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  • Overall approach
    7/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Overall commitment
      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
      "Biodiversity Our targets are: – Positive impact on biodiversity at all sites by 2030 – 100% materials sustainably sourced and deforestation free by 2030[...]In 2021, we developed sustainable sourcing plans for the 17 highest-risk materials in our supply chain, including paper, palm oil and soy. We are going beyond our first tier suppliers to map how these materials are sourced and putting in place action plans to increase sustainability."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum Deforestation resolution (being a member of the CGF is not sufficient); UN Global Compact
      "GSK is a signatory to the UN Global Compact (UNGC)."[...]"GSK participates in industry groups such as the Consumer Goods Forum"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      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. Pressures on forests2 also have unpredictable and potentially severe future impacts on human health as forests are vital to preventing diseases and sustaining good health and diets. In fact, research suggests that agricultural drivers have been associated with 25% of all - and more than 50% of zoonotic - infectious disease that have emerged in humans"
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      What revenue comes from industries relevant to each forest risk commodity?: Not specified

      What proportion of revenue that comes from relevant industries is exposed to each forest risk commodity?: Not specified

      Type of risk if Other. Also add any relevant details: Not specified

      What type of risk is recognised?: Financial; Reputational
      "GSK’s risk exposure is unchanged. We set ambitious new environmental sustainability goals at the end of 2020 and have established an enterprise transformation programme addressing climate, water, waste and biodiversity across our operations. We also increased the scope and depth of our Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) analysis, and continued to monitor trends in physical, reputational and regulatory risks from climate change impacts." [...] "Deforestation is a major contributor to climate change. We continue to take steps to ensure that raw materials, such as wood-based packaging materials and palm oil, are sourced responsibly."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: 'Regularly'

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Pulp & paper
      "ESG governance Our Board-level Corporate Responsibility Committee (CRC) oversees our progress against our commitments and how we’re addressing the views and expectations of our stakeholders. The GLT and senior management are responsible for delivery of our Trust commitments and report regularly to the CRC on progress...ESG performance for new GSK: The Committee reviewed management plans for the six areas of ESG focus for new GSK, outlined to investors by the company in June 2021. Working with the Audit & Risk and Remuneration Committees, the Committee reviewed management’s proposals for specific metrics to measure progress on these six areas and the recommendation of the creation of a single ESG performance rating assessment as a KPI for GSK after the demerger. It also reviewed an approach for the risk management and governance oversight arrangements to measure and report ESG performance. The Committee was pleased to support these changes to help retain and develop further GSK’s ESG leadership position."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Reduce emissions
      Yes
      0/0
      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030

      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions

      Is this target aligned with/verified by SBTi?: Yes
      "Climate Our goal is to have net zero impact on climate across our full value chain by 2030.1 The Science Based Targets Initiative has accredited that our carbon targets align to a 1.5°C pathway. Our climate targets are: – Net zero emissions across all operations by 2030 (scope 1 and 2) – 100% renewable electricity by 2025 (scope 2) – Net zero emissions across our full value chain by 2030 (scope 3) Our value chain carbon footprint is made up of: – Scope 1 and 2 emissions from our own operations (7%) – Scope 3 emissions from our suppliers (39%) and logistics (5%) – Scope 3 emissions from people using our products (46%), mostly metereddose inhalers – Other scope 3 emissions 4%"
  • Commodity score
    32/90
    • Palm oil
      43/90
      • Commitment Strength
        11/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          7/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            When was this commitment set?: 2021

            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat

            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "100% materials sustainably sourced and deforestation free by 2030."[...]"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. 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. In 2017, we became members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). 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"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "100% materials sustainably sourced and deforestation free by 2030."[...]"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. 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. In 2017, we became members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). 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"
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: RSPO Certification
            "100% materials sustainably sourced and deforestation free by 2030."[...]"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. 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. In 2017, we became members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). 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"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: 2025
            "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."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          4/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            When was this commitment set?: 2021
            "In 2021, we developed sustainable sourcing plans for the 17 highest-risk materials in our supply chain, including paper, palm oil and soy. We are going beyond our first tier suppliers to map how these materials are sourced and putting in place action plans to increase sustainability. Our membership of Action on Sustainable Derivatives helped us trace 88% of palm oil volume back to mill level."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "In 2021, we developed sustainable sourcing plans for the 17 highest-risk materials in our supply chain, including paper, palm oil and soy. We are going beyond our first tier suppliers to map how these materials are sourced and putting in place action plans to increase sustainability. Our membership of Action on Sustainable Derivatives helped us trace 88% of palm oil volume back to mill level."
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        8/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: All tiers

