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  • Overall approach
    7/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/4
      Conversion-free/zero-gross conversion/zero-net conversion commitment or a zero deforestation/deforestation-free commitment that explicitly includes all other natural ecosystems
      4/4
      Do they have a commitment for other non-Forest 500 commodities, if so which?:

      Commodities (if applicable): 0
      "Ahold Delhaize and our brands have a wide-ranging approach to achieve zero deforestation and conversion, ultimately by 2025. There are predominantly four commodities that have significant impact on land conversion in our supply chains. For that reason, we have specific policies taking the High Conservation Value approach and the No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation principle into account on soy, palm oil and wood fiber." also includes beef
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum Deforestation resolution (being a member of the CGF is not sufficient); New York Declaration on Forests; Soy Moratorium; Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support; Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 partner; UN Global Compact
      "We have signed both the Consumer Goods Forum’s Resolution on Deforestation (November 2010) to mobilize resources within our respective businesses to help achieve zero net deforestation by 2020, and the New York Declaration on Forests, to halve the loss of natural forests by 2020 and strive to end it by 2030." [...] "March 1, 2019 – Ahold Delhaize announces it has signed up for the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) [...] The framework, which has been developed by WWF, CDP, WRI and UN Global Compact". Ahold Delhaize is also a member of the UN Global Compact and the Soy Moratorium. "we participate in multi-stakeholder forums, including: The Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA)"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Around the world, forests continue to disappear, often for agricultural, ranching and logging purposes. Deforestation and land conversion are a particular concern for tropical rainforests and ecosystems as they capture carbon emissions (and thus help mitigate climate change),  are home to much of the world's biodiversity, and support livelihoods across the globe. In addition, protecting, restoring and sustainably managing natural ecosystems, such as old-growth forests, marshes, mangroves and peatlands, could help to avoid the worst climate scenarios. Because of this, the food industry must help reduce deforestation and land conversion and identifying alternative methods to produce the commodities that feed the world."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Pulp & Paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: 3 times a year
      "Our commitment to conserving natural resources, as part of our overall Sustainable Retailing strategy, is established and supported globally through our Supervisory Board (Sustainability and Innovation Committee) and Executive Committee, and implemented locally through our brands. Relevant functional leaders across the group and the brands (in areas such as Legal, Operation support, Technical development, Sustainable Retailing and Product Integrity) are responsible for implementing the work relevant to their functions."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
      Yes, for all commodities
      0/0
      Does it disclose the percentage of pay at risk?:
      " 20% of the achievable cash bonus for our Management Board and Executive Committee as well as of our senior and mid-level leadership in 2021 will be tied to ambitious targets for healthier eating and the reduction of food waste and carbon emissions. This will be in addition to the 15% of our long term share-based incentive that was already tied to sustainability targets, which means that a substantial part of our executive pay will be linked to transparent ESG performance measures"
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030

      Type of climate target: Other or unclear
      "We will reduce absolute emissions from our own operations (scope 1 and 2) by 50% between 2018-2030. • We will reduce absolute emissions from our value chain (scope 3) by 15% between 2018-2030."   
  • Commodity score
    25/88
    • Beef
      10/88
      • Commitment Strength
        3/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          3/11
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1.3/8
            "As a member of the multi-stakeholder Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), we aim to jointly limit deforestation through the GSRB Principles & Criteria."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "As a member of the multi-stakeholder Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), we aim to jointly limit deforestation through the GSRB Principles & Criteria."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        7/18
        • 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

