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  • Overall approach
    2/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      If Other Initiative, specify:: Sustainable Food Chain Initiative

      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum Deforestation resolution (being a member of the CGF is not sufficient); UN Global Compact; Other initiative
      "The UN initiative to promote corporate citizenship internationally, ICA Gruppen is a participant. ICA Gruppen has also signed the Global Compact’s Caring for Climate initiative. [...] ICA Gruppen also supports CGF’s resolution to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020 in key commodity sectors through responsible purchase of soy, palm oil, paper and pulp as well as meat from grazing animals."[...] Co-operation between food chain operators for good, healthy and sustainable food now and in the future. ICA Sweden is a member."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Forests are of great importance for plants, people and animals. They affect the climate, the air we breathe and the water cycle. They are also an important source of income in many countries. However, timber production does not always respect the forests and the people who live near them. The problem is greatest in tropical forests."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • 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
      Yes
      0/0
      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030

      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions
      "Since 2020, all emissions are offset through carbon credits, making the Group’s operations climate neutral. By 2030, ICA Gruppen are to have net zero climate impact from the Group’s own operations. [...] An important part of the emissions in ICA Gruppen’s value chain come from the production stage. By 2025, ICA Gruppen’s suppliers accounting for 70% the Group’s upstream climate impact are to have adopted science-based climate targets. At the end of 2020, the outcome was 26%."
  • Commodity score
    14/88
    • Beef
      4/88
      • 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
        4/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "ICA Gruppen sells products from all over the world and needs to be aware of where the products come from and the conditions in which they were produced. ICA Gruppen does not accept discrimination, any lack of the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, child labour, forced labour, young workers being exposed to risky tasks or any other failure to comply with human rights"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • 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
        0/50
        • 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
          No
          0/4
        • 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
    • Palm oil
      22/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          4/8
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "ICA requires all palm oil used in its corporate brand products to be RSPO-certified. In ICA’s private label food products that contain palm oil, only segregated RSPO-certified palm oil is used. This means it is kept separate from uncertified oil throughout the production chain, all the way to the finished product. ICA Gruppen is a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) – a non-profit organisation that develops and implements criteria for responsibly produced palm oil, so that it is cultivated in a way that is better for ecosystems and communities – and works with others in the industry to promote more responsibly produced and sustainable palm oil."
          • 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
            "ICA requires all palm oil used in its corporate brand products to be RSPO-certified. In ICA’s private label food products that contain palm oil, only segregated RSPO-certified palm oil is used. This means it is kept separate from uncertified oil throughout the production chain, all the way to the finished product. ICA Gruppen is a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) – a non-profit organisation that develops and implements criteria for responsibly produced palm oil, so that it is cultivated in a way that is better for ecosystems and communities – and works with others in the industry to promote more responsibly produced and sustainable palm oil."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "ICA requires all palm oil used in its corporate brand products to be RSPO-certified. In ICA’s private label food products that contain palm oil, only segregated RSPO-certified palm oil is used. This means it is kept separate from uncertified oil throughout the production chain, all the way to the finished product. ICA Gruppen is a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) – a non-profit organisation that develops and implements criteria for responsibly produced palm oil, so that it is cultivated in a way that is better for ecosystems and communities – and works with others in the industry to promote more responsibly produced and sustainable palm oil."
          • 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
            "ICA requires all palm oil used in its corporate brand products to be RSPO-certified. In ICA’s private label food products that contain palm oil, only segregated RSPO-certified palm oil is used. This means it is kept separate from uncertified oil throughout the production chain, all the way to the finished product. ICA Gruppen is a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) – a non-profit organisation that develops and implements criteria for responsibly produced palm oil, so that it is cultivated in a way that is better for ecosystems and communities – and works with others in the industry to promote more responsibly produced and sustainable palm oil."
        • 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
            "ICA requires all palm oil used in its corporate brand products to be RSPO-certified. In ICA’s private label food products that contain palm oil, only segregated RSPO-certified palm oil is used. This means it is kept separate from uncertified oil throughout the production chain, all the way to the finished product. ICA Gruppen is a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) – a non-profit organisation that develops and implements criteria for responsibly produced palm oil, so that it is cultivated in a way that is better for ecosystems and communities – and works with others in the industry to promote more responsibly produced and sustainable palm oil."
          • 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
            "ICA requires all palm oil used in its corporate brand products to be RSPO-certified. In ICA’s private label food products that contain palm oil, only segregated RSPO-certified palm oil is used. This means it is kept separate from uncertified oil throughout the production chain, all the way to the finished product. ICA Gruppen is a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) – a non-profit organisation that develops and implements criteria for responsibly produced palm oil, so that it is cultivated in a way that is better for ecosystems and communities – and works with others in the industry to promote more responsibly produced and sustainable palm oil."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "ICA requires all palm oil used in its corporate brand products to be RSPO-certified. In ICA’s private label food products that contain palm oil, only segregated RSPO-certified palm oil is used. This means it is kept separate from uncertified oil throughout the production chain, all the way to the finished product. ICA Gruppen is a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) – a non-profit organisation that develops and implements criteria for responsibly produced palm oil, so that it is cultivated in a way that is better for ecosystems and communities – and works with others in the industry to promote more responsibly produced and sustainable palm oil."
          • 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
            "ICA requires all palm oil used in its corporate brand products to be RSPO-certified. In ICA’s private label food products that contain palm oil, only segregated RSPO-certified palm oil is used. This means it is kept separate from uncertified oil throughout the production chain, all the way to the finished product. ICA Gruppen is a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) – a non-profit organisation that develops and implements criteria for responsibly produced palm oil, so that it is cultivated in a way that is better for ecosystems and communities – and works with others in the industry to promote more responsibly produced and sustainable palm oil."
        • 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
        4/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "ICA Gruppen sells products from all over the world and needs to be aware of where the products come from and the conditions in which they were produced. ICA Gruppen does not accept discrimination, any lack of the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, child labour, forced labour, young workers being exposed to risky tasks or any other failure to comply with human rights"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • 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
        9/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            In their 2019 report, ICA report a total of 1,813 tons of palm oil as RSPO certified (segregated (SG))  within their supply chain (only Swedish reporting)
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            In their 2019 report, ICA report a total of 1,813 tons of palm oil as RSPO certified (segregated (SG))  within their supply chain (only Swedish reporting)
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • 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 processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification
            In their 2019 report, ICA report a total of 1,813 tons of palm oil as RSPO certified (segregated (SG))  within their supply chain (only Swedish reporting)
          • 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
            In their 2019 report, ICA report a total of 1,813 tons of palm oil as RSPO certified (segregated (SG))  within their supply chain (only Swedish reporting)
          • 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
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 1,813 tons
          In their 2019 report, ICA report a total of 1,813 tons of palm oil as RSPO certified (segregated (SG))  within their supply chain (only Swedish reporting)
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          What is the certified volume?: 1,813 tons
          In their 2019 report, ICA report a total of 1,813 tons of palm oil as RSPO certified (segregated (SG))  within their supply chain (only Swedish reporting)
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • 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

