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  • Overall approach
    3/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      No overarching deforestation commitment
      0/4
      Do they have a commitment for other non-Forest 500 commodities, if so which?:

      Commodities (if applicable): 0
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum Deforestation resolution (being a member of the CGF is not sufficient); Soy Moratorium; Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 partner; World Business Council for Sustainable Development Forest Solutions Group; UN Global Compact; Other initiative

      If Other Initiative, specify:: Various others - Palm Oil Collaboration Group, Soy Working Group, AgroIdeal
      "As a member of the WBCSD and its Soft Commodities Forum, we partner with our sector peers to collectively monitor progress on transparent and traceable soy sourcing in Brazil’s Cerrado. [...] We are a Tropical Forest Alliance Steering Committee member. In this way, we join other members in supporting multi-stakeholder efforts towards ending deforestation in agricultural supply chains. [...] We are signatory to the Amazon Soy Moratorium and uphold its principle to not finance or source soy produced on deforested farmland in the Amazon after July 2008 [...] We are signatory to the UN Global Compact"  . COFCO is also a member of the Consumer Goods Forum.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Suppliers commit to the conservation of biodiversity and the respect of HCV areas and HCS forests, as well as protected areas. - High Conservation Value areas Areas as defined in High Conservation Value Resource Network Common Guidance for Identification of HCVs . These areas have critical value for biological diversity, ecosystem services, and cultural and community needs. - High Carbon Stock forests HCS forests as defined by the global multi-stakeholder platform of expertise on HCS, the High Carbon Stock Approach."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: operational, reputational 
      "COFCO International supports forest conservation and restoration in our supply chains and on our operated farms. We monitor flora and fauna around our sugar plantations, and promote responsible farming practices to improve soil health, preserve water and manage pests, which help to lower our impact on biodiversity. And as the climate changes, these regions are experiencing more frequent extreme temperatures and irregular rainfall – potentially heightened by deforestation and native vegetation loss – presenting an increasing risk to the future of this valuable crop." [...] "The long-term success of the agribusiness sector relies on the natural resources and ecosystem services that keep the efficient food production circle going. Climate is an important component of this equation. Rising temperatures, changing weather patterns and increasing frequency of extreme weather events associated with climate change will significantly impact crop yields and challenge our capability to feed a growing global population. The repercussions on businesses in terms of profit, reputation and investment will be catastrophic."
    • 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
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 850 hectares
      "In addition, we continuously seek to expand our reforestation initiatives, and in 2020, we planted 243,655 seedlings on our dedicated 850-hectare conservation area"
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
  • Commodity score
    32/88
    • Palm oil
      47/88
      • Commitment Strength
        15/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: Savannah; HCS; Peat
            COFCO International commits to support the sustainable and responsible production and sourcing of palm oil. • All our palm oil suppliers and sub-tier suppliers are expected to comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct, as well as specific requirements set out in this Policy. [...]This Policy applies to all suppliers from whom we source physical palm oil, palm kernel oil and derivatives or with whom we have a trading relationship, as well as their sub-tier suppliers. [...] No conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests" [...] "Use environmental practices that avoid deforestation and protect against conversion of natural and critical habitats leading to a loss of biodiversity" [...] "Through our palm oil NDPE commitments, we aim to help conserve forests, tropical savannah and peatland"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Only applies to the subsidiary COFCO international 

            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidary
            COFCO International commits to support the sustainable and responsible production and sourcing of palm oil. • All our palm oil suppliers and sub-tier suppliers are expected to comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct, as well as specific requirements set out in this Policy. [...]This Policy applies to all suppliers from whom we source physical palm oil, palm kernel oil and derivatives or with whom we have a trading relationship, as well as their sub-tier suppliers. [...] No conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests" [...] "Use environmental practices that avoid deforestation and protect against conversion of natural and critical habitats leading to a loss of biodiversity;"
          • 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
            "COFCO International commits to support the sustainable and responsible production and sourcing of palm oil. • All our palm oil suppliers and sub-tier suppliers are expected to comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct, as well as specific requirements set out in this Policy. [...] No conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests Suppliers commit to the conservation of biodiversity and the respect of HCV areas and HCS forests, as well as protected areas. - High Conservation Value areas [...] High Carbon Stock forests [...] No burning [...] Suppliers prohibit the use of fire for land preparation, replanting or other developments. No new development on peat land, regardless of depth Peat is defined as soil containing over 65% organic matter. For existing plantations on peat, best management practices as defined by the RSPO should be followed and, where appropriate, peat restoration should be considered and attempted."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Only applies to the subsidiary COFCO international 

