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  • Overall approach
    2/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      Commodity-specific commitment - commitment that does not apply to all of the commodities the company is exposed to
      0/4
      Commodities (if applicable): Palm oil
      "Today, all of our approved suppliers globally, with the exception of one, have represented that they purchase the palm oil used in our products from RSPO members. While we believe we have made good progress in affecting responsible palm oil sourcing within our supply chain, we will continue to work with our approved suppliers to improve the sustainability of the palm oil used in our products. [...] To encourage practices that support sustainable palm oil including the growing, processing and transportation processes that will stop deforestation while continuing to support the communities which rely on its production including the palm oil used in our products will: Not come from areas cleared of natural forest after November 2005; Be derived from plantations and farms operation in compliance with local legislation; Not come from forests with endangered speciesProtect high conservation areas; Protect peat land and forest areas of “high carbon” value; Comply with RSPO principles and criteria"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Reaching deeper into our supply chains, ending deforestation is our opportunity to reduce GHG emissions through our purchasing power."
    • 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
      "Subway understands our ingredients and packaging depend upon a safe, high-quality, affordable supply of raw materials to support the expectations of our customers, Franchisees and other stakeholders. Agriculture is a critical element of our value chain and it is linked to the health of the world’s forest system." 
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
  • Commodity score
    20/88
    • Beef
      15/88
      • Commitment Strength
        5/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          5/11
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1.3/8
            "Subway’s influence on forests is mainly through the sourcing of agricultural materials (palm oil, soy and beef value chains) and paper/wood-based products for disposable packaging and restaurant design.Subway aims to source from suppliers that strive to: ...Leverage principles and implement sustainable agriculture practices that enable farmers to increase production on currently farmed land and minimize impacts on the surrounding area.Preserve biodiversity and cultural values and optimize the social, environmental, and economic benefits of managed forests.Ensure that this policy is implemented in such a way that supports the inclusion of smallholders in their supply chains."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Subway’s influence on forests is mainly through the sourcing of agricultural materials (palm oil, soy and beef value chains) and paper/wood-based products for disposable packaging and restaurant design.Subway aims to source from suppliers that strive to: ...Leverage principles and implement sustainable agriculture practices that enable farmers to increase production on currently farmed land and minimize impacts on the surrounding area.Preserve biodiversity and cultural values and optimize the social, environmental, and economic benefits of managed forests.Ensure that this policy is implemented in such a way that supports the inclusion of smallholders in their supply chains."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "Subway’s influence on forests is mainly through the sourcing of agricultural materials (palm oil, soy and beef value chains) and paper/wood-based products for disposable packaging and restaurant design.Subway aims to source from suppliers that strive to: ...Leverage principles and implement sustainable agriculture practices that enable farmers to increase production on currently farmed land and minimize impacts on the surrounding area.Preserve biodiversity and cultural values and optimize the social, environmental, and economic benefits of managed forests.Ensure that this policy is implemented in such a way that supports the inclusion of smallholders in their supply chains."
          • 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
            "Subway’s influence on forests is mainly through the sourcing of agricultural materials (palm oil, soy and beef value chains) and paper/wood-based products for disposable packaging and restaurant design.Subway aims to source from suppliers that strive to: ...Leverage principles and implement sustainable agriculture practices that enable farmers to increase production on currently farmed land and minimize impacts on the surrounding area.Preserve biodiversity and cultural values and optimize the social, environmental, and economic benefits of managed forests.Ensure that this policy is implemented in such a way that supports the inclusion of smallholders in their supply chains."
        • 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
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          Doctor's Associates state that their suppliers must ensure their workers have freedom of association, are free from discrimination, forced labor and are against child labor in any form. They also state other workers' rights commitments "Provide wages and benefits which comply with all applicable laws and regulations, which specifically account for all hours worked, and which match or exceed the local prevailing wages and benefits in the relevant industry...Working Hours: Except in extraordinary circumstances, employees shall (1) not be required to work more than the lesser of (a) 48 hours regular time hours and 12 hours overtime per week, or (b) the limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country of employment; and (2) be entitled to at least one day off in every 7-day period...Provide workers with a safe and healthy work environment. If residential facilities are provided to workers, they must be safe and sanitary facilities" "These standards are based on international conventions including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          "Subway understands our ingredients and packaging depend upon a safe, high-quality, affordable supply of raw materials to support the expectations of our customers, Franchisees and other stakeholders. Agriculture is a critical element of our value chain and it is linked to the health of the world’s forest system.  Subway’s influence on forests is mainly through the sourcing of agricultural materials (palm oil, soy and beef value chains) and paper/wood-based products for disposable packaging and restaurant design...Ensure that this policy is implemented in such a way that supports the inclusion of smallholders in their supply chains."