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "The Standards of Engagement set minimum standards for Suppliers that are designed to ensure that Ahold Delhaize has visibility into all aspects of its supply chain and meets these objectives. The Standards of Engagements cover the following subjects: Legal right to collective bargaining, Prohibition of discrimination, Compensation, Working hours, Workplace health and safety, No child labor, Protect the rights of young workers, Precarious employment, No bonded labor, Environment and safety issues, Ethical business behavior ... suppliers shall ensure that workers are not subject to inhumane or degrading treatment, corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion and/or verbal abuse"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "No discrimination shall be tolerated in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on gender, age, religion, race, caste, social background, disability, ethnic and national origin, nationality, membership in workers’ organizations including unions, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristic protected by law"
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "The purpose of our management approach is to enhance positive impacts and avoid, mitigate or remediate negative economic, social and environmental impacts of our businesses on society at large. The material topics can have impacts that are limited to the Ahold Delhaize organization, including its stores, offices, distribution centers and associates, or go beyond to impact society"
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • 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
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil
      35/88
      • Commitment Strength
        13/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Other certification scheme: Palm Oil Transparency Coalition (POTC)

            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO; Other certification
            "Ahold Delhaize and our brands have a wide-ranging approach to achieve zero deforestation and conversion, ultimately by 2025. [...] Ahold Delhaize and its brands are committed that 100% of the volume of palm oil in our own brand products is certified sustainable against the Principles and Criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The palm oil used that is not certified directly is covered by buying certificate credits. The RSPO Principles and Criteria aims to protect the environment where palm oil is grown, as well as the people and communities who produce it. In addition, Ahold Delhaize is a member of the Palm Oil Transparency Coalition (POTC)."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Ahold Delhaize and our brands have a wide-ranging approach to achieve zero deforestation and conversion, ultimately by 2025. [...] Ahold Delhaize and its brands are committed that 100% of the volume of palm oil in our own brand products is certified sustainable against the Principles and Criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The palm oil used that is not certified directly is covered by buying certificate credits. The RSPO Principles and Criteria aims to protect the environment where palm oil is grown, as well as the people and communities who produce it. In addition, Ahold Delhaize is a member of the Palm Oil Transparency Coalition (POTC)."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "Ahold Delhaize and our brands have a wide-ranging approach to achieve zero deforestation and conversion, ultimately by 2025. [...] Ahold Delhaize and its brands are committed that 100% of the volume of palm oil in our own brand products is certified sustainable against the Principles and Criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The palm oil used that is not certified directly is covered by buying certificate credits. The RSPO Principles and Criteria aims to protect the environment where palm oil is grown, as well as the people and communities who produce it. In addition, Ahold Delhaize is a member of the Palm Oil Transparency Coalition (POTC)."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
            Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
            "Ahold Delhaize and our brands have a wide-ranging approach to achieve zero deforestation and conversion, ultimately by 2025. [...] Ahold Delhaize and its brands are committed that 100% of the volume of palm oil in our own brand products is certified sustainable against the Principles and Criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The palm oil used that is not certified directly is covered by buying certificate credits. The RSPO Principles and Criteria aims to protect the environment where palm oil is grown, as well as the people and communities who produce it. In addition, Ahold Delhaize is a member of the Palm Oil Transparency Coalition (POTC)."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Ahold Delhaize and its brands are committed that 100% of the volume of palm oil in our own brand products is certified sustainable against the Principles and Criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)." "Our updated policy includes the commitment to protecting peatlands, High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests and High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, including wildlife habitats" (from 2014)
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Ahold Delhaize and its brands are committed that 100% of the volume of palm oil in our own brand products is certified sustainable against the Principles and Criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Ahold Delhaize and its brands are committed that 100% of the volume of palm oil in our own brand products is certified sustainable against the Principles and Criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Ahold Delhaize and its brands are committed that 100% of the volume of palm oil in our own brand products is certified sustainable against the Principles and Criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to Importer, no compliance check
            0/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to Importer, no compliance check
            0/4
            "In our European and U.S. operations traceable palm oil is defined as traceable to the 1 importer level (the companies importing the palm oil from palm growing countries into Europe or the U.S.). Traceability is the first step toward meeting our Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy for private brand products, which includes four criteria: 1. Complies with the principles and criteria of RSPO, 2. Preserves High Carbon Stock forests and High Conservation Value areas, 3. Does not expand on peatlands, regardless of depth [...] 39% RSPO Mass Balance or Segregated, 61% covered by Green Palm [...] 74% Palm Oil tracable to 1st Importer, 96% Palm oil traceable to the refinery at Super Indo"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Location

