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  • Overall approach
    4/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Sainsbury's is a member of the Consumer Goods Forum, the Soy Moratorium and the Cerrado Manifesto. "Sainsbury’s has been a participant in WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) in the UK since 1995."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "The Cerrado is a global biodiversity hotspot that is also critical for carbon storage and rainfall, and thus Brazil’s agricultural productivity, but is suffering high rates of deforestation and native vegetation loss."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Financial, reputational
      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
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Beef & Leather; Timber

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: At least twice per year
      Sainsbury's has a Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Committee, whose duties include: "The Committee shall consider and recommend to the Board the sustainability strategy taking into account the Group’s stated vision, culture and strategy."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    46/84
    • Beef
      28/84
      • Commitment Strength
        11/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            "We have sourcing agreements with our corned beef suppliers that the material is sourced from geographically restricted areas to minimise deforestation risk. We have engaged frequently with our suppliers to understand their supply chains and the measures in place to reduce the risk of deforestation. Processes and checks have been put in place to verify the implementation of these agreements [...] Working with our technical teams we gather assurance from our corn beef suppliers that our beef is not connected to deforestation [...] We have agreements in place that our corned beef is sourced from farms outside of the Amazon biome in order to minimise the risk of beef associated with deforestation of the Amazon from entering our supply chain [...] Our suppliers of corned beef from Brazil have public commitments in place not to source from farmers engaged in deforestation of the Amazon biome after 2009. All direct farms are also assessed by our suppliers to ensure they are not associated with illegal deforestation. We have an agreement in place to geographically restrict the direct farms in our corned beef supply chain to outside of the Amazon biome to minimise the risk of deforestation associated with our supply chain"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line; Location
            Only applies to corned beef suppliers from Brazil / the Amazon biome - "We have sourcing agreements with our corned beef suppliers that the material is sourced from geographically restricted areas to minimise deforestation risk. We have engaged frequently with our suppliers to understand their supply chains and the measures in place to reduce the risk of deforestation. Processes and checks have been put in place to verify the implementation of these agreements [...] Working with our technical teams we gather assurance from our corn beef suppliers that our beef is not connected to deforestation [...] We have agreements in place that our corned beef is sourced from farms outside of the Amazon biome in order to minimise the risk of beef associated with deforestation of the Amazon from entering our supply chain [...] Our suppliers of corned beef from Brazil have public commitments in place not to source from farmers engaged in deforestation of the Amazon biome after 2009. All direct farms are also assessed by our suppliers to ensure they are not associated with illegal deforestation. We have an agreement in place to geographically restrict the direct farms in our corned beef supply chain to outside of the Amazon biome to minimise the risk of deforestation associated with our supply chain [...] supplied to Sainsbury's is not sourced from areas where deforestation is occurring"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "We have sourcing agreements with our corned beef suppliers that the material is sourced from geographically restricted areas to minimise deforestation risk. We have engaged frequently with our suppliers to understand their supply chains and the measures in place to reduce the risk of deforestation. Processes and checks have been put in place to verify the implementation of these agreements [...] Working with our technical teams we gather assurance from our corn beef suppliers that our beef is not connected to deforestation [...] We have agreements in place that our corned beef is sourced from farms outside of the Amazon biome in order to minimise the risk of beef associated with deforestation of the Amazon from entering our supply chain [...] Our suppliers of corned beef from Brazil have public commitments in place not to source from farmers engaged in deforestation of the Amazon biome after 2009. All direct farms are also assessed by our suppliers to ensure they are not associated with illegal deforestation. We have an agreement in place to geographically restrict the direct farms in our corned beef supply chain to outside of the Amazon biome to minimise the risk of deforestation associated with our supply chain [...] supplied to Sainsbury's is not sourced from areas where deforestation is occurring"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
            In their 2019 CDP Forests report - "We have been working with our suppliers of Brazilian beef to ensure that all beef supplied to Sainsbury's is not sourced from areas where deforestation is occurring. [...] 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 have sourcing agreements with our corned beef suppliers that the material is sourced from geographically restricted areas to minimize deforestation risk"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            In their 2019 CDP Forests report - "We have been working with our suppliers of Brazilian beef to ensure that all beef supplied to Sainsbury's is not sourced from areas where deforestation is occurring. [...] 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 have sourcing agreements with our corned beef suppliers that the material is sourced from geographically restricted areas to minimize deforestation risk"
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
            Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
            Interim target date
            No
            0/1
            In their 2019 CDP Forests report - "We have been working with our suppliers of Brazilian beef to ensure that all beef supplied to Sainsbury's is not sourced from areas where deforestation is occurring. [...] 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 have sourcing agreements with our corned beef suppliers that the material is sourced from geographically restricted areas to minimize deforestation risk"
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Sainsbury’s Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade requires suppliers to adhere to the following standards: "Employment is freely chosen [...] Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected [...] Child labour shall not be used [...] No discrimination is practised."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          "We would encouragesuppliers to also commit to: UN Women’s Empowerment Principles that promote gender equality and women’sempowerment"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 2009
          "Our suppliers of corned beef from Brazil have public commitments in place not to source from farmers engaged in deforestation of the Amazon biome after 2009."
        • Collaborative actions
          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?: Annually
          "Does your organization undertake a forests-related risk assessment? Yes, forests-related risks are assessed" - the CDP Report goes on to state that Sainsburys carries out risk assessments for cattle products annually, using "Internal company methods" - "Working with our technical teams we gather assurance from our corn beef suppliers that our beef is not connected to deforestation."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers, sites and growers shall carry out their activities in accordance with national laws, regulations, administrative practices and policies relating to the preservation of the environment of the countries in which they operate as well as in accordance with relevant international agreements, principles, objectives, responsibilities and standards with regard to the environment [...] We recognise the importance of being aware of labour practices in our supply chains and the need to monitor, evaluate and act on information about our suppliers’, sites’ and growers’ performance. 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."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 97,000 tonnes
          From their 2019 CDP report - "97,000 tonnes - This is an estimated figure including fresh and frozen beef, corned beef and ingredient beef."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "We have sourcing agreements with our corned beef suppliers that the material is sourced from geographically restricted areas to minimise deforestation risk. We have engaged frequently with our suppliers to understand their supply chains and the measures in place to reduce the risk of deforestation. Processes and checks have been put in place to verify the implementation of these agreements [...] Working with our technical teams we gather assurance from our corn beef suppliers that our beef is not connected to deforestation"
        • 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?: None