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "In 2016 the ICA Social Audit, ICA Gruppen’s own tool for social auditing of suppliers, was supplemented with additional sections relating to the suppliers’ environmental work. The aim was to be able to monitor the suppliers’ environmental performance even more effectively. The new parts focus on waste disposal, chemicals and water treatment, among other things."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      12/88
      • Commitment Strength
        3/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          3/8
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "ICA is continually making efforts to introduce more FSC-labelled products and packaging into its range, to help consumers make conscious choices. [...] Some of our FSC-certified products:- certain packaging for our private label products, such as ICA chopped tomatoes and ICA milk (the packaging is produced from sustainably grown wood raw material)"
          • 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
            "ICA is continually making efforts to introduce more FSC-labelled products and packaging into its range, to help consumers make conscious choices. [...] Some of our FSC-certified products:- certain packaging for our private label products, such as ICA chopped tomatoes and ICA milk (the packaging is produced from sustainably grown wood raw material)"
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/5
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/3
          • 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 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
        4/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "ICA Gruppen sells products from all over the world and needs to be aware of where the products come from and the conditions in which they were produced. ICA Gruppen does not accept discrimination, any lack of the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, child labour, forced labour, young workers being exposed to risky tasks or any other failure to comply with human rights"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • 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
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            "ICA is continually making efforts to introduce more FSC-labelled products and packaging into its range, to help consumers make conscious choices. [...] Some of our FSC-certified products:- certain packaging for our private label products, such as ICA chopped tomatoes and ICA milk (the packaging is produced from sustainably grown wood raw material)"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • 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 processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC Certification

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC Certification
            "ICA is continually making efforts to introduce more FSC-labelled products and packaging into its range, to help consumers make conscious choices. [...] Some of our FSC-certified products:- certain packaging for our private label products, such as ICA chopped tomatoes and ICA milk (the packaging is produced from sustainably grown wood raw material)"
          • 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
          No
          0/4
        • 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

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "In 2016 the ICA Social Audit, ICA Gruppen’s own tool for social auditing of suppliers, was supplemented with additional sections relating to the suppliers’ environmental work. The aim was to be able to monitor the suppliers’ environmental performance even more effectively. The new parts focus on waste disposal, chemicals and water treatment, among other things."
        • 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
      15/88
      • Commitment Strength
        3/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          3/11
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1.3/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS

            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes
            "All soy that is used in ICA’s corporate brand products for human consumption, or as feed for meat and dairy producing animals, is responsibly produced. This means that 100% of the soy used for ICA’s private label products is certified according to a reliable standard or is covered by certificates for the corresponding volume. ICA Gruppen is a member of RTRS (Roundtable on Responsible Soy) and of Svenska Sojadialogen (the Swedish Soy Dialogue)."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Not specified - Soy oil or additives such as soy lecithin is not included in the scope.

