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  • Overall approach
    1/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      Commodity-specific commitment - commitment that does not apply to all of the commodities the company is exposed to
      0/4
      "Hormel Foods recognizes the unique environmental and social risks associated with palm oil. These risks require additional due diligence in sourcing, education and training to ensure the palm oil in our supply chain is not associated with human rights issues, deforestation or plantation expansion on carbon-rich peatlands."; "To ensure compliance with our requirements, our beef suppliers have monitoring systems in place for farms supplying cattle, which use satellite images and geo-referenced maps of farms, deforestation data and information from public agencies regarding embargoed areas and human rights. We also require and review independent audits of the environmental monitoring systems of our suppliers."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Protection of Forests and Biodiversity Hormel Foods requires all suppliers to legally acquire land rights and operations and to protect high conservation value areas, high carbon stock forests, rainforests and peatlands (regardless of depth)."
    • 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
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
  • Commodity score
    23/88
    • Beef
      19/88
      • Commitment Strength
        8/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: Other certification

            Other certification scheme: Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB)
            "Hormel Foods recognizes the unique environmental and social risks associated with palm oil. These risks require additional due diligence in sourcing, education and training to ensure the palm oil in our supply chain is not associated with human rights issues, deforestation or plantation expansion on carbon-rich peatlands."; "To ensure compliance with our requirements, our beef suppliers have monitoring systems in place for farms supplying cattle, which use satellite images and geo-referenced maps of farms, deforestation data and information from public agencies regarding embargoed areas and human rights. We also require and review independent audits of the environmental monitoring systems of our suppliers." "We source beef from suppliers who share these commitments and follow the principles and criteria of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB). The GRSB is a multi-stakeholder group whose mission is to advance continuous improvement in global beef value chain sustainability. The GRSB envisions a world in which all aspects of the beef value chain are environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We source beef from suppliers who share these commitments and follow the principles and criteria of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB). The GRSB is a multi-stakeholder group whose mission is to advance continuous improvement in global beef value chain sustainability. The GRSB envisions a world in which all aspects of the beef value chain are environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "We source beef from suppliers who share these commitments and follow the principles and criteria of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB). The GRSB is a multi-stakeholder group whose mission is to advance continuous improvement in global beef value chain sustainability. The GRSB envisions a world in which all aspects of the beef value chain are environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "We source beef from suppliers who share these commitments and follow the principles and criteria of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB). The GRSB is a multi-stakeholder group whose mission is to advance continuous improvement in global beef value chain sustainability. The GRSB envisions a world in which all aspects of the beef value chain are environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour
          "Suppliers are expected to act in accordance with the international principles and guidelines aimed at promoting and protecting human rights, including the International Bill of Human Rights, International Labour Organization Conventions and Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, UN Declaration of Human Rights, UN Global Compact’s 10 Principles and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.We expect suppliers to foster an inclusive and diverse work environment that is free from harassment and discrimination of any kind.Suppliers must meet or exceed all legal requirements for compensation, working hours, time off, rest periods, benefits and working conditions.Suppliers must provide safe and healthy working conditions and have appropriate controls, procedures and training in place.Suppliers must respect the rights of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.Suppliers must not use or tolerate the use of human trafficking, forced labor or child labor as defined by the International Labour Organization. The term “child” refers to any person employed under the age of 15 (or 14 where the applicable laws permit), or under the age of completing compulsory education, or a minimum age for employment in the country. All employees must be allowed to terminate employment at any time upon reasonable notice."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Discrimination by suppliers on account of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information or a status as a veteran will not be tolerated."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        5/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across 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
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "In 2018, we completed a high-level water risk assessment of our top suppliers. In addition, we meet with our top suppliers annually to evaluate their initiatives and collaborate on projects to address key issues such as environmental and social risks. We also report our internal results through a third party for our customers."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 0 not specified

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 0 not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0 not specified
           "To ensure compliance with our requirements, our beef suppliers have monitoring systems in place for farms supplying cattle, which use satellite images and geo-referenced maps of farms, deforestation data and information from public agencies regarding embargoed areas and human rights. We also require and review independent audits of the environmental monitoring systems of our suppliers."
        • 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
    • Palm oil
      55/88
      • Commitment Strength
        17/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat

