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  • Overall approach
    4/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      2/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero-net-deforestation
      2/6
      "Essity aims to play an active part in preventing deforestation and forest degradation [...] The following five categories are stipulated as unacceptable sources for the origin offresh wood based fibers used in Essity’s supply chain [...] Wood from forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum; New York Declaration on Forests; UN Global Compact; Other intiative

      If Other Initiative, specify:: Environmental Paper Company Index
      [Translation] "Essity was recognised by WWF for transparent leadership through its publication of the report on environmental impact in the WWF Environmental Paper Company Index 201." [Translation] “Essity has been a signatory of UN Global Compact from 2008. Our reports on progress (Communication on Progress, CoP) for 2008 and 2009 were chosen as representations of best practice by Global Compact." "Essity is one among the almost 200 signatories to the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF), which aims to protect forests and end natural forest loss by 2030." "The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is a global industry network, driven by its members. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of over 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers and other stakeholders across 70 countries and reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "The following five categories are stipulated as unacceptable sources for the origin offresh wood based fibers used in Essity’s supply chain: [...] Wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by forest management activities."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
      High-level management
      No
      0/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Pulp & Paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Not specified
    • 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
    34/84
    • Pulp & Paper
      34/84
      • Commitment Strength
        13/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "The following five categories are stipulated as unacceptable sources for the origin offresh wood based fibers used in Essity's supply chain:1. Illegally harvested wood.2. Wood harvested in violation of traditional or human rights.3. Wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by forestmanagement activities.4. Wood from forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use [...] All fresh wood based fiber raw materialin our products will be FSC or PEFC certified"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "The following five categories are stipulated as unacceptable sources for the origin offresh wood based fibers used in Essity’s supply chain:1. Illegally harvested wood.2. Wood harvested in violation of traditional or human rights.3. Wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by forestmanagement activities.4. Wood from forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use [...] All fresh wood based fiber raw materialin our products will be FSC® or PEFC™certified"
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          5/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Essity’s target for 2025 is that the company’s packaging is to be 100% recyclable and is to comprise at least 85% renewable or recycled material. Thistarget applies to both paper and plastic packaging and is based on usage inEssity’s wholly owned production facilities. Consumption mainly comprisesbags and flexible plastic film for plastic packaging as well as corrugatedboard and board for paper-based packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Only applies to Essity's wholly owned production facilities - "Essity’s target for 2025 is that the company’s packaging is to be 100% recyclable and is to comprise at least 85% renewable or recycled material. Thistarget applies to both paper and plastic packaging and is based on usage inEssity’s wholly owned production facilities. Consumption mainly comprisesbags and flexible plastic film for plastic packaging as well as corrugatedboard and board for paper-based packaging."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/1.3
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/1.3
            "Essity’s target for 2025 is that the company’s packaging is to be 100% recyclable and is to comprise at least 85% renewable or recycled material. Thistarget applies to both paper and plastic packaging and is based on usage inEssity’s wholly owned production facilities. Consumption mainly comprisesbags and flexible plastic film for plastic packaging as well as corrugatedboard and board for paper-based packaging."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • 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
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Essity expects its suppliers will treat their employees and all persons acting on their behalf with the highest ethical standards. Supplier must adhere to international and national conventions and laws in the area of fundamental rights, including, but not limited to, non-discrimination, freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining, protection of children and mothers and the right to form works’ councils.[...] Suppliers shall take measures to ensure they do not engage in or support the use of forced or bonded labor. This includes all forms of human trafficking and working against one’s own will or choice. [...] Suppliers should also work actively to prevent all forms of child labor or exploitation in their sphere of influence. [...] Essity suppliers are expected to adopt and enforce policies which effectively prohibit discrimination or harassment on the grounds of gender, marital or parental status, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, religious belief, political affiliation, age, disability, or of membership in a trade union or employee organization."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Essity suppliers are expected to adopt and enforce policies which effectively prohibit discrimination or harassment on the grounds of gender"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        17/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "FSC® or PEFC™certifiedfresh fiber - Target: 100%. Outcome 2019: 79%."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "The proportion of recycled fiber in Essity’s products varies between regionsdue to differences in quality, user preferences and fiber supply and demand.The North American operations use 98% (97; 94) recycled fiber, while theproportion of recycled fiber in Latin America is 68% (77; 68) and in Europe40% (38; 33)" "Share of packaging manufactured from renewable or recycled material: Target 2025 - 85%. Outcome 2019 - 68%."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 79%

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC, PEFC

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC, PEFC
            "FSC® or PEFC™certifiedfresh fiber - Target: 100%. Outcome 2019: 79%."
          • 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
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "Essity uses several tools to move its suppliers in the direction of responsible forestmanagement. Together, these tools provide Essity with the necessary informationto perform risk assessments of its supply chain and evaluate its suppliers from asustainability perspective, and to move them toward compliance with Essity’spolicies and stakeholder expectations."
        • 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

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          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.)?: Whistleblower system - email address
          "How to raise a concern: [...] SCA’s internal whistle-blower system code-of-conduct@sca.com"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 3.3 million tons

          What is the certified volume?: 2.6 million tons

          Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 79%
          "Target fulfillment for certified wood-based fresh fiber in 2019 was 79%. The remainder fulfilled FSC’s Controlled Wood standard. [...]. In 2019, Essity purchased 3.3 million tons of wood-based fresh fiber and 2.3 million tons of recycled fiber. Wood-based fresh fiber mainly comprises pulp, 98%, and the remainder comprises packaging, externally sourced mother reels and products manufactured by third parties. Of the 2.3 million tons of recycled fiber sourced, 92% is used in tissue manufacturing. The remainder consists of recycled fiber, which is found in sourced packaging material and sourced mother reels."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using certification; Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification
          "The above questionnaires and third-party reports are supported and followed up byon-site supplier audits of the fiber procurement management system, and responsesto the relevant sections of the questionnaires are checked for accuracy. These auditsmay include meeting local stakeholders and communities or indigenous peoples, areview of harvesting operations in the field, or how HCV assessments are conductedand decisions made by the company. The audits also include a review of suppliercompliance with the FSC Controlled Wood standard, the use of National Risk Assessments and control measures for non-FSC certified supplies of wood, and how suppliersensure traceability of fibers when sourcing from saw mills [...] Working with partners such as World Resources Instituteand suppliers, Essity is looking to improve the plotting of Forest Management Units,protected areas, indigenous peoples and communities in the wood catchment areasof suppliers. In addition to identifying supply risk areas, when further developed thesoftware will provide information on logging activities, forest loss, forest road buildingand fires in the catchment areas of interest, thus allowing Essity to be alerted to unexpected events that occur within the supply catchment areas."
        • 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
          "Essity reserves the right to terminate business relations if so recommended by the findings of an Essity risk assessment [...] When Essity considers it necessary or when initiated by the supplier, Essity will worktogether with non-compliant suppliers to identify solutions to, for example, certification issues, supply restrictions or other bottlenecks."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (excluded)
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (excluded)
          1/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
          "No agreements with strategic suppliers were terminated on the grounds of sustainability-related non-compliance in 2019"
  • Commitment strength
    13/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    17/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Essity is a Swedish company which manufacturers paper-based products including personal care, and hygiene products. Essity is selected as a powerbroker for pulp & paper.

Sector
Industry sector 
Paper & packaging, Personal care
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Sweden
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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