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  • Overall approach
    2/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      Commodity-specific commitment - commitment that does not apply to all of the commodities the company is exposed to
      0/4
      Commodities (if applicable): Palm oil
      "Clariant supports the responsible and sustainable sourcing of renewable raw materials in order to avoid deforestation, loss of biodiversity and shortage in food supply. Clariant is for example a member of RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) and has set out targets for RSPO certification of all relevant production sites. Clariant is also part of the Action for Sustainable Derivatives, a collaborative initiative that promotes responsible sourcing and collective action to increase sustainable production of palm oil and palm oil derivatives."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: UN Global Compact
      "Muttenz, July 31, 2013 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, today announced that it has signed the declaration of membership of the UN Global Compact."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "To protect rainforests and prevent ecological degradation caused by the clearing of land for palm oil plantations, Clariant pursues certification of its palm oil derivatives supply. As a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)"
    • 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
      Yes
      0/0
      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030

      Type of climate target: Other or unclear
      2030 targets: "- 40% scope 1+2 absolute greenhouse gas emissions"
  • Commodity score
    26/88
    • Palm oil
      36/88
      • Commitment Strength
        12/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "OUR TRIPLE APPROACH TOWARDS ZERO-DEFORESTATION...CARRY ON WITH OUR RSPO SUPPLY CHAIN CERTIFICATION ROLL-OUT...RSPO Mass Balance certification by 2016...DEVELOP A THOROUGH TRACEABILITY POLICY AND ACTION PLANContinue jointly working on traceability with customers and suppliers, establish collaboration with a think-tank...Since 2016 all relevant Clariant key production sites have been RSPO certified, following the Mass Balance certification rules."
          • 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
            "OUR TRIPLE APPROACH TOWARDS ZERO-DEFORESTATION...CARRY ON WITH OUR RSPO SUPPLY CHAIN CERTIFICATION ROLL-OUT...RSPO Mass Balance certification by 2016...DEVELOP A THOROUGH TRACEABILITY POLICY AND ACTION PLANContinue jointly working on traceability with customers and suppliers, establish collaboration with a think-tank...Since 2016 all relevant Clariant key production sites have been RSPO certified, following the Mass Balance certification rules."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "OUR TRIPLE APPROACH TOWARDS ZERO-DEFORESTATION...CARRY ON WITH OUR RSPO SUPPLY CHAIN CERTIFICATION ROLL-OUT...RSPO Mass Balance certification by 2016...DEVELOP A THOROUGH TRACEABILITY POLICY AND ACTION PLANContinue jointly working on traceability with customers and suppliers, establish collaboration with a think-tank...Since 2016 all relevant Clariant key production sites have been RSPO certified, following the Mass Balance certification rules."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2016
            "OUR TRIPLE APPROACH TOWARDS ZERO-DEFORESTATION...CARRY ON WITH OUR RSPO SUPPLY CHAIN CERTIFICATION ROLL-OUT...RSPO Mass Balance certification by 2016...DEVELOP A THOROUGH TRACEABILITY POLICY AND ACTION PLANContinue jointly working on traceability with customers and suppliers, establish collaboration with a think-tank...Since 2016 all relevant Clariant key production sites have been RSPO certified, following the Mass Balance certification rules."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "OUR TRIPLE APPROACH TOWARDS ZERO-DEFORESTATION...CARRY ON WITH OUR RSPO SUPPLY CHAIN CERTIFICATION ROLL-OUT...RSPO Mass Balance certification by 2016...DEVELOP A THOROUGH TRACEABILITY POLICY AND ACTION PLANContinue jointly working on traceability with customers and suppliers, establish collaboration with a think-tank...Since 2016 all relevant Clariant key production sites have been RSPO certified, following the Mass Balance certification rules."
          • 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
            "OUR TRIPLE APPROACH TOWARDS ZERO-DEFORESTATION...CARRY ON WITH OUR RSPO SUPPLY CHAIN CERTIFICATION ROLL-OUT...RSPO Mass Balance certification by 2016...DEVELOP A THOROUGH TRACEABILITY POLICY AND ACTION PLANContinue jointly working on traceability with customers and suppliers, establish collaboration with a think-tank...Since 2016 all relevant Clariant key production sites have been RSPO certified, following the Mass Balance certification rules."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "OUR TRIPLE APPROACH TOWARDS ZERO-DEFORESTATION...CARRY ON WITH OUR RSPO SUPPLY CHAIN CERTIFICATION ROLL-OUT...RSPO Mass Balance certification by 2016...DEVELOP A THOROUGH TRACEABILITY POLICY AND ACTION PLANContinue jointly working on traceability with customers and suppliers, establish collaboration with a think-tank...Since 2016 all relevant Clariant key production sites have been RSPO certified, following the Mass Balance certification rules."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "OUR TRIPLE APPROACH TOWARDS ZERO-DEFORESTATION...CARRY ON WITH OUR RSPO SUPPLY CHAIN CERTIFICATION ROLL-OUT...RSPO Mass Balance certification by 2016...DEVELOP A THOROUGH TRACEABILITY POLICY AND ACTION PLANContinue jointly working on traceability with customers and suppliers, establish collaboration with a think-tank...Since 2016 all relevant Clariant key production sites have been RSPO certified, following the Mass Balance certification rules."
        • 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
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We expect our suppliers and their contractors to abide by this Code of conduct and to help us reduce our environmental and social impacts...health and safety...non-discrimination...child labor...freedom of association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Certification; Technical assistance/support

