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  • Overall approach
    2/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: Soy Moratorium; UN Global Compact
      "CJ CheilJedang joined UNGC (UN Global Compact) in May 2014". "we are committed to the Soy Moratorium".
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Soybean is an essential ingredient in the production of our products such as soybean milk, tofu, and paste, but the reckless harvest of soybeans may devastate forests and cause damage to natural vegetation in tropical rainforests. To prevent such a tragedy, we use soybeans produced by sustainable methods and try to increase the share of sustainable soybeans in the total ingredients used in our products."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • 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
      No
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Other or unclear
  • Commodity score
    18/88
    • Palm oil
      22/88
      • Commitment Strength
        8/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          3/8
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "As an RSPO member, we purchase legally produced palm oil only. In 2020, we established a basic system for mass balance* and client communication and a new registration model in a move to adopt an enhanced method of procuring sustainable palm oil. Going forward, we intend to consistently increase the proportion of sustainable palm oil procured through this enhanced method." 
          • 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
            "As an RSPO member, we purchase legally produced palm oil only. In 2020, we established a basic system for mass balance* and client communication and a new registration model in a move to adopt an enhanced method of procuring sustainable palm oil. Going forward, we intend to consistently increase the proportion of sustainable palm oil procured through this enhanced method." 
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "As an RSPO member, we purchase legally produced palm oil only. In 2020, we established a basic system for mass balance* and client communication and a new registration model in a move to adopt an enhanced method of procuring sustainable palm oil. Going forward, we intend to consistently increase the proportion of sustainable palm oil procured through this enhanced method." 
          • 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
            "As an RSPO member, we purchase legally produced palm oil only. In 2020, we established a basic system for mass balance* and client communication and a new registration model in a move to adopt an enhanced method of procuring sustainable palm oil. Going forward, we intend to consistently increase the proportion of sustainable palm oil procured through this enhanced method." 
          • 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
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "CJ CheilJedang protects freedom of association in accordance with the International Labour Organization (ILO) agreement and domestic labor laws; CJ CheilJedang respects the human right of staffs & employees and all interested parties in relation to the company as an enterprise of global life & culture; and proclaims the open support for the principle of human right that is suggested by the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ by the UN and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Right (Ruggie Framework) by the UN Human Right Council. Based on the support for the proclamation of world’s human right, CJ CheilJedang has prohibited the child labor and forced labor and prevented in advance the discrimination and unfair treatment in respect of nationality, ethnic, gender, and education."
        • 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 based on race, nationality, ethnicity, skin color, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, religion, political beliefs, or marital status, in employment practices such as promotion, compensation, and education/training opportunity."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • 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
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            CJ Cheiljedang Corp. reported their usage of RSPO certified palm oil as 790 tons in 2019.
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            CJ Cheiljedang Corp. reported their usage of RSPO certified palm oil as 790 tons in 2019.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • 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 tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            CJ Cheiljedang Corp. reported their usage of RSPO certified palm oil as 790 tons in 2019.
          • 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
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Certification
            CJ Cheiljedang Corp. reported their usage of RSPO certified palm oil as 790 tons in 2019.
          • 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
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own
          "CJ CheilJedang opens various stakeholder engagement channels to enhance human rights. Opinions can be suggested anytime through the Grievance Redressal Committee and CJ Whistle for employees; Shared Growth Portal and Win-win VOC for SME suppliers; and phone calls, SMS, sign language and online VOC channels such as social media for customers. CJ CheilJedang reviews these issues and takes corrective measures. If you witness any case of violation of the principle of human rights, infringement or directly experience such a case and find it difficult to use the channels above, please do not hesitate to inform us by e-mail (sustainability@cj.net)."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 3665 tonnes 
          In 2020 ACOP, they report total palm oil usage as 3665 tonnes 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO

          What is the certified volume?: 366.13 tonnes

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 9.99%
          9.99% of the total is certified according to 2020 ACOP
        • 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
      14/88
      • Commitment Strength
        4/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          4/11
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2.7/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2.7/8
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No