          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 Employment: No use of forced, bonded, indentured or involuntary prison labour. Workers should not pay for a job or have their freedom of movement denied. − Child Labour and Young Workers: No use of child labour. [...] 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). − Fair Treatment: Provide a workplace free of harassment, harsh and inhumane treatment, including any sexual harassment, sexual abuse, corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse of workers and no threat of any such treatment. − Wages, Benefits and Working Hours: Comply with applicable wage laws, including minimum wages, overtime hours and mandated benefits. [...] − Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          2/2
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          2/2
          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; Education and training, 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
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "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
          1/1
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          0.5/1
          What does the commitment cover?: Environmental harm
          In their 2021 ESG Performance report GlaxoSmithKline outline they have spent 3million dollars on environmental remediation in 2021.
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "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 respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        25/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • 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; Providing support/ advice/ experience/ expertise

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Action on Sustainable Derivatives, Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest Finance (LEAF)
          "In 2019 GSK became a member of Action for Sustainable Derivatives (ASD). Together with ASD and its members, GSK aims to scale up efforts towards compliance with No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) principles. By harmonising requirements, tools and methodologies and using a collaborative approach, ASD, increases the transparency of the global derivatives supply chain, collectively monitors risks and activities and implements collective action projects, including with smallholders, to address social and environmental issues on the ground"
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: NA

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Undisclosed
          "In 2019 GSK became a member of Action for Sustainable Derivatives (ASD). Together with ASD and its members, GSK aims to scale up efforts towards compliance with No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) principles. By harmonising requirements, tools and methodologies and using a collaborative approach, ASD, increases the transparency of the global derivatives supply chain, collectively monitors risks and activities and implements collective action projects, including with smallholders, to address social and environmental issues on the ground."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "These Principles (summarised at Annex A) underpin our current Third Party Oversight programme. They reflect areas of particular high risk identified by GSK. Where deemed relevant to a particular Third Party, compliance with some or all of the Principles will be mandatory and required via contractual obligations and rigorous GSK oversight and risk-based audit. The Principles are a non-exhaustive list of GSK expectations. They will be supplemented over time...GSK expects all Third Parties with whom we engage to comply with all applicable laws and regulations and to adopt, at a minimum, GSK’s Anti-Bribery & Corruption and Labour Rights Principle"
        • 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

          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."
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          What product types/sectors is this in?: Pharmaceutical

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA

          Total volume: 18484.0 Metric Tonnes

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: 0 Metric Tonnes

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: 19456.0 Metric Tonnes
          GSK publish in their 2020 RSPO ACOP report the total volume of palm oil - 18484.0 metric tonnes and the total volume certified including credits - 19456.0 Metric Tonnes
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Training and Audits

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA
          "These Principles (summarised at Annex A) underpin our current Third Party Oversight programme. They reflect areas of particular high risk identified by GSK. Where deemed relevant to a particular Third Party, compliance with some or all of the Principles will be mandatory and required via contractual obligations and rigorous GSK oversight and risk-based audit. The Principles are a non-exhaustive list of GSK expectations. They will be supplemented over time...We expect all our employees and suppliers to live our values. Mandatory annual training ensures our people know our Code of Conduct, and we measure their performance not just by what they deliver, but how they deliver them in line with our values."... Includes the Third Party Oversight Programme in which labour rights are listed.
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers; Also for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers; Also for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          3/4
          How is compliance monitored?: Certification; Internal monitoring and verification systems

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 67%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: NA

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 100%
          "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
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: NA

          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: Yes

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Work to develop policies and improvement plans in line with palm oil standards and policies
          "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
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
    • Pulp & Paper
      30/90
      • Commitment Strength
        9/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          7/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC

