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  • Overall approach
    7/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Zero deforestation/Deforestation-free commitment or, for timber, pulp & paper companies only, commitment to well implemented harvest and no deforestation of HCV & HCS areas
      3/4
      "We are committed to moving towards deforestation-free sourcing for all key commodities purchased directly by GSK, or indirectly on our behalf, by 2030. In early 2021 we expanded the scope of our deforestation-free sourcing policy to cover soy, cattle-derived products and rubber, as well as palm oil and paper packaging."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: UN Global Compact
      "GSK is a signatory to the UN Global Compact (UNGC)."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Anthropogenic and naturally induced loss of tree cover - deforestation1 – leads to the loss of biodiversity, affects livelihoods of forest communities, is a cause of human rights violations, and is a major contributor to global climate change."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: All
      "In 2020, we carried out a risk assessment, which helped us to identify the 15 highest-risk materials in our supply chain. As a result of this assessment, we are developing responsible sourcing plans for each of these high-risk materials. We are committed to moving towards deforestation-free sourcing for all key commodities purchased directly by GSK, or indirectly on our behalf, by 2030."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Pulp & Paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Three times a year or more frequently as necessary
      "Corporate Responsibility Committee: This Committee is central in guiding the company’s ESG agenda. It has reviewed and supported management’s more aggressive approach to executing the E and S aspects of ESG. This has included reviewing and endorsing a new level of ambition on environmental sustainability through setting new goals to achieve a net zero impact on climate and net positive impact on nature by 2030. A review of inclusion and diversity included disclosing targets on workforce race and ethnicity and re-basing our gender diversity targets..."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030

      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions
      "Biopharma: Net zero emissions across all operations by 2030 (scope 1 and 2) Consumer healthcare: Net zero emissions across all operations by 2030 (scope 1 and 2)"
  • Commodity score
    34/88
    • Palm oil
      47/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          5/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat

            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "We are committed to moving towards deforestation-free sourcing for all key commodities purchased directly by GSK, or indirectly on our behalf, by 2030. In early 2021 we expanded the scope of our deforestation-free sourcing policy to cover soy, cattle-derived products and rubber, as well as palm oil and paper packaging." "Palm Oil GSK commits to transparent and traceable supply chains, that: • Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth...GSK aims: • By 2025, to source 100% of our core palm oil materials as sustainable credible third-party certified , or to purchase Book & Claim credits in support of certified production...GSK uses approximately 30,000 tonnes of materials derived from palm oil in a variety of products, a very small amount of this comprises pure palm oil; the vast majority are palm oil derivatives. Of the derivatives, 80% is glycerine...During 2020, we also arranged RSPO supply chain certification for 3 key sites that use glycerine"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We are committed to moving towards deforestation-free sourcing for all key commodities purchased directly by GSK, or indirectly on our behalf, by 2030. In early 2021 we expanded the scope of our deforestation-free sourcing policy to cover soy, cattle-derived products and rubber, as well as palm oil and paper packaging." "Palm Oil GSK commits to transparent and traceable supply chains, that: • Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth...GSK aims: • By 2025, to source 100% of our core palm oil materials as sustainable credible third-party certified9 , or to purchase Book & Claim credits in support of certified production...GSK uses approximately 30,000 tonnes of materials derived from palm oil in a variety of products, a very small amount of this comprises pure palm oil; the vast majority are palm oil derivatives. Of the derivatives, 80% is glycerine...During 2020, we also arranged RSPO supply chain certification for 3 key sites that use glycerine"
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            "We are committed to moving towards deforestation-free sourcing for all key commodities purchased directly by GSK, or indirectly on our behalf, by 2030. In early 2021 we expanded the scope of our deforestation-free sourcing policy to cover soy, cattle-derived products and rubber, as well as palm oil and paper packaging." "Palm Oil GSK commits to transparent and traceable supply chains, that: • Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth...GSK aims: • By 2025, to source 100% of our core palm oil materials as sustainable credible third-party certified9 , or to purchase Book & Claim credits in support of certified production...GSK uses approximately 30,000 tonnes of materials derived from palm oil in a variety of products, a very small amount of this comprises pure palm oil; the vast majority are palm oil derivatives. Of the derivatives, 80% is glycerine...During 2020, we also arranged RSPO supply chain certification for 3 key sites that use glycerine"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Palm Oil...GSK commits to transparent and traceable supply chains, that: • Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Palm Oil...GSK commits to transparent and traceable supply chains, that: • Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth"
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        15/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: UNGP; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Third parties shall be committed to uphold the human rights of workers and to treat them with dignity and respect, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Third parties are expected to meet the following labour rights principles and foster compliance with them by their own suppliers: Freely Chosen: No use of forced, bonded, indentured or involuntary prison labour. Child Labour and Young Workers: No use of child labour... Non-Discrimination: Provide a workplace free from discrimination... Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining: Open communication and direct engagement with workers to resolve workplace and compensation issues is encouraged."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: Not specified 

