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  • Overall approach
    7/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Overall commitment
      Zero deforestation/Deforestation-free commitment or, for timber, pulp & paper companies only, commitment to well implemented harvest and no deforestation of HCV & HCS areas
      3/4
      “We are part of the Consumer Goods Forum Forest Positive Coalition of Action, and as part of this, have committed to removing commodity-driven deforestation from all supply chains by 2020, which includes palm oil […] timber […] soy […] beef” N.B in the CDP, timber specifcally includes pulp and paper
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum Deforestation resolution (being a member of the CGF is not sufficient); Soy Moratorium; Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support

      If Other Initiative, specify: European Soy Customer Group ; Soy Buyers Coalition
      "We are also working as part of the Consumer Goods Forum Forest Positive Coalition of Action to accelerate efforts to remove commodity-driven deforestation from our supply chains."[...]"We are committed to sourcing our soy sustainably to an independent standard. We are long standing supporters of the Amazon soy moratorium via the European Soy Customer Group. We are also involved in the CGF Soy Working group and linked to this the Soy Buyers Coalition. Additionally, we are signatories to the Cerrado Manifesto and members of the UK Sustainable Soy Roundtable."[...]"We believe the RCF, once scaled up, can help us achieve the objectives of the 2017 Statement of Support (SoS) for the Cerrado Manifesto"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Globally, forests constitute the largest and most significant ecosystems and are a key resource for local communities"
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      What type of risk is recognised?: Financial; Reputational

      What poportion of a company’s annual revenue depends on each forest risk commodity?: Timber Product 1-5% Palm Oil 1-5% Cattle Products 1-5% Soy 6-10%

      What revenue comes from industries relevant to each forest risk commodity?: NA
      Deforestation issues/biodiversity and sustainable raw materials are all included within a "risk" identified in Sainsburys 2020 report - "The environment and sustainability are core to Sainsbury’s values. The key risk facing the business in this area relates to reducing the environmental impact of the business, which could result in a financial and/or reputational risk." [....] "Sainsbury's has committed to sourcing the paper and timber in its own brand products sustainably and the advanced implementation of this helps minimize reputational risk."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Quarterly

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Beef; Timber; Pulp & paper
      "The CR&S Committee (which is a Board-level committee) reviews the sustainability strategy and monitors the business’s engagement with colleagues, customers, suppliers, the community, shareholders and government on sustainability and corporate responsibility matters. Forest-related issues have been assigned to this Committee because the group is responsible for overseeing the delivery of our Corporate Social Responsibility agenda, a key part of which is our forest strategy. The Committee meets four times a year to discuss progress against our strategy and Net Zero targets. The CR&S Committee provides updates to the Board (in the form of a report along with meeting minutes) on the outcomes following each meeting, ensuring that the new approach to sustainability under the expanded Net Zero by 2040 commitment remains in focus, aligned with the updated strategy and met expectations in the market. Monitoring of forest-related issues takes place primarily through engagement with the Operating Board and Net Zero Steering Group, described below."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
      Executive compensation
      Yes, for at least one commodity
      0/0
      Does it disclose the percentage of pay at risk?: No
      "Our Chief Marketing Officer receives a financial bonus that includes the continual achievement of targets of our Marketing Division, which has overall responsibility for forest-related issues. Our existing targets in this area include sourcing 100% of the palm oil we use to an independant sustainability standard. The threshold used to indicate successful performance is meeting these targets successfully. Our CFO is eligible for the bonus if the performance targets are met, which is how performance impacts the incentive."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Reduce emissions
      Yes
      0/0
      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2035

      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions

      Is this target aligned with/verified by SBTi?: Yes
      "To grow our business sustainably, we are cutting carbon and maximising energy efficiency. The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has approved our Science Based Targets for Scopes 1, 2 and 3.For Scopes 1 and 2, these include the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our own operations to Net Zero by 2035 in a bid to limit global warming to 1.5°C. For Scope 3 we are reducing our GHG emissions in the value chain by 30 per cent by 2030."
  • Commodity score
    41/90
    • Beef
      35/90
      • Commitment Strength
        12/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          7/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            When was this commitment set?: 2021

            If other certification, specify: NA
            "At COP26 in November 2021, we committed to ensuring our own brand product supply chains would be Deforestation and Conversion Free (DCF) by 2025, with a cut-off date of 2020. This includes our beef supply chains."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: Brazil

            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            "We have taken a range of steps together with our suppliers and the wider industry to try to address the link between cattle farming and the destruction of ecosystems like the Amazon and The Cerrado. However, not enough progress has been made, particularly on the traceability of cattle to direct and indirect farms. Given the relatively small share of our beef volumes originate from Brazil, we realise we have limited influence over agricultural practices in the Brazilian beef industry. Therefore, in November 2021 we made the decision to stop selling Brazilian beef in our own-brand products."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Cutting Brazil from the supply chain
            "At COP26 in November 2021, we committed to ensuring our own brand product supply chains would be Deforestation and Conversion Free (DCF) by 2025, with a cut-off date of 2020. This includes our beef supply chains."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2/4
            Do they have a traceability commitment which goes back to the birth farm?: No

            When was this commitment set?: NA
            In their 2021 Forests CDP Report, Sainsbury's state: "We are working with all our direct suppliers to ensure we have maximum visibility on the traceability of our corned beef product and are continually working to improve transparency. In addition, through our Beef Development Group we engage with beef farmers across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and a key element of this engagement is supporting improvements in sustainability. [...] Our product specification system provides country of origin information. We also source from approved abattoirs and this coupled with production batch codes enables us to trace our beef back to a range of farms. [...] We use beef as a primary ingredient and as a secondary ingredient in our own brand products. The vast majority (94.8%) of our whole beef is sourced from the UK or Ireland. Only a small proportion (5.2%) is sourced from Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. We have traceability to 100% of the abattoirs in Brazil that supply beef into our corned beef SKUs."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: NA

            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: NA
            "We have taken a range of steps together with our suppliers and the wider industry to try to address the link between cattle farming and the destruction of ecosystems like the Amazon and The Cerrado. However, not enough progress has been made, particularly on the traceability of cattle to direct and indirect farms. Given the relatively small share of our beef volumes originate from Brazil, we realise we have limited influence over agricultural practices in the Brazilian beef industry. Therefore, in November 2021 we made the decision to stop selling Brazilian beef in our own-brand products."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: NA
            In their 2021 Forests CDP Report, Sainsbury's state: "We are working with all our direct suppliers to ensure we have maximum visibility on the traceability of our corned beef product and are continually working to improve transparency. In addition, through our Beef Development Group we engage with beef farmers across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and a key element of this engagement is supporting improvements in sustainability. [...] Our product specification system provides country of origin information. We also source from approved abattoirs and this coupled with production batch codes enables us to trace our beef back to a range of farms. [...] We use beef as a primary ingredient and as a secondary ingredient in our own brand products. The vast majority (94.8%) of our whole beef is sourced from the UK or Ireland. Only a small proportion (5.2%) is sourced from Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. We have traceability to 100% of the abattoirs in Brazil that supply beef into our corned beef SKUs."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: Current
            In their 2021 Forests CDP Report, Sainsbury's state: "Our product specification system provides country of origin information. We also source from approved abattoirs and this coupled with production batch codes enables us to trace our beef back to a range of farms. [...] We use beef as a primary ingredient and as a secondary ingredient in our own brand products. The vast majority (94.8%) of our whole beef is sourced from the UK or Ireland. Only a small proportion (5.2%) is sourced from Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. We have traceability to 100% of the abattoirs in Brazil that supply beef into our corned beef SKUs."
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: All suppliers