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Engaging with them

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "We have sourcing agreements with our corned beef suppliers that the material is sourced from geographically restricted areas to minimise deforestation risk. We have engaged frequently with our suppliers to understand their supply chains and the measures in place to reduce the risk of deforestation. Processes and checks have been put in place to verify the implementation of these agreements [...] Working with our technical teams we gather assurance from our corn beef suppliers that our beef is not connected to deforestation"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil
      59/84
      • Commitment Strength
        26/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)" [...] Current progress as of 2020 - "99.1%2 palm oil sourced to an independent sustainability standard 2020 target: 100%"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)" [...] Current progress as of 2020 - "99.1%2 palm oil sourced to an independent sustainability standard 2020 target: 100%"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)" [...] Current progress as of 2020 - "99.1%2 palm oil sourced to an independent sustainability standard 2020 target: 100%"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)" [...] Current progress as of 2020 - "99.1%2 palm oil sourced to an independent sustainability standard 2020 target: 100%"
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)" [...] Current progress as of 2020 - "99.1%2 palm oil sourced to an independent sustainability standard 2020 target: 100%"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)" [...] Current progress as of 2020 - "99.1%2 palm oil sourced to an independent sustainability standard 2020 target: 100%"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)" [...] Current progress as of 2020 - "99.1%2 palm oil sourced to an independent sustainability standard 2020 target: 100%"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)" [...] Current progress as of 2020 - "99.1%2 palm oil sourced to an independent sustainability standard 2020 target: 100%"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/8
          • 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
            In their 2019 CDP Forests report, Sainsbury's report that 100% of their palm oil is traceable to the country of origin. "Our product specification system provides the country of origin of the palm derivativesused 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 wesource certified material through supply chains that have chain of custody whichsupports, to an extent, traceability. Key players in our supply chain are verticallyintegrated and we are therefore able to a trace a significant portion of our palm usageback to below the country level. We are in regular discussions with other key supplychain 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
            In their 2019 CDP Forests report, Sainsbury's report that 100% of their palm oil is traceable to the country of origin. "Our product specification system provides the country of origin of the palm derivativesused 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 wesource certified material through supply chains that have chain of custody whichsupports, to an extent, traceability. Key players in our supply chain are verticallyintegrated and we are therefore able to a trace a significant portion of our palm usageback to below the country level. We are in regular discussions with other key supplychain suppliers who have traceability programmes in place back to mill and plantation."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            In their 2019 CDP Forests report, Sainsbury's report that 100% of their palm oil is traceable to the country of origin. "Our product specification system provides the country of origin of the palm derivativesused 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 wesource certified material through supply chains that have chain of custody whichsupports, to an extent, traceability. Key players in our supply chain are verticallyintegrated and we are therefore able to a trace a significant portion of our palm usageback to below the country level. We are in regular discussions with other key supplychain suppliers who have traceability programmes in place back to mill and plantation."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
      • Social Considerations
        14/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Sainsbury’s Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade requires suppliers to adhere to the following standards: "Employment is freely chosen [...] Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected [...] Child labour shall not be used [...] No discrimination is practised."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          "Smallholders 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 [...] Sainsburys recently contributed to RSPO criteria review where stronger smallholder and deforestation criteria was included to ensure that RSPO certified palm oil is not connected to deforestation or habitat loss. The RSPO smallholder standard which is being rolled out covers a multitude of areas for example Section 3.5.1 covers gender inclusivity - as reflected in the 2018 Principles and Criteria for the Production of Sustainable Palm Oil (for large producers), and in alignment with the RSPO Theory of Change that work towards the goal for the protection of human rights, respected and remedied, the RSPO Independent Smallholder Standard mandates practices that are gender inclusive."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          "We would encourage suppliers to also commit to: UN Women’s Empowerment Principles that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: Current
          Sanisburys list FPIC as supplier criteria - "Avoidance of land area under conservation Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        19/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)" [...] Current progress as of 2020 - "99.1%2 palm oil sourced to an independent sustainability standard 2020 target: 100%"
