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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific
      0/6
      Palm oil; Pulp & Paper
      Aeon Co. aim to "prevent deforestation" for palm oil and paper supply chains.
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      "In September 2004, Aeon became Japan’s first retailer to sign the United Nations Global Compact. 
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      " Preventing the destruction of forest land with high conservation value" is a part of the "Aeon Sustainable Procurement Principle". 
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    17/86
    • Beef
      16/86
      • Commitment Strength
        11/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/21
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Type of commitment: Sustainability commitment
            As part of their "Aeon Sustainable Procurement Policy" AEON Co. Ltd. has "Committed to procuring livestock products in a sustainable manner that is in harmony with nature, natural ecosystems and society. Also cultivating and providing safe and delicious beef, thereby contributing to future food safety and helping people go about their daily lives with peace of mind". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            As part of their "Aeon Sustainable Procurement Policy" AEON Co. Ltd. has "Committed to procuring livestock products in a sustainable manner that is in harmony with nature, natural ecosystems and society. Also cultivating and providing safe and delicious beef, thereby contributing to future food safety and helping people go about their daily lives with peace of mind". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            As part of their "Aeon Sustainable Procurement Policy" AEON Co. Ltd. has "Committed to procuring livestock products in a sustainable manner that is in harmony with nature, natural ecosystems and society. Also cultivating and providing safe and delicious beef, thereby contributing to future food safety and helping people go about their daily lives with peace of mind". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            As part of their "Aeon Sustainable Procurement Policy" AEON Co. Ltd. has "Committed to procuring livestock products in a sustainable manner that is in harmony with nature, natural ecosystems and society. Also cultivating and providing safe and delicious beef, thereby contributing to future food safety and helping people go about their daily lives with peace of mind". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            As part of their "Aeon Sustainable Procurement Policy" AEON Co. Ltd. has "Committed to procuring livestock products in a sustainable manner that is in harmony with nature, natural ecosystems and society. Also cultivating and providing safe and delicious beef, thereby contributing to future food safety and helping people go about their daily lives with peace of mind". 
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            As part of their "Aeon Sustainable Procurement Policy" AEON Co. Ltd. has "Committed to procuring livestock products in a sustainable manner that is in harmony with nature, natural ecosystems and society. Also cultivating and providing safe and delicious beef, thereby contributing to future food safety and helping people go about their daily lives with peace of mind". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • 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
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            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
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • 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
        5/16
        • 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
          AEON Co. Ltd.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
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Shall not discriminate or be complicit in employment discrimination relating to recruitment, wages, promotion, training, termination or retirement on the grounds of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, age, origin, religion, academic background, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or gender identity". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Palm oil
      28/86
      • Commitment Strength
        23/36
        • 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
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            If Other, specify here: Also specifically state intentions to reduce deforestation footprint "For palm oil used as a product material, aiming for procurement that gives consideration to the prevention of deforestation and conservation of biodiversity". https://www.aeon.info/export/sites/default/common/images/en/pressroom/imgsrc/170419R_1_1.pdf
            As part of their "Sustainable Procurement Goals for 2020" AEON Co. Ltd. have committed to "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by FSC*4 or equivalent) materials for the private brand in the major product categories". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            As part of their "Sustainable Procurement Goals for 2020" AEON Co. Ltd. have committed to "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by FSC*4 or equivalent) materials for the private brand in the major product categories". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            As part of their "Sustainable Procurement Goals for 2020" AEON Co. Ltd. have committed to "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by FSC*4 or equivalent) materials for the private brand in the major product categories". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            As part of their "Sustainable Procurement Goals for 2020" AEON Co. Ltd. have committed to "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by FSC*4 or equivalent) materials for the private brand in the major product categories". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            As part of their "Sustainable Procurement Goals for 2020" AEON Co. Ltd. have committed to "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by FSC*4 or equivalent) materials for the private brand in the major product categories". 
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            As part of their "Sustainable Procurement Goals for 2020" AEON Co. Ltd. have committed to "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by FSC*4 or equivalent) materials for the private brand in the major product categories". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            As part of their "Sustainable Procurement Goals for 2020" AEON Co. Ltd. have committed to "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by FSC*4 or equivalent) materials for the private brand in the major product categories". 
        • 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
            As part of their "Sustainable Procurement Goals for 2020" AEON Co. Ltd. have committed to "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by RSPO*5 or equivalent) materials for the private brand"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            As part of their "Sustainable Procurement Goals for 2020" AEON Co. Ltd. have committed to "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by RSPO*5 or equivalent) materials for the private brand"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            As part of their "Sustainable Procurement Goals for 2020" AEON Co. Ltd. have committed to "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by RSPO*5 or equivalent) materials for the private brand"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            As part of their "Sustainable Procurement Goals for 2020" AEON Co. Ltd. have committed to "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by RSPO*5 or equivalent) materials for the private brand"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            As part of their "Sustainable Procurement Goals for 2020" AEON Co. Ltd. have committed to "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by RSPO*5 or equivalent) materials for the private brand"
