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  • Overall approach
    2/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific commitment
      0/6
      Commodities (if applicable): Palm oil; Beef
      "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
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      If Other Initiative, specify:: 0

      Which initiatives?: 0
      Hormel Foods Corp. are members of the Consumer Goods Forum.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      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
      High-level management
      No
      0/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Beef & Leather; Pulp & Paper
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    24/84
    • Beef
      16/84
      • Commitment Strength
        6/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/17
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            If Other, specify here: Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

            Which certification schemes are used?: Other certification
            "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
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Only applies to South American beef - "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/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            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."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        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
          "We also expect suppliers to act in accordance with the internal 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."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/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 commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        5/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: third party phone line and website

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

          Details of the mechanism: Environmental
          "Hormel Foods administers a formal grievance process through the Code of Ethical Business Conduct policy. The policy addresses matters related to environmental responsibility and accommodates grievance reporting via a third-party-staffed phone line and website.We also maintain an informal grievance mechanism through sustainability@hormel.com. Any grievance submitted via this address is routed to the appropriate subject-matter expert for review and response."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: 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: 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
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Corrective action plans

          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 and refusal to agree with corrective action plans
          "If a supplier is found to be 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: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil
      55/84
      • Commitment Strength
        26/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            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. [...] our updated commitment is that by 2020, we will purchase only sustainable palm oil that is fully traceable to the plantation level. [...] 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 [...] .Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            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. [...] our updated commitment is that by 2020, we will purchase only sustainable palm oil that is fully traceable to the plantation level. [...] 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 [...] .Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            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. [...] our updated commitment is that by 2020, we will purchase only sustainable palm oil that is fully traceable to the plantation level. [...] 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 [...] .Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2014
            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. [...] our updated commitment is that by 2020, we will purchase only sustainable palm oil that is fully traceable to the plantation level. [...] 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 [...] .Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "We 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 [...] Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] 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."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "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 [...] Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] 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."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "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 [...] Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] 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."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/8
          • 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."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "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."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            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."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2014
            "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."
      • Social Considerations
        11/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "We also expect suppliers to act in accordance with the internal 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."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 0 not specified

          What is the nature of that support?: Economic
          "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
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/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
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What percentage/number of new interests/developments/expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: 0 not specified

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Current
          "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."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        18/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            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. [...] our updated commitment is that by 2020, we will purchase only sustainable palm oil that is fully traceable to the plantation level. [...] 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 [...] .Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • 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
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            Progress reported through their 2019 ACOP report
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification
            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. [...] our updated commitment is that by 2020, we will purchase only sustainable palm oil that is fully traceable to the plantation level. [...] 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 [...] .Follow the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Progress reported through their 2019 ACOP report
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "We will only purchase palm oil from suppliers who comply with the following sourcing principles: [....] Legally acquire land rights and operations.Follow local laws and regulations [...] "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
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: third party phone line and website

          Details of the mechanism: Environmental
          "Hormel Foods administers a formal grievance process through the Code of Ethical Business Conduct policy. The policy addresses matters related to environmental responsibility and accommodates grievance reporting via a third-party-staffed phone line and website.We also maintain an informal grievance mechanism through sustainability@hormel.com. Any grievance submitted via this address is routed to the appropriate subject-matter expert for review and response."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 0 tons

          What is the certified volume?: 203 tons

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%
          In their 2019 ACOP report, Hormel Foods report that they use 203 tons of palm oil, of which 100% is RSPO-certified.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          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."
        • 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
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: requires suppliers to submit action plans

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: violation of sourcing principles
          "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: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      17/84
      • Commitment Strength
        6/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/12
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Reduction of material inputs
            "RECENT PROJECTS TO REDUCE PRODUCT PACKAGING - 413K+ pounds of material saved Box Design Change A box design change was made for Hormel® side dishes that resulted in less corrugate use. This conversion resulted in a material savings of more than 413,000 pounds."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            "RECENT PROJECTS TO REDUCE PRODUCT PACKAGING - 413K+ pounds of material saved Box Design Change A box design change was made for Hormel® side dishes that resulted in less corrugate use. This conversion resulted in a material savings of more than 413,000 pounds."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "RECENT PROJECTS TO REDUCE PRODUCT PACKAGING - 413K+ pounds of material saved Box Design Change A box design change was made for Hormel® side dishes that resulted in less corrugate use. This conversion resulted in a material savings of more than 413,000 pounds."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        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
          "We also expect suppliers to act in accordance with the internal 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."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/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 commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            "RECENT PROJECTS TO REDUCE PRODUCT PACKAGING - 413K+ pounds of material saved Box Design Change A box design change was made for Hormel® side dishes that resulted in less corrugate use. This conversion resulted in a material savings of more than 413,000 pounds."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: no

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: third party phone line and website

          Details of the mechanism: Environmental
          "Hormel Foods administers a formal grievance process through the Code of Ethical Business Conduct policy. The policy addresses matters related to environmental responsibility and accommodates grievance reporting via a third-party-staffed phone line and website.We also maintain an informal grievance mechanism through sustainability@hormel.com. Any grievance submitted via this address is routed to the appropriate subject-matter expert for review and response."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      9/84
      • Commitment Strength
        0/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/17
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No commitment
            0/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        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
          "We also expect suppliers to act in accordance with the internal 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."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/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 commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: no

          Details of the mechanism: Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: third party phone line and website
          "Hormel Foods administers a formal grievance process through the Code of Ethical Business Conduct policy. The policy addresses matters related to environmental responsibility and accommodates grievance reporting via a third-party-staffed phone line and website.We also maintain an informal grievance mechanism through sustainability@hormel.com. Any grievance submitted via this address is routed to the appropriate subject-matter expert for review and response."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    9/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    8/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    7/18
    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

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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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