            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidary
            "COFCO International commits to support the sustainable and responsible production and sourcing of palm oil. • All our palm oil suppliers and sub-tier suppliers are expected to comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct, as well as specific requirements set out in this Policy. [...] No conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests Suppliers commit to the conservation of biodiversity and the respect of HCV areas and HCS forests, as well as protected areas. - High Conservation Value areas [...] High Carbon Stock forests [...] No burning [...] Suppliers prohibit the use of fire for land preparation, replanting or other developments. No new development on peat land, regardless of depth Peat is defined as soil containing over 65% organic matter. For existing plantations on peat, best management practices as defined by the RSPO should be followed and, where appropriate, peat restoration should be considered and attempted."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "COFCO International commits to support the sustainable and responsible production and sourcing of palm oil. • All our palm oil suppliers and sub-tier suppliers are expected to comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct, as well as specific requirements set out in this Policy. [...] No conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests Suppliers commit to the conservation of biodiversity and the respect of HCV areas and HCS forests, as well as protected areas. - High Conservation Value areas [...] High Carbon Stock forests [...] No burning [...] Suppliers prohibit the use of fire for land preparation, replanting or other developments. No new development on peat land, regardless of depth Peat is defined as soil containing over 65% organic matter. For existing plantations on peat, best management practices as defined by the RSPO should be followed and, where appropriate, peat restoration should be considered and attempted."
          • 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
            "COFCO International commits to support the sustainable and responsible production and sourcing of palm oil. • All our palm oil suppliers and sub-tier suppliers are expected to comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct, as well as specific requirements set out in this Policy. [...] No conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests Suppliers commit to the conservation of biodiversity and the respect of HCV areas and HCS forests, as well as protected areas. - High Conservation Value areas [...] High Carbon Stock forests [...] No burning [...] Suppliers prohibit the use of fire for land preparation, replanting or other developments. No new development on peat land, regardless of depth Peat is defined as soil containing over 65% organic matter. For existing plantations on peat, best management practices as defined by the RSPO should be followed and, where appropriate, peat restoration should be considered and attempted."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/6
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            "Targets – Evaluate supply chain management of all Tier 1 palm oil suppliers by 2020 – Full traceability to mill for palm oil by 2021"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidary

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Only applies to the subsidiary COFCO international 
            "Targets – Evaluate supply chain management of all Tier 1 palm oil suppliers by 2020 – Full traceability to mill for palm oil by 2021"
          • Target date
            2021
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            2021
            0.7/0.7
            "Targets – Evaluate supply chain management of all Tier 1 palm oil suppliers by 2020 – Full traceability to mill for palm oil by 2021"
          • 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)?: 2020
            "Targets – Evaluate supply chain management of all Tier 1 palm oil suppliers by 2020 – Full traceability to mill for palm oil by 2021"
      • Social Considerations
        13/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply? E.g. tier 1, tier 2, tier 3: Tier 1

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Human and labour rights • Protect the human rights of its employees as set out in the International Labour Organization’s eight Core Conventions, and treat them with dignity and respect; • Grant employees the right to freely associate, organize and bargain collectively in accordance with applicable laws and regulations; • Only employ workers who meet the applicable minimum legal age requirement and not tolerate any form of child labour; • Not tolerate slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking; • Not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment; and • Provide employees’ pay, including minimum salary, overtime payment, work hours and conditions in compliance with applicable laws and regulations"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: unclear