            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "In our European and U.S. operations traceable palm oil is defined as traceable to the 1 importer level (the companies importing the palm oil from palm growing countries into Europe or the U.S.). Traceability is the first step toward meeting our Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy for private brand products, which includes four criteria: 1. Complies with the principles and criteria of RSPO, 2. Preserves High Carbon Stock forests and High Conservation Value areas, 3. Does not expand on peatlands, regardless of depth [...] 39% RSPO Mass Balance or Segregated, 61% covered by Green Palm [...] 74% Palm Oil tracable to 1st Importer, 96% Palm oil traceable to the refinery at Super Indo"
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        7/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "The Standards of Engagement set minimum standards for Suppliers that are designed to ensure that Ahold Delhaize has visibility into all aspects of its supply chain and meets these objectives. The Standards of Engagements cover the following subjects: Legal right to collective bargaining, Prohibition of discrimination, Compensation, Working hours, Workplace health and safety, No child labor, Protect the rights of young workers, Precarious employment, No bonded labor, Environment and safety issues, Ethical business behavior ... suppliers shall ensure that workers are not subject to inhumane or degrading treatment, corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion and/or verbal abuse"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "No discrimination shall be tolerated in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on gender, age, religion, race, caste, social background, disability, ethnic and national origin, nationality, membership in workers’ organizations including unions, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristic protected by law"
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "The purpose of our management approach is to enhance positive impacts and avoid, mitigate or remediate negative economic, social and environmental impacts of our businesses on society at large. The material topics can have impacts that are limited to the Ahold Delhaize organization, including its stores, offices, distribution centers and associates, or go beyond to impact society"
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        15/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Ahold Delhaize report the following in their 2020 annual report "% of palm oil volume in own-brand products certified to an acceptable standard or to RSPO Book & Claim = 100% [...] % of palm oil volume in own-brand products certified against an acceptable standard (Mass Balance or Segregated supply chain option) = 75% [...] % of palm oil volume in own-brand products offset by purchase of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Book & Claim = 25%"
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Ahold Delhaize report the following in their 2020 annual report "% of palm oil volume in own-brand products certified to an acceptable standard or to RSPO Book & Claim = 100% [...] % of palm oil volume in own-brand products certified against an acceptable standard (Mass Balance or Segregated supply chain option) = 75% [...] % of palm oil volume in own-brand products offset by purchase of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Book & Claim = 25%"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification
            Ahold Delhaize report the following in their 2020 annual report "% of palm oil volume in own-brand products certified to an acceptable standard or to RSPO Book & Claim = 100% [...] % of palm oil volume in own-brand products certified against an acceptable standard (Mass Balance or Segregated supply chain option) = 75% [...] % of palm oil volume in own-brand products offset by purchase of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Book & Claim = 25%"
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Ahold Delhaize report the following in their 2020 annual report "% of palm oil volume in own-brand products certified to an acceptable standard or to RSPO Book & Claim = 100% [...] % of palm oil volume in own-brand products certified against an acceptable standard (Mass Balance or Segregated supply chain option) = 75% [...] % of palm oil volume in own-brand products offset by purchase of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Book & Claim = 25%"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Retailers Palm Oil Group (RPOG)
          "we are part of the Retailers Palm Oil Group (RPOG) and Retailers Soy Group (RSG); a group of European retailers working together pre-competitively on the challenging topics of palm oil and soy"
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: phone line
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 13,604 tonnes
          ACOP report staes 13,604 tonnes of palm oil and palm kernel oil
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO

          What is the certified volume?: 13,604 tonnes

          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?: 0 tonnes
          ACOP shows 13,604 tonnes of certified palm oil
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      25/88
      • Commitment Strength
        12/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: Peat