            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "While Hormel Foods is a relatively minor user of palm oil, we realize that responsible sourcing of even the smallest amount of this ingredient can make a difference. Therefore, we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles: Protect high conservation value areas and high carbon stock forests.Protect rainforests and peatlands, regardless of depth.Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and institute a ban on burning.Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "While Hormel Foods is a relatively minor user of palm oil, we realize that responsible sourcing of even the smallest amount of this ingredient can make a difference. Therefore, we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles: Protect high conservation value areas and high carbon stock forests.Protect rainforests and peatlands, regardless of depth.Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and institute a ban on burning.Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "While Hormel Foods is a relatively minor user of palm oil, we realize that responsible sourcing of even the smallest amount of this ingredient can make a difference. Therefore, we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles: Protect high conservation value areas and high carbon stock forests.Protect rainforests and peatlands, regardless of depth.Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and institute a ban on burning.Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "While Hormel Foods is a relatively minor user of palm oil, we realize that responsible sourcing of even the smallest amount of this ingredient can make a difference. Therefore, we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles: Protect high conservation value areas and high carbon stock forests.Protect rainforests and peatlands, regardless of depth.Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and institute a ban on burning.Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "While Hormel Foods is a relatively minor user of palm oil, we realize that responsible sourcing of even the smallest amount of this ingredient can make a difference. Therefore, we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles: Protect high conservation value areas and high carbon stock forests.Protect rainforests and peatlands, regardless of depth.Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and institute a ban on burning.Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "While Hormel Foods is a relatively minor user of palm oil, we realize that responsible sourcing of even the smallest amount of this ingredient can make a difference. Therefore, we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles: Protect high conservation value areas and high carbon stock forests.Protect rainforests and peatlands, regardless of depth.Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and institute a ban on burning.Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "While Hormel Foods is a relatively minor user of palm oil, we realize that responsible sourcing of even the smallest amount of this ingredient can make a difference. Therefore, we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles: Protect high conservation value areas and high carbon stock forests.Protect rainforests and peatlands, regardless of depth.Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and institute a ban on burning.Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "While Hormel Foods is a relatively minor user of palm oil, we realize that responsible sourcing of even the smallest amount of this ingredient can make a difference. Therefore, we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles: Protect high conservation value areas and high carbon stock forests.Protect rainforests and peatlands, regardless of depth.Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and institute a ban on burning.Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/6
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "We purchase RSPO-certified palm oil. We made an initial commitment that by the end of 2014, we would purchase only fully traceable palm oil. We met this commitment by working with our suppliers and achieved traceability to the mill level. In the spirit of continuous improvement, our updated commitment is that by 2020, we will purchase only sustainable palm oil that is fully traceable to the plantation level. [...] All of our suppliers are required to report the locations of plantations, mills and refineries from which they source."; ""We have made significant progress toward this commitment and reached 74 percent of our goal. We will continue to work with our suppliers to reach 100 percent traceability to the plantation level, which we estimate will be completed by the end of 2025."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We purchase RSPO-certified palm oil. We made an initial commitment that by the end of 2014, we would purchase only fully traceable palm oil. We met this commitment by working with our suppliers and achieved traceability to the mill level. In the spirit of continuous improvement, our updated commitment is that by 2020, we will purchase only sustainable palm oil that is fully traceable to the plantation level. [...] All of our suppliers are required to report the locations of plantations, mills and refineries from which they source."; "We have made significant progress toward this commitment and reached 74 percent of our goal. We will continue to work with our suppliers to reach 100 percent traceability to the plantation level, which we estimate will be completed by the end of 2025."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "We purchase RSPO-certified palm oil. We made an initial commitment that by the end of 2014, we would purchase only fully traceable palm oil. We met this commitment by working with our suppliers and achieved traceability to the mill level. In the spirit of continuous improvement, our updated commitment is that by 2020, we will purchase only sustainable palm oil that is fully traceable to the plantation level. [...] All of our suppliers are required to report the locations of plantations, mills and refineries from which they source."; "We have made significant progress toward this commitment and reached 74 percent of our goal. We will continue to work with our suppliers to reach 100 percent traceability to the plantation level, which we estimate will be completed by the end of 2025."