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  • Overall approach
    2/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific commitment
      0/6
      Commodities (if applicable): Palm oil
      "We expect our suppliers:To sign AAK supplier code of conduct and AAK sustainable palm policy or to have a verified and aligned policy in placeTo proactively monitor deforestation in their supply base; To provide mill data and to drive progress in traceability to plantation; To collect concession maps of their third-party supply base; To manage grievances proactively To be or become member of the RSPO"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: UN Global Compact
      "The foundation of our model is the UN Global Compact (UNGC)"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "AAK will only source raw materials that have been produced without High Carbon Stock deforestation, conversion of High Conservation Value areas, or development on peatland soils. [...] High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests The HCS Approach defines a methodology to identify natural forest ecosystems, and distinguish them from degraded lands that only have small trees, shrubs or grasses remaining."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    40/84
    • Palm oil
      58/84
      • Commitment Strength
        26/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "The focus points of our policy are: Increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil.Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth. Ensure that Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) takes place prior to new plantation development. Ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain, Commitment to support smallholders."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "The focus points of our policy are: Increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil.Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth. Ensure that Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) takes place prior to new plantation development. Ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain, Commitment to support smallholders."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "The focus points of our policy are: Increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil.Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth. Ensure that Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) takes place prior to new plantation development. Ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain, Commitment to support smallholders."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "The focus points of our policy are: Increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil.Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth. Ensure that Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) takes place prior to new plantation development. Ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain, Commitment to support smallholders."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "The focus points of our policy are: Increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil.Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth. Ensure that Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) takes place prior to new plantation development. Ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain, Commitment to support smallholders."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "The focus points of our policy are: Increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil.Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth. Ensure that Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) takes place prior to new plantation development. Ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain, Commitment to support smallholders."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "The focus points of our policy are: Increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil.Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth. Ensure that Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) takes place prior to new plantation development. Ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain, Commitment to support smallholders."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "The focus points of our policy are: Increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil.Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth. Ensure that Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) takes place prior to new plantation development. Ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain, Commitment to support smallholders."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            The focus points of our policy are [...] Ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain [...] "Achieving traceability to plantation (TTP) requires sectorwide efforts by companies and other stakeholders, which AAK acknowledges and commends. Palm oil supply chains involve millions of small producers, many of whom are not responsible for clearance. For that reason, AAK supports a risk-based approach to TTP, which maps plantations where there is a risk of deforestation at village level"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            The focus points of our policy are [...] Ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain [...] "Achieving traceability to plantation (TTP) requires sectorwide efforts by companies and other stakeholders, which AAK acknowledges and commends. Palm oil supply chains involve millions of small producers, many of whom are not responsible for clearance. For that reason, AAK supports a risk-based approach to TTP, which maps plantations where there is a risk of deforestation at village level"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            The focus points of our policy are [...] Ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain [...] "Achieving traceability to plantation (TTP) requires sectorwide efforts by companies and other stakeholders, which AAK acknowledges and commends. Palm oil supply chains involve millions of small producers, many of whom are not responsible for clearance. For that reason, AAK supports a risk-based approach to TTP, which maps plantations where there is a risk of deforestation at village level"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            The focus points of our policy are [...] Ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain [...] "Achieving traceability to plantation (TTP) requires sectorwide efforts by companies and other stakeholders, which AAK acknowledges and commends. Palm oil supply chains involve millions of small producers, many of whom are not responsible for clearance. For that reason, AAK supports a risk-based approach to TTP, which maps plantations where there is a risk of deforestation at village level"
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "AAK requires all external suppliers and their subcontractors to comply with this Code. The Code applies to all actors in the supply chain back to the origin of the raw material.[...] Freedom of association [...] Forced labour [...] Child labour [...] Discrimination"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support; Education and training

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: Examples given but not full list
          "Smallholder inclusion in raw material supply chains is a key objective for AAK. Our commitment is to actively ensure that smallholders are not excluded from our supply chains as a result of high sustainability requirements, and that we initiate projects across our supply base to encourage and support smallholders. Specifically, we aim to contribute to initiatives that support smallholder livelihoods, through mechanisms such as improved yields and community development."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What percentage/number of new interests/developments/expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: Not specified