          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support; Economic
          "GSK commits to transparent and traceable supply chains, that: ... Enables smallholders to become successful business owners, improving their livelihoods through responsible production, maximizing yields and improving quality..." 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Third parties shall be committed to uphold the human rights of workers and to treat them with dignity and respect, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Third parties are expected to meet the following labour rights principles and foster compliance with them by their own suppliers: ... Non-Discrimination: Provide a workplace free from discrimination. Workers do not face discrimination on any grounds (including but not limited to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, political affiliation, union membership, pregnancy or marital status)..." 
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Environmental harm
          In their 2020 ESG Performance report, GSK report on the amount spent for environmental remediation - 2 million dollars spent in 2020: "We take responsibility for removing pollution and contaminants from soil, surface and ground water at facilities we have used previously, and at the disposal sites of waste management companies we have used.".   
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "GSK commits to transparent and traceable supply chains, that: ... Respects the human rights of indigenous peoples, workers and local communities including the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)..." 
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        22/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "We are committed to moving towards deforestation-free sourcing for all key commodities purchased directly by GSK, or indirectly on our behalf, by 2030. In early 2021 we expanded the scope of our deforestation-free sourcing policy to cover soy, cattle-derived products and rubber, as well as palm oil and paper packaging." "Palm Oil GSK commits to transparent and traceable supply chains, that: • Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth...GSK aims: • By 2025, to source 100% of our core palm oil materials as sustainable credible third-party certified9 , or to purchase Book & Claim credits in support of certified production...GSK uses approximately 30,000 tonnes of materials derived from palm oil in a variety of products, a very small amount of this comprises pure palm oil; the vast majority are palm oil derivatives. Of the derivatives, 80% is glycerine...During 2020, we also arranged RSPO supply chain certification for 3 key sites that use glycerine"
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            In their 2020 RSPO ACOP report, GSK reports out of 18484.0 tonnes of palm oil purchased, 19456.0 tonnes were RSPO certified
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: rspo

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: rspo
            "We are committed to moving towards deforestation-free sourcing for all key commodities purchased directly by GSK, or indirectly on our behalf, by 2030. In early 2021 we expanded the scope of our deforestation-free sourcing policy to cover soy, cattle-derived products and rubber, as well as palm oil and paper packaging." "Palm Oil GSK commits to transparent and traceable supply chains, that: • Protects high conservation value (HCV) areas, high carbon stock (HCS) forests and peatlands regardless of depth...GSK aims: • By 2025, to source 100% of our core palm oil materials as sustainable credible third-party certified9 , or to purchase Book & Claim credits in support of certified production...GSK uses approximately 30,000 tonnes of materials derived from palm oil in a variety of products, a very small amount of this comprises pure palm oil; the vast majority are palm oil derivatives. Of the derivatives, 80% is glycerine...During 2020, we also arranged RSPO supply chain certification for 3 key sites that use glycerine"
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            In their 2020 RSPO ACOP report, GSK reports out of 18484.0 tonnes of palm oil purchased, 19456.0 tonnes were RSPO certified
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Rainforest Alliance, Action for Sustainable Derivatives (ASD), The Sustainable Palm Index 
          "We have implemented responsible sourcing programs for these commodities in conjunction with the Rainforest Alliance. We are members of Action for Sustainable Derivatives (ASD) which works to increase the transparency and traceability of palm oil derivatives in supply chains."; "In 2020, in collaboration with ASD, we introduced The Sustainable Palm Index (SPI), an evaluation scorecard for suppliers of palm oil and palm kernel oil derivatives, the index was implemented to support procurement decisions"
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own system

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "GSK’s Speak Up Integrity Lines are available to report alleged breaches of legal or regulatory obligations, financial fraud (including accounting internal controls and auditing), or any other alleged contravention of GSK’s Code of Conduct and company policies. Please see our global compliance page for more details." On their portal they offer all information required to go ahead and make complaint (email/phone numbers). 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 18484.0 tonnes
          In their 2020 RSPO ACOP report, GSK reports out of 18484.0 tonnes of palm oil purchased, 19456.0 tonnes were RSPO certified
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          What third-party verification is used?: rspo

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          What is the certified volume?: 19456.0 tonnes

