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  • Overall approach
    6/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Deforestation-Free
      4.00/6
      Aditya Birla Group will avoid trading and sourcing wood from "uncertified High Conservation Value Forest,...wood harvested through conversion of natural forests or converted to non-forest use,...wood harvested in ancient and endangered forests, or endangered habitat."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Aditya Birla Group state that they are signatory to the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC).
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      'The Group shall implement its best efforts to avoid trading and sourcing wood or wood fibre from uncertified High Conservation Value Forests [...] ancient and endangered forests, or endangered species habitat.'
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    21/86
    • Pulp & Paper
      21/86
      • 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
            Certification schemes mentioned: PEFC
            Aditya Birla Group will avoid trading and sourcing wood from "uncertified High Conservation Value Forest,...wood harvested through conversion of natural forests or converted to non-forest use,...wood harvested in ancient and endangered forests, or endangered habitat."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Aditya Birla Group will avoid trading and sourcing wood from "uncertified High Conservation Value Forest,...wood harvested through conversion of natural forests or converted to non-forest use,...wood harvested in ancient and endangered forests, or endangered habitat."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Aditya Birla Group will avoid trading and sourcing wood from "uncertified High Conservation Value Forest,...wood harvested through conversion of natural forests or converted to non-forest use,...wood harvested in ancient and endangered forests, or endangered habitat."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Aditya Birla Group will avoid trading and sourcing wood from "uncertified High Conservation Value Forest,...wood harvested through conversion of natural forests or converted to non-forest use,...wood harvested in ancient and endangered forests, or endangered habitat."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Aditya Birla Group will avoid trading and sourcing wood from "uncertified High Conservation Value Forest,...wood harvested through conversion of natural forests or converted to non-forest use,...wood harvested in ancient and endangered forests, or endangered habitat."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Aditya Birla Group will avoid trading and sourcing wood from "uncertified High Conservation Value Forest,...wood harvested through conversion of natural forests or converted to non-forest use,...wood harvested in ancient and endangered forests, or endangered habitat."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Aditya Birla Group have achieved fully sustainable pulp fibre sourcing.
        • 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 to a traceable supply chain
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/34
        • 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
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          1994
          "Birla Cellulose has implemented its best efforts to avoid trading and sourcing wood or natural plant fibres from the following categories: [...] Wood/natural plant fibres harvested from plantations established after 1994 through conversion of natural forests or converted to non-forest use" 
        • 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
          "When suppliers contravene [Aditya Birla Group's] criteria, the Company shall engage with them to change practices and/or re-evaluate the relationship with them."
        • 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
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • 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
          Aditya Birla Group ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to 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
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    13/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    4/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    4/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Aditya Birla Group is one of the largest conglomerates in India with operations in 34 countries. The company and its subsidiaries generate a revenue of almost $7.6 billion annually. The group operates in sectors including fashion, cement, mobiles and viscose filament yarn.

Sector
Industry sector 
Apparel & footwear
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
India
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

American Eagle, Birla Modal, Combinate 35, Delice, Eternia, Forever 21, Hackett, Linen Club, Louis Philippe, Oxywhite, Pantaloons, Ralph Lauren, Raven, Ted Baker, VanHeusen

How we assess the Forest 500

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