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Current
          AAK sees a need for further progress towards full sustainability in the palm oil supply chain, beyond the current RSPO certification requirements. AAK is therefore also committed to sourcing palm oil that has been produced without conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest or destruction of peatland, and where plantation development only takes place with the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of any affected local community.
      • Reporting and Implementation
        22/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Progress is reported within annual reports and updates. They can be found in charts etc within the report. "Verified deforestation-free* This indicator combines our RSPO-segregated volumes with estimates based on an equal weight from each mill in our supply base. - 26% deforestation free"
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            Progress is reported within annual reports and updates. They can be found in charts etc within the report. "Verified deforestation-free* This indicator combines our RSPO-segregated volumes with estimates based on an equal weight from each mill in our supply base. - 26% deforestation free"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "Traceability Palm oil Palm kernel Traceability to mill Traceability to mill origin has increased to 98 percent globally, compared to 96 percent in 2018. We are very proud to see continued strong progress in traceability to plantations, from 39 percent in our previous report to 55 percent overall. Main reason is that most tier 1 suppliers prioritize traceability to plantation to monitor deforestation risks. For Europe this specifically means a significant increase to 64 percent in palm and 66 percent in palm kernel."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%
            "The focus points of our policy are: Increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil.Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth. Ensure that Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) takes place prior to new plantation development. Ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain, Commitment to support smallholders."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            "The focus points of our policy are: Increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil.Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth. Ensure that Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) takes place prior to new plantation development. Ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain, Commitment to support smallholders."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 2015
          "AAK understands that there is a demand for Deforestation Free estimates sooner. To this end, AAK has developed a methodology to estimate the proportion that can be considered deforestation free in the supply base. The methodology uses the mill list and publicly available information on mills and mill groups that have implemented methods to ensure and verify that their volumes are compliant with No-deforestation policies. This includes RSPO certification and concession monitoring, where concession boundaries linked to a deforestation monitoring platform showed no clearance since the 2015 cut-off date."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing support/advice/experience/expertise; Providing technical capacity

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Project work with various governmental schemes, RSPO certification
          "Via our collaboration with Forever Sabah, AAK continues to support the jurisdictional certification approach in the Malaysian state of Sabah, where only 20 percent of the independent smallholders hold the title to their land"
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Yes

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: reports from press, internal mechanism, email and industry sources

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental
          "AAK takes any alleged activity that runs contrary to the standards set out in our policy commitments seriously and we will engage with our direct suppliers about direct and indirect grievances raised. The grievance management procedure (GMP) described here is used to register, assess, manage and monitor grievances raised against AAK’s Tier 1 suppliers and third-party suppliers that are part of AAK’s upstream supply base as defined below. [...] Grievances are defined as alleged practices in oil palm production that do not comply with AAK’s SPOP or CoC, e.g. reports of deforestation or poor labour practices. These are often received from sources such as NGOs, the press, or other civil society organisations, but also through the internal company network and industry sources."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the compliant volume?: 393,323Tonnes

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 968,176Tonnes

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
          The overall percentage of certified volume in the supply chain is unclear, however volumes are reported as they are in the 2018 RSPO report
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          What is the volume of the forest risk commodity that the company sourced in the previous year from each national or sub-national location?: 0 not specified

          For what percent of smallholder suppliers is location disclosed?: 100%

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Mill level

          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 100%

          What type of location data (boundary, point, etc.) is provided for smallholder farms?: 100%

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 100%

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Guatemala, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand
          "Our universe of mills list is updated twice a year. To access the full 2019 mill list, please click here: AAK Public Mill List."
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification
          "AAK’s objective is to ensure traceability in our raw material supply chains, sufficient to ensure that we achieve transparency of raw material origins, as the basis for assuring compliance with these policy requirements" [...] "we monitor progress in our supply base in accordance with the framework laid out in the no deforestation, no development on peat, and no exploitation (NDPE) implementation reporting framework. One new and AAK’s sustainable palm approach important KPI for AAK, which we are developing together with Proforest, is to understand the percentage of verified deforestation-free volumes. This approach combines our RSPO-segregated volumes with estimates based on an equal weight from each mill in our supply base."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Scorecards to identify gaps in non-compliance

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non-compliance

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "After each mill visit, a timebound action plan is developed with the mill to address any issues identified."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper *
      18/84
      • Commitment Strength
        8/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/12
          • Commitment details
            Protects priority forests
            4/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Protects priority forests
            4/8
            "AAK will only source raw materials that have been produced without High Carbon Stock deforestation, conversion of High Conservation Value areas, or development on peatland soils."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "AAK will only source raw materials that have been produced without High Carbon Stock deforestation, conversion of High Conservation Value areas, or development on peatland soils."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "AAK will only source raw materials that have been produced without High Carbon Stock deforestation, conversion of High Conservation Value areas, or development on peatland soils."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "AAK will only source raw materials that have been produced without High Carbon Stock deforestation, conversion of High Conservation Value areas, or development on peatland soils."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
            Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
            "AAK’s objective is to ensure traceability in our raw material supply chains, sufficient to ensure that we achieve transparency of raw material origins, as the basis for assuring compliance with these policy requirements." [...] "AAK will only source raw materials that have been produced without High Carbon Stock deforestation, conversion of High Conservation Value areas, or development on peatland soils."
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "AAK requires all external suppliers and their subcontractors to comply with this Code. The Code applies to all actors in the supply chain back to the origin of the raw material.[...] Freedom of association [...] Forced labour [...] Child labour [...] Discrimination"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: Not specified but examples given on the website
          "Smallholder inclusion in raw material supply chains is a key objective for AAK. Our commitment is to actively ensure that smallholders are not excluded from our supply chains as a result of high sustainability requirements, and that we initiate projects across our supply base to encourage and support smallholders. Specifically, we aim to contribute to initiatives that support smallholder livelihoods, through mechanisms such as improved yields and community development."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Current