            Other certification scheme: Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)

            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC; Other certification
            "Ahold Delhaize and our brands have a wide-ranging approach to achieve zero deforestation and conversion, ultimately by 2025. There are predominantly four commodities that have significant impact on land conversion in our supply chains. For that reason, we have specific policies taking the High Conservation Value approach and the No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation principle into account on soy, palm oil and wood fiber. " "Acceptable standards for wood fiber are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody, Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or equivalent standards."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Mention own-brand products and packaging:"Ahold Delhaize brands apply a three-pronged approach towards wood fiber, whereby the product or packaging, must be either ‘certified’, ‘be low risk’, or ‘recycled’. A target has been set to have our own-brand wood fiber products certified sustainable against an acceptable standard, low risk, or recycled of 100%"
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Ahold Delhaize brands apply a three-pronged approach towards wood fiber, whereby the product or packaging, must be either ‘certified’, ‘be low risk’, or ‘recycled’. A target has been set to have our own-brand wood fiber products certified sustainable against an acceptable standard, low risk, or recycled of 100%"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Ahold Delhaize brands apply a three-pronged approach towards wood fiber, whereby the product or packaging, must be either ‘certified’, ‘be low risk’, or ‘recycled’. A target has been set to have our own-brand wood fiber products certified sustainable against an acceptable standard, low risk, or recycled of 100%"
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        7/18
        • 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

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "The Standards of Engagement set minimum standards for Suppliers that are designed to ensure that Ahold Delhaize has visibility into all aspects of its supply chain and meets these objectives. The Standards of Engagements cover the following subjects: Legal right to collective bargaining, Prohibition of discrimination, Compensation, Working hours, Workplace health and safety, No child labor, Protect the rights of young workers, Precarious employment, No bonded labor, Environment and safety issues, Ethical business behavior ... suppliers shall ensure that workers are not subject to inhumane or degrading treatment, corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion and/or verbal abuse"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "No discrimination shall be tolerated in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on gender, age, religion, race, caste, social background, disability, ethnic and national origin, nationality, membership in workers’ organizations including unions, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristic protected by law"
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "The purpose of our management approach is to enhance positive impacts and avoid, mitigate or remediate negative economic, social and environmental impacts of our businesses on society at large. The material topics can have impacts that are limited to the Ahold Delhaize organization, including its stores, offices, distribution centers and associates, or go beyond to impact society"
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "% of own-brand wood fiber products certified sustainable against an acceptable standard, low risk, or recycled: 95%" .. "% of own-brand paper and wood packaging (as defined, and per SKU) certified sustainable against an acceptable standard, low risk, or recycled: 54%"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "% of own-brand wood fiber products certified sustainable against an acceptable standard, low risk, or recycled: 95%" .. "% of own-brand paper and wood packaging (as defined, and per SKU) certified sustainable against an acceptable standard, low risk, or recycled: 54%"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Pricewater Cooper
             reporting was audited by PwC in 2020: "Obtaining assurance evidence that the ESG information reconciles with underlying records of the company;"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Report aduit

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Pricewater Cooper auditing
             reporting was audited by PwC in 2020: "Obtaining assurance evidence that the ESG information reconciles with underlying records of the company;"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • 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
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          What third-party verification is used?: FSC, PEFC or SFI
          "% of own-brand wood fiber products certified sustainable against an acceptable standard, low risk, or recycled: 95%" .. "% of own-brand paper and wood packaging (as defined, and per SKU) certified sustainable against an acceptable standard, low risk, or recycled: 54%"
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      29/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS; Other certification

