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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific
      0/6
      Palm oil
      "The new policy requirements include: no deforestation [...]. This policy covers palm oil"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      New York Declaration on Forests; UN Global Consumer Goods Forum; UN Global Compact
      "In 2009, Grupo Bimbo joined the Consumer Goods Forum, and within the next five years it became a signatory of New York Declaration on Forests as well as the UN Global Compact. Through these agreements, the company has committed to protecting fundamental human rights and contributing to achieving zero net deforestation by 2020."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "The no deforestation requirement includes the prohibition of development on both High Conservation Value (HCV) areas and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    31/86
    • Palm oil
      53/86
      • Commitment Strength
        30/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "The new policy requirements include: no deforestation [...]. This policy covers palm oil"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "This policy covers palm oil, palm kernel oil, and any palm oil derivatives used in Grupo Bimbo products worldwide."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "This policy covers palm oil, palm kernel oil, and any palm oil derivatives used in Grupo Bimbo products worldwide."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "This policy covers palm oil, palm kernel oil, and any palm oil derivatives used in Grupo Bimbo products worldwide."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "This policy covers palm oil, palm kernel oil, and any palm oil derivatives used in Grupo Bimbo products worldwide."
          • Target date
            2023
            0.7/1.3
            Target date
            2023
            0.7/1.3
            In the latest progress update Grupo Bimbo plan to be 100% RSPO certified by 2023.
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Applies to all palm oil, by 2023
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS
            "The no deforestation requirement includes the prohibition of development on both High Conservation Value (HCV) areas and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "This policy covers palm oil, palm kernel oil, and any palm oil derivatives used in Grupo Bimbo products worldwide."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "This policy covers palm oil, palm kernel oil, and any palm oil derivatives used in Grupo Bimbo products worldwide."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "This policy covers palm oil, palm kernel oil, and any palm oil derivatives used in Grupo Bimbo products worldwide."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "This policy covers palm oil, palm kernel oil, and any palm oil derivatives used in Grupo Bimbo products worldwide."
          • Target date
            2023
            0.7/1.3
            Target date
            2023
            0.7/1.3
            In the latest progress update Grupo Bimbo plan to be 100% RSPO certified by 2023.
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Applies to all palm oil, by 2023
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            (translation) "We will work with suppliers to achieve traceability to planting level"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            (translation) "We will work with suppliers to achieve traceability to planting level"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            (translation) "We will work with suppliers to achieve traceability to planting level"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            (translation) "We will work with suppliers to achieve traceability to planting level"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            (translation) "We will work with suppliers to achieve traceability to planting level"
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            (translation) "We will work with suppliers to achieve traceability to planting level"
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            (translation) "We will work with suppliers to achieve traceability to planting level"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        10/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "In partnership with one of our largest suppliers in Mexico, we are planning an HCS mapping process in a landscape (approximately 200,000 Ha) dominated by smallholders. "
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            "In partnership with one of our largest suppliers in Mexico, we are planning an HCS mapping process in a landscape (approximately 200,000 Ha) dominated by smallholders. "
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            translation "This year has been focused on 17 suppliers representing 95% of its total palm oil volume, and has been able to track more than 94% of this volume to the extractor level. This means that The total traceability score of Grupo Bimbo at the extractor level is 90%. In addition, Group Bimbo has achieved a plantation traceability score of 23%. "
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "Grupo Bimbo will track and evaluate supplier progress according to 6 key categories: The presence and content of our suppliers’ own sourcing policy; Traceability to mill and plantation level; Approaches to improving social and environmental practices on the ground; Mechanisms/processes for managing grievances; Transparency; Verification."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          "This year Grupo Bimbo has been working on formalizing a non-compliant supplier process.In 2018, Grupo Bimbo made the decision to suspend two palm oil suppliers due to ongoing noncompliance with its Palm Oil Policy."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        13/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "In addition, when producers in Grupo Bimbo’s palm oil supply chain are involved in land acquisition, lease, or utilization, they must respect land tenure rights and the rights of indigenous and local communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to operations on lands to which they hold legal, communal, or customary rights"
