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  • About this company:

    Incorporated in 1948, Sumitomo Forestry is headquartered in

  • Parent company:
    Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd
  • Market cap:
    2,318,178,926 USD
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    1911.T
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    1911 JP Equity
  • ISIN:
    JP3409800004
  • Website:

Company assessment: Sumitomo Forestry – August 2022

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 43.8% 74.97 / 171
  • Organisation: 15.5 / 37 41.9%
  • Policy: 33 / 76 43.4%
  • Practice: 26.5 / 58 45.6%
  • Self-reported: 4.2 / 58 7.2%
  • External: 9.8 / 58 16.8%
  • Certified: 12.5 / 58 21.6%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    11.25 / 12 93.8%
    • Organisation: 6 / 6 100%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 3.3 / 4 81.3%
    • Self-reported: 2.3 / 4 56.3%
    • 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 commitment that covers multiple dimensions of sustainability across the company's operations covering both social and environmental issues.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company reports that the General Manager of the Sustainability Department under the President (CEO) acts as the Environmental Management Officer.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      0 - A board member participates on the company's 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 out of 19 executive officers. Data as of March 30, 2021.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      2 - The company reports two females out of a total of 9 board members.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [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 describes various activities with stakeholders to support positive environmental or social outcomes associated with timber and pulp production, it includes working together with everyone at NPOs and NGOs to cultivate understanding about the social challenges such as biodiversity and regional development and contributing to reforestation in collaboration with Government.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company's latest sustainability report was published in 2021.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      10. Reports through standardised reporting systems?

      The company has prepared its Sustainability Report in accordance with GRI standards and has also submitted the Forest and Climate Change CDP Questionnaire for the year 2021.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      11. Climate risks assessment available?

      The company has conducted a climate-related risk assessment. Information is not externally verified.

    • 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
    8.25 / 23 35.9%
    • Organisation: 5.5 / 18 30.6%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 3 25%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 3 0%
    • External: 0.8 / 3 25%
    • Certified: 0 / 3 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      13. Lists countries and operations?

      The company has log harvesting operations in New Zealand Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, as well as processing operations in New Zealand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan.

    • 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 44.5%, South East Asia 22.7%, Oceania 20.6%, East Asia 5.7%, South America 2.5%, Russia 2.4% and North America 1.5%.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      20,787 - 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)?

      253,642 - 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)?

      8,190 - The company has reported the plantation area under social forestry in 2021.

    • 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 reports that protected areas account for over 20% of operating land. However, a clear figure is not given, hence awarded partial points.

    • N
      0 / 1

      20. Area of Intact Forest Landscape (ha)?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      21. Number of Forest Management Units (FMUs)?

      7 - The company reports that it has three FMUs in Open Bay Timber Ltd and four FMUs in Tasman Pine Forests Ltd however it's unclear if it represents all of the company's FMUs. Hence awarded only partial points.

    • N
      0 / 1

      22. Maps of forest management units (FMUs)?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      23. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

      The company only has a limited number of forest management plans publicly available. Hence awarded only partial points.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      24. Monitoring of forest management plan implementation available?

      [Externally verified] The monitoring information available does not detail performance against FMP objectives and indicators. Hence awarded only partial points.

    • 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?

    • N
      0 / 1

      29. Number of company owned sawmills?

      The company has one mill. However dated information cannot be found to confirm reporting is recent.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      30. Names and locations of company owned sawmills?

      The company reports the name and address for one mill facility, but dated information cannot be found to confirm the number of 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 does not 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 does not 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 third-parties?

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

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      39. Percentage of supply traceable to country of harvest?

      The overall percentage of timber and pulp supply was not traceable to the country of harvest.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      40. Procedures to trace raw materials to FMU level?

      The company has specified the procedures to trace raw materials to the FMU level.

    • N
      0 / 1

      41. Percentage of supply traceable to FMU level?

  • Certification standards Certification standards
    1.18 / 9 13.1%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 0 / 4 0%
    • Practice: 1.2 / 5 23.6%
    • Self-reported: 1.2 / 5 23.6%
    • External: 0 / 5 0%
    • Certified: 0 / 5 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company reports that 100% SGEC (Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council) certification of its approximately 48,800 ha forest in Japan. However, no time-bound targets for overseas plantations could be found for the same. Hence, no points were awarded.

    • P
      0.83 / 1

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

      82.75% - Sum of operations SGEC, FSC FM/COC, CW/FM, and PHPL certified. Data as of 2021.

