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  • Overall approach
    6/10
    • 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
      Do they have a commitment for other non-Forest 500 commodities, if so which?: NA
      "The company prohibits the use of materials produced from wood obtained from: Illegal logging or illegal timber trading or forest products [...] Forestry business violating tradition and human rights [...] Destruction of high conservation value forests [...] Significant usage conversion of forest plantation or non-forest land"[...]"Hengan is prohibited from purchasing pulp raw materials from wood through following means: Illegal logging or illegal timber trade or forest products Forestry operations that violate tradition and human rights Destruction of forests of high conservation value Important conversion use of forest plantations or non-woodlands Introduction of GMOs in forestry operations "
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Hengan continues to promote responsible procurement for wood pulp and join hands with suppliers to propel the sustainable development of the supply chain for wood pulp to protect the forests that human beings rely for existence"
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      What proportion of revenue that comes from relevant industries is exposed to each forest risk commodity?: NA

      What type of risk is recognised?: Operational; Other

      Type of risk if Other. Also add any relevant details: Policy/legal

      What revenue comes from industries relevant to each forest risk commodity?: NA
      "With increasingly stringent environmental laws, regulations and standards related to the national and local paper industry, and further tightened discharge control indicators, China’s paper industry is actively exploring a sustainable path of production. During the “14th Five-year Plan” period, China will accelerate the development of green and low carbon, improve the environmental quality, enhance the quality and stability of the ecosystem, and comprehensively improve the efficiency of resource utilization. This puts forward higher requirements for the paper industry to promote clean production, energy-saving and emission-reduction, as well as resource utilisation"
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      "ESG Working Group: Maintain ESG reporting risk management and internal control system • Carry out ESG reporting and implement ESG strategies and goals • Collect ESG data and information regularly • Prepare ESG Report"[...]"Scope of the Report The ESG Report covers three major business segments of the Group – paper production, post-processing of paper and personal hygiene products (including sanitary napkins and diapers). Revenue from other business segments of the Group accounts for a very small percentage of total revenue and has a minimal impact on the overall performance of the Group, so it is not included in the scope of the ESG Report."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
      Executive compensation
      No
      0/0
      Does it disclose the percentage of pay at risk?: No
    • 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
  • Commodity score
    22/90
    • Pulp & Paper
      22/90
      • Commitment Strength
        8/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          8/9.5
          • 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?: NA

            What paper/pulp product does their commitment apply to?: Paper products; Pulp

            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

            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS
            "The company prohibits the use of materials produced from wood obtained from: Illegal logging or illegal timber trading or forest products [...] Forestry business violating tradition and human rights [...] Destruction of high conservation value forests [...] Significant usage conversion of forest plantation or non-forest land"[...]"Hengan is prohibited from purchasing pulp raw materials from wood through following means: Illegal logging or illegal timber trade or forest products Forestry operations that violate tradition and human rights Destruction of forests of high conservation value Important conversion use of forest plantations or non-woodlands Introduction of GMOs in forestry operations "[...]"The paper products of the Group received the forest certificate by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in 2010, and pass the third parties’ certification audit every year. Six paper production subsidiaries of Hengan were FSC/CoC-certified in 2021. The percentage of certification was 100%"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "The company prohibits the use of materials produced from wood obtained from: Illegal logging or illegal timber trading or forest products [...] Forestry business violating tradition and human rights [...] Destruction of high conservation value forests [...] Significant usage conversion of forest plantation or non-forest land"[...]"Hengan is prohibited from purchasing pulp raw materials from wood through following means: Illegal logging or illegal timber trade or forest products Forestry operations that violate tradition and human rights Destruction of forests of high conservation value Important conversion use of forest plantations or non-woodlands Introduction of GMOs in forestry operations "[...]"The paper products of the Group received the forest certificate by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in 2010, and pass the third parties’ certification audit every year. Six paper production subsidiaries of Hengan were FSC/CoC-certified in 2021. The percentage of certification was 100%"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: NA
            "The company prohibits the use of materials produced from wood obtained from: Illegal logging or illegal timber trading or forest products [...] Forestry business violating tradition and human rights [...] Destruction of high conservation value forests [...] Significant usage conversion of forest plantation or non-forest land"[...]"Hengan is prohibited from purchasing pulp raw materials from wood through following means: Illegal logging or illegal timber trade or forest products Forestry operations that violate tradition and human rights Destruction of forests of high conservation value Important conversion use of forest plantations or non-woodlands Introduction of GMOs in forestry operations "[...]"The paper products of the Group received the forest certificate by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in 2010, and pass the third parties’ certification audit every year. Six paper production subsidiaries of Hengan were FSC/CoC-certified in 2021. The percentage of certification was 100%"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: NA
            "The company prohibits the use of materials produced from wood obtained from: Illegal logging or illegal timber trading or forest products [...] Forestry business violating tradition and human rights [...] Destruction of high conservation value forests [...] Significant usage conversion of forest plantation or non-forest land"[...]"Hengan is prohibited from purchasing pulp raw materials from wood through following means: Illegal logging or illegal timber trade or forest products Forestry operations that violate tradition and human rights Destruction of forests of high conservation value Important conversion use of forest plantations or non-woodlands Introduction of GMOs in forestry operations "[...]"The paper products of the Group received the forest certificate by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in 2010, and pass the third parties’ certification audit every year. Six paper production subsidiaries of Hengan were FSC/CoC-certified in 2021. The percentage of certification was 100%. In 2021, 100% of pulp suppliers of Hengan obtained FSC or PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) certificates."
        • 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
        4/17
        • 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?: Tier 1