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        15/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          "Suppliers are expected to act in accordance with the international principles and guidelines aimed at promoting and protecting human rights, including the International Bill of Human Rights, International Labour Organization Conventions and Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, UN Declaration of Human Rights, UN Global Compact’s 10 Principles and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.We expect suppliers to foster an inclusive and diverse work environment that is free from harassment and discrimination of any kind.Suppliers must meet or exceed all legal requirements for compensation, working hours, time off, rest periods, benefits and working conditions.Suppliers must provide safe and healthy working conditions and have appropriate controls, procedures and training in place.Suppliers must respect the rights of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.Suppliers must not use or tolerate the use of human trafficking, forced labor or child labor as defined by the International Labour Organization. The term “child” refers to any person employed under the age of 15 (or 14 where the applicable laws permit), or under the age of completing compulsory education, or a minimum age for employment in the country. All employees must be allowed to terminate employment at any time upon reasonable notice."
        • 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
          "Therefore, we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles:... Include smallholders in supply chains and ensure equitable benefit sharing."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Discrimination by suppliers on account of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information or a status as a veteran will not be tolerated."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm
          "...we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles:...Resolve social conflicts and provide remedy and redress for past violations."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles: ...Respect the free, prior and informed consent of local and indigenous communities."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          0/0
          "we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles:...Resolve social conflicts and provide remedy and redress for past violations."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        23/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "While Hormel Foods is a relatively minor user of palm oil, we realize that responsible sourcing of even the smallest amount of this ingredient can make a difference. Therefore, we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles: Protect high conservation value areas and high carbon stock forests.Protect rainforests and peatlands, regardless of depth.Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and institute a ban on burning.Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "While Hormel Foods is a relatively minor user of palm oil, we realize that responsible sourcing of even the smallest amount of this ingredient can make a difference. Therefore, we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles: Protect high conservation value areas and high carbon stock forests.Protect rainforests and peatlands, regardless of depth.Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and institute a ban on burning.Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "We have made significant progress toward this commitment and reached 74 percent of our goal. We will continue to work with our suppliers to reach 100 percent traceability to the plantation level, which we estimate will be completed by the end of 2025."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            "While Hormel Foods is a relatively minor user of palm oil, we realize that responsible sourcing of even the smallest amount of this ingredient can make a difference. Therefore, we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles: Protect high conservation value areas and high carbon stock forests.Protect rainforests and peatlands, regardless of depth.Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and institute a ban on burning.Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            "While Hormel Foods is a relatively minor user of palm oil, we realize that responsible sourcing of even the smallest amount of this ingredient can make a difference. Therefore, we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles: Protect high conservation value areas and high carbon stock forests.Protect rainforests and peatlands, regardless of depth.Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and institute a ban on burning.Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 0 not specified
          "Through our supplier quality management program, we formally assess key suppliers in the areas of service, quality and sustainability. In addition, in calendar year 2014 our Procurement Council completed a category-level risk assessment process. Based on the results from this assessment process, we will work with the suppliers in the categories in which opportunities for improvement have been identified."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "While Hormel Foods is a relatively minor user of palm oil, we realize that responsible sourcing of even the smallest amount of this ingredient can make a difference. Therefore, we will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles:Follow local laws and regulations...In addition, to ensure compliance with our sourcing principles, Hormel Foods will require suppliers to assess plantations in its supply chain (through internal and external assessment teams) and submit reports and findings annually, which will be reviewed by the Hormel Foods Palm Oil Council"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 232 tonnes
          In the 2020 RSPO ACOP report, Hormel foods reports using 239 tonnes of palm oil with 232.0 tonnes certified
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 7 tonnes

