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  • Overall approach
    2/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: Global Agribusiness Alliance

      If Other Initiative, specify:: Global Agribusiness Alliance
      Godrej Group is a member of the Global Agribusiness Alliance.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Considering the rich biodiversity of mangrove forests, Godrej took all efforts for protection right from the beginning." "Mangroves grow in the inter-tidal area, between the high and low tide. Thus, they provide a habitat for roosting and reproduction of terrestrial, coastal and marine biodiversity [...] By arresting the wind and tidal force, mangroves provide a safe nursery for aquatic creatures to breed." "It is a day to remind the community about the importance of forests and the benefits they bring to us. World Forestry Day also aims to provide opportunities for people to learn how forests can be managed and used sustainably for many purposes."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 1750 acres
      "ABOUT GODREJ MANGROVES. LOCATION: Vikhroli East, Mumbai. AREA: 1750 acres. DIVERSITY: 16 mangrove & mangrove associate species. OWNERSHIP: Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co Ltd andSoonabai Pirojsha Godrej Foundation. ISO 14001:2004 Certified forest." "Conservation and Restoration of Habitat: Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. for its commitment to the global community to protect the mangroves and promote their conservation through extensive environmental education campaign."
  • Commodity score
    13/84
    • Palm oil
      36/84
      • Commitment Strength
        13/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            Godrej Industries (Chemicals) policy (a subsidiary of Godrej) - "The principles set out in the policy are based on the Round table Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) criteria, national laws on agriculture, pest management, biodiversity, labour, employee welfare and relevant other national and international standards. [...] We endeavor to use 100% sustainable palm oil by 2022, by means of sustainable palm oil certificates and mass balance approach. We are also committed to zero deforestation and no cultivation on peat land. We encourage our suppliers to adhere to sustainable cultivation of palm oil, while also extending it to their supply chain"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidary
            Godrej Industries (Chemicals) policy (a subsidiary of Godrej) - "The principles set out in the policy are based on the Round table Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) criteria, national laws on agriculture, pest management, biodiversity, labour, employee welfare and relevant other national and international standards. [...] We endeavor to use 100% sustainable palm oil by 2022, by means of sustainable palm oil certificates and mass balance approach. We are also committed to zero deforestation and no cultivation on peat land. We encourage our suppliers to adhere to sustainable cultivation of palm oil, while also extending it to their supply chain"
          • Target date
            2022
            1/1.3
            Target date
            2022
            1/1.3
            Godrej Industries (Chemicals) policy (a subsidiary of Godrej) - "The principles set out in the policy are based on the Round table Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) criteria, national laws on agriculture, pest management, biodiversity, labour, employee welfare and relevant other national and international standards. [...] We endeavor to use 100% sustainable palm oil by 2022, by means of sustainable palm oil certificates and mass balance approach. We are also committed to zero deforestation and no cultivation on peat land. We encourage our suppliers to adhere to sustainable cultivation of palm oil, while also extending it to their supply chain"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Godrej Industries (Chemicals) policy (a subsidiary of Godrej) - "The principles set out in the policy are based on the Round table Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) criteria, national laws on agriculture, pest management, biodiversity, labour, employee welfare and relevant other national and international standards. [...] We endeavor to use 100% sustainable palm oil by 2022, by means of sustainable palm oil certificates and mass balance approach. We are also committed to zero deforestation and no cultivation on peat land. We encourage our suppliers to adhere to sustainable cultivation of palm oil, while also extending it to their supply chain"
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "We endeavour to use 100% sustainable palm oil by 2022, by means of sustainable palmoil certificates and mass balance approach. We are also committed to zero deforestationand no cultivation on peat land. We encourage our suppliers to adhere to sustainablecultivation of palm oil, while also extending it to their supply chain [...] Strict adherence to protection of High Value Carbon(HVC) areas and High Carbon Stock (HCS) is expected and cultivation on these areas isunacceptable."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Policy is for Godrej Industries (Chemicals), and does not apply to the entire Godrej Group - "We endeavour to use 100% sustainable palm oil by 2022, by means of sustainable palmoil certificates and mass balance approach. We are also committed to zero deforestationand no cultivation on peat land. We encourage our suppliers to adhere to sustainablecultivation of palm oil, while also extending it to their supply chain [...] Strict adherence to protection of High Value Carbon(HVC) areas and High Carbon Stock (HCS) is expected and cultivation on these areas isunacceptable."
          • Target date
            2022
            1/1.3
            Target date
            2022
            1/1.3
            "We endeavour to use 100% sustainable palm oil by 2022, by means of sustainable palmoil certificates and mass balance approach. We are also committed to zero deforestationand no cultivation on peat land. We encourage our suppliers to adhere to sustainablecultivation of palm oil, while also extending it to their supply chain [...] Strict adherence to protection of High Value Carbon(HVC) areas and High Carbon Stock (HCS) is expected and cultivation on these areas isunacceptable."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        11/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Subsidiary Godrej Industries - "We strive to ensure that individuals working in the plantations and the mills are properly training on occupational health and safety. We expect that the mills have a well-documented occupational health and safety plan that is communicated to all the employees. Wages and working conditions for employees is, at the least, meeting the legal or industry minimum standards. Any form of exploitation, including forced labour or child labour, is not tolerated. Discrimination based on gender, caste, religion, race, political affiliation or age is prohibited. The employer does not restrict its employees’ right to freedom of association and collective bargaining"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          "Steps are taken [by Godrej Industries] to include small holders into the supply chain and adequate support is provided to them to adopt the sustainable palm oil cultivation practices."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Godrej Industries require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          "We expect our suppliers to comply with all applicable local, national and international laws and regulations relevant to palm oil cultivation and supply. This is especially applicable to oil palm growers and millers who need to ensure that cultivation of oil palm happens with the free and informed consent of the land owners and does not affect their rights."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        13/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            (Upstream only) How many hectares of land owned, controlled or managed is certified?: 0 Not specified
            Progress is reported in their 2018 ACOP report - Godrej Industries (Chemicals) policy (a subsidiary of Godrej) - "We endeavor to use 100% sustainable palm oil by 2022, by means of sustainable palm oil certificates and mass balance approach. We are also committed to zero deforestation and no cultivation on peat land. We encourage our suppliers to adhere to sustainable cultivation of palm oil, while also extending it to their supply chain"
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification
            Verification is reported through their ACOP (RSPO) report
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • 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
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: Whistleblower Policy - address, phone number, email

