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  • Overall approach
    8/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      New York Declaration on Forests; UN Global Consumer Goods Forum; UN Global Compact; Other intiative, Environmental Paper Company Index
      Essity are signatories of the New York Declaration on Forests, the UN Consumer Goods Forum, the UN Global Compact, and the Environmental Paper Company Index.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      Essity recognise the importance of protecting forest ecosystems through refusing to source "wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by forest management activities. management activities."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      3/3
      LUC emissions target
      Yes
      3/3
      "Essity commits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from purchased key raw materials, transport, waste generated in operations and end-of-life treatment of sold products (scope 3), by 18% by 2030 from a 2016 base-year."
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      3/3
      Report LUC emissions
      Yes
      3/3
      2018, N/A
      Essity state that their Scope 3 CO2 emissions (biogenic CO2) in 2018 were 474 ktons.
  • Commodity score
    35/86
    • Pulp & Paper
      35/86
      • Commitment Strength
        19/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC; PEFC
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests; Certification
            Essity state that "wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by forest management activities" is an unacceptable source, and that "all fresh wood based fiber raw material in our products will be FSC® or PEFC™ certified."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Essity state that "wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by forest management activities" is an unacceptable source, and that "all fresh wood based fiber raw material in our products will be FSC® or PEFC™ certified."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Essity state that "wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by forest management activities" is an unacceptable source, and that "all fresh wood based fiber raw material in our products will be FSC® or PEFC™ certified."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Essity state that "wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by forest management activities" is an unacceptable source, and that "all fresh wood based fiber raw material in our products will be FSC® or PEFC™ certified."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Essity state that "wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by forest management activities" is an unacceptable source, and that "all fresh wood based fiber raw material in our products will be FSC® or PEFC™ certified."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Essity state that "wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by forest management activities" is an unacceptable source, and that "all fresh wood based fiber raw material in our products will be FSC® or PEFC™ certified."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Essity state that "wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by forest management activities" is an unacceptable source, and that "all fresh wood based fiber raw material in our products will be FSC® or PEFC™ certified."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Globally around 50% of all fibers used in our tissue products come from paper for recycling, available in many grades."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Globally around 50% of all fibers used in our tissue products come from paper for recycling, available in many grades."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Globally around 50% of all fibers used in our tissue products come from paper for recycling, available in many grades."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "Globally around 50% of all fibers used in our tissue products come from paper for recycling, available in many grades."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "Globally around 50% of all fibers used in our tissue products come from paper for recycling, available in many grades."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Essity stated that in 2018, 76% of their wood fibre was FSC or PEFC certified. 
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            Essity stated that in 2018, 76% of their wood fibre was FSC or PEFC certified. 
          • 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
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "Pulp suppliers will receive a copy of the Essity Global Fiber Sourcing Policy together with a detailed pulp supplier questionnaire every two year. Compliance to the policy is mandatory, and any issue which may result in the supplier being non-compliant must be reported to Essity as early as possible."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "Suppliers must notify Essity of any complaints or irregularities discovered in their supply stream that may impact the fulfillment of any aspect of this policy as well as any immediate mitigation actions. 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 work together with non-compliant suppliers to identify solutions to, for example, certification issues, supply restrictions or other bottlenecks."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          3800000 tonnes
          Essity state that they produced 5,000,000 tonnes of wood fibre in total (both recycled and fresh fibre) in 2018, 76% of which was certified. 
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Essity require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • 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, 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
  • Commitment strength
    19/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    11/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/16
    Avg. score

Profile

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

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How we assess the Forest 500

To ensure deforestation free supply chains, companies need to adopt and implement timebound and measurable policies for forest risk commodities.

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