          What is the certified volume?: 232 tonnes

          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 97%
          In the 2020 RSPO ACOP report, Hormel foods reports using 239 tonnes of palm oil with 232.0 tonnes certified
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "In 2018, we completed a high-level water risk assessment of our top suppliers. In addition, we meet with our top suppliers annually to evaluate their initiatives and collaborate on projects to address key issues such as environmental and social risks. We also report our internal results through a third party for our customers."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified

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

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "to ensure compliance with our sourcing principles, Hormel Foods will require suppliers to assess plantations in its supply chain (through internal and external assessment teams) and submit reports and findings annually, which will be reviewed by the Hormel Foods Palm Oil Council. If a supplier is in violation of our sourcing principles, Hormel Foods will require the supplier to implement corrective actions. If reasonable/appropriate corrective actions cannot be agreed to, Hormel Foods will suspend or discontinue purchases from the supplier."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non-compliance with supplier code of conduct

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: corrective action plan
          "Our Supplier Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for all suppliers. Hormel Foods expects all suppliers to be able to demonstrate compliance with this code upon our request and to take action to correct any noncompliance. Hormel Foods may suspend or discontinue purchases from a supplier if an audit or other credible source reveals they are violating these requirements. For the purpose of this document, “supplier” means any company, corporation or other entity that sells or seeks to sell goods or services to Hormel Foods, as well as their suppliers and sub-contractors."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      12/88
      • Commitment Strength
        4/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/6
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Reduction of material inputs
            "New packaging reduction highlights and projected savings include:-The elimination of extra room in the Jennie-O Turkey Store® burgers carton is expected to have an annual paperboard savings of more than 175,000 pounds.-Lloyd’s® barbeque tubs no longer have an extra paper sleeve. This modification will eliminate enough solid waste to fill 22 garbage trucks and save more than 660,000 pounds of paper fiber annually...-Reconfiguration of the shipping box for Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals removed 23 percent of the material required to make the previous corrugated packaging box and generated an annual materials savings of 1.2 million pounds. In addition, changes to the size of the carton flaps of the product and reallocation of materials resulted in annual savings of more than 980 million pounds of solid waste.-Hormel® party trays packaging was redesigned to eliminate the need for shrink wrap to produce an annual savings of approximately 100,000 pounds. The corrugated case to ship the product will be smaller, resulting in a corrugated material savings of more than 174,000 pounds per year.-Redesign of the shipping box for Hormel® pork ribs, butts and bone-in offers more strength while creating an annual corrugated materials savings of about 2.4 million pounds.-Reducing the height, width and length of each box used to ship Hormel® pepperoni, increased the amount of product on each pallet, saving materials and reducing the number of trailers needed each year.The anticipated savings is 188,000 pounds of wood fiber annually and 49,000 pounds of corrugated."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
            Specific to packaged products: ""New packaging reduction highlights and projected savings include: "New packaging reduction highlights and projected savings include:-The elimination of extra room in the Jennie-O Turkey Store® burgers carton is expected to have an annual paperboard savings of more than 175,000 pounds.-Lloyd’s® barbeque tubs no longer have an extra paper sleeve. This modification will eliminate enough solid waste to fill 22 garbage trucks and save more than 660,000 pounds of paper fiber annually...-Reconfiguration of the shipping box for Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals removed 23 percent of the material required to make the previous corrugated packaging box and generated an annual materials savings of 1.2 million pounds. In addition, changes to the size of the carton flaps of the product and reallocation of materials resulted in annual savings of more than 980 million pounds of solid waste.-Hormel® party trays packaging was redesigned to eliminate the need for shrink wrap to produce an annual savings of approximately 100,000 pounds. The corrugated case to ship the product will be smaller, resulting in a corrugated material savings of more than 174,000 pounds per year.-Redesign of the shipping box for Hormel® pork ribs, butts and bone-in offers more strength while creating an annual corrugated materials savings of about 2.4 million pounds.-Reducing the height, width and length of each box used to ship Hormel® pepperoni, increased the amount of product on each pallet, saving materials and reducing the number of trailers needed each year.The anticipated savings is 188,000 pounds of wood fiber annually and 49,000 pounds of corrugated."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "New packaging reduction highlights and projected savings include:-The elimination of extra room in the Jennie-O Turkey Store® burgers carton is expected to have an annual paperboard savings of more than 175,000 pounds.-Lloyd’s® barbeque tubs no longer have an extra paper sleeve. This modification will eliminate enough solid waste to fill 22 garbage trucks and save more than 660,000 pounds of paper fiber annually...-Reconfiguration of the shipping box for Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals removed 23 percent of the material required to make the previous corrugated packaging box and generated an annual materials savings of 1.2 million pounds. In addition, changes to the size of the carton flaps of the product and reallocation of materials resulted in annual savings of more than 980 million pounds of solid waste.-Hormel® party trays packaging was redesigned to eliminate the need for shrink wrap to produce an annual savings of approximately 100,000 pounds. The corrugated case to ship the product will be smaller, resulting in a corrugated material savings of more than 174,000 pounds per year.-Redesign of the shipping box for Hormel® pork ribs, butts and bone-in offers more strength while creating an annual corrugated materials savings of about 2.4 million pounds.