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  • Overall approach
    1/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific
      0/6
      Palm oil
      "In 2012, we set a public goal that we would source all palm oil ingredients from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil-certified sustainable palm oil or through Green Palm offsets by the year 2020". 
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      UN Global Compact
      "Clorox became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)" in 2015.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      0/1
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    42/86
    • Palm oil
      56/86
      • Commitment Strength
        34/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            "In 2012, we set a public goal that we would source all palm oil ingredients from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil-certified sustainable palm oil or through Green Palm offsets by the year 2020". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2012, we set a public goal that we would source all palm oil ingredients from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil-certified sustainable palm oil or through Green Palm offsets by the year 2020". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2012, we set a public goal that we would source all palm oil ingredients from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil-certified sustainable palm oil or through Green Palm offsets by the year 2020". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2012, we set a public goal that we would source all palm oil ingredients from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil-certified sustainable palm oil or through Green Palm offsets by the year 2020". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2012, we set a public goal that we would source all palm oil ingredients from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil-certified sustainable palm oil or through Green Palm offsets by the year 2020". 
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "In 2012, we set a public goal that we would source all palm oil ingredients from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil-certified sustainable palm oil or through Green Palm offsets by the year 2020". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "In 2012, we set a public goal that we would source all palm oil ingredients from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil-certified sustainable palm oil or through Green Palm offsets by the year 2020". 
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "By the end of 2020, we’ll require suppliers to secure third-party verification to demonstrate compliance with the following sourcing practices throughout all tiers of their supply chain: Do not contribute to deforestation by conserving and protecting primary and secondary forests, High Carbon Stock and High Conservation Value forests across all of their landholding. [...] Commit to no new development on peatlands, regardless of depth."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "By the end of 2020, we’ll require suppliers to secure third-party verification to demonstrate compliance with the following sourcing practices throughout all tiers of their supply chain: Do not contribute to deforestation by conserving and protecting primary and secondary forests, High Carbon Stock and High Conservation Value forests across all of their landholding. [...] Commit to no new development on peatlands, regardless of depth."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "By the end of 2020, we’ll require suppliers to secure third-party verification to demonstrate compliance with the following sourcing practices throughout all tiers of their supply chain: Do not contribute to deforestation by conserving and protecting primary and secondary forests, High Carbon Stock and High Conservation Value forests across all of their landholding. [...] Commit to no new development on peatlands, regardless of depth."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By the end of 2020, we’ll require suppliers to secure third-party verification to demonstrate compliance with the following sourcing practices throughout all tiers of their supply chain: Do not contribute to deforestation by conserving and protecting primary and secondary forests, High Carbon Stock and High Conservation Value forests across all of their landholding. [...] Commit to no new development on peatlands, regardless of depth."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By the end of 2020, we’ll require suppliers to secure third-party verification to demonstrate compliance with the following sourcing practices throughout all tiers of their supply chain: Do not contribute to deforestation by conserving and protecting primary and secondary forests, High Carbon Stock and High Conservation Value forests across all of their landholding. [...] Commit to no new development on peatlands, regardless of depth."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "By the end of 2020, we’ll require suppliers to secure third-party verification to demonstrate compliance with the following sourcing practices throughout all tiers of their supply chain: Do not contribute to deforestation by conserving and protecting primary and secondary forests, High Carbon Stock and High Conservation Value forests across all of their landholding. [...] Commit to no new development on peatlands, regardless of depth."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By the end of 2020, we’ll require suppliers to secure third-party verification to demonstrate compliance with the following sourcing practices throughout all tiers of their supply chain: Do not contribute to deforestation by conserving and protecting primary and secondary forests, High Carbon Stock and High Conservation Value forests across all of their landholding. [...] Commit to no new development on peatlands, regardless of depth."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "Our ambition is to work with suppliers of our palm oil ingredients to map the supply chain back to the mill level by the end of 2017 and, subsequently, to the plantation by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our ambition is to work with suppliers of our palm oil ingredients to map the supply chain back to the mill level by the end of 2017 and, subsequently, to the plantation by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our ambition is to work with suppliers of our palm oil ingredients to map the supply chain back to the mill level by the end of 2017 and, subsequently, to the plantation by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our ambition is to work with suppliers of our palm oil ingredients to map the supply chain back to the mill level by the end of 2017 and, subsequently, to the plantation by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our ambition is to work with suppliers of our palm oil ingredients to map the supply chain back to the mill level by the end of 2017 and, subsequently, to the plantation by 2020."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Our ambition is to work with suppliers of our palm oil ingredients to map the supply chain back to the mill level by the end of 2017 and, subsequently, to the plantation by 2020."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Our ambition is to work with suppliers of our palm oil ingredients to map the supply chain back to the mill level by the end of 2017 and, subsequently, to the plantation by 2020."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        13/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            The Clorox Company reported to RSPO in 2017 that their total palm oil usage was 2,319 tonnes, of which 64 tonnes were certified.
