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  • Overall approach
    4/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: UN Global Compact; Other initiative

      If Other Initiative, specify: Sustainable Apparel Coalition
      Sustainable Apparel Coalition "Illovo is a member of, and participates in, the activities of the National Business Initiative (NBI) which is the local partner for CDP, World Business Council on Sustainable Development and the UN Global Compact. Illovo attend workshops and seminars that the NBI presents and are represented on its board"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "There is increasing demand for greater transparency about the possible links that a wide range of consumer products, including food and clothing, have on deforestation. Feeding and clothing a growing global population is undoubtedly increasing the pressure on available farmland all over the world. Deforestation, including the depletion of tropical rain forests, has been a cause of concern for many governments, businesses and large parts of society and the negative impacts of this depletion are potentially profound, reducing natural carbon sinks, decimating biodiversity and displacing indigenous peoples"
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      What revenue comes from industries relevant to each forest risk commodity?: NA

      What type of risk is recognised?: Reputational

      What proportion of revenue that comes from relevant industries is exposed to each forest risk commodity?: NA

      Type of risk if Other. Also add any relevant details: NA

      What poportion of a company’s annual revenue depends on each forest risk commodity?: NA
      "As such, we consider reputational risk and how we can mitigate this risk through effective disclosures of activity related to forest related risks and opportunity through our annual reporting, CDP and other engagement with key stakeholders. Each business is responsible for engaging with stakeholders and monitoring local media for activities that may impact reputation"
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Annually

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Leather; Pulp & paper
      "The position(s) of the individual(s) on the board with responsibility for forests-related issues. [...] he Group Finance Director (equivalent title to Chief Risk Officer and Chief Financial Officer) is a member of the board. The CEO and Group Finance Director are accountable to the board for matters relating to risk. This includes keeping the board informed of forest commodity-related risks through the group's risk management procedures. Forest commodity-related issues and potential financial implications are reviewed, monitored and escalated to the board through this risk management system for which the Group Finance Director has responsibility."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Reduce emissions
      Yes
      0/0
      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030

      Type of climate target: Other or unclear

      Is this target aligned with/verified by SBTi?: Yes
      "We support policies that are aligned with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement to limit the rise in global temperatures to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5°C. Twinings Carbon neutral from bush to shelf in tea and herbal infusions by 2030 ; AB Sugar 30% reduction in end-to-end supply chain water and CO2 footprints by 2030 ; AB Agri Net zero in own operations by 2030 ; Primark 50% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across Primark value chain by 2030 ; GWF 20% reduction of Scope 1 and 2 emissions per tonne of production by 2020 (baseline 2010/11) 2020 target met. New target in development"
  • Commodity score
    21/90
    • Leather
      14/90
      • Commitment Strength
        3/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          3/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            Do they have a deforestation commitment covering animal feed?: Yes

            When was this commitment set?: NA
            "Across the group, cattle products are restricted to the leather used by Primark. Leather represents less than 1% of Primark's materials. Since joining the Leather Working Group in 2016, Primark has been working with suppliers to improve transparency and reduce the environmental impact of leather production. Under its Animal Welfare Statement, Primark has publicly committed to only source leather from domesticated animals that are a by-product of the meat industry. Primark is also a member of Eurofins | BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd and works closely with them on leather testing and sustainability matters."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Across the group, cattle products are restricted to the leather used by Primark. Leather represents less than 1% of Primark's materials. Since joining the Leather Working Group in 2016, Primark has been working with suppliers to improve transparency and reduce the environmental impact of leather production. Under its Animal Welfare Statement, Primark has publicly committed to only source leather from domesticated animals that are a by-product of the meat industry. Primark is also a member of Eurofins | BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd and works closely with them on leather testing and sustainability matters."
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        6/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: All suppliers

          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage
          "Accordingly, suppliers and representatives should comply with and seek to develop relationships with their own supply chains consistent with the principles set out below and should be compliant with all local laws and the following principles as a minimum. Employment is freely chosen 2. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected Child labour shall not be used Living wages are paid No discrimination is practised Working conditions are safe and hygienic"[...]"Policies and procedures shall conform to the provisions of the relevant International Labour Organization (ILO) standards."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          1/1
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          0.5/1
          What does the commitment cover?: Social harm
          "As a group with international businesses with far-reaching and complex supply chains, we have a role to play in ensuring that our businesses make sure rigorous due diligence is carried out; identifying risks and where required, conducting any necessary remediation as well as reporting transparently. We are wholly committed to respecting human rights across our own operations, supply chains and products including but not limited to issues of Modern Slavery."
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "We adhere to the principle of free, prior and informed consent of all communities when acquiring land. The rights of communities and traditional peoples to maintain access to land and natural resources will be recognised and respected."
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        5/56
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "The following aspects of environmental management will be included in the supplier assessment: • the company should be aware of and able to demonstrate compliance with all current legislation that may affect its activities; ABF reserves the rights to verify the supplier’s and representative’s compliance with the Code. Where supplier and representative reviews or audits demonstrate shortcomings in any of these areas, the supplier and representative should strive to implement a time-bound programme of improvement (remediation) leading to conformance."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: NA