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "We require all our suppliers to meet the Sainsbury’s Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade, which is based on the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code for ethical sourcing. Our code covers 12 key principles, including safe and hygienic working conditions, payment of a fair wage and freedom of association." [...] "We understand our duty to respect human rights and this policy is developed in line with the International Bill of Human Rights, UN Guiding Principles on Businesss and Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation's on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, acknowledging that our work has a greater impact on human rights... Suppliers: We are founding members of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and require all our food and Sainsbury's Argos suppliers to meet our Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade which is based on the ETI Base Code. This Code outlines respect for the human rights of workers in our supply chains including, but not limited to, protection around working hours, health and safety, discrimination, forced labour, child labour and wages."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          "We commit to increasing the proportion of female agricultural producers or processors in our supply chain. This year, we will focus on gathering data to understand our current levels of women producers. Once established, we will aim to improve proportions and publish progress on an annual basis"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        19/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2020
          "At COP26 in November 2021, we committed to ensuring our own brand product supply chains would be Deforestation and Conversion Free (DCF) by 2025, with a cut-off date of 2020. This includes our beef supply chains. The great majority of our beef is sourced from the UK and Ireland, however some of our existing corned beef products originate from Brazil."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: More than once a year
          "Does your organization undertake a forests-related risk assessment? Yes, forests-related risks are assessed. How far into the future are risks considered? > 6 years Tools and methods used Internal company methods Other, please specify (World Check) Please explain Working with our technical teams we gather assurance from our corned beef suppliers that our beef is not connected to deforestation. Any South American origin is considered as high risk."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers are expected to comply with national and other applicable law and, where the provisions of law and the Base Code address the same subject, to apply that provision which affords the greater protection to workers...We have created a sustainability standard and assessment programme that will be used to guide our supply chain to our sustainable sourcing requirements. Each sector of the supply chain can be independently audited against the components of the Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standard using the Supplier Performance Assessment (SPA) tool."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          What product types/sectors is this in?: Food retail

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: NA

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: NA

          Total volume: 50,886 tonnes
          2021/22 progress reporting - "Total beef footprint, across own-brand product categories: 50,886 tonnes"
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Training and Audits

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "We are committed to providing guidance, training and support to suppliers where needed and to ensuring workers in our supply chain are aware of the provisions of the Base Code and our commitment to ethical trade. We view effective management systems as crucial for monitoring and tracking our own and suppliers’ issues. We view it as essential that workers have knowledge of their rights and are able to report any issues confidentially and without detriment to a designated person/committee."[...]"To do this, we use a range of tools including independent, third party audits of suppliers and sites, self-assessment questionnaires and confidential mechanisms for workers to highlight issues. We view access to grievance mechanism and facilitating effective worker and supplier communication as critical for identifying and resolving supply chain issues."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: No

          What type of location data (boundary, point, etc.) is provided for smallholder farms?: NA

          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 0%

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Brazil

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: NA

          For what percent is no location data disclosed?: 100%

          For what percent of smallholder suppliers is location disclosed?: NA

          What is the volume of each forest risk commodity that the company sourced in the previous year from each national or subnational location?: NA

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0%
          "Below are the Sainsbury’s Brand suppliers who provided products containing beef sourced from Brazil during the 2021/22 Financial Year: - Princes Ltd - Cranswick Plc Brazilian beef volumes used in our Sainsbury’s Brand products were sourced from the below two meatpackers: - Marfrig - JBS"
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

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

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Frequently

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

          How is compliance monitored?: Internal monitoring and verification systems
          "Tools and methods used Internal company methods Other, please specify (World Check) [..] Working with our technical teams we gather assurance from our corned beef suppliers that our beef is not connected to deforestation. Any South American origin is considered as high risk."
        • 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
      51/90
      • Commitment Strength
        17/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          10/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