    • 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 has reported achieving 100% of its sustainable timber and timber products handled by 2021. However, the target does not explicitly state to source only wood/wood fibre that is in legal compliance verified by a third party. Hence no points were awarded.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      The company has reported that 94.6% of its supply is sustainable timber and timber products handled. However, it is unclear what percentage is verified as legal by a third party. Hence no points were awarded.

    • P
      0.18 / 1

      46. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

      17.86% - The company reports Open Bay Timber (OBT) company in PNG has 12,854 ha area and Tasman Pine Forest (TPF) in New Zealand has 36,599 ha under FSC FM certified out of a total managed area of 27,6892 ha.

    • 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?

    • P
      0.17 / 1

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

      17.2% - The company has reported that 47,736 ha of the area is SGEC certified.

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    8.86 / 25 35.4%
    • Organisation: 0 / 2 0%
    • Policy: 5 / 15 33.3%
    • Practice: 3.9 / 8 48.3%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 8 0%
    • External: 1.5 / 8 18.8%
    • Certified: 2.4 / 8 29.5%
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      63. Biodiversity policy?

      The company only has a commitment but does not clearly state that it applies to all the company's own forestry operations. Hence awarded only partial points.

    • N
      0 / 1

      64. Biodiversity policy applies to all suppliers?

      The company only mentions a general statement related to biodiversity protection with no detail given on the scope.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [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. The company also has a Red Data Book listing flora and fauna at threat of extinction that may exist in company-owned forests.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.18 / 1

      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?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      69. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities?

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

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.18 / 1

      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 has made this commitment.

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    2 / 11 18.2%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2 / 6 33.3%
    • Practice: 0 / 5 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 5 0%
    • 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. The company also has a commitment to conduct High Conservation Value assessments.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • N
      0 / 1

      76. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a commitment to the High Carbon Stock 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
    6.03 / 23 26.2%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 5 10%
    • Policy: 1.5 / 10 15%
    • Practice: 4 / 8 50.4%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 8 0%
    • External: 0.8 / 8 9.4%
    • Certified: 3.3 / 8 41%
    • 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?

      The company has a management system for peat, however it is not clear that it covers the whole of the company's operations and no commitment to best management practices for soils could be found.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • P
      +
      0.75 / 1
      0.18 / 1

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

      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. Also the company continued to develop the infrastructure technology necessary to manage peatlands since launching the business and aims to establish management technology that can be broadly expanded in rainforest peatlands throughout Indonesia and the rest of the world.

    • N
      0 / 1

      93. Commitment to reduced impact logging?

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.18 / 1

      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 percentage 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 / 1
      0.17 / 1

      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 percentage of company landbank certified by PEFC. Also the company has constructed a fire belt that was six meters in width and 20 km in total length, prepared water and equipment for fire-fighting, measures to prevent accidental fires in plantation forests, monitor the danger of fire and trainings.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

      0 - No cases of forest fires were found in one of the subsidiaries Open Bay Timber Ltd during the year 2020. However, no information on fires in other FMUs was found, hence no points were awarded.

    • 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 commits to reduce 21% of greenhouse gas emissions in Scope 1 & 2 and 16% in Scope 3, however target is not intensity-based.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      102. GHG emissions intensity?

      The company reports total Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accrued From Corporate Activities in 2020 as 9,490,000 t-CO2e. However, it is not clear whether this information covers forestry operations, hence partial points have been awarded.

    • N
      0 / 1

      103. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      104. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      [Externally verified] The company reports its yearly GHG emission figures in t-CO2e (Scope 1 and 2) 369,785 (2017), 381,613 (2018) and 380,641 (2019), 370,526 (2020). A minor reduction can be observed between 2019 and 2020, however, figures are not specific to forestry operations so partial points have been awarded. Data is externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      105. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The company ascertained the volume of its CO2 emissions according to different scopes based on the GHG Protocol.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    5.79 / 16 36.2%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 1 50%
    • Policy: 1 / 7 14.3%
    • Practice: 4.3 / 8 53.6%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 8 0%
    • External: 0.8 / 8 9.4%
    • Certified: 3.5 / 8 44.3%
    • 106. Time-bound commitment to improve water use intensity?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

    • 107. Water use intensity?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

    • 108. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

    • 111. Treatment of pulp and paper mill effluent?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      114. 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 its operations. Hence awarded only partial points.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.18 / 1

      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 percentage of company landbank certified by FSC.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      116. 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. However, it does not mention any particular pesticides and fertilisers.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not own pulp or paper mills.