          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          "While we only source from a minority of smallholders, we are committed to partnering with multiple stakeholders to empower farmers to adopt sustainable practices. In particular, we work with government agencies, farming co-operatives and civil society organizations to build farmers’ capacity, while also strengthening supply chain resilience" [...] "To alleviate rural poverty and address major health and nutrition challenges, it’s imperative that the transition also improves smallholder farmers’ livelihoods and promotes diverse, nutritious and ecologically sound diets that definitively solve hunger, malnutrition and obesity."
        • 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
          "Suppliers don’t tolerate any form of discrimination, harassment or violence in hiring and employment practices with regards to race, religion, sex, age, physical ability, political opinion, social or ethnic origin or sexual orientation" [...] "In particular, our priority human rights risks at the farm level include health and safety, gender discrimination, forced labour and poor working conditions"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          COFCO International Ltd. adheres to the responsible governance of land tenure. We respect legal and customary land rights of local communities and Indigenous Peoples throughout our business activities. [...] In line with the above, we commit ourselves to the following: Follow the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for undertaking land-related transactions affecting local communities and Indigenous Peoples with customary land rights"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          0/0
           "COFCO International Ltd. recognizes that secure and equitable rights to land and natural resources are essential to rural development and improving the livelihood of rural communities. In contrast, unclear and insecure land rights could affect the self-reliance and natural resource base of such rural communities and its smallholders, impacting food security and productivity. COFCO International Ltd. adheres to the responsible governance of land tenure. We respect legal and customary land rights of local communities and Indigenous Peoples throughout our business activities. Make land acquisition/leasing decisions with strong consideration of the socio-economic impact on affected communities and the environment, in accordance with local legislation; • Establish and implement mitigation/compensation action plans within the confines of national legislation and IFC Performance Standards, and take steps to implement mitigation measures, if any negative impact does exist;"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        19/50
        • 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
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No

            How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: Unclear
            COFCO International also report their certified palm oil in their 2019 ACOP report, they have not submitted a 2020 report as of July 2021 "As a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we continue to support its mission to create traceable, transparent and sustainable palm supply chains. The volume of RSPO-certified palm oil we sourced in 2020 nearly doubled compared to 2019, due to increasing market demand"
          • 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
            COFCO International also report their certified palm oil in their 2019 ACOP report, they have not submitted a 2020 report as of July 2021 "As a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we continue to support its mission to create traceable, transparent and sustainable palm supply chains. The volume of RSPO-certified palm oil we sourced in 2020 nearly doubled compared to 2019, due to increasing market demand"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "In 2020, we continued to make progress on traceability to mill level, reaching 91% by the end of the year, up from 86% in 2019. To ensure accuracy and transparency, our annual palm traceability data is externally verified, and we recently published our 2020 supplying mill list, to be updated annually"
        • 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 Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification
            COFCO International also report their certified palm oil in their 2019 ACOP report, they have not submitted a 2020 report as of July 2021 "As a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we continue to support its mission to create traceable, transparent and sustainable palm supply chains. The volume of RSPO-certified palm oil we sourced in 2020 nearly doubled compared to 2019, due to increasing market demand"
          • 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 Certification

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification
            COFCO International also report their certified palm oil in their 2019 ACOP report, they have not submitted a 2020 report as of July 2021 "As a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we continue to support its mission to create traceable, transparent and sustainable palm supply chains. The volume of RSPO-certified palm oil we sourced in 2020 nearly doubled compared to 2019, due to increasing market demand"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          "While COFCO International does not operate any oil palm plantations or mills, we are an active participant in the palm oil value chain. Recognizing the significant environmental and social consequences of unsustainable palm oil production, we commit to support the sustainable and responsible production and sourcing of palm oil. We also endorse the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and its mission to build a sustainable palm supply chain with transparency and traceability."  
        • 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; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: hotline and online webform
          "COFCO International will seek collaboration with our suppliers and other stakeholders to assist the implementation of this Code. We encourage stakeholders to report potential non-compliances via COFCO International Integrity Hotline (cofcointernational.ethicspoint.com)"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 620,000 tons
          In their 2019 ACOP, COFCO report that they used 620,000 tons of RSPO-certified palm oil, of which 36,400 tons were RSPO-certified (5.87%)
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 5.87%

          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO Certification

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 583,600 tonnes

          What is the certified volume?: 36,400 tonnes
          In their 2019 ACOP, COFCO report that they used 620,000 tons of RSPO-certified palm oil, of which 36,400 tons were RSPO-certified (5.87%)
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          How does the company remedy adverse social and environmental impacts linked to their operations and/or supply chains?: not specified
          COFCO International commits to the following - "Conduct environmental and social impact assessment prior to all new site construction and acquisition"
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 100%

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Malaysia, Indonesia, Colombia

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Yes

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 100%
          COFCO International has an updated mill list which they report their tier 1 supplier mills lists - "2020 Palm Traceability to Mill The list shows mills COFCO International's was potentially linked to through our 2020 supply chain Data is based on self-declared information or public dashboards from suppliers Proforest supported with data aggregation This list is subject to external verification by Peterson Project and Solutions Full accuracy cannot be guaranteed as the data is self-reported"
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: every two years