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)" [...] Current progress as of 2020 - "99.1%2 palm oil sourced to an independent sustainability standard 2020 target: 100%"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            In their 2019 CDP Forests report, Sainsbury's report that 100% of their palm oil is traceable to the country of origin. "Our product specification system provides the country of origin of the palm derivativesused 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 wesource certified material through supply chains that have chain of custody whichsupports, to an extent, traceability. Key players in our supply chain are verticallyintegrated and we are therefore able to a trace a significant portion of our palm usageback to below the country level. We are in regular discussions with other key supplychain suppliers who have traceability programmes in place back to mill and plantation."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)" [...] Current progress as of 2020 - "99.1%2 palm oil sourced to an independent sustainability standard 2020 target: 100%"
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO Certification
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)" [...] Current progress as of 2020 - "99.1%2 palm oil sourced to an independent sustainability standard 2020 target: 100%"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 2005
          "Sourcing RSPO certified palm oil (with a full chain of custody) is a key requirement for our suppliers. The 2005 cut-off date relates to the RSPO requirements on avoiding primary forest and areas of HCV."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%
          "Does your organization undertake a forests-related risk assessment? Yes, forests-related risks are assessed [...] We work extensively with a number of different consultancies (e.g. 3Keel & Track record global) to assess our commodity specific risk for deforestation and for supplier compliance against legal requirements and our policy on Palm Oil SP005"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers, sites and growers shall carry out their activities in accordance with national laws, regulations, administrative practices and policies relating to the preservation of the environment of the countries in which they operate as well as in accordance with relevant international agreements, principles, objectives, responsibilities and standards with regard to the environment [...] We recognise the importance of being aware of labour practices in our supply chains and the need to monitor, evaluate and act on information about our suppliers’, sites’ and growers’ performance. 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."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 13, tonnes

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

          What is the certified volume?: 12,293 tonnes
          Sainsburys report the total 12306 tonnes of palm oil with 12,293 tonnes of it being certified
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 0% not specified

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

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified
          "We work extensively with a number of different consultancies (e.g. 3Keel & Track record global) to assess our commodity specific risk for deforestation and for supplier compliance against legal requirements and our policy on Palm Oil SP005. [...] 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."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      57/84
      • Commitment Strength
        26/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certified material is accepted [...] 93% of the wood used in our own brand paper and timber products is either recycled, or FSC or PEFC certified"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certified material is accepted [...] 93% of the wood used in our own brand paper and timber products is either recycled, or FSC or PEFC certified"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certified material is accepted [...] 93% of the wood used in our own brand paper and timber products is either recycled, or FSC or PEFC certified"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Our policy requires certified material (eg. FSC or recycled) to be used in our products. 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. "
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Segment
            "Our policy requires certified material (eg. FSC or recycled) to be used in our products. 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.
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Our policy requires certified material (eg. FSC or recycled) to be used in our products. 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.
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "Our policy requires certified material (eg. FSC or recycled) to be used in our products. 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. "
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Reported within their 2019 CDP report - "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 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
            Reported within their 2019 CDP report - "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 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/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Reported within their 2019 CDP report - "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 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
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Sainsbury’s Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade requires suppliers to adhere to the following standards: "Employment is freely chosen [...] Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected [...] Child labour shall not be used [...] No discrimination is practised."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          "We would encouragesuppliers to also commit to: UN Women’s Empowerment Principles that promote gender equality and women’sempowerment"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: current
          Sanisburys list FPIC as supplier criteria - "Avoidance of land area under conservation Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        21/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certified material is accepted [...] 93% of the wood used in our own brand paper and timber products is either recycled, or FSC or PEFC certified"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our policy requires certified material (eg. FSC or recycled) to be used in our products. 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. "
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            Reported within their 2019 CDP report - "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 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."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          4/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC, PEFC