            When was this commitment set?: 2021

            Type of sustainability commitment: Reduce the volume of virgin wood fibre used in paper and packaging products through usage of recycled content; Reduction of material inputs

            What paper/pulp product does their commitment apply to?: Paper products; Pulp; Packaging
            "Biodiversity Our targets are: – Positive impact on biodiversity at all sites by 2030 – 100% materials sustainably sourced and deforestation free by 2030[...]In 2021, we developed sustainable sourcing plans for the 17 highest-risk materials in our supply chain, including paper, palm oil and soy."[...]"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 use5 • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted. 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. 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...To date, 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
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Biodiversity Our targets are: – Positive impact on biodiversity at all sites by 2030 – 100% materials sustainably sourced and deforestation free by 2030[...]In 2021, we developed sustainable sourcing plans for the 17 highest-risk materials in our supply chain, including paper, palm oil and soy."[...]"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 use5 • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted. 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. 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...To date, 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
            0.1/1
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Only source third-party verified material
            "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 use5 • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted. 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
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: 2025
            "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 use5 • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted. 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 to a traceable supply chain
          2/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to Tier 1 supplier, no compliance check
            0/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to Tier 1 supplier, no compliance check
            0/4
            When was this commitment set?: 2021
            "In 2021, we developed sustainable sourcing plans for the 17 highest-risk materials in our supply chain, including paper, palm oil and soy. We are going beyond our first tier suppliers to map how these materials are sourced and putting in place action plans to increase sustainability.[...] For paper packaging, 84% of our tier 1 supply chains are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "In 2021, we developed sustainable sourcing plans for the 17 highest-risk materials in our supply chain, including paper, palm oil and soy. We are going beyond our first tier suppliers to map how these materials are sourced and putting in place action plans to increase sustainability.[...] For paper packaging, 84% of our tier 1 supply chains are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification."
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: UNGP; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: All tiers

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          "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 Employment: No use of forced, bonded, indentured or involuntary prison labour. Workers should not pay for a job or have their freedom of movement denied. − Child Labour and Young Workers: No use of child labour. [...] 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). − Fair Treatment: Provide a workplace free of harassment, harsh and inhumane treatment, including any sexual harassment, sexual abuse, corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse of workers and no threat of any such treatment. − Wages, Benefits and Working Hours: Comply with applicable wage laws, including minimum wages, overtime hours and mandated benefits. [...] − Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "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
          1/1
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          0.5/1
          What does the commitment cover?: Environmental harm
          In their 2021 ESG Performance report GlaxoSmithKline outline they have spent 3million dollars on environmental remediation in 2021.
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        18/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          2/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          2/2
          " For paper packaging, 84% of our tier 1 supply chains are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification"
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Rainforest Alliance

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "We have implemented responsible sourcing programs for these commodities in conjunction with the Rainforest Alliance."
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "These Principles (summarised at Annex A) underpin our current Third Party Oversight programme. They reflect areas of particular high risk identified by GSK. Where deemed relevant to a particular Third Party, compliance with some or all of the Principles will be mandatory and required via contractual obligations and rigorous GSK oversight and risk-based audit. The Principles are a non-exhaustive list of GSK expectations. They will be supplemented over time...GSK expects all Third Parties with whom we engage to comply with all applicable laws and regulations and to adopt, at a minimum, GSK’s Anti-Bribery & Corruption and Labour Rights Principle"
        • 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

          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."
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting partial volumes
          2/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting partial volumes
          1.5/3
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: NA

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: NA

          Total volume: 100,000 tonnes

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA

          What product types/sectors is this in?: healthcare, packaging
          "We use around 100,000 tonnes of paper packaging globally in our own operations."
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Labour Rights and Audits

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "These Principles (summarised at Annex A) underpin our current Third Party Oversight programme. They reflect areas of particular high risk identified by GSK. Where deemed relevant to a particular Third Party, compliance with some or all of the Principles will be mandatory and required via contractual obligations and rigorous GSK oversight and risk-based audit. The Principles are a non-exhaustive list of GSK expectations. They will be supplemented over time...We expect all our employees and suppliers to live our values. Mandatory annual training ensures our people know our Code of Conduct, and we measure their performance not just by what they deliver, but how they deliver them in line with our values."... Includes the Third Party Oversight Programme in which labour rights are listed.
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: NA