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 86.5%

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 86.5%
          “In 2020, we strengthened our approach to sustainable palm oil by formalising our NDPE policy implementation plan and rolling out our palm oil management procedure, ensuring that all our teams understand their new responsibilities. We engaged with our Tier 1 suppliers on our policy requirements, while all our direct suppliers formalised their acknowledgement of our sustainable sourcing policy. These companies represented 86.5% of our palm oil volumes in 2020. We rate their performance against our policy every two years using supplier scorecards (with the most recent evaluation in 2019), prioritising suppliers with lower performance scores for improvement efforts”
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Non

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non compliance with their palm oil policy
          "We will develop procedures to evaluate supplier compliance with this Policy. We reserve the right to request corrective actions by suppliers in case of confirmed non-compliances and disengage from suppliers in case of failure or unwillingness to implement such actions. We will report policy implementation progress in our annual sustainability reports, among other channels"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      40/88
      • Commitment Strength
        11/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS

            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
            "This Soybean Sustainable Sourcing Policy is applicable to soybean suppliers producing in Brazil with whom COFCO International has a direct pre-financing contract and whose production areas are located in the environmentally sensitive areas of Brazil Amazon and Cerrado. [...] Respect High Conservation Value (HCV) areas mapping: soybeans supplied shall be sourced from land that has not been converted from HCV areas to other categories of land-use, applying the following cut-off dates (except if provided for otherwise under national legislation and duly authorized by the competent authority): • In the Amazon Biome, suppliers will respect the existing Soy Moratorium and not source from areas cleared of natural habitat after July 2008." [...] "Sustainable agricultural practices • Use environmental practices that avoid deforestation and protect against conversion of natural and critical habitats leading to a loss of biodiversity" 
          • 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; Location
            This is only applicable to Brazillian sourced soy, and COFCO International only. "This Soybean Sustainable Sourcing Policy is applicable to soybean suppliers producing in Brazil with whom COFCO International has a direct pre-financing contract and whose production areas are located in the environmentally sensitive areas of Brazil Amazon and Cerrado. [...] Respect High Conservation Value (HCV) areas mapping: soybeans supplied shall be sourced from land that has not been converted from HCV areas to other categories of land-use, applying the following cut-off dates (except if provided for otherwise under national legislation and duly authorized by the competent authority): • In the Amazon Biome, suppliers will respect the existing Soy Moratorium and not source from areas cleared of natural habitat after July 2008." [...] "Sustainable agricultural practices • Use environmental practices that avoid deforestation and protect against conversion of natural and critical habitats leading to a loss of biodiversity" 
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/9
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            "We aim to achieve full traceability in Brazil among farms from which we source directly by 2023"
          • 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?: Location

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Soy policies only apply to soy sourced from Brazil
            "We aim to achieve full traceability in Brazil among farms from which we source directly by 2023"
          • Target date
            2023
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2023
            0.8/1
            "We aim to achieve full traceability in Brazil among farms from which we source directly by 2023"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        13/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply? E.g. tier 1, tier 2, tier 3: Tier 1

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Human and labour rights • Protect the human rights of its employees as set out in the International Labour Organization’s eight Core Conventions, and treat them with dignity and respect; • Grant employees the right to freely associate, organize and bargain collectively in accordance with applicable laws and regulations; • Only employ workers who meet the applicable minimum legal age requirement and not tolerate any form of child labour; • Not tolerate slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking; • Not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment; and • Provide employees’ pay, including minimum salary, overtime payment, work hours and conditions in compliance with applicable laws and regulations"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 25 