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 18484.0 tonnes
          In their 2020 RSPO ACOP report, GSK reports out of 18484.0 tonnes of palm oil purchased, 19456.0 tonnes were RSPO certified
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 0 not specified

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          "In 2020, in collaboration with ASD, we introduced The Sustainable Palm Index (SPI), an evaluation scorecard for suppliers of palm oil and palm kernel oil derivatives, the index was implemented to support procurement decisions. Suppliers were assessed on their progress regarding commitments, processes, and achievements in terms of supply chain knowledge, sustainable sourcing practices, and compliance with No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation principles: more than 70% of our palm oil supply by volume and 67% of our suppliers were found compliant with the SPI. During 2020, we also arranged RSPO supply chain certification for 3 key sites that use glycerine."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          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?: technical advice
          "For those suppliers that we don’t believe source sustainably, we work with them to ensure that they develop policies and improvement plans in line with our palm oil standards and policies."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      30/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          5/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "We are committed to moving towards deforestation-free sourcing for all key commodities purchased directly by GSK, or indirectly on our behalf, by 2030. In early 2021 we expanded the scope of our deforestation-free sourcing policy to cover soy, cattle-derived products and rubber, as well as palm oil and paper packaging." "Our commitments to deforestation-free sourcing of key agricultural and forest-risk commodities are as follows: Pulp and Paper GSK commits to strict standards governing responsible forest management, that exclude: • Illegally harvested wood • Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights (for example forced or child labour) • Wood harvested in forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities • Wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted"."we have focused on developing sourcing standards for paper packaging based on the Controlled Wood requirements defined by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We are committed to moving towards deforestation-free sourcing for all key commodities purchased directly by GSK, or indirectly on our behalf, by 2030. In early 2021 we expanded the scope of our deforestation-free sourcing policy to cover soy, cattle-derived products and rubber, as well as palm oil and paper packaging." "Our commitments to deforestation-free sourcing of key agricultural and forest-risk commodities are as follows: Pulp and Paper GSK commits to strict standards governing responsible forest management, that exclude: • Illegally harvested wood • Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights (for example forced or child labour) • Wood harvested in forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities • Wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted"."we have focused on developing sourcing standards for paper packaging based on the Controlled Wood requirements defined by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)"
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            "To achieve these commitments, GSK aims: • By 2025, to source all of our virgin paper packaging material only from credible certified sources6 or to source paper packaging material made from recycled raw material. • By 2030, to source only credible third-party7 certified virgin paper packaging material or to source paper packaging material made from recycled raw material."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "To achieve these commitments, GSK aims: • By 2025, to source all of our virgin paper packaging material only from credible certified sources6 or to source paper packaging material made from recycled raw material. • By 2030, to source only credible third-party7 certified virgin paper packaging material or to source paper packaging material made from recycled raw material."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "To achieve these commitments, GSK aims: • By 2025, to source all of our virgin paper packaging material only from credible certified sources6 or to source paper packaging material made from recycled raw material. • By 2030, to source only credible third-party7 certified virgin paper packaging material or to source paper packaging material made from recycled raw material."
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            "To achieve these commitments, GSK aims: • By 2025, to source all of our virgin paper packaging material only from credible certified sources6 or to source paper packaging material made from recycled raw material. • By 2030, to source only credible third-party7 certified virgin paper packaging material or to source paper packaging material made from recycled raw material."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        7/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: UNGP; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "Third parties shall be committed to uphold the human rights of workers and to treat them with dignity and respect, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Third parties are expected to meet the following labour rights principles and foster compliance with them by their own suppliers: Freely Chosen: No use of forced, bonded, indentured or involuntary prison labour. Child Labour and Young Workers: No use of child labour... Non-Discrimination: Provide a workplace free from discrimination... Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining: Open communication and direct engagement with workers to resolve workplace and compensation issues is encouraged."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Third parties shall be committed to uphold the human rights of workers and to treat them with dignity and respect, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Third parties are expected to meet the following labour rights principles and foster compliance with them by their own suppliers: ... Non-Discrimination: Provide a workplace free from discrimination. Workers do not face discrimination on any grounds (including but not limited to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, political affiliation, union membership, pregnancy or marital status)..." 
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Environmental harm
          In their 2020 ESG Performance report, GSK report on the amount spent for environmental remediation - 2 million dollars spent in 2020: "We take responsibility for removing pollution and contaminants from soil, surface and ground water at facilities we have used previously, and at the disposal sites of waste management companies we have used.".   
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        13/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Rainforest Alliance 
          "We have implemented responsible sourcing programs for these commodities in conjunction with the Rainforest Alliance."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Regularly
          We have been working with the Rainforest Alliance to map risk in our paper packaging supply chain. We used this analysis to support our sourcing standard for packaging, and we regularly assess suppliers to ensure they meet the standard"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own mechanism