          How is compliance monitored?: Internal monitoring and verification systems

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: NA

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: NA
          "To date, we have focused on developing sourcing standards for paper packaging based on the Controlled Wood requirements defined by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and palm oil derivatives based on principles set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). 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
          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: Yes

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Failure to make progress against implementing responsible sourcing standards

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Assessment of compliance against sourcing standards
          "To date, we have focused on developing sourcing standards for paper packaging based on the Controlled Wood requirements defined by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and palm oil derivatives based on principles set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). 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
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
    • Soy *
      17/90
      • Commitment Strength
        8/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          6/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No

            When was this commitment set?: 2021
            "Biodiversity Our targets are: – Positive impact on biodiversity at all sites by 2030 – 100% materials sustainably sourced and deforestation free by 2030[...]In 2021, we developed sustainable sourcing plans for the 17 highest-risk materials in our supply chain, including paper, palm oil and soy. We are going beyond our first tier suppliers to map how these materials are sourced and putting in place action plans to increase sustainability."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Biodiversity Our targets are: – Positive impact on biodiversity at all sites by 2030 – 100% materials sustainably sourced and deforestation free by 2030[...]In 2021, we developed sustainable sourcing plans for the 17 highest-risk materials in our supply chain, including paper, palm oil and soy. We are going beyond our first tier suppliers to map how these materials are sourced and putting in place action plans to increase sustainability."
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Action plans, not specific
            "Biodiversity Our targets are: – Positive impact on biodiversity at all sites by 2030 – 100% materials sustainably sourced and deforestation free by 2030[...]In 2021, we developed sustainable sourcing plans for the 17 highest-risk materials in our supply chain, including paper, palm oil and soy. We are going beyond our first tier suppliers to map how these materials are sourced and putting in place action plans to increase sustainability."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          2/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to Tier 1 supplier, no compliance check
            0/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to Tier 1 supplier, no compliance check
            0/4
            When was this commitment set?: 2021
            "In 2021, we developed sustainable sourcing plans for the 17 highest-risk materials in our supply chain, including paper, palm oil and soy. We are going beyond our first tier suppliers to map how these materials are sourced and putting in place action plans to increase sustainability."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "In 2021, we developed sustainable sourcing plans for the 17 highest-risk materials in our supply chain, including paper, palm oil and soy. We are going beyond our first tier suppliers to map how these materials are sourced and putting in place action plans to increase sustainability."
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: UNGP; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: All tiers

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          "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 Employment: No use of forced, bonded, indentured or involuntary prison labour. Workers should not pay for a job or have their freedom of movement denied. − Child Labour and Young Workers: No use of child labour. [...] 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). − Fair Treatment: Provide a workplace free of harassment, harsh and inhumane treatment, including any sexual harassment, sexual abuse, corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse of workers and no threat of any such treatment. − Wages, Benefits and Working Hours: Comply with applicable wage laws, including minimum wages, overtime hours and mandated benefits. [...] − Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "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
          1/1
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          0.5/1
          What does the commitment cover?: Environmental harm
          In their 2021 ESG Performance report GlaxoSmithKline outline they have spent 3million dollars on environmental remediation in 2021.
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        5/56
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          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
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company?: Own mechanism
          "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."
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Training and Audits

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "These Principles (summarised at Annex A) underpin our current Third Party Oversight programme. They reflect areas of particular high risk identified by GSK. Where deemed relevant to a particular Third Party, compliance with some or all of the Principles will be mandatory and required via contractual obligations and rigorous GSK oversight and risk-based audit. The Principles are a non-exhaustive list of GSK expectations. They will be supplemented over time...We expect all our employees and suppliers to live our values. Mandatory annual training ensures our people know our Code of Conduct, and we measure their performance not just by what they deliver, but how they deliver them in line with our values."... Includes the Third Party Oversight Programme in which labour rights are listed.
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          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
    9/17
    Avg. score
  • Implementation and Reporting
    18/56
    Avg. score
  • Associated Human Rights Abuses
    6/17
    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 
Paper Packaging, Pharmaceuticals
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United Kingdom
Company Type
Company type 
CO
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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