          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          "While we only source from a minority of smallholders, we are committed to partnering with multiple stakeholders to empower farmers to adopt sustainable practices. In particular, we work with government agencies, farming co-operatives and civil society organizations to build farmers’ capacity, while also strengthening supply chain resilience [...] 350,000 tonnes of soybean purchased in 2020 from 25 co-operatives under the Social Fuel Stamp programme, benefitting 52,826 smallholder soy farmers"
        • 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
          "Suppliers don’t tolerate any form of discrimination, harassment or violence in hiring and employment practices with regards to race, religion, sex, age, physical ability, political opinion, social or ethnic origin or sexual orientation" [...] "In particular, our priority human rights risks at the farm level include health and safety, gender discrimination, forced labour and poor working conditions"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply? E.g. tier 1, tier 2, tier 3: Tier 1
          COFCO International Ltd. adheres to the responsible governance of land tenure. We respect legal and customary land rights of local communities and Indigenous Peoples throughout our business activities. [...] In line with the above, we commit ourselves to the following: Follow the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for undertaking land-related transactions affecting local communities and Indigenous Peoples with customary land rights"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          0/0
           "COFCO International Ltd. recognizes that secure and equitable rights to land and natural resources are essential to rural development and improving the livelihood of rural communities. In contrast, unclear and insecure land rights could affect the self-reliance and natural resource base of such rural communities and its smallholders, impacting food security and productivity. COFCO International Ltd. adheres to the responsible governance of land tenure. We respect legal and customary land rights of local communities and Indigenous Peoples throughout our business activities. Make land acquisition/leasing decisions with strong consideration of the socio-economic impact on affected communities and the environment, in accordance with local legislation; • Establish and implement mitigation/compensation action plans within the confines of national legislation and IFC Performance Standards, and take steps to implement mitigation measures, if any negative impact does exist;"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        13/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes - "We identified 10 and 13 high risk municipalities in the Amazon and Cerrado, respectively, which we have prioritised for supplier engagement. We no longer trade with non-compliant farms. ... In 2020, we received independent verification of our compliance with the Soy Moratorium and the Green Grain Protocol of Pará state."
            "To achieve full soy traceability and ultimately conversion-free soy, we have undertaken complex risk analyses across millions of hectares of soy farms. ...  4.8 hectares of soy farms in Latin America mapped and assessed for environmental and social risks"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            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 
            "In 2020, we achieved the group goal of 100% traceability in all 25 priority municipalities ahead of time, as a direct result of our teams collaborating for change, robust training and the transformation of our systems and procedures, and completed social and environmental risk screening in supplying farms."
        • 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
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          "COFCO International is committed to sourcing soy responsibly and responding to stakeholder concerns, as we expand our soy operations to meet demand. We are collaborating across our value chain to create systemic change and build farmers’ capacity to adopt sustainable, climate-resilient practices." [...] "COFCO International’s Supplier Code of Conduct sets out general principles that we expect all our suppliers to adhere to, to ensure a responsible and sustainable supply chain. For our agricultural commodity suppliers, commodity-specific sourcing policies are developed to provide suppliers with specific implementation guidance and support them in minimising environmental and social impact of their agricultural commodity production and sourcing. This Sustainable Soy Sourcing Policy is one of this set of policies focusing on our soy supply chain."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2008
          "Respect High Conservation Value (HCV) areas mapping: soybeans supplied shall be sourced from land that has not been converted from HCV areas to other categories of land-use, applying the following cut-off dates (except if provided for otherwise under national legislation and duly authorized by the competent authority): - In the Amazon Biome, suppliers will respect the existing Soy Moratorium and not source from areas cleared of natural habitat after July 2008. - Suppliers will respect the cut-off dates for land conversion as defined under national legislation."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: AgroIdeal, PCI, Agrosatélite

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "Finance Corporation in Matopiba In collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, we are taking action to develop a more traceable and sustainable soy supply chain in the Matopiba region. Together with Agrosatélite, we are screening suppliers’ soy farms to ensure they comply with key environmental and social criteria, and building farmers’ capacity to adopt more sustainable practices. In 2020, we mapped and analysed 357 supplying farms covering nearly 428,000 hectares. [...] We contribute to the development of AgroIdeal, an innovative tool used to map and facilitate sustainable soy production expansion in South America. [...] We joined the PCI Corporate Action Group with the objective to support concrete sustainable agriculture projects in Brazil’s Mato Grosso State."
        • 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

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: hotline and online webform
          "COFCO International will seek collaboration with our suppliers and other stakeholders to assist the implementation of this Code. We encourage stakeholders to report potential non-compliances via COFCO International Integrity Hotline (cofcointernational.ethicspoint.com)"
        • 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
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          How does the company remedy adverse social and environmental impacts linked to their operations and/or supply chains?: unclear
          COFCO International commits to the following - "Conduct environmental and social impact assessment prior to all new site construction and acquisition"
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification
          "In 2020, we continued to verify supplier compliance with our policy and deepen our view of social and environmental risks in our Brazilian soy supply chain, building on the extensive risk assessment we began in the Amazon and Cerrado in 2019. This effort is part of our collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and WWF, through the Collaboration for Forests and Agriculture (CFA) initiative. It combines comprehensive satellite mapping with information on known challenges to uncover areas of high risk. We identified 10 and 13 high risk municipalities in the Amazon and Cerrado, respectively, which we have prioritised for supplier engagement. We no longer trade with non-compliant farms. We aim to keep improving the risk analysis process and increase the number of municipalities analysed [...] We are a member of the Green Grains Protocol of Pará, which bans financing or sourcing of soy associated with illegal deforestation or forced labour in the state of Pará, Brazil. We receive annual external audits to ensure our compliance with this commitment."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non compliance with their soy sourcing policy