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC, PEFC

            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 93%
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certified material is accepted [...] 93% of the wood used in our own brand paper and timber products is either recycled, or FSC or PEFC certified"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC certification

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC certification
            "Our policy requires certified material (eg. FSC or recycled) to be used in our products. 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. "
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Reported within their 2019 CDP report - "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 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."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 1994
          In their cellulosic fiber sourcing policy, Sainsbury's states that "We will work to eliminate sourcing from companies that are logging forests illegally, from tree plantations established after 1994 through the conversion or simplification of natural forests"
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%
          "Does your organization undertake a forests-related risk assessment? Yes, forests-related risks are assessed" - this is done annually, using "Internal company methods, External consultants, FSC Global Forest Registry [and] NEPCon Sourcing Hub [...] our sourcing policy and supplier assessment process is aligned with the NEPCon sourcing hub and includes the following factors - legality, forest conversion, violations of traditional and civil rights, genetic modification and corruption."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers, sites and growers shall carry out their activities in accordance with national laws, regulations, administrative practices and policies relating to the preservation of the environment of the countries in which they operate as well as in accordance with relevant international agreements, principles, objectives, responsibilities and standards with regard to the environment [...] We recognise the importance of being aware of labour practices in our supply chains and the need to monitor, evaluate and act on information about our suppliers’, sites’ and growers’ performance. 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."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the certified volume?: 93%

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 958,380 Wood raw material equivalent

          Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 93%
          958,380 Wood raw material equivalent (WRME) - "This figure includes all timber and paper based products across our Group." Of this, 93% is FSC or PEFC certified.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "To ensure we are constantly working towards our targets we have developed a number of commodity specific policy documents which suppliers must comply with in order to supply us products. This includes policy documents on soy, palm oil, timber and beef. In each case we collect information on supplier performance annually through a supplier disclosure process. This allows us to track performance of individual products and suppliers against our sustainability targets [...] We track all products (in scope of EUTR) against legal compliance and compliance to our certification requirements."
        • 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?: None

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Technical advice

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "Through discussions with tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers and other stakeholder 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 [...] Each year we collect data on sustainable timber/paper usage from our suppliers to understand our progress. 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, from tier 2 suppliers, the FSC and the WWF's FTN 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
      42/84
      • Commitment Strength
        19/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
            "In response to this challenge we have committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 and ensuring that our Sainsbury’s Own Brand products do not contribute to global deforestation. Soy is a key part of this and we are working hard to ensure soy in our supply chains is not linked to global deforestation." [...] "We have been members of the RTRS since 2011. We are also a member of the Retail Soy Group which is represented on the Board of Governors of the RTRS. Through the RSG we have supported the improvement of the RTRS standard."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "In response to this challenge we have committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 and ensuring that our Sainsbury’s Own Brand products do not contribute to global deforestation. Soy is a key part of this and we are working hard to ensure soy in our supply chains is not linked to global deforestation." [...] "We have been members of the RTRS since 2011. We are also a member of the Retail Soy Group which is represented on the Board of Governors of the RTRS. Through the RSG we have supported the improvement of the RTRS standard."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "In response to this challenge we have committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 and ensuring that our Sainsbury’s Own Brand products do not contribute to global deforestation. Soy is a key part of this and we are working hard to ensure soy in our supply chains is not linked to global deforestation." [...] "We have been members of the RTRS since 2011. We are also a member of the Retail Soy Group which is represented on the Board of Governors of the RTRS. Through the RSG we have supported the improvement of the RTRS standard."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            "In response to this challenge we have committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 and ensuring that our Sainsbury’s Own Brand products do not contribute to global deforestation. Soy is a key part of this and we are working hard to ensure soy in our supply chains is not linked to global deforestation." [...] "We have been members of the RTRS since 2011. We are also a member of the Retail Soy Group which is represented on the Board of Governors of the RTRS. Through the RSG we have supported the improvement of the RTRS standard."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/11
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company - traces to First Importer - checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company - traces to First Importer - checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            In their 2019 CDP report, Sainsbury's reports that 51-60% of its soy is traceable to the country of origin. "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."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line

