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  • Overall approach
    6/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Deforestation-Free
      4/6
      "We are committed to moving towards “deforestation-free sourcing” for all key commodities."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
        , UN Global Consumer Goods Forum; UN Global Compact
      GlaxoSmithKline Plc state they are signatory to the UN Global Consumer Goods Forum and the UN Global Compact.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "[Deforestation] has dire consequences for biodiversity as well as significant implications for human health, property and livelihoods. Health risks include an increased spreadof diseases such as malaria and aggravated respiratory problems caused by smoke from deforestation fires."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    24/86
    • Palm oil
      28/86
      • Commitment Strength
        18/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            If Other, specify here:  
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "Our aim is to ensure that all palm oil and its derivatives used in our products are free from deforestation. "
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
              "Our aim is to ensure that all palm oil and its derivatives used in our products are free from deforestation. "
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
               "Our aim is to ensure that all palm oil and its derivatives used in our products are free from deforestation. "
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our aim is to ensure that all palm oil and its derivatives used in our products are free from deforestation. "
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our aim is to ensure that all palm oil and its derivatives used in our products are free from deforestation. "
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "We expect our suppliers to work with us towards deforestation-free sourcing, including no destruction of high conservation value areas, high carbon stock forests and peatlands" 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We expect our suppliers to work with us towards deforestation-free sourcing, including no destruction of high conservation value areas, high carbon stock forests and peatlands" 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "We expect our suppliers to work with us towards deforestation-free sourcing, including no destruction of high conservation value areas, high carbon stock forests and peatlands" 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We expect our suppliers to work with us towards deforestation-free sourcing, including no destruction of high conservation value areas, high carbon stock forests and peatlands" 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We expect our suppliers to work with us towards deforestation-free sourcing, including no destruction of high conservation value areas, high carbon stock forests and peatlands" 
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            "We expect our suppliers to work with us towards deforestation-free sourcing, including no destruction of high conservation value areas, high carbon stock forests and peatlands" 
          • 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
        4/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • 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
          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
          "We regularly assess our supply chain against our internal sourcing standard"
        • 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
          For non-compliant suppliers, GlaxoSmithKline Plc. will "work with them to ensure that they develop improvement plans. If the supplier does not show satisfactory progress, [...] additional action such as finding an alternative supplier." may take place. 
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        6/16
        • 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
          GlaxoSmithKline 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
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          GlaxoSmithKline require their suppliers to ensure their workers are free from discrimination based on gender and "As part of [GSK's] commitment to diversity and inclusion, we support suppliers run by groups that are underrepresented in the supply chain such as those owned by women, minorities and veterans."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      21/86
      • Commitment Strength
        11/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests; Certification
            "We worked with the Rainforest Alliance to establish a sourcing standard for paper packaging, based onthe principles of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). We currently source 88% of our paper packagingfrom responsible sources and aim to get to 100% by 2030."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We worked with the Rainforest Alliance to establish a sourcing standard for paper packaging, based onthe principles of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). We currently source 88% of our paper packagingfrom responsible sources and aim to get to 100% by 2030."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "We worked with the Rainforest Alliance to establish a sourcing standard for paper packaging, based onthe principles of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). We currently source 88% of our paper packagingfrom responsible sources and aim to get to 100% by 2030."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We worked with the Rainforest Alliance to establish a sourcing standard for paper packaging, based onthe principles of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). We currently source 88% of our paper packagingfrom responsible sources and aim to get to 100% by 2030."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We worked with the Rainforest Alliance to establish a sourcing standard for paper packaging, based onthe principles of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). We currently source 88% of our paper packagingfrom responsible sources and aim to get to 100% by 2030."
          • Target date
            2030-2050
            0/1.3
            Target date
            2030-2050
            0/1.3
            "We worked with the Rainforest Alliance to establish a sourcing standard for paper packaging, based onthe principles of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). We currently source 88% of our paper packagingfrom responsible sources and aim to get to 100% by 2030."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We worked with the Rainforest Alliance to establish a sourcing standard for paper packaging, based onthe principles of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). We currently source 88% of our paper packagingfrom responsible sources and aim to get to 100% by 2030."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No
            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
        • 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
        3/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "We worked with the Rainforest Alliance to establish a sourcing standard for paper packaging, based onthe principles of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). We currently source 88% of our paper packagingfrom responsible sources and aim to get to 100% by 2030."
          • 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
            "We worked with the Rainforest Alliance to establish a sourcing standard for paper packaging, based onthe principles of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). We currently source 88% of our paper packagingfrom responsible sources and aim to get to 100% by 2030."
          • 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
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        6/16
        • 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
          GlaxoSmithKline 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
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          GlaxoSmithKline require their suppliers to ensure their workers are free from discrimination based on gender and "As part of [GSK's] commitment to diversity and inclusion, we support suppliers run by groups that are underrepresented in the supply chain such as those owned by women, minorities and veterans."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    15/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    4/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    6/16
    Avg. score

Profile

GlaxoSmithKline Plc is a United Kingdom-based healthcare company with business segments in pharmaceuticals, consumer healthcare and vaccines.

Sector
Industry sector 
Cosmetics & personal care
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United Kingdom
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

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