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 500
          "Clariant has teamed up with Wilmar International Ltd, their joint venture The Global Amines Company, Wild Asia a local social enterprise and L’Oréal to educate Malaysian palm oil small producers on sustainability, certification and supply chain traceability – and increase productivity by 20 percent until 2020.Over five years the project partners will not just enable 500 palm fruit farmers in the Sabah, Beluran District in Malaysia to achieve their RSPO certification. SPOTS® – Sustainable Palm Oil and Traceability with Sabah small producers – will also connect independent palm oil and palm kernel oil producers to the global market by purchasing RSPO Mass Balance certified material. The project aims to ensure economic development of small-scale producers by giving them access to global markets, introducing better cultivation practices and creating environmental benefits by engaging small producers in sustainable palm trees cultivation through RSPO certification."
        • 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
          "our expectations...Non-discrimination – suppliers shall not tolerate any discrimination on the ground of race, social or ethnic background, nationality, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political opinion or disability."
        • 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
        15/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "OUR TRIPLE APPROACH TOWARDS ZERO-DEFORESTATION...CARRY ON WITH OUR RSPO SUPPLY CHAIN CERTIFICATION ROLL-OUT...RSPO Mass Balance certification by 2016...DEVELOP A THOROUGH TRACEABILITY POLICY AND ACTION PLANContinue jointly working on traceability with customers and suppliers, establish collaboration with a think-tank...Since 2016 all relevant Clariant key production sites have been RSPO certified, following the Mass Balance certification rules."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "OUR TRIPLE APPROACH TOWARDS ZERO-DEFORESTATION...CARRY ON WITH OUR RSPO SUPPLY CHAIN CERTIFICATION ROLL-OUT...RSPO Mass Balance certification by 2016...DEVELOP A THOROUGH TRACEABILITY POLICY AND ACTION PLANContinue jointly working on traceability with customers and suppliers, establish collaboration with a think-tank...Since 2016 all relevant Clariant key production sites have been RSPO certified, following the Mass Balance certification rules."
          • 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?: RSPO

            For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 0 not specified

            Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: 0 not specified

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 0 not specified
            "OUR TRIPLE APPROACH TOWARDS ZERO-DEFORESTATION...CARRY ON WITH OUR RSPO SUPPLY CHAIN CERTIFICATION ROLL-OUT...RSPO Mass Balance certification by 2016...DEVELOP A THOROUGH TRACEABILITY POLICY AND ACTION PLANContinue jointly working on traceability with customers and suppliers, establish collaboration with a think-tank...Since 2016 all relevant Clariant key production sites have been RSPO certified, following the Mass Balance certification rules."
          • 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

            What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 100%

            Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: 0 not specified

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 0 not specified
            "OUR TRIPLE APPROACH TOWARDS ZERO-DEFORESTATION...CARRY ON WITH OUR RSPO SUPPLY CHAIN CERTIFICATION ROLL-OUT...RSPO Mass Balance certification by 2016...DEVELOP A THOROUGH TRACEABILITY POLICY AND ACTION PLANContinue jointly working on traceability with customers and suppliers, establish collaboration with a think-tank...Since 2016 all relevant Clariant key production sites have been RSPO certified, following the Mass Balance certification rules."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Joint venture to educate small producers of palm on sustainability 

          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing support/advice/experience/expertise; Providing financial support
          "Clariant has teamed up with Wilmar International Ltd, their joint venture The Global Amines Company, Wild Asia a local social enterprise and L’Oréal to educate Malaysian palm oil small producers on sustainability, certification and supply chain traceability – and increase productivity by 20 percent until 2020"
        • 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; Environmental
          "We understand that reporting actual or suspected malpractices takes courage and we truly value if you speak up. We encourage you to reach out to a person of trust at Clariant or to the Clariant Integrity Line, where you can ask questions or make an anonymous report. We also appreciate our external partners' cooperation by reporting any actual or alleged violation of Clariant’s commitments stated in our Code of Ethics and other related documents."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 104001 tonnes
          In the 2020 RSPO ACOP report, Claraint reports using a total of 104001 tonnes of palm oil with 10543 tonnes certified
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          What is the certified volume?: 10543 tonnes

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 10%

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 93458 tonnes

          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO
          In the 2020 RSPO ACOP report, Claraint reports using a total of 104001 tonnes of palm oil with 10543 tonnes certified
        • 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 *
      5/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • 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
        • 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
          "We expect our suppliers and their contractors to abide by this Code of conduct and to help us reduce our environmental and social impacts...health and safety...non-discrimination...child labor...freedom of association"
        • 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
          "our expectations...Non-discrimination – suppliers shall not tolerate any discrimination on the ground of race, social or ethnic background, nationality, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political opinion or disability."
        • 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
        0/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    8/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    10/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    8/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Clariant AG is a Swiss multinational speciality chemicals company using both palm oil and soy in the manufacture of their various products. Clariant develops, produces, markets and sells specialty chemical products for various end markets including paints, cosmetics and oils.

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