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  • Overall approach
    2/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      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
      Business risk
      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
      High-level management
      No
      0/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: not specified

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Pulp & Paper
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    27/84
    • Beef
      21/84
      • Commitment Strength
        9/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/17
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            "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".
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "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".
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            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".
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            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".
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Doctor's Associates state that their suppliers must ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour.
        • 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?: 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.Subway aims to source from suppliers that strive to: [....0 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
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable 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
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: Email and postal

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "At Subway, our Report It hotline provides Corporate employees, as well as customers, Franchisee staff and Sandwich ArtistsTM, business partners, and others with a means to report potential violations of the Subway Business Code of Conduct, our policies, or applicable law. This hotline is an important part of our culture of ethics and compliance at Subway. [...] f you wish to report questionable behavior or a possible violation, please contact us through any of the following methods:Email: Send an email to the General Legal, Compliance, and Privacy Office at: reportit@subway.com with the subject heading of REPORT IT – Subway Code of ConductMail: Send a letter to the General Legal, Compliance and Privacy Office at Franchise World Headquarters, LLC, 325 Sub Way, Milford, CT 06461 with the attention line of REPORT IT – Subway Code of Conduct"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          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
    • Palm oil
      36/84
      • Commitment Strength
        18/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "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"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "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"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "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"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "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"
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "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"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "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"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "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"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "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"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • 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: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Doctor's Associates state that their suppliers must ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour.
        • 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?: 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.Subway aims to source from suppliers that strive to: [....0 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
          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/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          "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[...]Support the free and informed consent of indigenous and local communities to activities on their land where the plantations are developed". 
      • Reporting and Implementation
        8/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "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."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 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
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: no

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: email and postal

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental
          "At Subway, our Report It hotline provides Corporate employees, as well as customers, Franchisee staff and Sandwich ArtistsTM, business partners, and others with a means to report potential violations of the Subway Business Code of Conduct, our policies, or applicable law. This hotline is an important part of our culture of ethics and compliance at Subway. [...] f you wish to report questionable behavior or a possible violation, please contact us through any of the following methods:Email: Send an email to the General Legal, Compliance, and Privacy Office at: reportit@subway.com with the subject heading of REPORT IT – Subway Code of ConductMail: Send a letter to the General Legal, Compliance and Privacy Office at Franchise World Headquarters, LLC, 325 Sub Way, Milford, CT 06461 with the attention line of REPORT IT – Subway Code of Conduct"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          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 type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Working with suppliers to improve sustainability

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

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Not specified
          "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
      28/84
      • Commitment Strength
        14/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/12
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            "Ensure all paper-based packaging conforms with our Deforestation Policy" [...] "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.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."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "The Subway Sustainable Packaging Policy applies to all Subway global operations. [....] Ensure all paper-based packaging conforms with our Deforestation Policy" [...] "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.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."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Ensure all paper-based packaging conforms with our Deforestation Policy" [...] "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.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."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "Ensure all paper-based packaging conforms with our Deforestation Policy" [...] "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.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."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "Subway aspires to reduce our packagingfootprint and influence the global packagingindustry through the following principles:• Subway will eliminate unnecessary packaging wherever possible.• Subway will look for ways to increase the recycled content of our packaging materials and look for opportunities to sustainably source renewable raw materials where recycled content is not possible [...]• Subwaywill ensure, where relevant, that packaging suppliers conform to the Subway Deforestation policy to ensure packaging raw materials are sustainably sourced." "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."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "The SubwaySustainable Packaging Policy applies to all Subwayglobal operations [...] Subway aspires to reduce our packagingfootprint and influence the global packagingindustry through the following principles:• Subway will eliminate unnecessary packaging wherever possible.• Subway will look for ways to increase the recycled content of our packaging materials and look for opportunities to sustainably source renewable raw materials where recycled content is not possible [...]• Subwaywill ensure, where relevant, that packaging suppliers conform to the Subway Deforestation policy to ensure packaging raw materials are sustainably sourced." "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."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Subway aspires to reduce our packagingfootprint and influence the global packagingindustry through the following principles:• Subway will eliminate unnecessary packaging wherever possible.• Subway will look for ways to increase the recycled content of our packaging materials and look for opportunities to sustainably source renewable raw materials where recycled content is not possible [...]• Subwaywill ensure, where relevant, that packaging suppliers conform to the Subway Deforestation policy to ensure packaging raw materials are sustainably sourced." "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."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Doctor's Associates state that their suppliers must ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour.
        • 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?: 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.Subway aims to source from suppliers that strive to: [....0 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
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            "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."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • 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
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: Email and postal
          "At Subway, our Report It hotline provides Corporate employees, as well as customers, Franchisee staff and Sandwich ArtistsTM, business partners, and others with a means to report potential violations of the Subway Business Code of Conduct, our policies, or applicable law. This hotline is an important part of our culture of ethics and compliance at Subway. [...] f you wish to report questionable behavior or a possible violation, please contact us through any of the following methods:Email: Send an email to the General Legal, Compliance, and Privacy Office at: reportit@subway.com with the subject heading of REPORT IT – Subway Code of ConductMail: Send a letter to the General Legal, Compliance and Privacy Office at Franchise World Headquarters, LLC, 325 Sub Way, Milford, CT 06461 with the attention line of REPORT IT – Subway Code of Conduct"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          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
          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

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Not specified
          "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
      21/84
      • Commitment Strength
        9/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/17
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also 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".
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "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".
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            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".
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            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".
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Doctor's Associates state that their suppliers must ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour.
        • 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?: 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.Subway aims to source from suppliers that strive to: [....0 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
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable 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
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: email and postal

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "At Subway, our Report It hotline provides Corporate employees, as well as customers, Franchisee staff and Sandwich ArtistsTM, business partners, and others with a means to report potential violations of the Subway Business Code of Conduct, our policies, or applicable law. This hotline is an important part of our culture of ethics and compliance at Subway. [...] f you wish to report questionable behavior or a possible violation, please contact us through any of the following methods:Email: Send an email to the General Legal, Compliance, and Privacy Office at: reportit@subway.com with the subject heading of REPORT IT – Subway Code of ConductMail: Send a letter to the General Legal, Compliance and Privacy Office at Franchise World Headquarters, LLC, 325 Sub Way, Milford, CT 06461 with the attention line of REPORT IT – Subway Code of Conduct"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          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
  • Commitment strength
    12/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    6/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    9/18
    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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