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "GSK’s Speak Up Integrity Lines are available to report alleged breaches of legal or regulatory obligations, financial fraud (including accounting internal controls and auditing), or any other alleged contravention of GSK’s Code of Conduct and company policies. Please see our global compliance page for more details." On their portal they offer all information required to go ahead and make complaint (email/phone numbers)
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 100,000 tonnes 
          "We use around 100,000 tonnes of paper packaging globally in our own operations." 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 100,000 tons

          What third-party verification is used?: FSC
          "We use around 100,000 tonnes of paper packaging globally in our own operations. We are also gradually increasing the sustainable mix of paper packaging materials we use, which includes over 50% recycled content and the use of materials from certified supply chains."
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          "We have implemented responsible sourcing programs for these commodities in conjunction with the Rainforest Alliance. Adherence to these standards are assured by various mechanisms, including third party assessment, certification and contractual terms. Critical supplier selection criteria have also been developed and being implemented. If a supplier does not show satisfactory progress, we will act accordingly, such as finding an alternative supplier."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          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?: Technical advice

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "We have implemented responsible sourcing programs for these commodities in conjunction with the Rainforest Alliance. Adherence to these standards are assured by various mechanisms, including third party assessment, certification and contractual terms. Critical supplier selection criteria have also been developed and being implemented. If a supplier does not show satisfactory progress, we will act accordingly, such as finding an alternative supplier."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy *
      18/88
      • Commitment Strength
        8/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes
            "We are committed to moving towards deforestation-free sourcing for all key commodities purchased directly by GSK, or indirectly on our behalf, by 2030. In early 2021 we expanded the scope of our deforestation-free sourcing policy to cover soy, cattle-derived products and rubber, as well as palm oil and paper packaging." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We are committed to moving towards deforestation-free sourcing for all key commodities purchased directly by GSK, or indirectly on our behalf, by 2030. In early 2021 we expanded the scope of our deforestation-free sourcing policy to cover soy, cattle-derived products and rubber, as well as palm oil and paper packaging." 
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "We are committed to moving towards deforestation-free sourcing for all key commodities purchased directly by GSK, or indirectly on our behalf, by 2030. In early 2021 we expanded the scope of our deforestation-free sourcing policy to cover soy, cattle-derived products and rubber, as well as palm oil and paper packaging." 
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            "We are committed to moving towards deforestation-free sourcing for all key commodities purchased directly by GSK, or indirectly on our behalf, by 2030. In early 2021 we expanded the scope of our deforestation-free sourcing policy to cover soy, cattle-derived products and rubber, as well as palm oil and paper packaging." 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        7/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: UNGP; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "Third parties shall be committed to uphold the human rights of workers and to treat them with dignity and respect, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Third parties are expected to meet the following labour rights principles and foster compliance with them by their own suppliers: Freely Chosen: No use of forced, bonded, indentured or involuntary prison labour. Child Labour and Young Workers: No use of child labour... Non-Discrimination: Provide a workplace free from discrimination... Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining: Open communication and direct engagement with workers to resolve workplace and compensation issues is encouraged."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Third parties shall be committed to uphold the human rights of workers and to treat them with dignity and respect, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Third parties are expected to meet the following labour rights principles and foster compliance with them by their own suppliers: ... Non-Discrimination: Provide a workplace free from discrimination. Workers do not face discrimination on any grounds (including but not limited to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, political affiliation, union membership, pregnancy or marital status)..." 
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Environmental harm
          In their 2020 ESG Performance report, GSK report on the amount spent for environmental remediation - 2 million dollars spent in 2020: "We take responsibility for removing pollution and contaminants from soil, surface and ground water at facilities we have used previously, and at the disposal sites of waste management companies we have used.".   
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across 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, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          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, etc.)?: Own mechanism

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "GSK’s Speak Up Integrity Lines are available to report alleged breaches of legal or regulatory obligations, financial fraud (including accounting internal controls and auditing), or any other alleged contravention of GSK’s Code of Conduct and company policies. Please see our global compliance page for more details." On their portal they offer all information required to go ahead and make complaint (email/phone numbers)
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          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
    9/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    15/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    10/18
    Avg. score

Profile

GlaxoSmithKline Plc is a United Kingdom-based healthcare company with business segments in pharmaceuticals, consumer healthcare and vaccines. GlaxoSmithKline Plc is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil and paper packaging and is also assessed for its exposure to soy.

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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How we assess the Forest 500

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