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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific
      0/6
      Pulp & Paper
      "Inditex makes the commitment of protecting primary forests and forests in risks of extinction [...] making sure that [the used raw materials] are issued from sustainable managed forest. This politics serves as a guideline for buyers [...] with the objective to avoid the use of wood and pulp coming from primary forest , illegal logging, [...]."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      "Since its [UN Compact]  membership in 2001, Inditex commits to respect its ten principles."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Preserves “High Conservation Value Forest Areas” for conservation of their biodiversity;"
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    28/86
    • Leather
      9/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/21
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.7
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Yes
          2.00/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings
          Inditex are a member of the Leather Working Group.
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Partial
          2.00/4
          Reported to CDP 2018: "21943.47 Square meters of leather have been consumed in the year 2017."
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Framed by this commitment, and upholding the principles enshrined in the ILO's Declaration, we deploy a host of measures designed to enforce the abolition of forced labour, child labour and all forms of discrimination and to foster the right to freely associate and bargain collectively."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1.00/4
          Inditex S.A. require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      39/86
      • Commitment Strength
        20/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC; PEFC
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            "avoiding the use of timber or pulp sourced from: . . . Tree plantations3 established through the conversion of natural forests . . .nditex prioritizes the certification of its paper, wood and furniture products under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "all its activities and business areas,"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "This policy guides the Group’s purchasing of paper products (bags, hang tags, office supplies, etc.), furniture, commercial products using wood as a raw material and man-made cellulosic textiles made from dissolving pulp"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "This policy guides the Group’s purchasing of paper products (bags, hang tags, office supplies, etc.), furniture, commercial products using wood as a raw material and man-made cellulosic textiles made from dissolving pulp"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "This policy guides the Group’s purchasing of paper products (bags, hang tags, office supplies, etc.), furniture, commercial products using wood as a raw material and man-made cellulosic textiles made from dissolving pulp"
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "This Inditex Forest Product Policy to Protect Ancient and Endangered Forests (hereinafter, the “Forest Product Policy”) has been approved and published on the Inditex website in 2015."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Applies to all products from 2015 onwards
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Inditex gives purchasing preference to forest products with high-recycled content, and/or postconsumer waste, and encourages suppliers to continuously maintain, improve and expand the availability of such products."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "all its activities and business areas,"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "This policy guides the Group’s purchasing of paper products (bags, hang tags, office supplies, etc.), furniture, commercial products using wood as a raw material and man-made cellulosic textiles made from dissolving pulp"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "Inditex gives purchasing preference to forest products with high-recycled content, and/or postconsumer waste, and encourages suppliers to continuously maintain, improve and expand the availability of such products."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "Inditex gives purchasing preference to forest products with high-recycled content, and/or postconsumer waste, and encourages suppliers to continuously maintain, improve and expand the availability of such products."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "Inditex gives purchasing preference to forest products with high-recycled content, and/or postconsumer waste, and encourages suppliers to continuously maintain, improve and expand the availability of such products."
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            There is a preference but no quantifiable reduction goal
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Tier 1 supplier, checks compliance
            0/4
            Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Tier 1 supplier, checks compliance
            0/4
            "10. Traceability of production Manufacturers and suppliers shall not assign any work to third parties without the prior written authorization of Inditex. Those who outsource any work shall be responsible for the enforcement of the Code by these third parties and their employees."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        14/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Yes
          2/2
          1994
          " avoiding the use of timber or pulp sourced from. . .Tree plantations3 established through the conversion of natural forests since 1994"
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2.00/4
          "In order to continuously improve our supply chain, we audit and assess it routinely, factor sustainability criteria into all our purchase decisions and go to exhaustive lengths to train our suppliers and auditors."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "Our suppliers and manufacturers enjoy the full support of our sustainability teams but –if they fail to display willingness to improve or to comply with the remedial measures stipulated within the required deadlines, they will no longer be allowed to produce for Inditex. "
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          Anyone can report to the Ethics Committee breaches of their supplier code of conduct
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Yes
          2.00/2
          Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          We also collaborate with the organisation Changing Markets Foundation to ensure the sustainable production of viscose inside the whole supply chain. 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Framed by this commitment, and upholding the principles enshrined in the ILO's Declaration, we deploy a host of measures designed to enforce the abolition of forced labour, child labour and all forms of discrimination and to foster the right to freely associate and bargain collectively."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1.00/4
          " No discrimination Manufacturers and suppliers shall not apply any type of discriminatory practice with regards the recruitment, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination of the employment agreement or retirement, based on race, caste, creed, nationality, religion, age, physical or mental disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation and/or union membership or political affiliation4 ."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Timber
      37/86
      • Commitment Strength
        18/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          18/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC; PEFC
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            "avoiding the use of timber or pulp sourced from: . . . Tree plantations3 established through the conversion of natural forests . . .nditex prioritizes the certification of its paper, wood and furniture products under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "all its activities and business areas,"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "This policy guides the Group’s purchasing of paper products (bags, hang tags, office supplies, etc.), furniture, commercial products using wood as a raw material and man-made cellulosic textiles made from dissolving pulp"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "This policy guides the Group’s purchasing of paper products (bags, hang tags, office supplies, etc.), furniture, commercial products using wood as a raw material and man-made cellulosic textiles made from dissolving pulp"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "This policy guides the Group’s purchasing of paper products (bags, hang tags, office supplies, etc.), furniture, commercial products using wood as a raw material and man-made cellulosic textiles made from dissolving pulp"
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            "This Inditex Forest Product Policy to Protect Ancient and Endangered Forests (hereinafter, the “Forest Product Policy”) has been approved and published on the Inditex website in 2015."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Applies to all products from 2015 onwards
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            upstream company, traces to Importer
            0/5.3
            Commitment details
            upstream company, traces to Importer
            0/5.3
            "10. Traceability of production Manufacturers and suppliers shall not assign any work to third parties without the prior written authorization of Inditex. Those who outsource any work shall be responsible for the enforcement of the Code by these third parties and their employees."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        14/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/4
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.7
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Yes
          2/2
          1994
          " avoiding the use of timber or pulp sourced from. . .Tree plantations3 established through the conversion of natural forests since 1994"
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2.00/4
          "In order to continuously improve our supply chain, we audit and assess it routinely, factor sustainability criteria into all our purchase decisions and go to exhaustive lengths to train our suppliers and auditors."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "Our suppliers and manufacturers enjoy the full support of our sustainability teams but –if they fail to display willingness to improve or to comply with the remedial measures stipulated within the required deadlines, they will no longer be allowed to produce for Inditex. "
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          Anyone can report to the Ethics Committee breaches of their supplier code of conduct
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Partial
          2/4
          Inditex reporting timber consumption to CDP forests in 2018
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Framed by this commitment, and upholding the principles enshrined in the ILO's Declaration, we deploy a host of measures designed to enforce the abolition of forced labour, child labour and all forms of discrimination and to foster the right to freely associate and bargain collectively."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1.00/4
          Inditex S.A. require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    13/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    11/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Inditex is a Spanish fashion retailer. They have eight brands, including Zara, Pull&Bear, Bershka, Massimo Dutti, and Stradivarius. Inditex have over 7000 stores in more than 90 countries, and employs over 160,000 people. The company claims to be one of the largest fashion retailers in the world. Inditex use leather in their products. 

Sector
Industry sector 
Accessories & luggage, Apparel & footwear, Furniture & flooring
Segments
Manufacturer, Retailer
HQ
HQ 
Spain
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed

Top Brands

Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Oysho, Zara Home, Uterque

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.

All assessments use policies published on company websites, some links may have changed or been removed since the time of assessment.

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