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  • Overall approach
    1/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      AAK AB are a signatory of the UN Global Compact.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      0/1
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    45/86
    • Palm oil
      74/86
      • Commitment Strength
        34/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Protects priority forests; Certification
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            "Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth" and also commit to "increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth" and also commit to "increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth" and also commit to "increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth" and also commit to "increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth" and also commit to "increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth" and also commit to "increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil." AAK AB commits to reach the targets by 2020.
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth" and also commit to "increase volume of RSPO certified palm oil." AAK AB commits to reach the targets by 2020.
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth".
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth". AAK AB commits to reach the targets by 2020.
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Source palm oil produced without destruction of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forest, or peatland of any depth". AAK AB commits to reach the targets by 2020.
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            AAK AB state that they will "ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain to mills by 2014, and with an ambition to achieve traceability to plantations by 2018/19."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            AAK AB state that they will "ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain to mills by 2014, and with an ambition to achieve traceability to plantations by 2018/19."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            AAK AB state that they will "ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain to mills by 2014, and with an ambition to achieve traceability to plantations by 2018/19."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            AAK AB state that they will "ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain to mills by 2014, and with an ambition to achieve traceability to plantations by 2018/19."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            AAK AB state that they will "ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain to mills by 2014, and with an ambition to achieve traceability to plantations by 2018/19."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            AAK AB state that they will "ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain to mills by 2014, and with an ambition to achieve traceability to plantations by 2018/19."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            AAK AB state that they will "ensure traceability in our palm oil supply chain to mills by 2014, and with an ambition to achieve traceability to plantations by 2018/19."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        29/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            In 2018, 29% of AAK AB's palm oil was RSPO certified. 
          • 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
            "94 percent of AAK volumes are sourced from suppliers that either have signed AAK’s Palm Oil Policy or have an aligned policy in place". Aligned policies are verified by ProForest.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            AAK Ab ensured 96% of their palm oil was traceable to the mill, and 28% was traceable to the plantation in 2018. 
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            In 2018, 29% of AAK AB's palm oil was RSPO certified. 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            other third party verification
            "94 percent of AAK volumes are sourced from suppliers that either have signed AAK’s Palm Oil Policy or have an aligned policy in place". Aligned policies are verified by ProForest.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "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."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "After each mill visit, a timebound action plan is developed with the mill to address any issues identified."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          AAK AB publicly report their palm oil mill list. 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          AAK AB have an accessible grievance mechanism for their palm oil operations. 
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Providing support/advice/experience/expertise; Providing technical capacity
          "AAK has identified the innovative jurisdictional approach to palm certification in Sabah as a potentially highly effective approach to sustainable smallholder production." This project is in collaboration with the Sabah government.
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          1,285,000 tonnes
          In 2017, AAK AB reported their total usage of palm oil as 1,285,000 tonnes, and their certified volume as 419,000 tonnes, to the RSPO ACOP. 
      • Social Considerations
        12/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          AAK AB state that they will "ensure that Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) takes place prior to new plantation development."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          AAK AB requires their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "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. "
    • Pulp & Paper
      27/86
      • Commitment Strength
        13/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            "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 sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            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 applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            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 applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            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 applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            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."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            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."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            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."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/34
        • 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
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "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."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        12/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          AAK AB state that "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."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          AAK AB requires their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "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. "
    • Soy
      34/86
      • Commitment Strength
        18/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          18/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            "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 sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "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 operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "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 direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "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 indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "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
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            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 is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            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."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/34
        • 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
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "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."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Providing support/advice/experience/expertise; Providing technical capacity
          AAK AB participate in the SMART project in India, which regard sustainable soy.
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        12/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          AAK AB state that "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."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          AAK AB requires their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "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. "
  • Commitment strength
    21/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    12/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    12/16
    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 source Soy from South America and Palm Oil from Southeast Asia and Central America. They processed over 950,000 metric tons of palm oil and palm oil derivatives in 2015.

Sector
Industry sector 
Ingredients, Oils & fats
Segments
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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