    • 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?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has provided a list of chemicals used but it does not cover the company's whole operations.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.18 / 1

      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 percentage of company landbank certified by FSC.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.18 / 1

      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 percentage 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
    22.61 / 37 61.1%
    • Organisation: 3 / 5 60%
    • Policy: 13 / 21 61.9%
    • Practice: 6.6 / 11 60.1%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 11 0%
    • External: 3.3 / 11 29.6%
    • Certified: 3.4 / 11 30.6%
    • 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. Also the company has a commitment to human rights and signed the United Nations (UN) Global Compact to declare support for its principles and also includes International Labour Organization's (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      128. Commitment to human rights applies to all suppliers?

      The company states in its code of conduct its commitment to human rights aligned with the UN Declaration on Human Rights and the code applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      129. Progress on human rights commitment ?

      [Externally verified] The company conducted human rights training for 10,873 employees and created an impact analysis map for its supply chain. Data is externally verified. Hence, full points were awarded.

    • 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has a commitment to indigenous and local communities' rights that applies to all suppliers but does not provide reference to the UN Declaration/ILO.

    • 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.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published this commitment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published its commitment to free, prior, and informed consent.

    • 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] The company signed an agreement with International Finance Corporation and engaged with NGOs and Other External Stakeholders. Data is externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      138. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company has a declaration on empowering women which expands opportunities for women by promoting the involvement of female employees, supporting the workstyles, appointment of women to managerial posts, and mentoring system to encourage growth. However, information is limited and externally verified, hence awarded only partial points.

    • 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 has commitment to provide essential community services and facilities.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.18 / 1

      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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company reports some evidence of providing business/work opportunities for local communities, however no clear commitment was found.

    • 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company states business parties and affiliates are committed to the International Labor Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. It is not clear if this commits all suppliers to the ILO Declaration.

    • Y
      +
      1 / 1
      0.18 / 1

      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 percentage of company landbank certified by either FSC or PEFC, whichever is highest. The company also provides human rights training to all new employees and general managers in Japan.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has a commitment to eliminate gender-related discrimination with regards to employment that applies to all suppliers.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company provides evidence of actions taken to implement its gender policies. It includes giving training to employees on preventing discrimination and harassment and having a complaints system that specifically includes gender discrimination or harassment. In the fiscal year 2020, 10,873 employees of whom 4,276 and 6,597 belong to the parent company and Group companies, respectively, took the training class. Data is externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      152. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      4,691 (22.81%) - The company reports the number of temporary employees as 4,691 as of December 2020.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      153. Percentage or number of women employees?

      The company reports the percentage of female employees (non-consolidated) within the company (22.6%), in subsidiary companies (domestic subsidiary) in Japan (34.4%) and subsidiary companies overseas (30%) for 2020.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      154. Commitment to pay a living wage?

      The company has a commitment to pay minimum wages.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      The company has a commitment to minimum wages that applies to all suppliers.

    • 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 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. Also the company has its own commitment to address occupational health and safety, however no reference to the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work found.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      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.

    • 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 percentage of company landbank certified by PEFC.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      161. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      0.19 - The company reports lost-time injury frequency rate is 0.19 (Non-Consolidated).

    • P
      0.5 / 1

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

      0 - The company reports 0 occupational injuries however it is unclear if this covers all employees.

  • 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: 0.8 / 4 18.8%
    • External: 0.8 / 4 18.8%
    • Certified: 0 / 4 0%
    • N
      0 / 1

      163. Commitment to support smallholders?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company reports it provides seedlings and helps communities to achieve FSC certification. However, data is limited and externally verified. Hence awarded only partial points.

    • N
      0 / 1

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has carried out due diligence activities 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

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

      100% - All timber suppliers were surveyed in 2021.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      168. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company reports it gives low-scoring companies two years to implement requested improvements, if the improvement is not seen contracts are terminated.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      169. 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/milestones are not reported.

    • 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 / 7 71.4%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 4 / 5 80%
    • Practice: 1 / 2 50%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 2 0%
    • External: 1 / 2 50%
    • Certified: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      171. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company has published its commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption in its code of conduct.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company has published its commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption that applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      [Externally verified] The company provides evidence of actions taken to implement the company's anti-bribery and corruption policies which include, providing remote training to group employees on corruption and conducting appropriate due diligence of new business partners on corruption status. Data is 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 disclosed its tax strategy however, limited details are available.

    • 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.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      177. Whistleblowing procedure?

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

    • Y
      1 / 1

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

      The company provides multiple examples of grievance mechanisms across its operations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      179. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

Media monitor: Sumitomo Forestry

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