            When was this commitment set?: 2022
            "Sainsbury's is committed to eliminating deforestation and conversion of any ecosystem from our palm oil supply chains, in line with the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi) definition. We require that the palm oil in our food and non-food own brand products is physically certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)...Our target year was 2020 and in 2021 we achieved this target, with 100 per cent of the palm oil used in our products being physically certified RSPO (99.3 per cent in 2020)"[...]"Whilst setting clear expectations for our own products is an important first step, we do not think this is sufficient. As members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Forest Positive Coalition of Action we have developed a shared vision for what it means to be Forest Positive as a company in a palm oil supply chain, building on the Coalition’s Palm Oil Roadmap. The five basic elements of the Coalition’s “Forest Positive Approach” are for businesses to have the following in place: Public commitment to ‘deforestation and conversion-free’ across the entire palm oil commodity business, including a public time-bound action plan with clear milestones...Starting from 2022, we have engaged a selection of key own-brand manufacturers and traders in our supply chains that use palm oil on this guidance, to encourage a wider adoption of the Forest Positive approach."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Sainsbury's is committed to eliminating deforestation and conversion of any ecosystem from our palm oil supply chains, in line with the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi) definition. We require that the palm oil in our food and non-food own brand products is physically certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)...Our target year was 2020 and in 2021 we achieved this target, with 100 per cent of the palm oil used in our products being physically certified RSPO (99.3 per cent in 2020)"[...]"Whilst setting clear expectations for our own products is an important first step, we do not think this is sufficient. As members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Forest Positive Coalition of Action we have developed a shared vision for what it means to be Forest Positive as a company in a palm oil supply chain, building on the Coalition’s Palm Oil Roadmap. The five basic elements of the Coalition’s “Forest Positive Approach” are for businesses to have the following in place: Public commitment to ‘deforestation and conversion-free’ across the entire palm oil commodity business, including a public time-bound action plan with clear milestones...Starting from 2022, we have engaged a selection of key own-brand manufacturers and traders in our supply chains that use palm oil on this guidance, to encourage a wider adoption of the Forest Positive approach."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Ensure suppliers have/do the following; Public commitment to ‘deforestation and conversion-free’ across the entire palm oil commodity business, including a public time-bound action plan with clear milestonesProcess for regular supplier engagementMechanism to identify and to respond to grievancesSupport initiatives delivering forest positive development at landscape/jurisdictional and/or sectoral levelRegular public reporting against key KPIs
            "Sainsbury's is committed to eliminating deforestation and conversion of any ecosystem from our palm oil supply chains, in line with the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi) definition. We require that the palm oil in our food and non-food own brand products is physically certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)...Our target year was 2020 and in 2021 we achieved this target, with 100 per cent of the palm oil used in our products being physically certified RSPO (99.3 per cent in 2020)"[...]"Whilst setting clear expectations for our own products is an important first step, we do not think this is sufficient. As members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Forest Positive Coalition of Action we have developed a shared vision for what it means to be Forest Positive as a company in a palm oil supply chain, building on the Coalition’s Palm Oil Roadmap. The five basic elements of the Coalition’s “Forest Positive Approach” are for businesses to have the following in place: Public commitment to ‘deforestation and conversion-free’ across the entire palm oil commodity business, including a public time-bound action plan with clear milestones...Starting from 2022, we have engaged a selection of key own-brand manufacturers and traders in our supply chains that use palm oil on this guidance, to encourage a wider adoption of the Forest Positive approach."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: NA
            "Sainsbury's is committed to eliminating deforestation and conversion of any ecosystem from our palm oil supply chains, in line with the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi) definition. We require that the palm oil in our food and non-food own brand products is physically certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)...Our target year was 2020 and in 2021 we achieved this target, with 100 per cent of the palm oil used in our products being physically certified RSPO (99.3 per cent in 2020)"[...]"Whilst setting clear expectations for our own products is an important first step, we do not think this is sufficient. As members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Forest Positive Coalition of Action we have developed a shared vision for what it means to be Forest Positive as a company in a palm oil supply chain, building on the Coalition’s Palm Oil Roadmap. The five basic elements of the Coalition’s “Forest Positive Approach” are for businesses to have the following in place: Public commitment to ‘deforestation and conversion-free’ across the entire palm oil commodity business, including a public time-bound action plan with clear milestones...Starting from 2022, we have engaged a selection of key own-brand manufacturers and traders in our supply chains that use palm oil on this guidance, to encourage a wider adoption of the Forest Positive approach."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            4/4
            When was this commitment set?: NA
            "Our product specification system provides the country of origin of the palm derivatives used in our own brand products. We also collect information on the palm oil refiners in our supply chain through this system. In addition, for the vast majority of our volume we source certified material through supply chains that have chain of custody which supports, to an extent, traceability. Key players in our supply chain are vertically integrated and we are therefore able to a trace a significant portion of our palm usage back to below the country level. We are in regular discussions with other key supply chain suppliers who have traceability programmes in place back to mill and plantation."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our product specification system provides the country of origin of the palm derivatives used in our own brand products. We also collect information on the palm oil refiners in our supply chain through this system. In addition, for the vast majority of our volume we source certified material through supply chains that have chain of custody which supports, to an extent, traceability. Key players in our supply chain are vertically integrated and we are therefore able to a trace a significant portion of our palm usage back to below the country level. We are in regular discussions with other key supply chain suppliers who have traceability programmes in place back to mill and plantation."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Trace to palm oil refiners
            "Our product specification system provides the country of origin of the palm derivatives used in our own brand products. We also collect information on the palm oil refiners in our supply chain through this system. In addition, for the vast majority of our volume we source certified material through supply chains that have chain of custody which supports, to an extent, traceability. Key players in our supply chain are vertically integrated and we are therefore able to a trace a significant portion of our palm usage back to below the country level. We are in regular discussions with other key supply chain suppliers who have traceability programmes in place back to mill and plantation."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: current
            "Our product specification system provides the country of origin of the palm derivatives used in our own brand products. We also collect information on the palm oil refiners in our supply chain through this system. In addition, for the vast majority of our volume we source certified material through supply chains that have chain of custody which supports, to an extent, traceability. Key players in our supply chain are vertically integrated and we are therefore able to a trace a significant portion of our palm usage back to below the country level. We are in regular discussions with other key supply chain suppliers who have traceability programmes in place back to mill and plantation."
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        8/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: All suppliers
          "We require all our suppliers to meet the Sainsbury’s Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade, which is based on the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code for ethical sourcing. Our code covers 12 key principles, including safe and hygienic working conditions, payment of a fair wage and freedom of association." [...] "We understand our duty to respect human rights and this policy is developed in line with the International Bill of Human Rights, UN Guiding Principles on Businesss and Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation's on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, acknowledging that our work has a greater impact on human rights... Suppliers: We are founding members of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and require all our food and Sainsbury's Argos suppliers to meet our Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade which is based on the ETI Base Code. This Code outlines respect for the human rights of workers in our supply chains including, but not limited to, protection around working hours, health and safety, discrimination, forced labour, child labour and wages."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          2/2
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support; Education and training, Economic

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: Not specified
          "Smallholders play an important role in our supply chains and we have a key role to play in supporting them and creating a fair system of value distribution. This trade enables us to access quality product whilst providing market access. We are committed to work together to increase their resilience and prosperity by committing to fair, transparent, stable and long term sourcing from small-scale food producers [...] We engage in ongoing conversations and ideas exchange including how to ensure a living income at farm level and the community. We realise that this is a best practice model and our aim is to identify how to extend this so it becomes common practice in the future. To advance this agenda, we commit to start a project to improve the ability of small-scale farmers in at least one of our high-risk supply chains to earn a living income"
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          "We commit to increasing the proportion of female agricultural producers or processors in our supply chain. This year, we will focus on gathering data to understand our current levels of women producers. Once established, we will aim to improve proportions and publish progress on an annual basis"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Not specified
          In their CDP (p.29) 2021 Forests Report CDP list FPIC as a supplier criteria in relation to palm oil: "Secure Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of indigenous people and local communities."
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        26/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
          Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO ; Consumer Good Forum Forest Positive Action Coalition Roadmap

          Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO ; Consumer Good Forum Forest Positive Action Coalition Roadmap

          Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: NA

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: NA

          What methods are used for verification?: RSPO ; Consumer Good Forum Forest Positive Action Coalition Roadmap