            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes

            Other certification scheme: ProTerra

            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: Peat
            "Ahold Delhaize and our brands have a wide-ranging approach to achieve zero deforestation and conversion, ultimately by 2025. There are predominantly four commodities that have significant impact on land conversion in our supply chains. For that reason, we have specific policies taking the High Conservation Value approach and the No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation principle into account on soy, palm oil and wood fiber." "the clear majority of the soy used in our supply chains, is embedded in our animal protein supply chains (meat, farmed fish, eggs and dairy)" "Acceptable standards for soy are RTRS standard for Responsible Soy Production and ProTerra, or equivalent standards."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "Ahold Delhaize brands are working towards 100% sustainably certified higher risk soy." "Soy In scope are all high-priority (South American) soy volumes in own-brand products containing soy or animal-based products where soy (Tier 1-3) is used in the supply chain. When we refer to our soy use, we are referring to soy used for the production of Tier 1 (direct soy), Tier 2 (embedded soy in meat and fish) and Tier 3 (embedded soy in basic eggs, dairy products) products only. High-priority soy is defined as soy that comes from South America, which can potentially lead to deforestation and degradation of valuable ecosystems such as the Amazon and Cerrado (CGF Soy Sourcing Guidelines). Lower-priority soy is defined as soy that comes from other regions, including the U.S., Canada, Europe, India, and China (CGF Soy Sourcing Guidelines). European produced soy, or Danube soy, is also acceptable as “low priority" "
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Reached 100% certification in 2020: "% of high priority (South American) direct and embedded soy volumes in the supply chain of own-brand products certified against an acceptable standard: 100%"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Reached 100% certification in 2020: "% of high priority (South American) direct and embedded soy volumes in the supply chain of own-brand products certified against an acceptable standard: 100%"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        7/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "The Standards of Engagement set minimum standards for Suppliers that are designed to ensure that Ahold Delhaize has visibility into all aspects of its supply chain and meets these objectives. The Standards of Engagements cover the following subjects: Legal right to collective bargaining, Prohibition of discrimination, Compensation, Working hours, Workplace health and safety, No child labor, Protect the rights of young workers, Precarious employment, No bonded labor, Environment and safety issues, Ethical business behavior ... suppliers shall ensure that workers are not subject to inhumane or degrading treatment, corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion and/or verbal abuse"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "No discrimination shall be tolerated in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on gender, age, religion, race, caste, social background, disability, ethnic and national origin, nationality, membership in workers’ organizations including unions, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristic protected by law"
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "The purpose of our management approach is to enhance positive impacts and avoid, mitigate or remediate negative economic, social and environmental impacts of our businesses on society at large. The material topics can have impacts that are limited to the Ahold Delhaize organization, including its stores, offices, distribution centers and associates, or go beyond to impact society"
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        10/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Reached 100% certification in 2020: "% of high priority (South American) direct and embedded soy volumes in the supply chain of own-brand products certified against an acceptable standard: 100%"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RTRS

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RTRS
            Reached 100% RTRS certification in 2020: "% of high priority (South American) direct and embedded soy volumes in the supply chain of own-brand products certified against an acceptable standard: 100% [...] Soy credits are purchased through the Roundtable on Responsible Soy."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across 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?: Retailer Soy Group, The Statement of Support for the Cerrado group (SOS Group)

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "we participate in multi-stakeholder forums, including: […] The Round Table for Responsible Soy (RTRS), The Retailer Soy Group (RSG), The Statement of Support for the Cerrado group (SOS Group)"
        • 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
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 557.472 MT
          Reports 557.472 MT soy footprint in 2020 RTRS report
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 27%

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 408.615 MT

          What is the certified volume?: 148.857 MT

          What third-party verification is used?: RTRS
          "The credits provided in the table are only for the high-risk soy volumes coming from South America"
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    9/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    8/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    7/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Ahold Delhaize is a food retail group. It has twenty-two store brands, including groceries, supermarkets, specialty stores and online stores across the US, the Netherlands, Belgium, and other European countries. It is one of the world's largest retailers, and the breadth of its retail market means it is exposed to several forest risk commodities. Ahold Delhaize is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy, beef and paper packaging.

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

Top Brands

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