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Grupo Bimbo is a signatory of the UN Global Compact, and expects our suppliers to meet the principles of this initiative.4 In accordance with the UN Global Compact, the ILO’s Fundamental Conventions ,and Grupo Bimbo’s Supplier Code of Conduct, suppliers at all tiers within our palm oil supply chain are expected to comply. . ."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "[Grupo Bimbo's] suppliers must not discriminate against any person regardless of...gender. "
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "Grupo Bimbo will facilitate the inclusion of smallholders into our supply chain, and when possible support them through the process of achieving compliance with this policy"
    • Soy
      33/86
      • Commitment Strength
        14/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            "Suppliers at all tiers of [Grupo Bimbo's] supply chain are expected to commit to the following criteria:...No deforestation: Protect forests and natural habitats by preventing conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "This policy covers all raw agricultural materials used in Grupo Bimbo products worldwide. Suppliers are expected to apply the criteria across their entire operations." 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "This policy covers all raw agricultural materials used in Grupo Bimbo products worldwide. Suppliers are expected to apply the criteria across their entire operations." 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "This policy covers all raw agricultural materials used in Grupo Bimbo products worldwide. Suppliers are expected to apply the criteria across their entire operations." 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "This policy covers all raw agricultural materials used in Grupo Bimbo products worldwide. Suppliers are expected to apply the criteria across their entire operations." 
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
            "Suppliers at all tiers of [Grupo Bimbo's] supply chain are expected to commit to the following criteria:...No deforestation: Protect forests and natural habitats by preventing conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas."
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
            "Suppliers at all tiers of [Grupo Bimbo's] supply chain are expected to commit to the following criteria:...No deforestation: Protect forests and natural habitats by preventing conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/34
        • 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
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          (translation) "This policy is effective immediately. However, Grupo Bimbo recognizes that its complete implementation will require the restructuring of production systems; the above will taketime and should be carried out as a process of continuous improvement, including monitoring and innovation."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          (translation) "The policy criteria will be included in the Bimbo Group supplier selection process. In case of default, we will work with the suppliers in order to create a corrective action plan with reasonable time commitments to meet our requirements. The suppliers that do not meet our deadlines will be subject to non-renewal or cancellation of contracts."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        13/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          (translation) "Also, when the producers of the agricultural supply chain of the Bimbo Group get involved in the acquisition, rent or use of the land must respect the rights of land tenure and obtain and demonstrate Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of the indigenous and local communities in the lands of which they possess legal, communal or customary. "
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Grupo Bimbo's Supplier code of conduct includes the 4 ILO Fundamental principles and rights at work
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Suppliers must not discriminate against any person regardless of race, color, religion, gender,"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          "Grupo Bimbo will make a joint effort to facilitate the inclusion of small farmers in our supply chain and will support them to achieve compliance with our policies. "
    • Pulp & Paper
      7/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/34
        • 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
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          In 2017, Grupo Bimbo reported that they procured 457 metric tonnes of paper packaging.
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Grupo Bimbo's Supplier code of conduct includes the 4 ILO Fundamental principles and rights at work
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Suppliers must not discriminate against any person regardless of race, color, religion, gender,"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    15/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    6/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    10/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Grupo Bimbo is a Mexican company that manufacture baked goods. The company sell products in most countries in America, and a few in Europe and Asia. Grupo Bimbo has more 100 brands in their portfolio, and produces over 10,000 different products. Their products mainly include bread, pastries, and crisps, many of which contain palm oil. 

Sector
Industry sector 
Packaged food
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Mexico
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

New York Bakey, Entenmann's, Takis, Artesano, Ball Park, East Balk Bakeries, Bays English Muffins, Bimbo, Little Bites, Marinela, Alfaro's, Anzio & Sons, Arnold, Barcel, Boboli, Brownberry, Colombo, Colonial, Eureka, Francisco, Freihofers, Goldminer, Grace Baking, Heiner's, J.J.Nissen, D'italiano, Ricolino, LumberJack, Maier's, Master, Mother's, Mrs Baird's, Nature's Harvest, Thomas, San Luis, Stroehmann, Tia Rosa, Wholesome Harvest, Sara Lee, Oroweat, Old Style, Sanissimo, Rainbo

How we assess the Forest 500

To ensure deforestation free supply chains, companies need to adopt and implement timebound and measurable policies for forest risk commodities.

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