing barriers faced by women or the type of support provided to women could be found.

    • 137. 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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      139. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities ?

      The company has published this commitment.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.18 / 1

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

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company mentions it provides work opportunities in operational countries but the information provided is unclear.

    • 142. 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

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004) and the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2013). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification/FSC membership and PEFC CoC certification.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company makes this commitment through the FSC Policy for Association (FSC-POL-01-004) and the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2013). Full points have therefore been awarded on the basis of the company's FSC certification/FSC membership and PEFC CoC certification.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      145. 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

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

      Company commits to prohibits discrimination based on gender and gender identity.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Company commits to prohibits discrimination based on gender and gender identity with regards to employment applies to all suppliers.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company developed a framework to properly handle inquiries and complaints with the establishment of the Harassment Consultation Hotline and Compliance Hotline both inside and outside of the Company.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      149. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      1,044 (5.4%) - Company states to have 1044 temporary employees as of December 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      150. Percentage or number of women employees?

      The company reports the percentage of female employees within the company (21.6%), in subsidiary companies in Japan (32.7%) and subsidiary companies overseas (30.2%) for 2019.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      151. Commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

      The company states that minimum wage is paid to all workers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published this commitment.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company states that minimum wage is paid to all workers however no evidence is provided.

    • N
      0 / 1

      154. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      155. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company established Rules for OHS Management with the aim of fostering a workplace environment in which employees can perform their jobs in a safe and healthy manner. But no reference to the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work. The company also makes this commitment through the FSC Chain of Custody Certification Standard (FSC-STD-40-004) and the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2013). 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
      0.5 / 1

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

      Company in its Code of conduct commits' to maintain maintain a safe and healthy work environment through out its supply chain. But no reference to the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work. The company also makes this commitment through the FSC Chain of Custody Certification Standard (FSC-STD-40-004) and the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2013). 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
      0.75 / 1

      157. 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      158. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      0.2 - The company reports the number of occupational injuries in company-owned forests, new construction sites and other operations, but reports lost-time injury frequency rate for operations in Japan only.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      1 - Figure only covers operations in Japan.

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    4 / 8 50%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2.5 / 4 62.5%
    • Practice: 1.5 / 4 37.5%
    • Self-reported: 1.5 / 4 37.5%
    • External: 0 / 4 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

      160. Commitment to support smallholders?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      The company reports to provide seedlings and help communities to achieve FSC certification.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company reports that it carries out due diligence on timber procurement to ensure that the procurement is performed in a sustainable manner with consideration of legal compliance, human rights, labor practices, biodiversity conservation, and local communities.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      210 - The company conducts a Sustainability Survey once a year or once every two years for suppliers; in 2019 86% of domestic companies and 100% of import suppliers were surveyed. These figures have been assured by KPMG.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      165. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company reports it gives low scoring companies two years to implemented requested improvements, if improvement is seen contracts are terminated. It is states the sustainability criteria used to categorise suppliers as low scoring.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company aims for 100% of procured timber to be sustainable in the FY2021, but clear KPIs/mile stones are not reported.

    • N
      0 / 1

      167. 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
    4.75 / 7 67.9%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4 / 5 80%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      168. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company has published this commitment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published this commitment.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      In 2019, company conducted anti-corruption training and interviews about progress of initiatives at 10 affiliated companies in Asia. No violation of corruption and relevant laws was identified.

    • 171. 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

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

      The company disclosed a tax strategy with limited details.

    • 173. 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      174. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company has a whistleblowing mechanism but only limited information is provided.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      Company provides multiple examples of grievance mechanisms across its operations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      176. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

Media monitor: Sumitomo Forestry

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