            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
            "All soy that is used in ICA’s corporate brand products for human consumption, or as feed for meat and dairy producing animals, is responsibly produced. This means that 100% of the soy used for ICA’s private label products is certified according to a reliable standard or is covered by certificates for the corresponding volume. ICA Gruppen is a member of RTRS (Roundtable on Responsible Soy) and of Svenska Sojadialogen (the Swedish Soy Dialogue)."[...] "We will purchase this volume of RTRS credits ourselves. We send letters to our relevant corporate brand suppliers and they send us information if the soy used (in food or feed) was certified or covered by certificates (credits). We will cover the non-covered volume with RTRS credits. Soy oil or additives such as soy lecithin is not included in the scope."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "All soy that is used in ICA’s corporate brand products for human consumption, or as feed for meat and dairy producing animals, is responsibly produced. This means that 100% of the soy used for ICA’s private label products is certified according to a reliable standard or is covered by certificates for the corresponding volume. ICA Gruppen is a member of RTRS (Roundtable on Responsible Soy) and of Svenska Sojadialogen (the Swedish Soy Dialogue)."
          • 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
            "All soy that is used in ICA’s corporate brand products for human consumption, or as feed for meat and dairy producing animals, is responsibly produced. This means that 100% of the soy used for ICA’s private label products is certified according to a reliable standard or is covered by certificates for the corresponding volume. ICA Gruppen is a member of RTRS (Roundtable on Responsible Soy) and of Svenska Sojadialogen (the Swedish Soy Dialogue)."
        • 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
        4/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "ICA Gruppen sells products from all over the world and needs to be aware of where the products come from and the conditions in which they were produced. ICA Gruppen does not accept discrimination, any lack of the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, child labour, forced labour, young workers being exposed to risky tasks or any other failure to comply with human rights"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • 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
        8/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            In their 2019 RTRS report, ICA report a total of 2.362 tonnes of soy, 402 tonnes of that being direct soy and 1,960 being indirect soy. This only relates to a section of their supply chain exposure [...] "All soy that is used in ICA’s corporate brand products for human consumption, or as feed for meat and dairy producing animals, is responsibly produced. This means that 100% of the soy used for ICA’s private label products is certified according to a reliable standard or is covered by certificates for the corresponding volume. ICA Gruppen is a member of RTRS (Roundtable on Responsible Soy) and of Svenska Sojadialogen (the Swedish Soy Dialogue)."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RTRS
            In their 2019 RTRS report, ICA report a total of 2.362 tonnes of soy, 402 tonnes of that being direct soy and 1,960 being indirect soy. This only relates to a section of their supply chain exposure [...] "All soy that is used in ICA’s corporate brand products for human consumption, or as feed for meat and dairy producing animals, is responsibly produced. This means that 100% of the soy used for ICA’s private label products is certified according to a reliable standard or is covered by certificates for the corresponding volume. ICA Gruppen is a member of RTRS (Roundtable on Responsible Soy) and of Svenska Sojadialogen (the Swedish Soy Dialogue)."
          • 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
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 2,362 tonnes
          In their 2019 RTRS report, ICA report a total of 2.362 tonnes of soy, 402 tonnes of that being direct soy and 1,960 being indirect soy. This only relates to a section of their supply chain exposure
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          What is the certified volume?: 2,362 tonnes
          In their 2019 RTRS report, ICA report a total of 2.362 tonnes of soy, 402 tonnes of that being direct soy and 1,960 being indirect soy. This only relates to a section of their supply chain exposure
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • 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
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          "In 2016 the ICA Social Audit, ICA Gruppen’s own tool for social auditing of suppliers, was supplemented with additional sections relating to the suppliers’ environmental work. The aim was to be able to monitor the suppliers’ environmental performance even more effectively. The new parts focus on waste disposal, chemicals and water treatment, among other things."
        • 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
    • Timber *
      16/88
      • Commitment Strength
        6/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/11
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2.7/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2.7/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "Every year ICA in Sweden sells around 10,000 tonnes of barbecue charcoal and 25,000 sets of wooden garden furniture. Many of these products bear the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label. [...] timber production does not always respect the forests and the people who live near them. The problem is greatest in tropical forests. ICA has therefore decided that all tropical wood used in ICA products, and also ICA’s own barbecue charcoal, must be FSC-labelled. The FSC is one of the initiatives that exist. ICA has chosen the FSC because its labelling is highly credible and because the FSC works for responsible forestry that gives consideration to both the environment and social conditions. All wood is traceable from the forest via the factory through to the end product in the store. ICA is continually making efforts to introduce more FSC-labelled products and packaging into its range, to help consumers make conscious choices."