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: None
          "We identified 10 and 13 high risk municipalities in the Amazon and Cerrado, respectively, which we have prioritised for supplier engagement. We no longer trade with non-compliant farms. We aim to keep improving the risk analysis process and increase the number of municipalities analysed" [...] "We will develop clear procedures to assess suppliers’ performance against this Policy. We reserve the right to disengage from suppliers based on their performance against this Policy"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper *
      10/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/6
          • 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
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/5
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/3
          • 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
        • 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
        8/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply? E.g. tier 1, tier 2, tier 3: Tier 1

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

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          "Human and labour rights • Protect the human rights of its employees as set out in the International Labour Organization’s eight Core Conventions, and treat them with dignity and respect; • Grant employees the right to freely associate, organize and bargain collectively in accordance with applicable laws and regulations; • Only employ workers who meet the applicable minimum legal age requirement and not tolerate any form of child labour; • Not tolerate slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking; • Not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment; and • Provide employees’ pay, including minimum salary, overtime payment, work hours and conditions in compliance with applicable laws and regulations"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply? E.g. tier 1, tier 2, tier 3: tier 1
          COFCO International Ltd. adheres to the responsible governance of land tenure. We respect legal and customary land rights of local communities and Indigenous Peoples throughout our business activities. [...] In line with the above, we commit ourselves to the following: Follow the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for undertaking land-related transactions affecting local communities and Indigenous Peoples with customary land rights"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • 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
            No
            0/1
          • 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; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: hotline and online webform
          "COFCO International will seek collaboration with our suppliers and other stakeholders to assist the implementation of this Code. We encourage stakeholders to report potential non-compliances via COFCO International Integrity Hotline (cofcointernational.ethicspoint.com)"
        • 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
    • Timber *
      10/88
      • 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
        8/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

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

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply? E.g. tier 1, tier 2, tier 3: Tier 1
          "Human and labour rights • Protect the human rights of its employees as set out in the International Labour Organization’s eight Core Conventions, and treat them with dignity and respect; • Grant employees the right to freely associate, organize and bargain collectively in accordance with applicable laws and regulations; • Only employ workers who meet the applicable minimum legal age requirement and not tolerate any form of child labour; • Not tolerate slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking; • Not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment; and • Provide employees’ pay, including minimum salary, overtime payment, work hours and conditions in compliance with applicable laws and regulations"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply? E.g. tier 1, tier 2, tier 3: tier 1
          COFCO International Ltd. adheres to the responsible governance of land tenure. We respect legal and customary land rights of local communities and Indigenous Peoples throughout our business activities. [...] In line with the above, we commit ourselves to the following: Follow the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for undertaking land-related transactions affecting local communities and Indigenous Peoples with customary land rights"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/50
        • 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
          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.)?: hotline and online webform

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "COFCO International will seek collaboration with our suppliers and other stakeholders to assist the implementation of this Code. We encourage stakeholders to report potential non-compliances via COFCO International Integrity Hotline (cofcointernational.ethicspoint.com)"
        • 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
    9/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    11/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    11/18
    Avg. score

Profile

COFCO is a leading agribusiness company in China producing, processing, manufacturing and trading in agricultural products and foodstuffs. It is one of the major players in the Chinese soy industry with two prominent Chinese subsidiaries. There are further processing facilities in Argentina and Brazil. The company is also a major exporter of soy from Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. COFCO’s animal feed production is among the largest globally. Another subsidiary has one of the largest forestry concessions in Gabon. The extent of its commodity trading and its food production also exposes the company to palm oil. COFCO is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy and paper packaging and is also assessed for its exposure to timber.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities, Forestry, Packaged food
Segments
Producer, Trader, Processor, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
China
Company Type
Company type 
State owned
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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