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "Suppliers and representatives will properly implement these procedures into their business and review them regularly to ensure that they are operating effectively...ABF reserves the rights to verify the supplier’s and representative’s compliance with the Code. Where supplier and representative reviews or audits demonstrate shortcomings in any of these areas, the supplier and representative should strive to implement a time-bound programme of improvement (remediation) leading to conformance. In the event that we become aware of any actions or conditions not in compliance with the Code, we reserve the right to request corrective actions."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          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
      21/90
      • Commitment Strength
        5/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          5/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Type of sustainability commitment: Reduce the volume of virgin wood fibre used in paper and packaging products through usage of recycled content; Reduction of material inputs

            What paper/pulp product does their commitment apply to?: Paper products; Pulp; Packaging

            When was this commitment set?: 2021

            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "95% of our Paper & Board is either FSC certified or from other sustainable practices is currently sourced this way and we will make this 100% 2025. For FSC product, we are working with our packaging suppliers to ensure that recycled content is included in the paper and board we buy wherever possible. All virgin paper and board materials certified or uncertified will be sourced from sustainably managed temperate forests, with chain of custody proof provided by the supplier"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "95% of our Paper & Board is either FSC certified or from other sustainable practices is currently sourced this way and we will make this 100% 2025. For FSC product, we are working with our packaging suppliers to ensure that recycled content is included in the paper and board we buy wherever possible. All virgin paper and board materials certified or uncertified will be sourced from sustainably managed temperate forests, with chain of custody proof provided by the supplier"
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Obtain FSC and PEFC certified material
            ""95% of our Paper & Board is either FSC certified or from other sustainable practices is currently sourced this way and we will make this 100% 2025."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        6/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1

          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Accordingly, suppliers and representatives should comply with and seek to develop relationships with their own supply chains consistent with the principles set out below and should be compliant with all local laws and the following principles as a minimum. Employment is freely chosen 2. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected Child labour shall not be used Living wages are paid No discrimination is practised Working conditions are safe and hygienic"[...]"Policies and procedures shall conform to the provisions of the relevant International Labour Organization (ILO) standards."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          1/1
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          0.5/1
          What does the commitment cover?: Social harm
          "As a group with international businesses with far-reaching and complex supply chains, we have a role to play in ensuring that our businesses make sure rigorous due diligence is carried out; identifying risks and where required, conducting any necessary remediation as well as reporting transparently. We are wholly committed to respecting human rights across our own operations, supply chains and products including but not limited to issues of Modern Slavery."
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "We adhere to the principle of free, prior and informed consent of all communities when acquiring land. The rights of communities and traditional peoples to maintain access to land and natural resources will be recognised and respected."
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        11/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
          ""95% of our Paper & Board is either FSC certified or from other sustainable practices is currently sourced this way and we will make this 100% 2025."
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Frequently but not specified

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: NA
          "Does your organization undertake a forests-related risk assessment? Yes, forests-related risks are assessed [...] Our process for identifying, assessing and responding to forests-related risks and opportunities is integrated in our group-wide approach to risk management. The delivery of our strategic objectives and the sustainable growth of ABF is dependent on effective risk management. We regularly face business uncertainties and it is through a structured approach to risk management that we are able to mitigate and manage these risks and embrace opportunities when they arise. The diversified nature of our operations, geographical reach, assets and currencies are important factors in mitigating the risk of a material threat to the group’s sustainable growth and long-term shareholder value. [...] Our businesses perform risk assessments which consider materiality, risk controls and specific local risks relevant to the markets in which they operate. Risks assessments start at the asset level with each site taking responsibility for assessing their immediate environmental sensitivities and risks, often related to better understanding the supporting supply chain. These site level risks are mapped onto a risk and opportunities matrix, which considers stakeholder concern, potential financial impact and assesses likely level of impact."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "The following aspects of environmental management will be included in the supplier assessment: • the company should be aware of and able to demonstrate compliance with all current legislation that may affect its activities; ABF reserves the rights to verify the supplier’s and representative’s compliance with the Code. Where supplier and representative reviews or audits demonstrate shortcomings in any of these areas, the supplier and representative should strive to implement a time-bound programme of improvement (remediation) leading to conformance."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting partial volumes
          2/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting partial volumes
          1.5/3
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: NA

