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  • Overall approach
    2/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      "Its support for the UN’s Global Compact. Since 2004, each year the Group has renewed its commitment to support and implement, within its scope of influence, the Global Compact’s ten fundamental principles."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "A risk analysis was also conducted on areas with high biodiversity conservation value and areas with high sequestration value, in order to effectively combat deforestation. In Ivory Coast, as part of an annual training plan, 1,789 producers from our partner cooperative have taken several courses on climate change, the benefits of shade trees, the fight against erosion and the protection of water bodies and forests."
    • 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
      0/1
    • 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
      Is this target aligned with/verified by SBTi?: No

      Type of climate target: Other or unclear

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2025
      "The SAVENCIA Group undertakes:to reduce the environmental impact of its activities with a reduction, per tonne produced, by 20% by 2025 (versus 2015) of greenhouse gas emissions from production and transportation; to increase the share of renewable energies; to reduce the carbon footprint of the volume of milk collected by 300,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent by 2025 (versus 2010)." - they acknowledge that this 20% reduction target is for scope 1 and 2
  • Commodity score
    8/90
    • Palm oil
      7/90
      • Commitment Strength
        0/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          0/9.5
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/6
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: NA

            If Other, specify: NA

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: NA

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: NA
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        3/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Supplier level

          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "COMMITMENTS EXPECTED FROM OUR SUPPLIERS IN RELATION TO HUMAN RIGHTS :Establish and promote fundamental principles and rights at work such as described in the Declaration of the International Labor Organization, and comply with the laws in force in each country where they operate. But also, oversee the practices of their own suppliers.o Respect freedom of association and recognize the right to collective bargaining;o Eliminate all forms of forced or compulsory labor;o Eliminate all forms of hidden work;o Effectively abolish child labor;o Eliminate discrimination in employment and occupation."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/2
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • 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
        4/56
        • 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
          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
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting partial volumes
          2/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting partial volumes
          1.5/3
          Total volume: NA

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

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: NA

          What product types/sectors is this in?: Food

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: 66.02%
          They report in their ACOP that 66.02% of their palm oil and palm oil products is certified.
        • 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 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

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Asessments of supply chain
          "In order to manage these purchases in accordance with obligations relating to thefight against undeclared labor, transparency and the prevention of corruption andviolations of human and environmental rights, the Group’s Purchasing Department applies a “global supplier vigilance plan”. This plan consists of: establishing an internal mapping of supplier risks that takes into account:- the level of “Country” risk determined internally on the basis of environmental, health and social, human rights and governance scores assigned by the independent serviceprovider EcoVadis to the countries in question,- the level of “purchase category” risk determined internally on the basis of CSR and operational criteria; having the most at-risk suppliers assessed. Since 2010, the Group hasalso selected EcoVadis to carry out these assessments;continuous monitoring of supplier performance;if necessary, auditing and / or monitoring the most sensitive or worst performing suppliers"
        • 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
    • Pulp & Paper
      9/90
      • Commitment Strength
        2/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          2/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            Type of sustainability commitment: Reduce the volume of virgin wood fibre used in paper and packaging products through usage of recycled content

            When was this commitment set?: 2019

            What paper/pulp product does their commitment apply to?: Packaging
            "In 2019 Savencia set out its ambition of approaching 100% of recyclable or biodegradable packaging for our branded products by 2025. With the actions engaged in recent years, we have already achieved 80% of recyclable or biodegradable packaging as of now. All our cardboard packaging is manufactured from recycled material or sourced from sustainably managed forests."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: NA

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Only applies to cardboard packaging

            If no, what is excluded?: Product line

            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: NA

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA
            "In 2019 Savencia set out its ambition of approaching 100% of recyclable or biodegradable packaging for our branded products by 2025. With the actions engaged in recent years, we have already achieved 80% of recyclable or biodegradable packaging as of now. All our cardboard packaging is manufactured from recycled material or sourced from sustainably managed forests."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: NA
            "In 2019 Savencia set out its ambition of approaching 100% of recyclable or biodegradable packaging for our branded products by 2025. With the actions engaged in recent years, we have already achieved 80% of recyclable or biodegradable packaging as of now. All our cardboard packaging is manufactured from recycled material or sourced from sustainably managed forests."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        3/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Supplier level

          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "COMMITMENTS EXPECTED FROM OUR SUPPLIERS IN RELATION TO HUMAN RIGHTS :Establish and promote fundamental principles and rights at work such as described in the Declaration of the International Labor Organization, and comply with the laws in force in each country where they operate. But also, oversee the practices of their own suppliers.o Respect freedom of association and recognize the right to collective bargaining;o Eliminate all forms of forced or compulsory labor;o Eliminate all forms of hidden work;o Effectively abolish child labor;o Eliminate discrimination in employment and occupation."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/2
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • 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 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
          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
          No
          0/4
        • 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?: NA