        • 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
          Doctors Associates state that discriminating based on gender would be a violation of their employment practices policy "curable violations...Repeated discrimination on the individual level, as evidenced by two or more findings of individual probable cause of race, religious, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation, or other discrimination by the EEOC or any similar state or federal agency, or any other evidence sufficient to substantiate such discrimination."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        1/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          In their Code of Conduct, Subway state that: "As a part of this commitment, our Vendors must:  Comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations... Vendors are expected to self-monitor and demonstrate their compliance with this Code of Conduct. We may require the immediate removal of any Vendor representative(s) or personnel who behave in a manner that is unlawful or inconsistent with this Code of Conduct or any Subway® policy."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil
      29/88
      • Commitment Strength
        12/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat

            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "To encourage practices that support sustainable palm oil including the growing, processing and transportation processes that will stop deforestation while continuing to support the communities which rely on its production including the palm oil used in our products will: Not come from areas cleared of natural forest after November 2005Be derived from plantations and farms operation in compliance with local legislationNot come from forests with endangered species Protect high conservation areasSupport the free and informed consent of indigenous and local communities to activities on their land where the plantations are developed Protect peat land and forest areas of “high carbon” value Comply with RSPO principles and criteria". 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "To encourage practices that support sustainable palm oil including the growing, processing and transportation processes that will stop deforestation while continuing to support the communities which rely on its production including the palm oil used in our products will: Not come from areas cleared of natural forest after November 2005Be derived from plantations and farms operation in compliance with local legislationNot come from forests with endangered species Protect high conservation areasSupport the free and informed consent of indigenous and local communities to activities on their land where the plantations are developed Protect peat land and forest areas of “high carbon” value Comply with RSPO principles and criteria". 
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "To encourage practices that support sustainable palm oil including the growing, processing and transportation processes that will stop deforestation while continuing to support the communities which rely on its production including the palm oil used in our products will: Not come from areas cleared of natural forest after November 2005Be derived from plantations and farms operation in compliance with local legislationNot come from forests with endangered species Protect high conservation areasSupport the free and informed consent of indigenous and local communities to activities on their land where the plantations are developed Protect peat land and forest areas of “high carbon” value Comply with RSPO principles and criteria". 
          • 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
            "To encourage practices that support sustainable palm oil including the growing, processing and transportation processes that will stop deforestation while continuing to support the communities which rely on its production including the palm oil used in our products will: Not come from areas cleared of natural forest after November 2005Be derived from plantations and farms operation in compliance with local legislationNot come from forests with endangered species Protect high conservation areasSupport the free and informed consent of indigenous and local communities to activities on their land where the plantations are developed Protect peat land and forest areas of “high carbon” value Comply with RSPO principles and criteria". 
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "To encourage practices that support sustainable palm oil including the growing, processing and transportation processes that will stop deforestation while continuing to support the communities which rely on its production including the palm oil used in our products will: Not come from areas cleared of natural forest after November 2005Be derived from plantations and farms operation in compliance with local legislationNot come from forests with endangered species Protect high conservation areasSupport the free and informed consent of indigenous and local communities to activities on their land where the plantations are developed Protect peat land and forest areas of “high carbon” value Comply with RSPO principles and criteria". 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "To encourage practices that support sustainable palm oil including the growing, processing and transportation processes that will stop deforestation while continuing to support the communities which rely on its production including the palm oil used in our products will: Not come from areas cleared of natural forest after November 2005Be derived from plantations and farms operation in compliance with local legislationNot come from forests with endangered species Protect high conservation areasSupport the free and informed consent of indigenous and local communities to activities on their land where the plantations are developed Protect peat land and forest areas of “high carbon” value Comply with RSPO principles and criteria". 
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "To encourage practices that support sustainable palm oil including the growing, processing and transportation processes that will stop deforestation while continuing to support the communities which rely on its production including the palm oil used in our products will: Not come from areas cleared of natural forest after November 2005Be derived from plantations and farms operation in compliance with local legislationNot come from forests with endangered species Protect high conservation areasSupport the free and informed consent of indigenous and local communities to activities on their land where the plantations are developed Protect peat land and forest areas of “high carbon” value Comply with RSPO principles and criteria". 
          • 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
            "To encourage practices that support sustainable palm oil including the growing, processing and transportation processes that will stop deforestation while continuing to support the communities which rely on its production including the palm oil used in our products will: Not come from areas cleared of natural forest after November 2005Be derived from plantations and farms operation in compliance with local legislationNot come from forests with endangered species Protect high conservation areasSupport the free and informed consent of indigenous and local communities to activities on their land where the plantations are developed Protect peat land and forest areas of “high carbon” value Comply with RSPO principles and criteria". 