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          Details of the mechanism: Social
          the subsidiary Godrej Industries - "The purpose of Whistle Blower Policy is to allow the employees, directors andstakeholders, including individual employees and their representative bodies, to freelycommunicate their concerns about illegal or unethical practices and to raise concernsabout unacceptable improper practices being followed in the organization [...] Employees, directors and stakeholders are free to communicate their complaints directlyto the following Audit Committee Members or Mr. V Swaminathan (Head - CorporateAudit & Assurance)The communication details are as under:1. Mr. K.K. DasturRajab Mahal, 144, Maharshi Karve Road,Churchgate, Mumbai 400 020.Phone No.: 022-22831454 Email ID: kersidastur@gmail.com2. Mr. S.A. Ahmadullah52, Jupiter, 1, Anstey Road, Cumballa Hill, Mumbai 400 026.Phone No.:022-23865989 Email ID: sahmadullah7@gmail.com3. Mr. V SwaminathanPirojshanagar, Eastern Express Highway, Vikhroli-East, Mumbai 400 079 or onPhone No.: 25194403 or on email at ve.swaminathan@godrejinds.com."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

          What is the certified volume?: 6607 tonnes

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 52,194 tonnes
          In 2019, Godrej Industries reported to the RSPO their total volumes as 58,801 tonnes, with 6,607 tonnes of this being compliant.
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Yes

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Malaysia, Indonesia
          Godrej Industries (Chemicals) publishes a list of its "Major Palm Based Raw MaterialSuppliers"
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using an internal monitoring system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using an internal monitoring system
          4/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified - "periodic audits"

          Does the company use a certification system?: Yes

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No
          "Adherence to [Sustainable Palm Oil] Policy and Code of Conduct will be evaluated through periodic audits. Theresponsibility of the audits will lie with the Audit team and overseen by the ExecutiveCommittee. They key findings of these audits shall be shared with the Board ManagementCommittee for review and monitoring."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "Adherence to [Sustainable Palm Oil] Policy and Code of Conduct will be evaluated through periodic audits. Theresponsibility of the audits will lie with the Audit team and overseen by the ExecutiveCommittee. They key findings of these audits shall be shared with the Board ManagementCommittee for review and monitoring."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Beef *
      0/84
      • Commitment Strength
        0/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/17
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable 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
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper *
      0/84
      • Commitment Strength
        0/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/12
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy *
      0/84
      • Commitment Strength
        0/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/17
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No commitment
            0/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable 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
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Timber *
      8/84
      • Commitment Strength
        8/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "Does the company have procedures inplace for sustainable sourcing (includingtransportation)? [...] FSC Certified wood used for projects, makingsure the timber is sourced responsibly. Materials with high recycled content givenpreference, to avoid stress on virgin materials."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies only to the Godrej Properties subsidiary, not the whole Godrej Group - "Does the company have procedures inplace for sustainable sourcing (includingtransportation)? [...] FSC Certified wood used for projects, makingsure the timber is sourced responsibly. Materials with high recycled content givenpreference, to avoid stress on virgin materials."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable 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
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    6/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    4/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    4/18
    Avg. score

Profile

The Godrej Group is a conglomerate active in diverse industries, including agriculture, consumer and industrial goods, food, furniture, and construction. The breadth of its portfolio exposes the group to a number of forest risk commodities. Godrej’s subsidiary Godrej Industries produces crude palm oil and oleo-chemical products. The group is also involved in the production of animal feed and is one of the largest producers of annual feed in India. Moreover, the group’s home care consumer goods business, with brands such as Good Knight and Hit, is one of the largest in India and Indonesia. It is also a significant player in India for packaged food and personal care. Godrej Group is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil and paper packaging and is also assessed for its exposure to soy, beef, timber and pulp & paper.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities, Animal feed, Cosmetics & personal care, Chemicals
Segments
Producer, Processor, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
India
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Nature's basket, real Good Chicken, Yummiez, Storwel, Script, U&US, Cinthol, Godrej No.1

How we assess the Forest 500

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