-Reducing the height, width and length of each box used to ship Hormel® pepperoni, increased the amount of product on each pallet, saving materials and reducing the number of trailers needed each year.The anticipated savings is 188,000 pounds of wood fiber annually and 49,000 pounds of corrugated."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          "Suppliers are expected to act in accordance with the international principles and guidelines aimed at promoting and protecting human rights, including the International Bill of Human Rights, International Labour Organization Conventions and Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, UN Declaration of Human Rights, UN Global Compact’s 10 Principles and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.We expect suppliers to foster an inclusive and diverse work environment that is free from harassment and discrimination of any kind.Suppliers must meet or exceed all legal requirements for compensation, working hours, time off, rest periods, benefits and working conditions.Suppliers must provide safe and healthy working conditions and have appropriate controls, procedures and training in place.Suppliers must respect the rights of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.Suppliers must not use or tolerate the use of human trafficking, forced labor or child labor as defined by the International Labour Organization. The term “child” refers to any person employed under the age of 15 (or 14 where the applicable laws permit), or under the age of completing compulsory education, or a minimum age for employment in the country. All employees must be allowed to terminate employment at any time upon reasonable notice."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Discrimination by suppliers on account of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information or a status as a veteran will not be tolerated."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        3/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            "New packaging reduction highlights and projected savings include:-The elimination of extra room in the Jennie-O Turkey Store® burgers carton is expected to have an annual paperboard savings of more than 175,000 pounds.-Lloyd’s® barbeque tubs no longer have an extra paper sleeve. This modification will eliminate enough solid waste to fill 22 garbage trucks and save more than 660,000 pounds of paper fiber annually...-Reconfiguration of the shipping box for Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals removed 23 percent of the material required to make the previous corrugated packaging box and generated an annual materials savings of 1.2 million pounds. In addition, changes to the size of the carton flaps of the product and reallocation of materials resulted in annual savings of more than 980 million pounds of solid waste.-Hormel® party trays packaging was redesigned to eliminate the need for shrink wrap to produce an annual savings of approximately 100,000 pounds. The corrugated case to ship the product will be smaller, resulting in a corrugated material savings of more than 174,000 pounds per year.-Redesign of the shipping box for Hormel® pork ribs, butts and bone-in offers more strength while creating an annual corrugated materials savings of about 2.4 million pounds.-Reducing the height, width and length of each box used to ship Hormel® pepperoni, increased the amount of product on each pallet, saving materials and reducing the number of trailers needed each year.The anticipated savings is 188,000 pounds of wood fiber annually and 49,000 pounds of corrugated."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across 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
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "In 2018, we completed a high-level water risk assessment of our top suppliers. In addition, we meet with our top suppliers annually to evaluate their initiatives and collaborate on projects to address key issues such as environmental and social risks. We also report our internal results through a third party for our customers."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          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
      7/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          "Suppliers are expected to act in accordance with the international principles and guidelines aimed at promoting and protecting human rights, including the International Bill of Human Rights, International Labour Organization Conventions and Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, UN Declaration of Human Rights, UN Global Compact’s 10 Principles and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.We expect suppliers to foster an inclusive and diverse work environment that is free from harassment and discrimination of any kind.Suppliers must meet or exceed all legal requirements for compensation, working hours, time off, rest periods, benefits and working conditions.Suppliers must provide safe and healthy working conditions and have appropriate controls, procedures and training in place.Suppliers must respect the rights of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.Suppliers must not use or tolerate the use of human trafficking, forced labor or child labor as defined by the International Labour Organization. The term “child” refers to any person employed under the age of 15 (or 14 where the applicable laws permit), or under the age of completing compulsory education, or a minimum age for employment in the country. All employees must be allowed to terminate employment at any time upon reasonable notice."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Discrimination by suppliers on account of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information or a status as a veteran will not be tolerated."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across 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
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "In 2018, we completed a high-level water risk assessment of our top suppliers. In addition, we meet with our top suppliers annually to evaluate their initiatives and collaborate on projects to address key issues such as environmental and social risks. We also report our internal results through a third party for our customers."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          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
    7/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    8/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    8/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Hormel Foods is an American food manufacturer. The company has a range of different products including ready meals, meat products, snacks, and beverages. Hormel Foods is one of the largest manufacturers of ready meals in the world. The large-scale operations within food manufacturing require the use of forest risk commodities such as palm oil, soy, and beef. Hormel Foods Corp. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy, beef and paper packaging.

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

Top Brands

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How we assess the Forest 500

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