        • 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
        13/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          Doctor's Associates state that their suppliers must ensure their workers have freedom of association, are free from discrimination, forced labor and are against child labor in any form. They also state other workers' rights commitments "Provide wages and benefits which comply with all applicable laws and regulations, which specifically account for all hours worked, and which match or exceed the local prevailing wages and benefits in the relevant industry...Working Hours: Except in extraordinary circumstances, employees shall (1) not be required to work more than the lesser of (a) 48 hours regular time hours and 12 hours overtime per week, or (b) the limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country of employment; and (2) be entitled to at least one day off in every 7-day period...Provide workers with a safe and healthy work environment. If residential facilities are provided to workers, they must be safe and sanitary facilities" "These standards are based on international conventions including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 0 not specified
          "Subway understands our ingredients and packaging depend upon a safe, high-quality, affordable supply of raw materials to support the expectations of our customers, Franchisees and other stakeholders. Agriculture is a critical element of our value chain and it is linked to the health of the world’s forest system.  Subway’s influence on forests is mainly through the sourcing of agricultural materials (palm oil, soy and beef value chains) and paper/wood-based products for disposable packaging and restaurant design...Ensure that this policy is implemented in such a way that supports the inclusion of smallholders in their supply chains."
        • 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
          Doctors Associates state that discriminating based on gender would be a violation of their employment practices policy "curable violations...Repeated discrimination on the individual level, as evidenced by two or more findings of individual probable cause of race, religious, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation, or other discrimination by the EEOC or any similar state or federal agency, or any other evidence sufficient to substantiate such discrimination."
        • 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
          "our commitment...Support the free and informed consent of indigenous and local communities to activities on their land where the plantations are developed"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        5/50
        • 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
            "To continue to work with our partner manufacturers to improve the traceability and transparency of the palm oil sourcing for our products. Some of the palm oil suppliers in our supply chain have already begun this process. In fact last year, one palm oil supplier had a combined average traceability to mill and estate of 93% and 38% respectively. Also two palm oils suppliers have a documented grievance process, methodology for monitoring and engaging with palm oil suppliers and Initiatives with smallholders as well as external initiatives that support sustainable palm oil. We developing a mechanism to report of the progress within our supply chain."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            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 protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            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
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2005
          "To encourage practices that support sustainable palm oil including the growing, processing and transportation processes that will stop deforestation while continuing to support the communities which rely on its production including the palm oil used in our products will:Not come from areas cleared of natural forest after November 2005"
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: not specified

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: The provision of support to improve sustainability of palm oil products

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "While we believe we have made good progress in affecting responsible palm oil sourcing within our supply chain, we will continue to work with our approved suppliers to improve the sustainability of the palm oil used in our products."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      20/88
      • Commitment Strength
        9/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          3/8
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            "Ensure all paper-based packaging conforms with our Deforestation Policy" [...] which states that "Subway’s influence on forests is mainly through the sourcing of agricultural materials (palm oil, soy and beef value chains) and paper/wood-based products for disposable packaging and restaurant design. Subway aims to source from suppliers that strive to: Use sustainable forest management practices in forests they own, lease, or manage to provide fiber, paper, timber, and other forest-based products. Leverage principles and implement sustainable agriculture practices that enable farmers to increase production on currently farmed land and minimize impacts on the surrounding area. Preserve biodiversity and cultural values and optimize the social, environmental, and economic benefits of managed forests."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Ensure all paper-based packaging conforms with our Deforestation Policy" [...] which states that "Subway’s influence on forests is mainly through the sourcing of agricultural materials (palm oil, soy and beef value chains) and paper/wood-based products for disposable packaging and restaurant design. Subway aims to source from suppliers that strive to: Use sustainable forest management practices in forests they own, lease, or manage to provide fiber, paper, timber, and other forest-based products. Leverage principles and implement sustainable agriculture practices that enable farmers to increase production on currently farmed land and minimize impacts on the surrounding area. Preserve biodiversity and cultural values and optimize the social, environmental, and economic benefits of managed forests."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Ensure all paper-based packaging conforms with our Deforestation Policy" [...] which states that "Subway’s influence on forests is mainly through the sourcing of agricultural materials (palm oil, soy and beef value chains) and paper/wood-based products for disposable packaging and restaurant design. Subway aims to source from suppliers that strive to: Use sustainable forest management practices in forests they own, lease, or manage to provide fiber, paper, timber, and other forest-based products. Leverage principles and implement sustainable agriculture practices that enable farmers to increase production on currently farmed land and minimize impacts on the surrounding area. Preserve biodiversity and cultural values and optimize the social, environmental, and economic benefits of managed forests."