          What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: NA
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/3
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/3
          "We want to work with our suppliers and the palm oil traders they source from to ensure that they are not contributing to deforestation elsewhere in their operations. We know this will be achieved progressively, but by working collaboratively with others we believe we can send a clear market signal to bring sector-wide change...Starting from 2022, we have engaged a selection of key own-brand manufacturers and traders in our supply chains that use palm oil on this guidance, to encourage a wider adoption of the Forest Positive approach."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2005
          "Forest risk commodity Palm oil Cutoff date 2005"
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Palm Oil Transparency Coalition
          "To address this sector-wide issue, we are members of the Palm Oil Transparency Coalition that aims to increase this visibility for its members and the sector. The POTC aims to create a common understanding of traders' adherence to No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation (NDPE) and wider sustainability commitments relating to palm oil through an evaluation process, which facilitates engagement with these traders. Traders are asked to share detail of their due diligence process, share relevant evidence and provide volume and origin information for their traded palm oil."
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          Yes
          2/2
          Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          Yes
          2/2
          How many jurisdictional approaches focused on land use is the company currently involved in?: 1

          What are the names, locations, timelines and other partners involved in the jurisdictional approaches?: Sintang District West Kalimantan Rainforest Alliance Metro

          What percentage of the company's non-DCF supply chain are sourced from the landscape where the jurisdictional approach is adopted?: NA

          Does the company report on the type of engagement they are conducting in the context of the jurisdictional approach (e.g. disbursed financial support, in-kind support, capacity, preferential sourcing)?: NA

          What methodology was used to identify the jurisdictions of focus?: NA

          How is the company engaged within the jurisdictional approach?: Support increasing awareness on environmental degradation and sustainability practices for palm oil smallholder farmers and other stakeholders
          "In 2022 we are supporting an initiative in the Sintang District of West Kalimantan, facilitated by Rainforest Alliance. The landscape initiative promotes integrated landscape management that brings land-users and stakeholders together to address issues around palm oil production, including the protection of High Conversation Value areas through collaborative management between palm oil companies and communities. The project supports increasing awareness on environmental degradation and sustainability practices for palm oil smallholders farmers, as well as other stakeholders including companies and their communities and form action plans to promote more sustainable palm oil production. In addition to this, we help to strengthen the capacity of the Sintang Government on requirements for enabling sustainability practices and managing a sustainable district. We are supporting this project alongside Metro, another CGF Forest Positive Coalition member."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: More than once a year

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: NA
          "We work extensively with a number of different consultancies (e.g. 3Keel) to assess our commodity specific risk for deforestation and for supplier compliance against legal requirements and our policy on Palm Oil SP005."[...]"Frequency of assessment More than once a year How far into the future are risks considered? > 6 years"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers are expected to comply with national and other applicable law and, where the provisions of law and the Base Code address the same subject, to apply that provision which affords the greater protection to workers...We have created a sustainability standard and assessment programme that will be used to guide our supply chain to our sustainable sourcing requirements. Each sector of the supply chain can be independently audited against the components of the Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standard using the Supplier Performance Assessment (SPA) tool."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Total volume: 11876 metric tons

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA

          What product types/sectors is this in?: Food Processing

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: 83.15 metric tons

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: 11792.85 metric tons
          Sainsbury's disclose in their 2021 Forests CDP Report the total volume of palm oil sourced as 11876 metric tons and total of 11792.85 metric tons certified.
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Training and Audits

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "We are committed to providing guidance, training and support to suppliers where needed and to ensuring workers in our supply chain are aware of the provisions of the Base Code and our commitment to ethical trade. We view effective management systems as crucial for monitoring and tracking our own and suppliers’ issues. We view it as essential that workers have knowledge of their rights and are able to report any issues confidentially and without detriment to a designated person/committee."[...]"To do this, we use a range of tools including independent, third party audits of suppliers and sites, self-assessment questionnaires and confidential mechanisms for workers to highlight issues. We view access to grievance mechanism and facilitating effective worker and supplier communication as critical for identifying and resolving supply chain issues."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Argentina Brazil Ireland United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Uruguay

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: NA

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: No

          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 0%

          For what percent of smallholder suppliers is location disclosed?: 0%

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0%

          For what percent is no location data disclosed?: 100%

          What is the volume of each forest risk commodity that the company sourced in the previous year from each national or subnational location?: 0%

          What type of location data (boundary, point, etc.) is provided for smallholder farms?: 0%
          "We recognise the importance of supply chain transparency in order to shine a light on environmental and social issues in our supply chain and inform our approach to ethical sourcing. Publishing our supplier lists is just part of our wider efforts to build transparency and give the workers in our supply chains a voice. We also recognise the need for further transparency beyond Tier 1 suppliers and are working to achieve greater visibility of the challenges faced further down the supply chain." Beyond this list of tier 1 food suppliers, Sainsbury's report a list of their own brand suppliers for palm oil, and the palm oil importers they use. Their CDP (p.4) discloses the countries Sainsbury's sources palm oil from.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: NA

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          How is compliance monitored?: Internal monitoring and verification systems

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

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA
          "We work extensively with a number of different consultancies (e.g. 3Keel) to assess our commodity specific risk for deforestation and for supplier compliance against legal requirements and our policy on Palm Oil SP005."[...]"Are you working with your direct suppliers to support and improve their capacity to comply with your forests-related policies, commitments, and other requirements? Palm oil Yes, working with direct suppliers Supply chain mapping Capacity building Other...We are in regular discussions with our suppliers and other actors in the supply chain regarding the continuing supply of certified palm oil. Through discussions with refineries, ingredient suppliers and our product suppliers we have compiled a list of available sustainable palm oil derivatives. This list informs our discussions with suppliers regarding product conversion plans and provides clarity on what actions suppliers can and should take. Training and advice are also regularly provided to our suppliers on how to get certified and source sustainable material. We have a clear policy (in place since 2007) that our palm oil should be RSPO certified and this provides clarity to suppliers. Sainsbury's runs supplier training sessions to build supplier capacity to understand our palm oil policy, to understand the RSPO standard and to be able to convert to sustainable palm oil and meet all of our technical requirements. We have also provided technical guidance on how to achieve chain of custody certification for our suppliers. Each year we collect data on our sustainable palm oil usage from our suppliers to understand our progress. Furthermore, Sainsbury's agrees and sets product conversion plans with its tier one suppliers. Finally, through discussions with key stakeholders and data collection from suppliers we provide a central list to our suppliers of palm oil ingredients that we are aware are available as sustainable on the market. This helps suppliers then source these derivatives sustainably."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: NA

          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: NA
          "Whilst setting clear expectations for our own products is an important first step, we do not think this is sufficient. We want to work with our suppliers and the palm oil traders they source from to ensure that they are not contributing to deforestation elsewhere in their operations. We know this will be achieved progressively, but by working collaboratively with others we believe we can send a clear market signal to bring sector-wide change...Performance of traders/importers against the elements of the Forest Positive Approach: Supplier Engagement: 59 per cent ; Per cent of volume sourced from direct suppliers engaged and informed of the Forest Positive Approach: - 58 per cent"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
    • Pulp & Paper
      39/90
      • Commitment Strength
        15/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          7/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: Peat