          Total volume: 74,750 Metric tons

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: NA

          What product types/sectors is this in?: Food, packaging

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA
          In their 2021 CDP Forest repor a total of: "Volume 74,750 Metric tons, Data coverage Partial commodity production/consumption"
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Implementation + training/audits

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "Suppliers and representatives will properly implement these procedures into their business and review them regularly to ensure that they are operating effectively...ABF reserves the rights to verify the supplier’s and representative’s compliance with the Code. Where supplier and representative reviews or audits demonstrate shortcomings in any of these areas, the supplier and representative should strive to implement a time-bound programme of improvement (remediation) leading to conformance. In the event that we become aware of any actions or conditions not in compliance with the Code, we reserve the right to request corrective actions."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          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: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: No
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      24/90
      • Commitment Strength
        7/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          5/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            When was this commitment set?: NA

            Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
            "We are part of the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) Sustainability Committee and an active member in the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya. To date, we have validated that 57% of the soya we buy worldwide meets the FEFAC benchmark for responsibly sourced soya and we have committed to achieving a zero-deforestation supply chain for palm oil and soya by 2025."[...]"AB Agri has a 2025 ambition to source 100% of soy from responsibly sourced soya schemes."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidiary

            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: AB Agri
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Purchase soy that meets FEFAC guidelines
            "We are part of the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) Sustainability Committee and an active member in the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya. To date, we have validated that 57% of the soya we buy worldwide meets the FEFAC benchmark for responsibly sourced soya and we have committed to achieving a zero-deforestation supply chain for palm oil and soya by 2025."[...]"AB Agri has a 2025 ambition to source 100% of soy from responsibly sourced soya schemes."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          2/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2/4
            When was this commitment set?: NA
            "97% of AB Agri's soy consumption can be linked back to countries of origin (in some cases regions/states). The country break down is as follows: Brazil 43% Argentina 27% USA 16% Paraguay 8% France 1.5% Canada 1% Countries <0.3%: Russia, India, China & Poland Although we are not disclosing our soy consumption volume"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidiary

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Only applies AB Agri

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: NA

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA

            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: AB Agri

            If Other, specify: NA
            Traceability commitment applies to ABF's subsidiary "97% of AB Agri's soy consumption can be linked back to countries of origin (in some cases regions/states). The country break down is as follows: Brazil 43% Argentina 27% USA 16% Paraguay 8% France 1.5% Canada 1% Countries <0.3%: Russia, India, China & Poland Although we are not disclosing our soy consumption volume"
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        6/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage
          "Accordingly, suppliers and representatives should comply with and seek to develop relationships with their own supply chains consistent with the principles set out below and should be compliant with all local laws and the following principles as a minimum. Employment is freely chosen 2. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected Child labour shall not be used Living wages are paid No discrimination is practised Working conditions are safe and hygienic"[...]"Policies and procedures shall conform to the provisions of the relevant International Labour Organization (ILO) standards."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          1/1
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          0.5/1
          What does the commitment cover?: Social harm
          "As a group with international businesses with far-reaching and complex supply chains, we have a role to play in ensuring that our businesses make sure rigorous due diligence is carried out; identifying risks and where required, conducting any necessary remediation as well as reporting transparently. We are wholly committed to respecting human rights across our own operations, supply chains and products including but not limited to issues of Modern Slavery."
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "We adhere to the principle of free, prior and informed consent of all communities when acquiring land. The rights of communities and traditional peoples to maintain access to land and natural resources will be recognised and respected."
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        12/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • 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; Providing support/ advice/ experience/ expertise

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: UK Soya Round Table and its Steering Group
          "AB Agri is also a member of the government backed multi-stakeholder UK Soya Round Table and its Steering Group. The work of this group has contributed to a significant increase in the requirement for responsibly sourced soya in the UK market which is still growing. AB Mauri UK has maintained its ‘BM Trada Responsibly Sourced’ accreditation and worked to explore local sources of sustainable soy supply - including a new source of soy supply in the UK."
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Frequently but not specified

