Download data

Powerbroker for

Select an assessment year:

  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      UN Global Compact
      Bertelsmann is signatory to the UN Global Compact
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "To safeguard forests, which are valuable for climate protection and biodiversity, Bertelsmann advocates responsible paper procurement."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    33/86
    • Pulp & Paper
      33/86
      • Commitment Strength
        19/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC; PEFC; Other (specify)
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests; Sustainability commitment
            If Other, specify here: SFI
            "Bertelsmann aims to achieve a share of more than 90 percent recycled paper and paper from certified sustainable forestry for paper it procures by 2020. Sustainable sources include recycled paper as well as paper of certified origin that meets the requirements of FSC®, PEFC™, SFI® or comparable standards [...] no wood from primeval or protected forests may be used in paper production [...] In 2017, the share of FSC- or PEFC-certified paper in self-procured volumes was 70 percent."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Bertelsmann aims to achieve a share of more than 90 percent recycled paper and paper from certified sustainable forestry for paper it procures by 2020. Sustainable sources include recycled paper as well as paper of certified origin that meets the requirements of FSC®, PEFC™, SFI® or comparable standards [...] no wood from primeval or protected forests may be used in paper production [...] In 2017, the share of FSC- or PEFC-certified paper in self-procured volumes was 70 percent."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Bertelsmann aims to achieve a share of more than 90 percent recycled paper and paper from certified sustainable forestry for paper it procures by 2020. Sustainable sources include recycled paper as well as paper of certified origin that meets the requirements of FSC®, PEFC™, SFI® or comparable standards [...] no wood from primeval or protected forests may be used in paper production [...] In 2017, the share of FSC- or PEFC-certified paper in self-procured volumes was 70 percent."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            The goal is to less than 100% so cannot apply to all suppliers "Bertelsmann aims to achieve a share of more than 90 percent recycled paper and paper from certified sustainable forestry for paper it procures by 2020. Sustainable sources include recycled paper as well as paper of certified origin that meets the requirements of FSC®, PEFC™, SFI® or comparable standards [...] no wood from primeval or protected forests may be used in paper production [...] In 2017, the share of FSC- or PEFC-certified paper in self-procured volumes was 70 percent."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            The goal is to less than 100% so cannot apply to all suppliers  "Bertelsmann aims to achieve a share of more than 90 percent recycled paper and paper from certified sustainable forestry for paper it procures by 2020. Sustainable sources include recycled paper as well as paper of certified origin that meets the requirements of FSC®, PEFC™, SFI® or comparable standards [...] no wood from primeval or protected forests may be used in paper production [...] In 2017, the share of FSC- or PEFC-certified paper in self-procured volumes was 70 percent."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Bertelsmann aims to achieve a share of more than 90 percent recycled paper and paper from certified sustainable forestry for paper it procures by 2020. Sustainable sources include recycled paper as well as paper of certified origin that meets the requirements of FSC®, PEFC™, SFI® or comparable standards [...] no wood from primeval or protected forests may be used in paper production [...] In 2017, the share of FSC- or PEFC-certified paper in self-procured volumes was 70 percent."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Bertelsmann aims to achieve a share of more than 90 percent recycled paper and paper from certified sustainable forestry for paper it procures by 2020. Sustainable sources include recycled paper as well as paper of certified origin that meets the requirements of FSC®, PEFC™, SFI® or comparable standards [...] no wood from primeval or protected forests may be used in paper production [...] In 2017, the share of FSC- or PEFC-certified paper in self-procured volumes was 70 percent."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          9/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Bertelsmann aims to achieve a share of more than 90 percent recycled paper and paper from certified sustainable forestry for paper it procures by 2020 [...] In 2017, the proportion of recycled paper was 21 percent."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Bertelsmann aims to achieve a share of more than 90 percent recycled paper and paper from certified sustainable forestry for paper it procures by 2020 [...] In 2017, the proportion of recycled paper was 21 percent."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Bertelsmann aims to achieve a share of more than 90 percent recycled paper and paper from certified sustainable forestry for paper it procures by 2020 [...] In 2017, the proportion of recycled paper was 21 percent."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            The goal is to less than 100% so cannot apply to all suppliers "Bertelsmann aims to achieve a share of more than 90 percent recycled paper and paper from certified sustainable forestry for paper it procures by 2020 [...] In 2017, the proportion of recycled paper was 21 percent."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            The goal is to less than 100% so cannot apply to all suppliers "Bertelsmann aims to achieve a share of more than 90 percent recycled paper and paper from certified sustainable forestry for paper it procures by 2020 [...] In 2017, the proportion of recycled paper was 21 percent."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Bertelsmann aims to achieve a share of more than 90 percent recycled paper and paper from certified sustainable forestry for paper it procures by 2020 [...] In 2017, the proportion of recycled paper was 21 percent."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Bertelsmann aims to achieve a share of more than 90 percent recycled paper and paper from certified sustainable forestry for paper it procures by 2020 [...] In 2017, the proportion of recycled paper was 21 percent."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "In 2017, the share of FSC- or PEFC-certified paper in self-procured volumes was 70 percent."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            "Bertelsmann aims to achieve a share of more than 90 percent recycled paper and paper from certified sustainable forestry for paper it procures by 2020 [...] In 2017, the proportion of recycled paper was 21 percent."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "In 2017, the share of FSC- or PEFC-certified paper in self-procured volumes was 70 percent."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          1.83 million tonnes
          "Paper consumption accounts for the largest share of Bertelsmann’s total raw material consumption. Compared to 2016, it fell slightly by about 22,000 tons (-1 percent) to 1.83 million tons in 2017 (previous year: 1.85 million tons). Bertelsmann purchased a total of 1.14 million tons of paper for its own use (previous year: 1.13 million tons)."
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Bertelsmann state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO and the UN Declaration on Human Rights. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers' have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Bertelsmann ensure their business partners prevent discrimination based on gender in their supply chains. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    19/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    9/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Bertelsmann is a media and services company operating in 50 countries around the world. Its major operations are in television and radio with the RTL group, publishing with Penguin Random House, and magazines with Gruner + Jahr. The most important markets are the US and Western Europe, but China, Brazil and India are growing markets. The company is one of the largest book publishers in the world and uses a significant amount of paper.

Sector
Industry sector 
Printing & publishing
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Germany
Company Type
Company type 
Private
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Penguin Random House, Gruenr + Jahr, Stern, Geo, Brigitte, Essen & Trinken, Bertelsmann Printing

How we assess the Forest 500

To ensure deforestation free supply chains, companies need to adopt and implement timebound and measurable policies for forest risk commodities.

All assessments use policies published on company websites, some links may have changed or been removed since the time of assessment.

Disclaimer

This assessment has been carried out following the methodology developed for the Forest 500 project, available here. Please see our disclaimer applicable to all information contained within this site and our terms and conditions for use of data presented on this site.

All assessments use policies published on company and financial institution websites, and while we endeavor to keep them updated some links may have changed or been removed since the time of assessment.

Please contact us with any concerns or feedback about this or other assessments included in the Forest 500.