            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC

            When was this commitment set?: 2020

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

            Type of sustainability commitment: Reduce the volume of virgin wood fibre used in paper and packaging products through usage of recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "Timber products Criteria Zero gross deforestation/ no deforestation "[...]"Our target is for all of our own brand paper and timber products to be sourced sustainably to an independent standard. We have an internal target to reach 100% of paper/timber products to be sustainably sourced of 2025. Our sourcing hierarchy supports post consumer recycled material and FSC certified material. Where this is not available PEFC certified material is accepted."[...]"Our commitment for raw material sourcing is aligned with Canopy to ensure that supply chains are free of ancient and endangered forests...this includes eliminating sourcing from ancient and endangered forests such as tropical forests and peatlands of Indonesia and the Amazon"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Timber products Criteria Zero gross deforestation/ no deforestation "[...]"Our target is for all of our own brand paper and timber products to be sourced sustainably to an independent standard. We have an internal target to reach 100% of paper/timber products to be sustainably sourced of 2025. Our sourcing hierarchy supports post consumer recycled material and FSC certified material. Where this is not available PEFC certified material is accepted."[...]"Our commitment for raw material sourcing is aligned with Canopy to ensure that supply chains are free of ancient and endangered forests...this includes eliminating sourcing from ancient and endangered forests such as tropical forests and peatlands of Indonesia and the Amazon"
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Obtain FSC Certified Material
            "Timber products Criteria Zero gross deforestation/ no deforestation "[...]"Our target is for all of our own brand paper and timber products to be sourced sustainably to an independent standard. We have an internal target to reach 100% of paper/timber products to be sustainably sourced of 2025. Our sourcing hierarchy supports post consumer recycled material and FSC certified material. Where this is not available PEFC certified material is accepted."[...]"Our commitment for raw material sourcing is aligned with Canopy to ensure that supply chains are free of ancient and endangered forests...this includes eliminating sourcing from ancient and endangered forests such as tropical forests and peatlands of Indonesia and the Amazon"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: 2025
            "Timber products Criteria Zero gross deforestation/ no deforestation "[...]"Our target is for all of our own brand paper and timber products to be sourced sustainably to an independent standard. We have an internal target to reach 100% of paper/timber products to be sustainably sourced of 2025. Our sourcing hierarchy supports post consumer recycled material and FSC certified material. Where this is not available PEFC certified material is accepted."[...]"Our commitment for raw material sourcing is aligned with Canopy to ensure that supply chains are free of ancient and endangered forests...this includes eliminating sourcing from ancient and endangered forests such as tropical forests and peatlands of Indonesia and the Amazon"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            When was this commitment set?: 2021
            "We have two main systems. Our product specification system holds information on our timber/paper products and packaging and provides information on our immediate supply chain. We are then able to ascertain our board mill suppliers for packaging from this information. Our second system is our due diligence system (to comply with EU and UK timber regulations) which provides traceability for all our own brand products back to mill for paper products and forest for timber products. Finally, for much of our volume we source certified material through supply chains that have chain of custody which supports, to an extent, traceability."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We have two main systems. Our product specification system holds information on our timber/paper products and packaging and provides information on our immediate supply chain. We are then able to ascertain our board mill suppliers for packaging from this information. Our second system is our due diligence system (to comply with EU and UK timber regulations) which provides traceability for all our own brand products back to mill for paper products and forest for timber products. Finally, for much of our volume we source certified material through supply chains that have chain of custody which supports, to an extent, traceability."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Due diligence system and product specification system
            "We have two main systems. Our product specification system holds information on our timber/paper products and packaging and provides information on our immediate supply chain. We are then able to ascertain our board mill suppliers for packaging from this information. Our second system is our due diligence system (to comply with EU and UK timber regulations) which provides traceability for all our own brand products back to mill for paper products and forest for timber products. Finally, for much of our volume we source certified material through supply chains that have chain of custody which supports, to an extent, traceability."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: NA
            "We have two main systems. Our product specification system holds information on our timber/paper products and packaging and provides information on our immediate supply chain. We are then able to ascertain our board mill suppliers for packaging from this information. Our second system is our due diligence system (to comply with EU and UK timber regulations) which provides traceability for all our own brand products back to mill for paper products and forest for timber products. Finally, for much of our volume we source certified material through supply chains that have chain of custody which supports, to an extent, traceability."
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        6/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: All suppliers

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We require all our suppliers to meet the Sainsbury’s Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade, which is based on the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code for ethical sourcing. Our code covers 12 key principles, including safe and hygienic working conditions, payment of a fair wage and freedom of association." [...] "We understand our duty to respect human rights and this policy is developed in line with the International Bill of Human Rights, UN Guiding Principles on Businesss and Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation's on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, acknowledging that our work has a greater impact on human rights... Suppliers: We are founding members of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and require all our food and Sainsbury's Argos suppliers to meet our Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade which is based on the ETI Base Code. This Code outlines respect for the human rights of workers in our supply chains including, but not limited to, protection around working hours, health and safety, discrimination, forced labour, child labour and wages."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          "We commit to increasing the proportion of female agricultural producers or processors in our supply chain. This year, we will focus on gathering data to understand our current levels of women producers. Once established, we will aim to improve proportions and publish progress on an annual basis"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "We work with our suppliers and a third party to conduct a risk assessment of timber sourcing to ensure that the following requirements are met: Prior to any activity that may affect indigenous peoples'...their free, prior and informed consent must be secured"
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        19/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
          "93% of the wood used in our own brand paper and timber products is either recycled, or FSC or PEFC certified and this further helps to reduce risk."[...]The state elsewhere in their CDP that they consumed 75058.05 tonnes of FSC certified timber products which made up 63% of their total consumption volume.
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2020
          "We work with our suppliers and a third party to conduct a risk assessment of timber sourcing to ensure that the following requirements are met: Only plantation material grown on land converted prior to 2020 will be accepted"
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: NA
          "We work with our suppliers and a third party to conduct a risk assessment of timber sourcing to ensure that the following requirements are met: there must be no deforestation of High Conservation Value Forests"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "We work with our suppliers and a third party to conduct risk assessment of timber sourcing to ensure that the following requirements are met: 1. Timber must not be harvested illegally from in contravention of legislation with the country of origin.."'[...]"Suppliers are expected to comply with national and other applicable law and, where the provisions of law and the Base Code address the same subject, to apply that provision which affords the greater protection to workers...We have created a sustainability standard and assessment programme that will be used to guide our supply chain to our sustainable sourcing requirements. Each sector of the supply chain can be independently audited against the components of the Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standard using the Supplier Performance Assessment (SPA) tool."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          What product types/sectors is this in?: Packaging and Furniture

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: NA

          Total volume: 118629 Cubic meters

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: NA
          In their 2021 Forests CDP J Sainsbury's state that they consumed 118629 Cubic meters of timber products in 2021.
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Training and Audits