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: NA
          "Does your organization undertake a forests-related risk assessment? Yes, forests-related risks are assessed [...] Our process for identifying, assessing and responding to forests-related risks and opportunities is integrated in our group-wide approach to risk management. The delivery of our strategic objectives and the sustainable growth of ABF is dependent on effective risk management. We regularly face business uncertainties and it is through a structured approach to risk management that we are able to mitigate and manage these risks and embrace opportunities when they arise. The diversified nature of our operations, geographical reach, assets and currencies are important factors in mitigating the risk of a material threat to the group’s sustainable growth and long-term shareholder value. [...] Our businesses perform risk assessments which consider materiality, risk controls and specific local risks relevant to the markets in which they operate. Risks assessments start at the asset level with each site taking responsibility for assessing their immediate environmental sensitivities and risks, often related to better understanding the supporting supply chain. These site level risks are mapped onto a risk and opportunities matrix, which considers stakeholder concern, potential financial impact and assesses likely level of impact."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "The following aspects of environmental management will be included in the supplier assessment: • the company should be aware of and able to demonstrate compliance with all current legislation that may affect its activities; ABF reserves the rights to verify the supplier’s and representative’s compliance with the Code. Where supplier and representative reviews or audits demonstrate shortcomings in any of these areas, the supplier and representative should strive to implement a time-bound programme of improvement (remediation) leading to conformance."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Implementation/training and audits
          "Suppliers and representatives will properly implement these procedures into their business and review them regularly to ensure that they are operating effectively...ABF reserves the rights to verify the supplier’s and representative’s compliance with the Code. Where supplier and representative reviews or audits demonstrate shortcomings in any of these areas, the supplier and representative should strive to implement a time-bound programme of improvement (remediation) leading to conformance. In the event that we become aware of any actions or conditions not in compliance with the Code, we reserve the right to request corrective actions."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          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 *
      28/90
      • Commitment Strength
        9/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          5/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

            When was this commitment set?: 2021
            "AB Agri is an active member of the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya which complements AB Agri's ambition to source 100% zero deforestation soy and palm oil by 2025"[...]"ABF has been a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2010, with some subsidiary companies holding membership from 2006. We have numerous businesses who have secured RSPO Supply Chain Certification for their facilities and are therefore using sustainably certified input materials."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidiary

            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: AB Agri
            "AB Agri is an active member of the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya which complements AB Agri's ambition to source 100% zero deforestation soy and palm oil by 2025"[...]"ABF has been a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2010, with some subsidiary companies holding membership from 2006. We have numerous businesses who have secured RSPO Supply Chain Certification for their facilities and are therefore using sustainably certified input materials."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: RSPO Certification
            "AB Agri is an active member of the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya which complements AB Agri's ambition to source 100% zero deforestation soy and palm oil by 2025"[...]"ABF has been a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2010, with some subsidiary companies holding membership from 2006. We have numerous businesses who have secured RSPO Supply Chain Certification for their facilities and are therefore using sustainably certified input materials."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: NA
            "AB Agri is an active member of the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya which complements AB Agri's ambition to source 100% zero deforestation soy and palm oil by 2025"[...]"ABF has been a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2010, with some subsidiary companies holding membership from 2006. We have numerous businesses who have secured RSPO Supply Chain Certification for their facilities and are therefore using sustainably certified input materials."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          4/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            4/4
            When was this commitment set?: NA
            ABF - "This information can be accessed from suppliers though is not necessarily embedded into a formally stipulated procedure and maintained across the ABF group. In many cases, details such as material country of origin are known due to the detail available from product specifications and vendor audit checks. Palm oil traceable to Country 90% [...] This information can be accessed from suppliers though is not necessarily embedded into a formally stipulated procedure. In many cases, details such as material country and state of origin are known due to the detail available from product specifications and vendor audit checks" [....] AB Agri - "We believe in responsible supply chains, including deforestation-free palm oil and soya. We have worked collaboratively with our suppliers to understand the country of origin of the feed materials we purchase and have identified the country of origin for more than 95% of our materials. We are using this insight to risk assess our ingredients more accurately. Our approach is based on using global risk analytics to understand where there may be an increased risk of environmental and political issues, or human rights abuses. Our palm oil and palm oil derivatives are 100% sustainably sourced, using Palm Trace Certificates."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: AB Agri