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            "Clorox continued to make strong progress toward our traceability goals, achieving 99 percent traceability to the origin refiner and 92 percent traceability to the mill by December 2018 for our 2018 priority suppliers, which represented 92 percent of our domestic business palm oil derivative purchases."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            The Clorox Company reported to RSPO in 2017 that their total palm oil usage was 2,319 tonnes, of which 64 tonnes were certified.
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "Clorox will actively engage [suppliers] on their approach and progress to support these principles across their operations, using third-party verification as appropriate."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "Clorox will have regular conversations with our direct suppliers and other key actors in our supply chain to track the progress of their supply based on these categories of indicators." Categories of indicators include: the robustness of our suppliers’ own palm sourcing policy; traceability to mill and plantation level; approaches to improving practices in their supply chain; grievance mechanism/noncompliant supplier process and transparency."
        • 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
          2,319 tonnes
          The Clorox Company reported to RSPO in 2017 that their total palm oil usage was 2,319 tonnes, of which 64 tonnes were certified.
      • Social Considerations
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "In addition to the principles within our Code of Conduct, we require these suppliers to: Respect land tenure rights and the rights of indigenous and local communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to operations on lands to which they hold legal, communal or customary rights."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          The Clorox Company require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Unlawful discrimination against or harassment of any group or individual may, for instance, be prohibited on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship status, religion, age, physical or mental disability, ancestry or veteran status, or any other protected category."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      28/86
      • Commitment Strength
        19/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/15
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            Type of commitment: Certification; Sustainability commitment
            Certification schemes mentioned: Other (specify)
            If Other, specify here: Not specified.
            "When virgin fiber is required, we seek sustainable forestry certifications to ensure responsible practices have been followed."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "When virgin fiber is required, we seek sustainable forestry certifications to ensure responsible practices have been followed."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "When virgin fiber is required, we seek sustainable forestry certifications to ensure responsible practices have been followed."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "When virgin fiber is required, we seek sustainable forestry certifications to ensure responsible practices have been followed."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "When virgin fiber is required, we seek sustainable forestry certifications to ensure responsible practices have been followed."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "By 2020, we seek to accomplish the following goals:...Use only recycled or certified virgin fiber in packaging."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2020, we seek to accomplish the following goals:...Use only recycled or certified virgin fiber in packaging."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "By 2020, we seek to accomplish the following goals: [...] Use only recycled or certified virgin fiber in packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, we seek to accomplish the following goals: [...] Use only recycled or certified virgin fiber in packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, we seek to accomplish the following goals: [...] Use only recycled or certified virgin fiber in packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, we seek to accomplish the following goals: [...] Use only recycled or certified virgin fiber in packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, we seek to accomplish the following goals: [...] Use only recycled or certified virgin fiber in packaging."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "By 2020, we seek to accomplish the following goals: [...] Use only recycled or certified virgin fiber in packaging."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2020, we seek to accomplish the following goals: [...] Use only recycled or certified virgin fiber in packaging."
        • 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
        4/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            The Clorox Co. report that of the packaging they purchase directly, 99% is either recycled or certified virigin wood fibre content.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            "99 percent of our direct packaging fiber is made from recycled or certified sustainable sources."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
            The Clorox Co. report that of the packaging they purchase directly, 99% is either recycled or certified virigin wood fibre content. But only part of this is covered by certification.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            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
          No reporting
          0/4
      • 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
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          The Clorox Company require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Unlawful discrimination against or harassment of any group or individual may, for instance, be prohibited on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship status, religion, age, physical or mental disability, ancestry or veteran status, or any other protected category."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    26/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    9/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    7/16
    Avg. score

Profile

The Clorox Company, headquartered in the US, specialises in manufacturing consumer and professional cleaning products, as well as personal care products. The Clorox Company has operations in 25 countries, with brand names including Burt’s Bees, Clorox and Glad.

Sector
Industry sector 
Home care
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Clorox, Hidden Valley, Clorox Pro, Burts Bees, Brita, Neocell, Rainbow Light, Kingsford, Ayudin, Liquid Plumr

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