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "We are committed to providing guidance, training and support to suppliers where needed and to ensuring workers in our supply chain are aware of the provisions of the Base Code and our commitment to ethical trade. We view effective management systems as crucial for monitoring and tracking our own and suppliers’ issues. We view it as essential that workers have knowledge of their rights and are able to report any issues confidentially and without detriment to a designated person/committee."[...]"To do this, we use a range of tools including independent, third party audits of suppliers and sites, self-assessment questionnaires and confidential mechanisms for workers to highlight issues. We view access to grievance mechanism and facilitating effective worker and supplier communication as critical for identifying and resolving supply chain issues."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

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

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0%

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

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually
          "Through discussions with tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers and other stakeholders such as the FSC we are able to understand what sustainably certified material is available on the market and predicted future trends. This market insight feeds into our sustainability plans and discussions with suppliers for converting our products. Advice is also provided to suppliers on how to source sustainable material and meet our requirements. Sainsbury's issues clear policy guidance on its sustainable timber and paper requirements for its suppliers to enable them to source sustainable material. Each year we collect data on sustainable timber/paper usage from our suppliers to understand our progress."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Provide technical advice e.g. on what is required for their due diligence system

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Unclear
          "Sainsbury's regularly meets with its suppliers to discuss compliance with our policy requirements, the availability of sustainable material and plans for product conversions. We collect information on the availability of sustainable materials from our suppliers and from tier 2 suppliers to help inform our conversion plans and discussions. Finally, we also provide technical advice to our suppliers. This includes what information is required for our legal due diligence system and also on how to obtain the necessary chain of custody for certified material."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Timber
      38/90
      • Commitment Strength
        14/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          7/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC

            When was this commitment set?: 1995
            "Forest risk commodity Timber products [...] Criteria Zero gross deforestation/ no deforestation [...] . In 2020/21 92% of our timber in our Sainsbury's own brand products were sourced sustainably (FSC/PEFC/recucled material)."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Forest risk commodity Timber products [...] Criteria Zero gross deforestation/ no deforestation [...] . In 2020/21 92% of our timber in our Sainsbury's own brand products were sourced sustainably (FSC/PEFC/recucled material)."
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
            Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: NA
            "Forest risk commodity Timber products [...] Criteria Zero gross deforestation/ no deforestation [...] . In 2020/21 92% of our timber in our Sainsbury's own brand products were sourced sustainably (FSC/PEFC/recucled material)."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: 2025
            "Our target is for all of our own brand paper and timber products to be sourced sustainably to an independent standard. We have an internal target to reach 100% of paper/timber products to be sustainably sourced of 2025. Our sourcing hierarchy supports post consumer recycled material and FSC certified material. Where this is not available PEFC certified material is accepted."[...]"We work with our suppliers and a third party to conduct a risk assessment of timber sourcing to ensure that the following requirements are met: there must be no deforestation of High Conservation Value Forests"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            When was this commitment set?: 2021
            "We have two main systems. Our product specification system holds information on our timber/paper products and packaging and provides information on our immediate supply chain. We are then able to ascertain our board mill suppliers for packaging from this information. Our second system is our due diligence system (to comply with EU and UK timber regulations) which provides traceability for all our own brand products back to mill for paper products and forest for timber products. Finally, for much of our volume we source certified material through supply chains that have chain of custody which supports, to an extent, traceability."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We have two main systems. Our product specification system holds information on our timber/paper products and packaging and provides information on our immediate supply chain. We are then able to ascertain our board mill suppliers for packaging from this information. Our second system is our due diligence system (to comply with EU and UK timber regulations) which provides traceability for all our own brand products back to mill for paper products and forest for timber products. Finally, for much of our volume we source certified material through supply chains that have chain of custody which supports, to an extent, traceability."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Due diligence and product specification systems
            "We have two main systems. Our product specification system holds information on our timber/paper products and packaging and provides information on our immediate supply chain. We are then able to ascertain our board mill suppliers for packaging from this information. Our second system is our due diligence system (to comply with EU and UK timber regulations) which provides traceability for all our own brand products back to mill for paper products and forest for timber products. Finally, for much of our volume we source certified material through supply chains that have chain of custody which supports, to an extent, traceability."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: NA
            "We have two main systems. Our product specification system holds information on our timber/paper products and packaging and provides information on our immediate supply chain. We are then able to ascertain our board mill suppliers for packaging from this information. Our second system is our due diligence system (to comply with EU and UK timber regulations) which provides traceability for all our own brand products back to mill for paper products and forest for timber products. Finally, for much of our volume we source certified material through supply chains that have chain of custody which supports, to an extent, traceability."
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        6/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: All suppliers

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We require all our suppliers to meet the Sainsbury’s Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade, which is based on the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code for ethical sourcing. Our code covers 12 key principles, including safe and hygienic working conditions, payment of a fair wage and freedom of association." [...] "We understand our duty to respect human rights and this policy is developed in line with the International Bill of Human Rights, UN Guiding Principles on Businesss and Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation's on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, acknowledging that our work has a greater impact on human rights... Suppliers: We are founding members of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and require all our food and Sainsbury's Argos suppliers to meet our Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade which is based on the ETI Base Code. This Code outlines respect for the human rights of workers in our supply chains including, but not limited to, protection around working hours, health and safety, discrimination, forced labour, child labour and wages."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          "We commit to increasing the proportion of female agricultural producers or processors in our supply chain. This year, we will focus on gathering data to understand our current levels of women producers. Once established, we will aim to improve proportions and publish progress on an annual basis"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "We work with our suppliers and a third party to conduct a risk assessment of timber sourcing to ensure that the following requirements are met: Prior to any activity that may affect indigenous peoples'...their free, prior and informed consent must be secured"
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        18/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2020
          "We work with our suppliers and a third party to conduct a risk assessment of timber sourcing to ensure that the following requirements are met: Only plantation material grown on land converted prior to 2020 will be accepted"
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: NA

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "We work with our suppliers and a third party to conduct a risk assessment of timber sourcing to ensure that the following requirements are met: there must be no deforestation of High Conservation Value Forests"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "We work with our suppliers and a third party to conduct risk assessment of timber sourcing to ensure that the following requirements are met: 1. Timber must not be harvested illegally from in contravention of legislation with the country of origin.."'[...]"Suppliers are expected to comply with national and other applicable law and, where the provisions of law and the Base Code address the same subject, to apply that provision which affords the greater protection to workers...We have created a sustainability standard and assessment programme that will be used to guide our supply chain to our sustainable sourcing requirements. Each sector of the supply chain can be independently audited against the components of the Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standard using the Supplier Performance Assessment (SPA) tool."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Total volume: 118629 Cubic meters