          • 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
            "Ensure all paper-based packaging conforms with our Deforestation Policy" [...] which states that "Subway’s influence on forests is mainly through the sourcing of agricultural materials (palm oil, soy and beef value chains) and paper/wood-based products for disposable packaging and restaurant design. Subway aims to source from suppliers that strive to: Use sustainable forest management practices in forests they own, lease, or manage to provide fiber, paper, timber, and other forest-based products. Leverage principles and implement sustainable agriculture practices that enable farmers to increase production on currently farmed land and minimize impacts on the surrounding area. Preserve biodiversity and cultural values and optimize the social, environmental, and economic benefits of managed forests."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "We have set the following goals related to packaging in our restaurants: Strive to design 100% of our packaging to be recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.Increase recycled materials in our paper and plastic packaging.Reduce our packaging's carbon impact via minimalist design and material choice based on sound science. In partnership across the QSR industry, work to increase container (paper cups and plastics) recycling rates both in-restaurant and for take-away/delivery."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We have set the following goals related to packaging in our restaurants: Strive to design 100% of our packaging to be recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.Increase recycled materials in our paper and plastic packaging.Reduce our packaging's carbon impact via minimalist design and material choice based on sound science. In partnership across the QSR industry, work to increase container (paper cups and plastics) recycling rates both in-restaurant and for take-away/delivery."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "We have set the following goals related to packaging in our restaurants: Strive to design 100% of our packaging to be recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.Increase recycled materials in our paper and plastic packaging.Reduce our packaging's carbon impact via minimalist design and material choice based on sound science. In partnership across the QSR industry, work to increase container (paper cups and plastics) recycling rates both in-restaurant and for take-away/delivery."
          • 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
            "We have set the following goals related to packaging in our restaurants: Strive to design 100% of our packaging to be recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.Increase recycled materials in our paper and plastic packaging.Reduce our packaging's carbon impact via minimalist design and material choice based on sound science. In partnership across the QSR industry, work to increase container (paper cups and plastics) recycling rates both in-restaurant and for take-away/delivery."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          Doctor's Associates state that their suppliers must ensure their workers have freedom of association, are free from discrimination, forced labor and are against child labor in any form. They also state other workers' rights commitments "Provide wages and benefits which comply with all applicable laws and regulations, which specifically account for all hours worked, and which match or exceed the local prevailing wages and benefits in the relevant industry...Working Hours: Except in extraordinary circumstances, employees shall (1) not be required to work more than the lesser of (a) 48 hours regular time hours and 12 hours overtime per week, or (b) the limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country of employment; and (2) be entitled to at least one day off in every 7-day period...Provide workers with a safe and healthy work environment. If residential facilities are provided to workers, they must be safe and sanitary facilities" "These standards are based on international conventions including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          "Subway understands our ingredients and packaging depend upon a safe, high-quality, affordable supply of raw materials to support the expectations of our customers, Franchisees and other stakeholders. Agriculture is a critical element of our value chain and it is linked to the health of the world’s forest system.  Subway’s influence on forests is mainly through the sourcing of agricultural materials (palm oil, soy and beef value chains) and paper/wood-based products for disposable packaging and restaurant design...Ensure that this policy is implemented in such a way that supports the inclusion of smallholders in their supply chains."
        • 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
          Doctors Associates state that discriminating based on gender would be a violation of their employment practices policy "curable violations...Repeated discrimination on the individual level, as evidenced by two or more findings of individual probable cause of race, religious, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation, or other discrimination by the EEOC or any similar state or federal agency, or any other evidence sufficient to substantiate such discrimination."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        3/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "The majority of our paper packaging is made with recycled content and 100% can be recycled or composted (where facilities exist). Towel and tissue products are made with 100% recycled material. Napkins are made from 100% recycled fiber. They are printed with soy or water-based inks. Sandwich wrap contains 40% post-consumer fiber.Specialty sandwich pouches and bags contain 50% post-consumer fiber.Currently the salad bowl and lid are made from 25% recycled PET plastic bottles and can be recycled where facilities exist. Catering trays & lids are currently made with 25% recycled material and can be recycled."