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: Grocery, Ingredients

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Only applies to AB Agri

            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidiary
            ABF - "This information can be accessed from suppliers though is not necessarily embedded into a formally stipulated procedure and maintained across the ABF group. In many cases, details such as material country of origin are known due to the detail available from product specifications and vendor audit checks. Palm oil traceable to Country 90% [...] This information can be accessed from suppliers though is not necessarily embedded into a formally stipulated procedure. In many cases, details such as material country and state of origin are known due to the detail available from product specifications and vendor audit checks" [....] AB Agri - "We believe in responsible supply chains, including deforestation-free palm oil and soya. We have worked collaboratively with our suppliers to understand the country of origin of the feed materials we purchase and have identified the country of origin for more than 95% of our materials. We are using this insight to risk assess our ingredients more accurately. Our approach is based on using global risk analytics to understand where there may be an increased risk of environmental and political issues, or human rights abuses. Our palm oil and palm oil derivatives are 100% sustainably sourced, using Palm Trace Certificates."
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        6/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "Accordingly, suppliers and representatives should comply with and seek to develop relationships with their own supply chains consistent with the principles set out below and should be compliant with all local laws and the following principles as a minimum. Employment is freely chosen 2. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected Child labour shall not be used Living wages are paid No discrimination is practised Working conditions are safe and hygienic"[...]"Policies and procedures shall conform to the provisions of the relevant International Labour Organization (ILO) standards."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          1/1
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          0.5/1
          What does the commitment cover?: Social harm
          "As a group with international businesses with far-reaching and complex supply chains, we have a role to play in ensuring that our businesses make sure rigorous due diligence is carried out; identifying risks and where required, conducting any necessary remediation as well as reporting transparently. We are wholly committed to respecting human rights across our own operations, supply chains and products including but not limited to issues of Modern Slavery."
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "We adhere to the principle of free, prior and informed consent of all communities when acquiring land. The rights of communities and traditional peoples to maintain access to land and natural resources will be recognised and respected."
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        13/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: NA

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Frequently but not specified
          "Does your organization undertake a forests-related risk assessment? Yes, forests-related risks are assessed [...] Our process for identifying, assessing and responding to forests-related risks and opportunities is integrated in our group-wide approach to risk management. The delivery of our strategic objectives and the sustainable growth of ABF is dependent on effective risk management. We regularly face business uncertainties and it is through a structured approach to risk management that we are able to mitigate and manage these risks and embrace opportunities when they arise. The diversified nature of our operations, geographical reach, assets and currencies are important factors in mitigating the risk of a material threat to the group’s sustainable growth and long-term shareholder value. [...] Our businesses perform risk assessments which consider materiality, risk controls and specific local risks relevant to the markets in which they operate. Risks assessments start at the asset level with each site taking responsibility for assessing their immediate environmental sensitivities and risks, often related to better understanding the supporting supply chain. These site level risks are mapped onto a risk and opportunities matrix, which considers stakeholder concern, potential financial impact and assesses likely level of impact."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "The following aspects of environmental management will be included in the supplier assessment: • the company should be aware of and able to demonstrate compliance with all current legislation that may affect its activities; ABF reserves the rights to verify the supplier’s and representative’s compliance with the Code. Where supplier and representative reviews or audits demonstrate shortcomings in any of these areas, the supplier and representative should strive to implement a time-bound programme of improvement (remediation) leading to conformance."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: 0 Metric Tonnes

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: 21713.0 Metric Tonnes

          What product types/sectors is this in?: Food Processing

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA

          Total volume: 21713.0 Metric Tonnes
          In their 2020 RSPO ACOP report ABF declare they consumed 21713.0 Metric Tonnes of palm oil in 2020.
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Implementation Programmes; Audits to check compliance with code of conduct

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "Suppliers and representatives will properly implement these procedures into their business and review them regularly to ensure that they are operating effectively...ABF reserves the rights to verify the supplier’s and representative’s compliance with the Code. Where supplier and representative reviews or audits demonstrate shortcomings in any of these areas, the supplier and representative should strive to implement a time-bound programme of improvement (remediation) leading to conformance. In the event that we become aware of any actions or conditions not in compliance with the Code, we reserve the right to request corrective actions."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          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
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    6/17
    Avg. score
  • Implementation and Reporting
    10/56
    Avg. score
  • Associated Human Rights Abuses
    6/17
    Avg. score

Profile

Associated British Foods is a diversified group with operations in food, ingredients and retail. The group’s business units include teas, cereals, sugars, and animal feed with such brands such as Twinings, Ryvita, and Blue Dragon. It is also a leading vendor in the baking ingredients market and the owner of the clothing retailer Primark. These diverse businesses expose the group to palm oil and soy in food production, soy in animal feed and leather in apparel. It is also among the largest producers of animal feed in Europe. Associated British Foods Plc is selected as a powerbroker for soy, leather and paper packaging and is also assessed for its exposure to palm oil.

Sector
Industry sector 
Apparel & footwear, Ingredients, Packaged food
Segments
Manufacturer, Retailer
HQ
HQ 
United Kingdom
Company Type
Company type 
CO
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

AB Mauri, Allisons, Askeys, Billingtons, Blue Dragon, Capullo, Dorset Cereals, Jordans, Kingsmill, Ryvitas, Silver Spoon, Sunblest, Tip Top, Twinings, Primark

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