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: NA

          What product types/sectors is this in?: Packaging and Furniture

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: NA
          In their 2021 Forests CDP J Sainsbury's state that they consumed 118629 Cubic meters of timber products in 2021.
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Training and Audits

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "We are committed to providing guidance, training and support to suppliers where needed and to ensuring workers in our supply chain are aware of the provisions of the Base Code and our commitment to ethical trade. We view effective management systems as crucial for monitoring and tracking our own and suppliers’ issues. We view it as essential that workers have knowledge of their rights and are able to report any issues confidentially and without detriment to a designated person/committee."[...]"To do this, we use a range of tools including independent, third party audits of suppliers and sites, self-assessment questionnaires and confidential mechanisms for workers to highlight issues. We view access to grievance mechanism and facilitating effective worker and supplier communication as critical for identifying and resolving supply chain issues."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: NA

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

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

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0%

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%
          "Through discussions with tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers and other stakeholders such as the FSC we are able to understand what sustainably certified material is available on the market and predicted future trends. This market insight feeds into our sustainability plans and discussions with suppliers for converting our products. Advice is also provided to suppliers on how to source sustainable material and meet our requirements. Sainsbury's issues clear policy guidance on its sustainable timber and paper requirements for its suppliers to enable them to source sustainable material. Each year we collect data on sustainable timber/paper usage from our suppliers to understand our progress."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Provide technical advice e.g. on what is required for their due diligence system

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Unclear

          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "Sainsbury's regularly meets with its suppliers to discuss compliance with our policy requirements, the availability of sustainable material and plans for product conversions. We collect information on the availability of sustainable materials from our suppliers and from tier 2 suppliers to help inform our conversion plans and discussions. Finally, we also provide technical advice to our suppliers. This includes what information is required for our legal due diligence system and also on how to obtain the necessary chain of custody for certified material."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy *
      41/90
      • Commitment Strength
        15/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          9/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes

            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS

            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat

            When was this commitment set?: 2021
            "in November 2021, we committed to ensuring our own-brand product supply chains would be Deforestation and Conversion Free (DCF) by 2025, with a cut-off date of 2020. This includes our soy supply chains, which we have identified as some of the most salient for ecosystem conversion risk. [...] We are working closely with our suppliers to achieve our 2025 100% DCF soy target. One core element of our Sustainable Soy Feed Requirements is that by 2025, our own-brand suppliers evidence that the soy in our supply chains is verified DCF by virtue of its low-risk origin (national or sub-national), or through effective monitoring / procurement systems (e.g. satellite monitoring at farm level). "
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "in November 2021, we committed to ensuring our own-brand product supply chains would be Deforestation and Conversion Free (DCF) by 2025, with a cut-off date of 2020. This includes our soy supply chains, which we have identified as some of the most salient for ecosystem conversion risk. [...] We are working closely with our suppliers to achieve our 2025 100% DCF soy target. One core element of our Sustainable Soy Feed Requirements is that by 2025, our own-brand suppliers evidence that the soy in our supply chains is verified DCF by virtue of its low-risk origin (national or sub-national), or through effective monitoring / procurement systems (e.g. satellite monitoring at farm level). "
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Own-brand product supply chains would be Deforestation and Conversion Free (DCF) by 2025
            "in November 2021, we committed to ensuring our own-brand product supply chains would be Deforestation and Conversion Free (DCF) by 2025, with a cut-off date of 2020. This includes our soy supply chains, which we have identified as some of the most salient for ecosystem conversion risk. [...] We are working closely with our suppliers to achieve our 2025 100% DCF soy target. One core element of our Sustainable Soy Feed Requirements is that by 2025, our own-brand suppliers evidence that the soy in our supply chains is verified DCF by virtue of its low-risk origin (national or sub-national), or through effective monitoring / procurement systems (e.g. satellite monitoring at farm level). "
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: 2024
            In a table titled "Delivering Deforestation and Conversion Free (DCF) soy for our products" Sainsbury's set out targets for 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025. " By 2022 they expect suppliers to "Match our commitment- Become a signatory to the UK Soy Manifesto- Adopt a policy of only using, or buying products that have been fed, soy that has not been grown on land that has been deforested or converted since January 2020- Monitor and verify your supplier’s performance- Publicly report on your progress (e.g. on website)- Require your direct suppliers to match and cascade these commitments [...] 2023 - All your direct suppliers have matching commitments [...] 2024 Own Farms ContinuedPurchased Volumes >50% - Origin or verified supply chainOR- Certification * (mass balance or segregated)"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            4/4
            When was this commitment set?: 2021
            "We have two systems in place. Our product specification system provides information on country of origin for the soy ingredients used in our own brand products. In addition, for animal feed we send questionnaires to our suppliers to ascertain this information. During the reporting period we worked with 3Keel to map our total usage of soy (including animal feed for own brand proteins – both primary and further processed) as well as its country of origin and region of origin where possible"[...]"We have been members of the RTRS since 2011"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We have two systems in place. Our product specification system provides information on country of origin for the soy ingredients used in our own brand products. In addition, for animal feed we send questionnaires to our suppliers to ascertain this information. During the reporting period we worked with 3Keel to map our total usage of soy (including animal feed for own brand proteins – both primary and further processed) as well as its country of origin and region of origin where possible"[...]"We have been members of the RTRS since 2011"
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "We require all our suppliers to meet the Sainsbury’s Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade, which is based on the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code for ethical sourcing. Our code covers 12 key principles, including safe and hygienic working conditions, payment of a fair wage and freedom of association." [...] "We understand our duty to respect human rights and this policy is developed in line with the International Bill of Human Rights, UN Guiding Principles on Businesss and Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation's on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, acknowledging that our work has a greater impact on human rights... Suppliers: We are founding members of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and require all our food and Sainsbury's Argos suppliers to meet our Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade which is based on the ETI Base Code. This Code outlines respect for the human rights of workers in our supply chains including, but not limited to, protection around working hours, health and safety, discrimination, forced labour, child labour and wages."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          "We commit to increasing the proportion of female agricultural producers or processors in our supply chain. This year, we will focus on gathering data to understand our current levels of women producers. Once established, we will aim to improve proportions and publish progress on an annual basis"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        22/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          2/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          2/2
          What methods are used for verification?: RTRS Chain of Custody, RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production, RTRS certificate trading, ProTerra certification, International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), Cargill SSS, Cefetra CRS, ADM RSS v2

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 42%

          Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RTRS Chain of Custody, RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production, RTRS certificate trading, ProTerra certification, International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), Cargill SSS, Cefetra CRS, ADM RSS v2

          Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RTRS Chain of Custody, RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production, RTRS certificate trading, ProTerra certification, International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), Cargill SSS, Cefetra CRS, ADM RSS v2