          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
          "In order to manage these purchases in accordance with obligations relating to thefight against undeclared labor, transparency and the prevention of corruption andviolations of human and environmental rights, the Group’s Purchasing Departmentapplies a “global supplier vigilance plan”.This plan consists of:establishing an internal mapping of supplier risks that takes into account:- the level of “Country” risk determined internally on the basisof environmental, health and social, human rights andgovernance scores assigned by the independent serviceprovider EcoVadis to the countries in question,- the level of “purchase category” risk determined internallyon the basis of CSR and operational criteria;having the most at-risk suppliers assessed. Since 2010, the Group hasalso selected EcoVadis to carry out these assessments;continuous monitoring of supplier performance;if necessary, auditing and / or monitoring the most sensitive or worst performing suppliers"
        • 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
    • Soy
      7/90
      • Commitment Strength
        1/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          1/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes

            When was this commitment set?: NA
            "In France, soy is only a minor feed component for the cattle supplying milk to the Group (whose feed mainly comprises farm produce). Soy is identified as mainly sourced from South America and, therefore, potentially responsible for deforestation and a carrier of GMOs. In 2019, the Group implemented policy designed to increase the proportion of its milk procurement from herds with the benefit of GMO-free feeding. To that end, it helps its farmers replace GMO soy by: - European soy not responsible for deforestation and free from GMOs"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If Other, specify: NA

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Only applies to GMO soybean feed for dairy herds.

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: NA

            If no, what is excluded?: Product line

            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: NA
            "In France, soy is only a minor feed component for the cattle supplying milk to the Group (whose feed mainly comprises farm produce). Soy is identified as mainly sourced from South America and, therefore, potentially responsible for deforestation and a carrier of GMOs. In 2019, the Group implemented policy designed to increase the proportion of its milk procurement from herds with the benefit of GMO-free feeding. To that end, it helps its farmers replace GMO soy by: - European soy not responsible for deforestation and free from GMOs"
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        3/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Supplier level
          "COMMITMENTS EXPECTED FROM OUR SUPPLIERS IN RELATION TO HUMAN RIGHTS :Establish and promote fundamental principles and rights at work such as described in the Declaration of the International Labor Organization, and comply with the laws in force in each country where they operate. But also, oversee the practices of their own suppliers.o Respect freedom of association and recognize the right to collective bargaining;o Eliminate all forms of forced or compulsory labor;o Eliminate all forms of hidden work;o Effectively abolish child labor;o Eliminate discrimination in employment and occupation."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/2
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • 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
        3/56
        • 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
          No
          0/4
        • 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 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

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: NA
          "In order to manage these purchases in accordance with obligations relating to thefight against undeclared labor, transparency and the prevention of corruption andviolations of human and environmental rights, the Group’s Purchasing Departmentapplies a “global supplier vigilance plan”.This plan consists of:establishing an internal mapping of supplier risks that takes into account:- the level of “Country” risk determined internally on the basisof environmental, health and social, human rights andgovernance scores assigned by the independent serviceprovider EcoVadis to the countries in question,- the level of “purchase category” risk determined internallyon the basis of CSR and operational criteria;having the most at-risk suppliers assessed. Since 2010, the Group hasalso selected EcoVadis to carry out these assessments;continuous monitoring of supplier performance;if necessary, auditing and / or monitoring the most sensitive or worst performing suppliers"
        • 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
  • Commitment strength
    1/17
    Avg. score
  • Implementation and Reporting
    4/56
    Avg. score
  • Associated Human Rights Abuses
    3/17
    Avg. score

Profile

Savencia SA is a French cheese and dairy company which sends products to market in 120 countries worldwide. According to the company’s website Savencia was among the top milk processors and cheese groups worldwide in 2016, and was a market leader in cheese specialities. The company has many well-known brands including Coeur de Lion, Saint Agur, Géramont and Lucina. Through its various cheese and dairy products Savencia is exposed to the forest risk commodity palm oil and soy which is used in animal feed. Groupe Savencia S.A. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Packaged Foods & Meats, Paper Packaging
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
France
Company Type
Company type 
CO
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Caprice des Dieux, Saint Albray, Le Rustique, Cœur de Lion, Saint Agur, Bresse Bleu, Roquefort Papillon, St-Morêt, Tartare, Carré Frais, Apérivrais, Chavroux, Saint-Loup, RichesMonts, Geramont, Saint Albray, Fol Epl, Bresso, Milkana, Brunch, Lucina, Krai Syru, Medve, Belebeevsky, Belfor, Belster, Alouette, Polenghi, Elle & Vire, Balade, Carlsbourg, Corman

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