            What is the rationale for any exclusion?: "Sainsbury's total soy usage has been referenced including soy used as an ingredient inour own brand products and soy used as animal feed for our own brand proteins (bothprimary and further processed). Obtaining information for soy used as animal feed forfurther processed proteins is particularly challenging given the complicated nature of thesupply chain."
            Excludes some product lines, including soy used as animal feed - "Sainsbury's total soy usage has been referenced including soy used as an ingredient inour own brand products and soy used as animal feed for our own brand proteins (bothprimary and further processed). Obtaining information for soy used as animal feed forfurther processed proteins is particularly challenging given the complicated nature of thesupply chain."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
            Target date
            No target date
            0/2
            In their 2019 CDP report, Sainsbury's reports that 51-60% of its soy is traceable to the country of origin. "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."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Sainsbury’s Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade requires suppliers to adhere to the following standards: "Employment is freely chosen [...] Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected [...] Child labour shall not be used [...] No discrimination is practised."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          "We would encouragesuppliers to also commit to: UN Women’s Empowerment Principles that promote gender equality and women’sempowerment"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        15/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            In their 2019 CDP report, Sainsbury's reports that 51-60% of its soy is traceable to the country of origin. "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."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Independent consultancy - 3Keel

            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 60%

            Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: Indirect soy in animal feed

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Independent consultancy - 3Keel
            In their 2019 CDP report, Sainsbury's reports that 51-60% of its soy is traceable to the country of origin. "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."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 2009
          In their 2019 CDP report, Sainsbury's states that it has a cutoff date of 2009 for soy-related deforestation.
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Soya Buyers Coalition

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "We have been longstanding members of Roundtable on Responsible Soy and are also members of the Consumer Goods Forum soy working group, collaborating on initiatives such as the Soya Buyers Coalition which looks to track and trace soya usage in the value chain right back to farm."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          " Does your organization undertake a forests-related risk assessment? Yes, forests-related risks are assessed [...] 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."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers, sites and growers shall carry out their activities in accordance with national laws, regulations, administrative practices and policies relating to the preservation of the environment of the countries in which they operate as well as in accordance with relevant international agreements, principles, objectives, responsibilities and standards with regard to the environment [...] We recognise the importance of being aware of labour practices in our supply chains and the need to monitor, evaluate and act on information about our suppliers’, sites’ and growers’ performance. 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."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 270,566 tonnes
          within their 2019 CDP report - "25,200 tonnes of soybean meal We have conducted an analysis with 3Keel during the reporting period where suppliers have disclosed information around soy bean meal use, country of origin and certification status. [...] 245,366 tonnes - This is a calculation of our embedded animal feed soy use and not our direct soy use in products. This is deemed low risk as it is all sourced from non-GM countries. Our soy animal feed is the focus of our soy policy and data collection."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Timber
      56/84
      • Commitment Strength
        25/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certified material is accepted [...] 93% of the wood used in our own brand paper and timber products is either recycled, or FSC or PEFC certified"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certified material is accepted [...] 93% of the wood used in our own brand paper and timber products is either recycled, or FSC or PEFC certified"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certified material is accepted [...] 93% of the wood used in our own brand paper and timber products is either recycled, or FSC or PEFC certified"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Reported within their 2019 CDP report - "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 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
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Reported within their 2019 CDP report - "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 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/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Reported within their 2019 CDP report - "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 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
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Reported within their 2019 CDP report - "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 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."
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Sainsbury’s Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade requires suppliers to adhere to the following standards: "Employment is freely chosen [...] Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected [...] Child labour shall not be used [...] No discrimination is practised."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          "We would encouragesuppliers to also commit to: UN Women’s Empowerment Principles that promote gender equality and women’sempowerment"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        23/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certified material is accepted [...] 93% of the wood used in our own brand paper and timber products is either recycled, or FSC or PEFC certified"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Reported within their 2019 CDP report - "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 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."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          4/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC, PEFC