          • 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
          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
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Not specified 

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Working with suppliers
          "Subway commits to working with our suppliers and business partners to support our sustainable packaging principles. We will partner with suppliers to enable continued improvement of our packaging and we commit to considering sustainability during packaging procurement."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      15/88
      • Commitment Strength
        5/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          5/11
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1.3/8
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
            "Subway’s influence on forests is mainly through the sourcing of agricultural materials (palm oil, soy and beef value chains) and paper/wood-based products for disposable packaging and restaurant design.Subway aims to source from suppliers that strive to: ...Leverage principles and implement sustainable agriculture practices that enable farmers to increase production on currently farmed land and minimize impacts on the surrounding area.Preserve biodiversity and cultural values and optimize the social, environmental, and economic benefits of managed forests.Ensure that this policy is implemented in such a way that supports the inclusion of smallholders in their supply chains."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Subway’s influence on forests is mainly through the sourcing of agricultural materials (palm oil, soy and beef value chains) and paper/wood-based products for disposable packaging and restaurant design.Subway aims to source from suppliers that strive to: ...Leverage principles and implement sustainable agriculture practices that enable farmers to increase production on currently farmed land and minimize impacts on the surrounding area.Preserve biodiversity and cultural values and optimize the social, environmental, and economic benefits of managed forests.Ensure that this policy is implemented in such a way that supports the inclusion of smallholders in their supply chains."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "Subway’s influence on forests is mainly through the sourcing of agricultural materials (palm oil, soy and beef value chains) and paper/wood-based products for disposable packaging and restaurant design.Subway aims to source from suppliers that strive to: ...Leverage principles and implement sustainable agriculture practices that enable farmers to increase production on currently farmed land and minimize impacts on the surrounding area.Preserve biodiversity and cultural values and optimize the social, environmental, and economic benefits of managed forests.Ensure that this policy is implemented in such a way that supports the inclusion of smallholders in their supply chains."
          • 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
            "Subway’s influence on forests is mainly through the sourcing of agricultural materials (palm oil, soy and beef value chains) and paper/wood-based products for disposable packaging and restaurant design.Subway aims to source from suppliers that strive to: ...Leverage principles and implement sustainable agriculture practices that enable farmers to increase production on currently farmed land and minimize impacts on the surrounding area.Preserve biodiversity and cultural values and optimize the social, environmental, and economic benefits of managed forests.Ensure that this policy is implemented in such a way that supports the inclusion of smallholders in their supply chains."
        • 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
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          Doctor's Associates state that their suppliers must ensure their workers have freedom of association, are free from discrimination, forced labor and are against child labor in any form. They also state other workers' rights commitments "Provide wages and benefits which comply with all applicable laws and regulations, which specifically account for all hours worked, and which match or exceed the local prevailing wages and benefits in the relevant industry...Working Hours: Except in extraordinary circumstances, employees shall (1) not be required to work more than the lesser of (a) 48 hours regular time hours and 12 hours overtime per week, or (b) the limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country of employment; and (2) be entitled to at least one day off in every 7-day period...Provide workers with a safe and healthy work environment. If residential facilities are provided to workers, they must be safe and sanitary facilities" "These standards are based on international conventions including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work."
        • 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?: 0 not specified

          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          "Subway understands our ingredients and packaging depend upon a safe, high-quality, affordable supply of raw materials to support the expectations of our customers, Franchisees and other stakeholders. Agriculture is a critical element of our value chain and it is linked to the health of the world’s forest system.  Subway’s influence on forests is mainly through the sourcing of agricultural materials (palm oil, soy and beef value chains) and paper/wood-based products for disposable packaging and restaurant design...Ensure that this policy is implemented in such a way that supports the inclusion of smallholders in their supply chains."
        • 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
          Doctors Associates state that discriminating based on gender would be a violation of their employment practices policy "curable violations...Repeated discrimination on the individual level, as evidenced by two or more findings of individual probable cause of race, religious, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation, or other discrimination by the EEOC or any similar state or federal agency, or any other evidence sufficient to substantiate such discrimination."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        1/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          In their Code of Conduct, Subway state that: "As a part of this commitment, our Vendors must:  Comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations... Vendors are expected to self-monitor and demonstrate their compliance with this Code of Conduct. We may require the immediate removal of any Vendor representative(s) or personnel who behave in a manner that is unlawful or inconsistent with this Code of Conduct or any Subway® policy."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    7/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    2/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    10/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Doctor’s Associates Inc. owns and operates the fast food sandwich chain Subway. Subway has more than 37,000 stores in over 100 countries around the world with the US and the UK as its largest markets. The company’s breads, fillings and snacks expose it to a number of forest risk commodities. It is among the top fast food restaurants in the world. Doctor's Associates Inc. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy, beef and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Fast food
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Private
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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