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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Sustainable Agriculture Initiative 
      Agrifirm is a member of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Currently, there is a great deal of pressure on growing soybeans in association with an increase in deforestation and the loss of biodiversity. Agrifirm is aware of the social discussion surrounding the use of soybeans, which is the reason why it is involved in the Round Table on Responsible Soy."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    17/86
    • Palm oil
      23/86
      • Commitment Strength
        15/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            Type of commitment: Certification
            Nevedi, of which Agrifirm is a member, "is committed to arrange the responsible procurement of palm oil products (according to the RSPO standard) privately."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Nevedi, of which Agrifirm is a member, "is committed to arrange the responsible procurement of palm oil products (according to the RSPO standard) privately."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Nevedi, of which Agrifirm is a member, "is committed to arrange the responsible procurement of palm oil products (according to the RSPO standard) privately."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Nevedi, of which Agrifirm is a member, "is committed to arrange the responsible procurement of palm oil products (according to the RSPO standard) privately." They use credits so this doesn't apply to all suppliers.
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Nevedi, of which Agrifirm is a member, "is committed to arrange the responsible procurement of palm oil products (according to the RSPO standard) privately." They use credits so this doesn't apply to all suppliers.
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Nevedi, of which Agrifirm is a member, "is committed to arrange the responsible procurement of palm oil products (according to the RSPO standard) privately."
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          6/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            Nevedi, of which Agrifirm is a member, "is committed to arrange the responsible procurement of palm oil products (according to the RSPO standard) privately."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Nevedi, of which Agrifirm is a member, "is committed to arrange the responsible procurement of palm oil products (according to the RSPO standard) privately."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Nevedi, of which Agrifirm is a member, "is committed to arrange the responsible procurement of palm oil products (according to the RSPO standard) privately."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Nevedi, of which Agrifirm is a member, "is committed to arrange the responsible procurement of palm oil products (according to the RSPO standard) privately."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Nevedi, of which Agrifirm is a member, "is committed to arrange the responsible procurement of palm oil products (according to the RSPO standard) privately."
          • 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
        4/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            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
          Agrifirm "proactively identify and mitigate sustainability issues in the supply chain".
        • 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
          In cases of non-compliance, "the action and response of Royal Agrifirm Group will again depend on the type of issue being dealt with. In the case of type I issues there is a clear need for Royal Agrifirm Group and the supplier to investigate the problem in the supply chain and mitigate the risks as soon as possible."
        • 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
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Agrifirm state that they abide by the minimum standards for social security and human rights as set by the ILO. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers' freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Soy
      23/86
      • Commitment Strength
        13/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/21
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Certification schemes mentioned: RTRS; Other (specify)
            If Other, specify here: Responsible Soy Declaration, Sustainable Soy Chain Transition Foundation, Socially Responsible Soy Contracts
              "All soy imported by Agrifirm needs to comply with the FEFAC Sourcing Guidelines."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
              "All soy imported by Agrifirm needs to comply with the FEFAC Sourcing Guidelines."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
              "All soy imported by Agrifirm needs to comply with the FEFAC Sourcing Guidelines."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
              "All soy imported by Agrifirm needs to comply with the FEFAC Sourcing Guidelines."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
              "All soy imported by Agrifirm needs to comply with the FEFAC Sourcing Guidelines."
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
              "All soy imported by Agrifirm needs to comply with the FEFAC Sourcing Guidelines."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
              "All soy imported by Agrifirm needs to comply with the FEFAC Sourcing Guidelines."
        • 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
        6/34
        • 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 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
          Time-specific monitoring statement
          4/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Time-specific monitoring statement
          4/4
          Agrifirm works with suppliers on their sustainability risks, creates action plans to mitigate these and monitors them every two years. 
        • 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
          "The action and response of Royal Agrifirm Group will again depend on the type of issue being dealt with. In the case of type I issues there is a clear need for Royal Agrifirm Group and the supplier to investigate the problem in the supply chain and mitigate the risks as soon as possible. In the case of type II and type III problems it becomes more difficult to solve a problem directly."
        • 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
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Agrifirm state that they abide by the minimum standards for social security and human rights as set by the ILO. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers' freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      4/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • 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 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
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            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
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • 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
          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
        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
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Agrifirm state that they abide by the minimum standards for social security and human rights as set by the ILO. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers' freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    9/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    3/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    4/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Agrifirm is a Dutch agricultural cooperative consisting of over 17,000 farmers and horticulturalists. It combines the collective purchasing power of its members, making savings on the bulk purchase of products such as animal feed, seeds and fertilisers. The cooperative has several subsidiaries which expand its operations across Europe and into Russia and China. Agrifirm represents a significant portion of Europe’s soy imports and is also an importer of palm oil. In 2014 Agrifirm was listed as one of the top twenty animal feed producers in the world, for which soy is a major ingredient.

Sector
Industry sector 
Animal feed
Segments
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HQ
HQ 
Netherlands
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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