            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS
            "CJ CheilJedang sources raw materials with RTRS certification for sustainable sourcing of soybean for soybean oil. We will increase the use of."
          • 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?: Subsidary
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "CJ CheilJedang sources raw materials with RTRS certification for sustainable sourcing of soybean for soybean oil. We will increase the use of."
          • 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
            "CJ CheilJedang sources raw materials with RTRS certification for sustainable sourcing of soybean for soybean oil. We will increase the use of."
        • 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
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "CJ CheilJedang protects freedom of association in accordance with the International Labour Organization (ILO) agreement and domestic labor laws; CJ CheilJedang respects the human right of staffs & employees and all interested parties in relation to the company as an enterprise of global life & culture; and proclaims the open support for the principle of human right that is suggested by the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ by the UN and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Right (Ruggie Framework) by the UN Human Right Council. Based on the support for the proclamation of world’s human right, CJ CheilJedang has prohibited the child labor and forced labor and prevented in advance the discrimination and unfair treatment in respect of nationality, ethnic, gender, and education."
        • 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 based on race, nationality, ethnicity, skin color, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, religion, political beliefs, or marital status, in employment practices such as promotion, compensation, and education/training opportunity."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        5/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "CJ CheilJedang sources raw materials with RTRS certification for sustainable sourcing of soybean for soybean oil. We will increase the use of."
          • 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
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "CJ CheilJedang opens various stakeholder engagement channels to enhance human rights. Opinions can be suggested anytime through the Grievance Redressal Committee and CJ Whistle for employees; Shared Growth Portal and Win-win VOC for SME suppliers; and phone calls, SMS, sign language and online VOC channels such as social media for customers. CJ CheilJedang reviews these issues and takes corrective measures. If you witness any case of violation of the principle of human rights, infringement or directly experience such a case and find it difficult to use the channels above, please do not hesitate to inform us by e-mail (sustainability@cj.net)."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 283,602 tonnes
          CJ Cheiljedang reported their usage of RTRS certified soy as 283,602 tonnes in 2020.
        • 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?: RTRS

          What is the certified volume?: 283,602 tonnes
          CJ Cheiljedang reported their usage of RTRS certified soy as 283,602 tonnes in 2020.
        • 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 *
      17/88
      • Commitment Strength
        8/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          3/8
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "To minimize the environmental influence of packaging waste, we use eco-friendly raw materials that are biodegraded by microorganisms under the ground when the packaging material is buried or we use plant-based materials to minimize the environmental impact of packaging waste. In addition, we prefer to use packaging materials that are environmentally certified regarding materials, manufacturing method, designs and functions and we encourage suppliers to certify the eco-friendly mark." "Use of environmental mark packaging materials such as FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)".
          • 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
            "To minimize the environmental influence of packaging waste, we use eco-friendly raw materials that are biodegraded by microorganisms under the ground when the packaging material is buried or we use plant-based materials to minimize the environmental impact of packaging waste. In addition, we prefer to use packaging materials that are environmentally certified regarding materials, manufacturing method, designs and functions and we encourage suppliers to certify the eco-friendly mark." "Use of environmental mark packaging materials such as FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)".
          • 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; Reduction of material inputs
            "In order to minimize the use of packaging materials and to prevent over packaging, we develop a packaging that minimizes the use of packaging materials from the design stage. We use structures and materials that are able to reduce the amount of packaging materials while ensuring the quality." "We use the recyclable materials or recycled materials to reuse again after using the packaging products to realize Circular Economy."
          • 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
            "In order to minimize the use of packaging materials and to prevent over packaging, we develop a packaging that minimizes the use of packaging materials from the design stage. We use structures and materials that are able to reduce the amount of packaging materials while ensuring the quality." "We use the recyclable materials or recycled materials to reuse again after using the packaging products to realize Circular Economy."
          • 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
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "CJ CheilJedang protects freedom of association in accordance with the International Labour Organization (ILO) agreement and domestic labor laws; CJ CheilJedang respects the human right of staffs & employees and all interested parties in relation to the company as an enterprise of global life & culture; and proclaims the open support for the principle of human right that is suggested by the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ by the UN and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Right (Ruggie Framework) by the UN Human Right Council. Based on the support for the proclamation of world’s human right, CJ CheilJedang has prohibited the child labor and forced labor and prevented in advance the discrimination and unfair treatment in respect of nationality, ethnic, gender, and education."
        • 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 based on race, nationality, ethnicity, skin color, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, religion, political beliefs, or marital status, in employment practices such as promotion, compensation, and education/training opportunity."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        5/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • 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
            CJ Cheiljedang reported their use of recycled packaging materials as 40,893 tons.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • 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 processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Third-party auditor DNV GL

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Third-party auditor
            "This report underwent a third-party verification process by an independent agency, DNV GL, to improve the accuracy and credibility of the contents herein". CJ Cheiljedang reported their use of recycled packaging materials as 40,893 tons.
          • 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
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "CJ CheilJedang opens various stakeholder engagement channels to enhance human rights. Opinions can be suggested anytime through the Grievance Redressal Committee and CJ Whistle for employees; Shared Growth Portal and Win-win VOC for SME suppliers; and phone calls, SMS, sign language and online VOC channels such as social media for customers. CJ CheilJedang reviews these issues and takes corrective measures. If you witness any case of violation of the principle of human rights, infringement or directly experience such a case and find it difficult to use the channels above, please do not hesitate to inform us by e-mail (sustainability@cj.net)."
        • 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
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    6/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    7/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    Avg. score

Profile

CJ Cheiljedang Corporation is the largest food company in South Korea. The company engages in the businesses of food, bioengineering and feed and livestock. CJ Cheiljedang Corporation is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Animal feed
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
South Korea
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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