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Company assessment: Woodbois – July 2019

SPOTT assesses companies against over 100 indicators across ten categories. Click on the icons or bars below to expand each category for further details, scoring and links to reports and sources.

Assessment date:

Total: 69.4% 75 / 108
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 7 / 11 63.6%
    • Companies should publish sustainability policies or similar commitments covering their entire supply chain — including third party suppliers — implemented and enforced through high-level leadership that engages with wider industry schemes.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company's sustainable forestry policy is stated in its Sustainability Report 2019

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      2. Sustainability policy or commitment applies to all sourcing?

      Only a limited number of policies apply to all the company's supply

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      The company has a Sustainability / ESG manager

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      4. One or more board members have responsibility for sustainability?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      5. Percentage or number of women board members?

      33% - 33% of the company's board members were women in 2018

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      36% - The company states that 36% of its senior management are women

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      7. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      Latest sustainability report (covering the year 2018) was published in June 2019

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company provides examples of activities with local and international institutions but only limited details are given on the activities undertaken with these organisations

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      10. Climate risks assessment available?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      11. Natural capital assessment available?

  • Landbank, mills and traceability Landbank, mills and traceability 14 / 17 82.4%
    • 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 mills.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      12. Lists countries and operations?

      The company have forestry operations in Gabon and Mozambique and offices in five other countries

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      337,460 - The company operates on 405,816 ha of natural forests (95,000 ha in Gabon and 310,000 ha in Mozambique), among which 337,460 ha (83%) are operational forests

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      14. Total area of forest plantation (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it doesn't use outgrower schemes for wood/wood fibre production

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      16,233 (4%) - The company states that 16,233 hectares or 4% of its concessions are conservation area

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      18. Area of Intact Forest Landscape (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it doesn't have any intact forest landscapes within its landbank

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      19. Number of Forest Management Units (FMUs)?

      2

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      20. Maps of forest management units (FMUs)?

      Maps of the company's concessions in Gabon are available on the Forest Atlas of Gabon (Lynn Timber). However, no maps are published for the forest areas controlled by the company in Mozambique

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      21. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

      The company published the management plan for its Gabon operations only

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      22. Monitoring of forest management plan implementation?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      23. Company has provided valid legal documents to Open Timber Portal on use 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/a
      -
      No source

      24. 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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      25. 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/a
      -
      No source

      26. Number of company owned pulp and paper mills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      28. Number of company owned sawmills?

      2 - The company owns one sawmill in Gabon and one sawmill in Mozambique. It also has a veneer factory and a bush-mill

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      29. Maps or addresses of company owned sawmills?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      30. Number of supplier mills?

      42

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      31. Maps or addresses of supplier mills?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      33. Procedures to trace raw materials to FMU level?

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

      34. Percentage of supply traceable to country level (above 80%)?

      100%

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

      35. Percentage of supply traceable to FMU level (above 75%)?

      100%

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 7.5 / 11 68.2%
    • 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 biodiversity conservation and species or habitat management.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      36. Commitment to zero conversion of natural forest?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      37. Zero conversion commitment applies to all sourcing?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      38. Commitment to minimise the impact of logging roads?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      39. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      40. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      41. Amount of deforestation recorded?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      42. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

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

      The company details one reforestation project in Mozambique

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has identified IUCN Red List species on its concessions and Gabon national conservation list species on its Gabon concession

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      47. Commitment not to use genetically modified organisms?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 3 / 6 50%
    • 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 summaries of assessments and monitoring and management plans.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      49. HCV commitment applies to all sourcing?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator is disabled until sufficient number of HCV ALS licensed assessors are available for the location where the company operates

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      51. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      54. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      57. 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

  • Water, chemical and waste management Water, chemical and waste management 6 / 9 66.7%
    • 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 details on any fires that occurred in or around their estates, along with evidence for managing and monitoring fires.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a commiment to improve water quality, but it is not time bound and no BOD and COD targets are specified

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      74. Commitment to protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      78. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      79. Commitment to eliminate chlorine and chlorine compounds for bleaching?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it doesn't own pulp or paper mills

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      83. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states that it did not used any chemicals in 2018