          What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 0%

          Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: NA
          "% of total production/consumption volume certified: 42%. Volume of production/ consumption certified 75083.83 tons. Certified using: y (RTRS Chain of Custody, RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production, RTRS certificate trading, ProTerra certification, International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), Cargill SSS, Cefetra CRS, ADM RSS v2.)"
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/3
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/3
          "As a result, our evolved approach looks not only to ensure that our volumes are verified deforestation and conversion free, but to encourage the companies in our supply chains to adopt better production and sourcing practices. This will help ensure that our collective supply chains support the sustainable development of soy production that benefit both people and nature."[...]"As well as engagement of our direct own-brand suppliers, we are engaging with the soy traders and importers in our supply chains. It is critical we work together to improve traceability in soy supply chains and encourage better agricultural practices by soy farmers in high-risk regions."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2020
          "Forest risk commodity Soy Cutoff date 2020"
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/ advice/ experience/ expertise

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Soy Transparency Coalition (STC)
          "To address this, we have partnered with others in the industry to establish the Soy Transparency Coalition (STC), a pre-competitive group of soy buyers who together assess the sustainability performance of soy importers and traders. The questionnaire covers trader’s commitments and policies, as well as their efforts in implementing them. We have used the 2021 STC assessment to measure the performance of the top soy traders against the elements of the Forest Positive Approach. The list of the main traders in our supply chain can be found below under ‘2021 Soy Importers list’, as well as a list of our own-brand manufacturers where soy was used in animal feed for our products."
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: More than once a year

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: NA
          "Does your organization undertake a forests-related risk assessment? Yes, forests-related risks are assessed...Risk assessment procedure Assessed as part of other company-wide risk assessment system...Frequency of assessment More than once a year How far into the future are risks considered? > 6 years Tools and methods used Internal company methods External consultants Trase...With our external consultants we have mapped our soy use origin and certification status for or imbedded soy use. Through the Soy Buyer Coalition we have worked with the Trase tool to follow trade flows to identify sourcing regions, supply chain risks and assess opportunities for sustainable production. Any South American origin is considered as high risk."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers are expected to comply with national and other applicable law and, where the provisions of law and the Base Code address the same subject, to apply that provision which affords the greater protection to workers...We have created a sustainability standard and assessment programme that will be used to guide our supply chain to our sustainable sourcing requirements. Each sector of the supply chain can be independently audited against the components of the Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standard using the Supplier Performance Assessment (SPA) tool."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Reporting certified/compliant volume: 75083.83 tons

          Total volume: 178771 Tonnes

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: 58%

          What product types/sectors is this in?: soy used as an ingredient or whole in our own-brand products, or soy used as animal feed for our own-brand products.

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA
          In their 2021 CDP report, Sainsbury's report a total 178771 Metric Tonnes of soy production/consumption which includes soy used as an ingredient or whole in own-brand products or soy used as animal feed for own-brand products. Of this, "% of total production/consumption volume certified: 42%. Volume of production/ consumption certified 75083.83 tons. Certified using: y (RTRS Chain of Custody, RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy Production, RTRS certificate trading, ProTerra certification, International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), Cargill SSS, Cefetra CRS, ADM RSS v2.)""
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Training and Audits

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA
          "We are committed to providing guidance, training and support to suppliers where needed and to ensuring workers in our supply chain are aware of the provisions of the Base Code and our commitment to ethical trade. We view effective management systems as crucial for monitoring and tracking our own and suppliers’ issues. We view it as essential that workers have knowledge of their rights and are able to report any issues confidentially and without detriment to a designated person/committee."[...]"To do this, we use a range of tools including independent, third party audits of suppliers and sites, self-assessment questionnaires and confidential mechanisms for workers to highlight issues. We view access to grievance mechanism and facilitating effective worker and supplier communication as critical for identifying and resolving supply chain issues."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: No

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0%

          What is the volume of each forest risk commodity that the company sourced in the previous year from each national or subnational location?: NA

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: NA

          What type of location data (boundary, point, etc.) is provided for smallholder farms?: 0%

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Argentina Brazil Canada China France India Paraguay United States of America

          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 0%

          For what percent of smallholder suppliers is location disclosed?: 0%

          For what percent is no location data disclosed?: 100%
          "We recognise the importance of supply chain transparency in order to shine a light on environmental and social issues in our supply chain and inform our approach to ethical sourcing. Publishing our supplier lists is just part of our wider efforts to build transparency and give the workers in our supply chains a voice. We also recognise the need for further transparency beyond Tier 1 suppliers and are working to achieve greater visibility of the challenges faced further down the supply chain." Beyond this list of tier 1 food suppliers, Sainsbury's report a list of their own brand suppliers of soy in animal feed, and the soy importers they use. Their CDP (p.4) discloses the countries Sainsbury's sources soy from.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
          Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
          Does the dowsntream company report the attributed deforestation or ecosystem conversion by sourcing area?: No
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: NA

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: NA
          "“We want to work with our suppliers and the soy traders they source from to ensure that they are not contributing to deforestation elsewhere in their operations. […] We identified our top 52 suppliers by soy feed footprint, which largely includes meat, fish, poultry, and dairy suppliers. Together they represent 99% of our estimated soy feed footprint. In April this year, we asked these suppliers to match our ambition and become signatories, and begin reporting publicly against their individual commitments: Performance of our own-brand suppliers against the UK Soy Manifesto Asks (H1 2022): - Per cent of soymeal from signatories to the UK Soy Manifesto: 41 per cent -Per cent of soymeal from suppliers that have a transition plan in place: 25 per cent -Per cent of soymeal from suppliers that have a monitoring system for their suppliers: 28 per cent - Per cent of soymeal from suppliers that publicly report against their commitments: 38 per cent […] As well as engagement of our direct own-brand suppliers, we are engaging with the soy traders and importers in our supply chains."
        • 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
    15/17
    Avg. score
  • Implementation and Reporting
    21/56
    Avg. score
  • Associated Human Rights Abuses
    6/17
    Avg. score

Profile

Sainsbury’s is a retail group also active in property, banking, and energy. The company operates supermarkets and convenience stores selling groceries and general merchandise. The company is also the owner of Home Retail Group, the owner of two more retail chains Argos and Habitat, creating one of the UK’s largest food and non-food retailers. The breadth of its retail offerings expose the group to a variety of forest risk commodities. J Sainsbury's PLC is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy, beef, timber and paper packaging and is also assessed for its exposure to leather.

Sector
Industry sector 
Hypermarkets & Super Centers, Packaged Foods & Meats, Paper Packaging
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
United Kingdom
Company Type
Company type 
CO
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Boutique, Jjames and Family, Mary Anns Dairy, My Hair Matters, Sainsburys, Seriously Good to, Argos, Tu, Habitat

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.

Disclaimer

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