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            As part of their "Sustainable Procurement Goals for 2020" AEON Co. Ltd. have committed to "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by RSPO*5 or equivalent) materials for the private brand"
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            As part of their "Sustainable Procurement Goals for 2020" AEON Co. Ltd. have committed to "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by RSPO*5 or equivalent) materials for the private brand"
        • 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
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No traceability commitment
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            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
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • 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
        5/16
        • 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
          AEON Co. Ltd.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
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Shall not discriminate or be complicit in employment discrimination relating to recruitment, wages, promotion, training, termination or retirement on the grounds of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, age, origin, religion, academic background, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or gender identity". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Soy
      5/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/21
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • 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
        • 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
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            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
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • 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
        5/16
        • 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
          AEON Co. Ltd.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
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Shall not discriminate or be complicit in employment discrimination relating to recruitment, wages, promotion, training, termination or retirement on the grounds of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, age, origin, religion, academic background, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or gender identity". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      20/86
      • Commitment Strength
        12/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests; Certification
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by FSC*4 or equivalent) materials for the private brand in the major product categories". "Utilizing store materials and product raw materials made of lumber and pulp produced from properly managed forests, and strive to prevent deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by FSC*4 or equivalent) materials for the private brand in the major product categories". "Utilizing store materials and product raw materials made of lumber and pulp produced from properly managed forests, and strive to prevent deforestation." Does not apply to all products.
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by FSC*4 or equivalent) materials for the private brand in the major product categories". "Utilizing store materials and product raw materials made of lumber and pulp produced from properly managed forests, and strive to prevent deforestation." Does not apply to all products.
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by FSC*4 or equivalent) materials for the private brand in the major product categories". "Utilizing store materials and product raw materials made of lumber and pulp produced from properly managed forests, and strive to prevent deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by FSC*4 or equivalent) materials for the private brand in the major product categories". "Utilizing store materials and product raw materials made of lumber and pulp produced from properly managed forests, and strive to prevent deforestation."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by FSC*4 or equivalent) materials for the private brand in the major product categories". "Utilizing store materials and product raw materials made of lumber and pulp produced from properly managed forests, and strive to prevent deforestation."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Aiming for 100% use of sustainability-certified (by FSC*4 or equivalent) materials for the private brand in the major product categories". "Utilizing store materials and product raw materials made of lumber and pulp produced from properly managed forests, and strive to prevent deforestation."
        • 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 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
      • Reporting and Implementation
        3/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "FY2016 KPI Progress...(Products) Sell about 130 FSC certified products in stationaery and H&BC generic items. Achieved 100% FSC certification in three categories. Take advantage of FSC certifed paper in generic items, even in food packaging and hanging clothes tags. (stores) Total number of ministop stores in Japan that use FSC-certified wood: 206 stores."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "FY2016 KPI Progress...(Products) Sell about 130 FSC certified products in stationaery and H&BC generic items. Achieved 100% FSC certification in three categories. Take advantage of FSC certifed paper in generic items, even in food packaging and hanging clothes tags. (stores) Total number of ministop stores in Japan that use FSC-certified wood: 206 stores."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            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
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • 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
        5/16
        • 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
          AEON Co. Ltd.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
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Shall not discriminate or be complicit in employment discrimination relating to recruitment, wages, promotion, training, termination or retirement on the grounds of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, age, origin, religion, academic background, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or gender identity". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    11/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    1/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/16
    Avg. score

Profile

AEON is a Japanese retail group operating more than 300 subsidiaries across 13 countries. Its business is primarily focussed in the Asia-Pacific region and includes supermarkets, convenience stores and home stores, amongst others. It is one of the largest retailers of edible groceries within the region, trading in both palm oil and soy. While AEON’s grocery business is especially prominent in Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand, the company operates at a global scale.  

Sector
Industry sector 
Food retail
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
Japan
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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