  • Soils, fire and GHGs Soils, fire and GHGs 7 / 8 87.5%
    • 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.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      59. Commitment to reduced impact logging?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests and that it doesn't have landbank on peat

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      61. Commitment on peatland planting applies to all sourcing?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests and that it doesn't have suppliers with landbank on peat

    • n/a
      -
      No source

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

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it doesn't have landbank on peat

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      64. Commitment to zero burning?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      65. Commitment to zero burning applies to all sourcing?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      66. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

      The company mentions management activities used in Mozambique to prevent fires (weed control, firebreak construction, ring-hoed trees, local communities involvment). No monitoring activity could be found

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company states that there were no hotspots or fires in its FMUs in 2018

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      2,024 (20%) - The company has a commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity by 20% in the next 5 years (commitment made in 2019)

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      69. Progress towards reducing GHG emission intensity?

      0.28 - The company reports GHG emission intensities (0.04 tCO2/m3 logs and 0.11 tCO2/m3 lumber) for 2018. However, this cannot be assessed against the commitment that was made in the same year

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      70. Report GHG emissions from land use change?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it only produces wood/wood fibre from natural forests

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      71. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      The company uses the UK Government GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting 2018

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 22 / 22 100%
    • Companies should commit to respect human rights, including those of indigenous peoples and local communities, and free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Companies should respect the rights of workers, report relevant workforce data, and address with health and safety issues.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company commits to the UN Declaration on Human Rights

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      86. Commitment to human rights applies to all sourcing?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company commits to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      88. Commitment to respect legal and customary property rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      90. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      92. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      93. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      94. Commitment to support the inclusion of women across forestry operations, including addressing barriers faced?

      The company commits to support the inclusion of women across forestry operations, and mentions ensuring an equal access to training

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      95. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      96. 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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      97. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      98. Reference to Fundamental ILO Conventions?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      99. Commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment and occupation?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      100. 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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      101. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      50 (17.7%) - In 2018, the company had 50 seasonal employees, which represented 17.7% of the total workforce (282)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      102. Percentage or number of women employees?

      61 (22%) - In 2018, the company had 61 women employees, which represented 22% of the total workforce (282)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      103. Payment of minimum wage?

      The company states that employees are paid above the minimum wage, and indicates that 128% is the ratio of standard entry level wage compared to local minimum wage

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      104. Reporting of salary by gender?

      91% - The company reports that female employees are paid 91% of male's salary

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      106. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      7.6% - The company reports a Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) of 7.6% in 2018

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      0 - The company reports no fatalities in the workplace for 2018

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      108. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

  • Certification standards Certification standards 2 / 14 14.3%
    • Companies should be certified by credible certification standards, or have time-bound commitments to achieve 100% certification of forest management units. They should also ensure that their supply is verified as being in legal compliance and commit to sourcing certified wood/wood fibre.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      2,029 - The company is commited to have FSC certification of 100% of its forests within ten years (commitment published in 2019)

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      2,029 - The company is commited to have FSC certification of 100% of its forests within ten years (commitment published in 2019)

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      115. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      117. Percentage of all wood/wood fibre supply traded/processed that are FSC certified (above 75%)?

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

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

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 3.5 / 4 87.5%
    • Companies should report details of any programmes or schemes to support outgrower scheme 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.

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      119. Programme to support outgrower scheme smallholders?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it doesn't use outgrower schemes for wood/wood fibre production

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      120. Percentage of outgrower scheme smallholders involved in programme?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it doesn't use outgrower schemes for wood/wood fibre production

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      The company has a due diligence process to assess all its suppliers. A list of documents required and checked is available in the company's Sustainability Report 2019

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      122. The company has a Due Diligence System (DDS)?

      The company states that it has a due diligence process and describes the information gathering part of the DDS but risk assessment and risk mitigation are not covered

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      123. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

      100% - The company states that it only sources forest products from suppliers that have passed the company's due diligence process for legal and responsible forest product sourcing

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 3 / 6 50%
    • 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

      125. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      126. 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

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

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

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      128. 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

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      129. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

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

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      131. Details of grievances disclosed?

Media monitor: Woodbois

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