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  • Overall approach
    3/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Member of WWF – GFTN (Global Forest & Trade Network)
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "llegal logging poses significant risks to the rights of people and can threaten the biodiversity and sustainability of entire forest ecosystems."
    • 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, competition
      "Without sustainable forestry, the resource Danzer relies on would be depleted and the quality of the raw material deteriorated. Illegal logging poses significant risks to the rights of people and can threaten the biodiversity and sustainability of entire forest ecosystems. [...] In addition to the damages to the environment and society, illegal logging puts businesses like Danzer, who invest in legal and ethical procurement, at a competitive disadvantage."
    • 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
      "1 reforestation project in Argentina (15,000 ha.)"
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
  • Commodity score
    30/88
    • Timber
      39/88
      • Commitment Strength
        12/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          5/11
          • Commitment details
            Protects priority forests (including High Conservation Value)
            2.7/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Protects priority forests (including High Conservation Value)
            2.7/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "Danzer commits itself not to be involved in the following unacceptable activities [...] destruction of High Conservation Values in forestry operations; • significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use". They implement their policy " reliably by using internationally recognized standards for good forest management and human rights (e.g. FSC® or PEFCTM)".
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Danzer commits itself not to be involved in the following unacceptable activities [...] destruction of High Conservation Values in forestry operations; • significant conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use". They implement their policy " reliably by using internationally recognized standards for good forest management and human rights (e.g. FSC® or PEFCTM)".
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          9/9
          • 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 ask every supplier to provide the necessary information for our system. The provision of this information and the respect of these “Procurement Rules” is part of our purchase conditions." "WE SEEK TO OBTAIN THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:Country and regions(s) of harvest on the invoice or an associated document. For high-risk countries: the forest (s) / concession(s) of harvest on the invoice or an associated document [...] At export: the documents on trade, transport and export (the certificate of origin, phytosanitary certificate, the BL) and a sample of the customs document (for example EX1 or EX3)"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "we ask every supplier to provide the necessary information for our system. The provision of this information and the respect of these “Procurement Rules” is part of our purchase conditions." "WE SEEK TO OBTAIN THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:Country and regions(s) of harvest on the invoice or an associated document. For high-risk countries: the forest (s) / concession(s) of harvest on the invoice or an associated document"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "we ask every supplier to provide the necessary information for our system. The provision of this information and the respect of these “Procurement Rules” is part of our purchase conditions." "WE SEEK TO OBTAIN THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:Country and regions(s) of harvest on the invoice or an associated document. For high-risk countries: the forest (s) / concession(s) of harvest on the invoice or an associated document"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Current- "we ask every supplier to provide the necessary information for our system. The provision of this information and the respect of these “Procurement Rules” is part of our purchase conditions." "WE SEEK TO OBTAIN THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:Country and regions(s) of harvest on the invoice or an associated document. For high-risk countries: the forest (s) / concession(s) of harvest on the invoice or an associated document"
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Forced labour; Child labour
          "Danzer commits itself not to be involved in [...] violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions [...] Each supplier must adhere to our Danzer Commitment"; "Suppliers from higher risk areas are scrutinized to make sure Danzer only buys wood that is grown responsibly and harvested legally, without the use of any child or forced labor."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "Danzer’s ISO14001:2004 process involves environmental impact assessments of production operations, risk analysis of raw material procurement, and governance and human rights risk analyses. These assessments help Danzer target preventive and remedial actions to prevent harm or degradation."
        • 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
          "Danzer remains committed to the consistent implementation of FPIC according to the FSC Forest Management (Congo Basin) standard (2012) and FSC FPIC Guidelines (2012). At IFO, communities and indigenous people have been informed intensively and comprehensively, with an average of 300 meetings per year (several meetings per year in each village), about the forest management planning process, land-and-resource use, impact of forest harvesting and rural development activities."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        16/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            "Almost all wood processed by Danzer is certified FSC® or PEFC™ or verified by similar programs."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC, PEFC

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC, PEFC
            "Almost all wood processed by Danzer is certified FSC® or PEFC™ or verified by similar programs."
          • 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
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          Danzer Group disclose their risk assessment process, including the origin and supply chain of the timber, and whether or not it is certified.
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Ahead of any procurement commitment, a risk assessment establishes the level of potential legality risks that may arise from the respective wood species, country of origin, or supplier. In case of potential risk, Danzer gives preference to goods supplied with an internationally acknowledged certificate confirming legality as a minimum requirement", including FSC/PEFC."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 500,000 cubic metres
          In Jan 2021 update, they disclose that "Danzer processes less than 500,000 cubic meters; this equals 0.03% of the global harvest for industrial use"
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          "Almost all wood processed by Danzer is certified FSC® or PEFC™ or verified by similar programs."
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          The discuss the need to commit to the ILO standards (see 2.4) and then: "Each supplier must adhere to our Danzer Commitment [...] We will [...] scrutinize all suppliers to assure compliance with our requirements"
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          In what country(ies) does the company operate and/or source material?: USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany

          What is the total area in production (in ha)?: 0 HA unspecified
          Danzer report their processing facilities online.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          Does the company use a certification system?: Yes

          What tools, processes, bodies carry out monitoring of the company's production or processing operations?: 'Qualified auditors'

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not disclosed 

          If so, what jurisdictions and mechanisms does the company use?: Not disclosed 

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No
          "Danzer implements this policy: 1. gradually by a process of continual improvement, adapted to the situation of our companies and that of our suppliers; 2. credibly by transparent systems that ensure traceability and performance; 3. reliably by using internationally recognized standards for good forest management and human rights (e.g. FSC® or PEFCTM); 4. accurately by assessing the countries of origin and if necessary each single supplier. This process is continually certified by qualified auditors."
        • 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 disclosed

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
           "We will: • scrutinize all suppliers to assure compliance with our requirements; • set targets and implement action plans for improvement in our supply chain". "
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "A field evaluation will be organized if risk of non-compliance is identified or for non-certified wood from high-risk countries."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper *
      12/88
      • 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
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Forced labour; Child labour
          "Danzer commits itself not to be involved in [...] violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions [...] Each supplier must adhere to our Danzer Commitment"; "Suppliers from higher risk areas are scrutinized to make sure Danzer only buys wood that is grown responsibly and harvested legally, without the use of any child or forced labor."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "Danzer’s ISO14001:2004 process involves environmental impact assessments of production operations, risk analysis of raw material procurement, and governance and human rights risk analyses. These assessments help Danzer target preventive and remedial actions to prevent harm or degradation."
        • 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
          "Danzer remains committed to the consistent implementation of FPIC according to the FSC Forest Management (Congo Basin) standard (2012) and FSC FPIC Guidelines (2012). At IFO, communities and indigenous people have been informed intensively and comprehensively, with an average of 300 meetings per year (several meetings per year in each village), about the forest management planning process, land-and-resource use, impact of forest harvesting and rural development activities."
        • 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
          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
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          The discuss the need to commit to the ILO standards (see 2.4) and then: "Each supplier must adhere to our Danzer Commitment [...] We will [...] scrutinize all suppliers to assure compliance with our requirements"
        • 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
    11/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    10/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Danzer is a German timber company based in Austria that produces veneer, lumber and other wood products from hardwood. It claims to be the largest producer of decorative veneer in the world. Danzer Group is selected as a powerbroker for timber.

Sector
Industry sector 
Construction, Forestry
Segments
Producer, Trader, Processor, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Switzerland
Company Type
Company type 
Private
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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