          What percentage/number of new interests/developments/expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: 0 not specified
          "AAK will only source raw materials from growers with the necessary land rights, and where legal or customary rights of others are not adversely affected. In particular, our requirement is that new development only takes place with the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) or equivalent of other land rights holders such as local communities".
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: 0 Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Not specified
          "Suppliers shall strive to minimize the environmental impact of their activities through responsible management, widespread environmental awareness and the use of technologies with low environmental impact. AAK will only source raw materials that have been produced without High Carbon Stock deforestation, conversion of High Conservation Value areas, or development on peatland soils. [...] Should a supplier fail to comply with the requirements of the Code, AAK will through dialogue and cooperation try to solve the situation or as a last resort terminate the relationship."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy *
      24/84
      • Commitment Strength
        11/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/17
          • Commitment details
            Protects priority forests
            5.3/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Protects priority forests
            5.3/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
            "AAK will only source raw materials that have been produced without High Carbon Stock deforestation, conversion of High Conservation Value areas, or development on peatland soils."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "AAK will only source raw materials that have been produced without High Carbon Stock deforestation, conversion of High Conservation Value areas, or development on peatland soils."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "AAK will only source raw materials that have been produced without High Carbon Stock deforestation, conversion of High Conservation Value areas, or development on peatland soils."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            "AAK will only source raw materials that have been produced without High Carbon Stock deforestation, conversion of High Conservation Value areas, or development on peatland soils."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
            Interim target date
            No
            0/1
            "AAK’s objective is to ensure traceability in our raw material supply chains, sufficient to ensure that we achieve transparency of raw material origins, as the basis for assuring compliance with these policy requirements." [...] "AAK will only source raw materials that have been produced without High Carbon Stock deforestation, conversion of High Conservation Value areas, or development on peatland soils."
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "AAK requires all external suppliers and their subcontractors to comply with this Code. The Code applies to all actors in the supply chain back to the origin of the raw material.[...] Freedom of association [...] Forced labour [...] Child labour [...] Discrimination"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: Not specified but examples given on the website
          "Smallholder inclusion in raw material supply chains is a key objective for AAK. Our commitment is to actively ensure that smallholders are not excluded from our supply chains as a result of high sustainability requirements, and that we initiate projects across our supply base to encourage and support smallholders. Specifically, we aim to contribute to initiatives that support smallholder livelihoods, through mechanisms such as improved yields and community development."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Current

          What percentage/number of new interests/developments/expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: 0 not specified
          "AAK will only source raw materials from growers with the necessary land rights, and where legal or customary rights of others are not adversely affected. In particular, our requirement is that new development only takes place with the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) or equivalent of other land rights holders such as local communities".
      • Reporting and Implementation
        3/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: SMART

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise; Providing technical capacity
          "In line with AAK’s Policy for Responsible Sourcing of Vegetable Oils, our joint venture in India, AAK Kamani, has committed to actively include smallholders into its soy supply chain. [...] AAK Kamani has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the so-called SMART project in Maharashtra, India. [...] he key objectives of the project are:Supporting value addition in the post-harvest segment of agricultural value chains;Developing a mechanism for productive alliances involving various stakeholders in agricultural supply chains;Improving the current policy and regulatory framework in the agribusiness sector;Developing marketing and credit linkages with community-based organizations (CBOs) like farmer producer companies, cluster-level federations and farmer groups;Improving the efficiency in agricultural supply chains through private sector partnerships that can be scaled up through project interventions."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: 0 Not specified

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "In line with AAK�s Policy for Responsible Sourcing of Vegetable Oils, our joint venture in India, AAK Kamani, has committed to actively include smallholders into its soy supply chain." "AAK’s objective is to ensure traceability in our raw material supply chains, sufficient to ensure that we achieve transparency of raw material origins, as the basis for assuring compliance with these policy requirements" "Suppliers must maintain documentation necessary to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of this Code. The documentation must be made available to AAK on written request. AAK will conduct on-site assessments of our suppliers and their supply chain including with external third-party assessors"
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non compliance with the elements laid out in the Raw Materials code

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Not specified
          "Suppliers shall strive to minimize the environmental impact of their activities through responsible management, widespread environmental awareness and the use of technologies with low environmental impact. AAK will only source raw materials that have been produced without High Carbon Stock deforestation, conversion of High Conservation Value areas, or development on peatland soils. [...] Should a supplier fail to comply with the requirements of the Code, AAK will through dialogue and cooperation try to solve the situation or as a last resort terminate the relationship."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    18/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    12/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    10/18
    Avg. score

Profile

AAK refines vegetable oils for specialised products mainly for foodservice, chocolate and confectionery, and technical products. The Swedish company has 19 production facilities and sales offices in more than 25 countries, and claims to be the world’s leading manufacturer of specialty vegetable fats. AAK sources Soy from South America and Palm Oil from Southeast Asia and Central America. AAK AB is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil and is also assessed for its exposure to soy and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Ingredients, Oils & fats
Segments
Trader, Processor, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Sweden
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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How we assess the Forest 500

To ensure deforestation free supply chains, companies need to adopt and implement timebound and measurable policies for forest risk commodities.

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