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Every year ICA in Sweden sells around 10,000 tonnes of barbecue charcoal and 25,000 sets of wooden garden furniture. Many of these products bear the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label. [...] timber production does not always respect the forests and the people who live near them. The problem is greatest in tropical forests. ICA has therefore decided that all tropical wood used in ICA products, and also ICA’s own barbecue charcoal, must be FSC-labelled. The FSC is one of the initiatives that exist. ICA has chosen the FSC because its labelling is highly credible and because the FSC works for responsible forestry that gives consideration to both the environment and social conditions. All wood is traceable from the forest via the factory through to the end product in the store. ICA is continually making efforts to introduce more FSC-labelled products and packaging into its range, to help consumers make conscious choices."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "Every year ICA in Sweden sells around 10,000 tonnes of barbecue charcoal and 25,000 sets of wooden garden furniture. Many of these products bear the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label. [...] timber production does not always respect the forests and the people who live near them. The problem is greatest in tropical forests. ICA has therefore decided that all tropical wood used in ICA products, and also ICA’s own barbecue charcoal, must be FSC-labelled. The FSC is one of the initiatives that exist. ICA has chosen the FSC because its labelling is highly credible and because the FSC works for responsible forestry that gives consideration to both the environment and social conditions. All wood is traceable from the forest via the factory through to the end product in the store. ICA is continually making efforts to introduce more FSC-labelled products and packaging into its range, to help consumers make conscious choices."
          • 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
            "Every year ICA in Sweden sells around 10,000 tonnes of barbecue charcoal and 25,000 sets of wooden garden furniture. Many of these products bear the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label. [...] timber production does not always respect the forests and the people who live near them. The problem is greatest in tropical forests. ICA has therefore decided that all tropical wood used in ICA products, and also ICA’s own barbecue charcoal, must be FSC-labelled. The FSC is one of the initiatives that exist. ICA has chosen the FSC because its labelling is highly credible and because the FSC works for responsible forestry that gives consideration to both the environment and social conditions. All wood is traceable from the forest via the factory through to the end product in the store. ICA is continually making efforts to introduce more FSC-labelled products and packaging into its range, to help consumers make conscious choices."
        • 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
        4/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "ICA Gruppen sells products from all over the world and needs to be aware of where the products come from and the conditions in which they were produced. ICA Gruppen does not accept discrimination, any lack of the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, child labour, forced labour, young workers being exposed to risky tasks or any other failure to comply with human rights"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • 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
        6/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            ""Every year ICA in Sweden sells around 10,000 tonnes of barbecue charcoal and 25,000 sets of wooden garden furniture. Many of these products bear the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label [...] Some of our FSC-certified products:ICA’s own barbecue charcoalall garden furniture made of tropical woods (from our main product range)a piece of pine furniture for children (made from Nordic species)certain packaging for our private label products, such as ICA chopped tomatoes and ICA milk (the packaging is produced from sustainably grown wood raw material)"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC Certification

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC Certification
            ""Every year ICA in Sweden sells around 10,000 tonnes of barbecue charcoal and 25,000 sets of wooden garden furniture. Many of these products bear the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label [...] Some of our FSC-certified products:ICA’s own barbecue charcoalall garden furniture made of tropical woods (from our main product range)a piece of pine furniture for children (made from Nordic species)certain packaging for our private label products, such as ICA chopped tomatoes and ICA milk (the packaging is produced from sustainably grown wood raw material)"
          • 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
          No
          0/4
        • 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
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
          "In 2016 the ICA Social Audit, ICA Gruppen’s own tool for social auditing of suppliers, was supplemented with additional sections relating to the suppliers’ environmental work. The aim was to be able to monitor the suppliers’ environmental performance even more effectively. The new parts focus on waste disposal, chemicals and water treatment, among other things."
        • 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
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    4/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    5/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    4/18
    Avg. score

Profile

ICA Gruppen AB is a Swedish is a food retailer mainly operating in Sweden and the Baltic countries. The breadth of its retail market means it is exposed to several forest risk commodities. ICA Gruppen AB is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy, beef and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Food retail
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
Sweden
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

ICA, Rimi, Apotek Hjartat

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