            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 93%

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC, PEFC
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certified material is accepted [...] 93% of the wood used in our own brand paper and timber products is either recycled, or FSC or PEFC certified"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC Certification is used

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC Certification is used
            Reported within their 2019 CDP report - "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 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."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Cut-off date: 1994
          Sainsbury's state a cut-off date of 1994 for timber/paper. 
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: WWF FTN & internal supplier collaboration

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "Sainsbury's regularly meets with its suppliers and tier 2 suppliers to discuss the availability of sustainable material. These meetings are an opportunity to communicate our sourcing requirements beyond our immediate suppliers. We also discuss risks and risk mitigation as part of the WWF FTN. [...] We have also built a modern slavery risk assessment tool for all of our supply chains which enables us to assess modern slavery risks in our timber supply chains. [...] We have been a member of WWF's FTN since 1995. We provide an annual sustainability report to the FTN as part of our membership and we participate in FTN events to discuss sustainability trends and key issues associated with paper and timber."
        • 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?: Annually
          "Does your organization undertake a forests-related risk assessment? Yes, forests-related risks are assessed" - this is done annually, using "Internal company methods, External consultants, FSC Global Forest Registry [and] NEPCon Sourcing Hub [...] our sourcing policy and supplier assessment process is aligned with the NEPCon sourcing hub and includes the following factors - legality, forest conversion, violations of traditional and civil rights, genetic modification and corruption."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers, sites and growers shall carry out their activities in accordance with national laws, regulations, administrative practices and policies relating to the preservation of the environment of the countries in which they operate as well as in accordance with relevant international agreements, principles, objectives, responsibilities and standards with regard to the environment [...] We recognise the importance of being aware of labour practices in our supply chains and the need to monitor, evaluate and act on information about our suppliers’, sites’ and growers’ performance. 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."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 958,380 Wood raw material equivalent

          What is the certified volume?: 93%

          Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
          958,380 Wood raw material equivalent (WRME) - "This figure includes all timber and paper based products across our Group." Of this, 93% is FSC or PEFC certified.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "To ensure we are constantly working towards our targets we have developed a number of commodity specific policy documents which suppliers must comply with in order to supply us products. This includes policy documents on soy, palm oil, timber and beef. In each case we collect information on supplier performance annually through a supplier disclosure process. This allows us to track performance of individual products and suppliers against our sustainability targets [...] We track all products (in scope of EUTR) against legal compliance and compliance to our certification requirements."
        • 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?: Technical advice

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

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: None
          "Through discussions with tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers and other stakeholder 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 [...] Each year we collect data on sustainable timber/paper usage from our suppliers to understand our progress. 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, from tier 2 suppliers, the FSC and the WWF's FTN 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
    • Leather *
      26/84
      • Commitment Strength
        14/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            "Our own brand products will not contribution to global deforestation and we’ll source all commodities which can cause deforestation (timber, palm, soya, beef, leather, biofuels) from sustainable sources"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "Our own brand products will not contribution to global deforestation and we’ll source all commodities which can cause deforestation (timber, palm, soya, beef, leather, biofuels) from sustainable sources"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "Our own brand products will not contribution to global deforestation and we’ll source all commodities which can cause deforestation (timber, palm, soya, beef, leather, biofuels) from sustainable sources"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our own brand products will not contribution to global deforestation and we’ll source all commodities which can cause deforestation (timber, palm, soya, beef, leather, biofuels) from sustainable sources"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            0/3
          • Target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Sainsbury’s Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade requires suppliers to adhere to the following standards: "Employment is freely chosen [...] Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected [...] Child labour shall not be used [...] No discrimination is practised."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          "We would encouragesuppliers to also commit to: UN Women’s Empowerment Principles that promote gender equality and women’sempowerment"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Leather Working Group

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "By 2020 we will ensure that all leather used in our own-brand products is certified to a recognised environmental standard. We promote the industry-leading Leather Working Group standard throughout our leather supply chains and work with our suppliers to improve performance through enhanced monitoring, traceability and certification."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers, sites and growers shall carry out their activities in accordance with national laws, regulations, administrative practices and policies relating to the preservation of the environment of the countries in which they operate as well as in accordance with relevant international agreements, principles, objectives, responsibilities and standards with regard to the environment [...] We recognise the importance of being aware of labour practices in our supply chains and the need to monitor, evaluate and act on information about our suppliers’, sites’ and growers’ performance. 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."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    21/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    16/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    9/18
    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 
Furniture & flooring, Home improvement
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
United Kingdom
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
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.

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