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  • Overall approach
    0/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      0/1
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • 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
    24/84
    • Palm oil
      31/84
      • Commitment Strength
        15/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            " In 2025 all soymeal and palm oil purchased by ForFarmers will be 100% certified." "ForFarmers is a member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and was actively involved in developing the guidelines for soy sourcing published by the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) in 2015.74.7% of soy meal and 70% of palm oil purchased complied with ForFarmers’ sustainability criteria."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            " In 2025 all soymeal and palm oil purchased by ForFarmers will be 100% certified."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/1.3
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/1.3
            " In 2025 all soymeal and palm oil purchased by ForFarmers will be 100% certified."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            " In 2025 all soymeal and palm oil purchased by ForFarmers will be 100% certified." "ForFarmers is a member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and was actively involved in developing the guidelines for soy sourcing published by the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) in 2015.74.7% of soy meal and 70% of palm oil purchased complied with ForFarmers’ sustainability criteria."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            " In 2025 all soymeal and palm oil purchased by ForFarmers will be 100% certified."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/1.3
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/1.3
            " In 2025 all soymeal and palm oil purchased by ForFarmers will be 100% certified."
          • 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: ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Supplier Code of Conduct 1. Human Rights 1.1. Businesses should have a policy, covering human rights issues and ensure it is communicated to all appropriate parties, including its own suppliers. . . There is no forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour. . . 4. Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining are Respected . . .6. Child Labour Shall not be Used . . .9. No Discrimination is Practised"
        • 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
          "No Discrimination is Practised 9.1. There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            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?: No
            "74.7% of soy meal and 70% of palm oil purchased complied with ForFarmers’ sustainability criteria."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

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

            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 70%
            "74.7% of soy meal and 70% of palm oil purchased complied with ForFarmers’ sustainability criteria." (RSPO certification)
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 70%

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            "74.7% of soy meal and 70% of palm oil purchased complied with ForFarmers’ sustainability criteria." (RSPO certification)
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Dutch Alliance Sustainable Palm Oil (DASPO)

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          ForFarmers are part of Nevedi and Nevedi is part of Dutch Alliance Sustainable Palm Oil (DASPO) "
        • 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
          Reporting certified/compliant volume
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting certified/compliant volume
          2/4
          What is the certified volume?: 24,573 tonnes

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
          Forfarmers reports 24573 tonnes certified to RSPO, this matches the total volume reported to RSPO. However in its annual report it reports that only 70% of their palm oil meets its standards.
        • 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 stated

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "As concerns the total product-related procurement spend in 2019, more than 83% of the suppliers subscribed to either the Sedex code or another supplier code of conduct (2018: over 80%). As concerns the non-product-related procurement spend in 2019, over 35% of the suppliers subscribed to a code of conduct. In 2019 we also started applying the Sedex code to DML suppliers (over 30%), a category not included before. All together this represented more than 69% of total annual non-product-related spend."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      27/84
      • Commitment Strength
        14/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS

            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Supply chain includes no indirect soy
            " In 2025 all soymeal and palm oil purchased by ForFarmers will be 100% certified." "ForFarmers is a member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and was actively involved in developing the guidelines for soy sourcing published by the European Feed Manufacturers Federation (FEFAC) in 2015.74.7% of soy meal and 70% of palm oil purchased complied with ForFarmers sustainability criteria."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            " In 2025 all soymeal and palm oil purchased by ForFarmers will be 100% certified."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            " In 2025 all soymeal and palm oil purchased by ForFarmers will be 100% certified."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • 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
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Supplier Code of Conduct 1. Human Rights 1.1. Businesses should have a policy, covering human rights issues and ensure it is communicated to all appropriate parties, including its own suppliers. . . There is no forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour. . . 4. Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining are Respected . . .6. Child Labour Shall not be Used . . .9. No Discrimination is Practised"
        • 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
          "No Discrimination is Practised 9.1. There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        8/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "74.7% of soy meal and 70% of palm oil purchased complied with ForFarmers’ sustainability criteria."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 74.7%

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

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RTRS
            "74.7% of soy meal and 70% of palm oil purchased complied with ForFarmers’ sustainability criteria."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: FEFAC, Responsible Soy Declaration

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "FEFAC (Federation European Feed Manufacturers) - under presidency of our colleague Nick Major (Corporate Affairs Director) - issued the Responsible Soy Declaration last week. ForFarmers completely supports this declaration. The online platform enables European feed companies to state their voluntary commitment to sourcing responsibly produced soy products. ForFarmers has put in a great deal of commitment to accomplish this as a European - sector wide - initiative. It goes without saying that ForFarmers, as an industry leader on sustainability, is working hard to make the European soy supply chain more sustainable and so was one of the first organisations to sign the Declaration."
        • 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
          0/4
        • 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
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not stated
          "As concerns the total product-related procurement spend in 2019, more than 83% of the suppliers subscribed to either the Sedex code or another supplier code of conduct (2018: over 80%). As concerns the non-product-related procurement spend in 2019, over 35% of the suppliers subscribed to a code of conduct. In 2019 we also started applying the Sedex code to DML suppliers (over 30%), a category not included before. All together this represented more than 69% of total annual non-product-related spend."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper *
      5/84
      • Commitment Strength
        0/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/12
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • 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
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No
            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
        • 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: ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Supplier Code of Conduct 1. Human Rights 1.1. Businesses should have a policy, covering human rights issues and ensure it is communicated to all appropriate parties, including its own suppliers. . . There is no forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour. . . 4. Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining are Respected . . .6. Child Labour Shall not be Used . . .9. No Discrimination is Practised"
        • 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
          "No Discrimination is Practised 9.1. There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            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
          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
          No
          0/4
        • 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
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    12/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    8/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    Avg. score

Profile

ForFarmers is a Dutch animal feed manufacturer with operations in the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, and Germany. It produces compound feed and integrated feed solutions for all kinds of livestock. The company is one of the largest producers of animal feed in the Netherlands and in the world. ForFarmers also claims to be the market leader for animal feed in Europe. ForFarmers B.V. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy and paper packaging.

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