          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Child labour
          "公司禁止採購通過以下方式取得木材所生產的紙漿原料: 非法砍伐或非法木材交易或森林產品 違反傳統和人權林業業務 高保護價值森林的破壞行為 森林種植園或非林地的重要轉換使用 引進轉基因生物在林業業務 違反國際勞工組織的基本原則和權利宣言The company prohibits the procurement of raw materials for pulp produced from timber obtained through: Illegal logging or trade in illegal timber or forest products violations of tradition and human rights Forestry operations violate the ILO's Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights. Suppliers’ protection of employees’ rights and interests (whether suppliers have passed occupational health and safety management system certification, office environment safety, whether incidents such as gender discrimination or child labour...The Group advocates internationally recognized human rights principles, including the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is committed to fulfilling its responsibility to uphold human rights in our business."
        • 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
          " the Group incorporates environmental and social factors into the evaluation indicators, and mainly identifies the sustainable development risks of suppliers from the following aspects: Suppliers’ protection of employees’ rights and interests (whether suppliers have passed occupational health and safety management system certification, office environment safety, whether incidents such as gender discrimination or child labour occurred to suppliers, fire training and drills, factory risk prevention, health check and job training, etc.)"
        • 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
        11/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          0/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          0/2
          Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: NA

          What methods are used for verification?: FSC

          Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC

          Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC

          What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: NA

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: NA
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/3
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/3
          "Hengan helps suppliers to promote forest certification, requires suppliers to comply with the Group's pulp raw material procurement standards, encourages suppliers to comply with FSC standards, and visits suppliers on a regular basis to advocate sustainable forestry management."
        • 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
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Hengan is prohibited from purchasing pulp raw materials from wood through following means: Illegal logging or illegal timber trade or forest products. During the supplier on-site evaluation jointly carried out by the Quality Management Department and the Procurement Platform, the Group incorporates environmental and social factors into the evaluation indicators, and mainly identifies the sustainable development risks of suppliers from the following aspects: Whether suppliers’ internal regulations meet the requirements of relevant laws and regulations"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          No
          0/5
        • 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 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

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

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          How is compliance monitored?: Certification; Internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: on-site annual review and monthly/annual performance evaluation
          "Hengan is committed to helping suppliers promote forest certification, requires suppliers to abide by the Group’s paper pulp purchase standards and encourages them to adopt FSC standards. Regular on-site supplier visits are arranged to promote sustainable forest stewardship. The Group’s suppliers establish relevant internal policies and procedures to guide sustainable forest management and harvesting practices, tracing and verifying the origin and legality of all wood raw material worldwide. In 2021, 100% of pulp suppliers of Hengan obtained FSC or PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) certificates.... The Group conducts daily inspection and supervision on suppliers with quality/delivery issues to assist them in continuous improvement. The Group will initiate the freezing/withdrawal procedure against suppliers that fail daily inspection/on-site annual review and monthly/annual performance evaluation, and that present serious quality issues or violations of laws and regulations, etc. These suppliers will be removed from the list of qualified suppliers. In 2021, the Group eliminated 1 suppliers."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: 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?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: if they "fail daily inspection/on-site annual review and monthly/annual performance evaluation, that present serious quality issues, behave illegally, etc."
          " The Group will initiate the freezing/withdrawal procedure against suppliers that fail daily inspection/on-site annual review and monthly/annual performance evaluation, and that present serious quality issues or violations of laws and regulations, etc. These suppliers will be removed from the list of qualified suppliers. In 2021, the Group eliminated 1 suppliers."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, excluded
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, excluded
          1/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No

          How many noncompliant producers or suppliers are engaged through improvement plans or other processes, and what percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: NA
          "In 2021, the Group eliminated 1 suppliers."
  • Commitment strength
    8/17
    Avg. score
  • Implementation and Reporting
    11/56
    Avg. score
  • Associated Human Rights Abuses
    4/17
    Avg. score

Profile

Hengan International is a Chinese manufacturer of paper products including sanitary napkins, disposable nappies and tissue paper. Hengan International Group Co Ltd is selected as a powerbroker for pulp & paper.

Sector
Industry sector 
Household Products, Paper Packaging
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China
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Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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