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  • Overall approach
    4/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      Commodity-specific commitment - commitment that does not apply to all of the commodities the company is exposed to
      0/4
      "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. Commits to no or zero gross deforestation for palm oil, soy, beef, timber and pulp and paper". 
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      If Other Initiative, specify:: Cattle Agreement TAC, Palm Oil Transparency Coalition 

      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum Deforestation resolution (being a member of the CGF is not sufficient); Soy Moratorium; Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support
      Sainsbury's is a member of the Consumer Goods Forum, the Soy Moratorium and the Cerrado Manifesto: "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."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      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
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Reputational and financial
      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
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: At least twice a year 

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Beef; Leather; Timber; Pulp & Paper
      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
      Yes, for at least one commodity
      0/0
      Does it disclose the percentage of pay at risk?: No

      Which commodities does the committee focus on?: Palm oil
      "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
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2035

      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions
      "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."
  • Commodity score
    45/88
    • Beef
      33/88
      • Commitment Strength
        11/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            "Working with our technical teams we gather assurance from our corned beef suppliers that our beef is not connected to deforestation...Sainsbury's is actively working with its corned beef suppliers to ensure the risk of deforestation in our supply chain is addressed. 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. Our direct suppliers have due diligence systems in place throughout their supply chains and with their Tier 2 suppliers in Brazil to ensure that they do not source beef from protected areas, that their suppliers are not involved in illegal deforestation, and that they comply with any other legal requirements" 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line; Location
            "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. Our direct suppliers have due diligence systems in place throughout their supply chains and with their Tier 2 suppliers in Brazil to ensure that they do not source beef from protected areas, that their suppliers are not involved in illegal deforestation, and that they comply with any other legal requirements" 
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "Working with our technical teams we gather assurance from our corned beef suppliers that our beef is not connected to deforestation...Sainsbury's is actively working with its corned beef suppliers to ensure the risk of deforestation in our supply chain is addressed. 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. Our direct suppliers have due diligence systems in place throughout their supply chains and with their Tier 2 suppliers in Brazil to ensure that they do not source beef from protected areas, that their suppliers are not involved in illegal deforestation, and that they comply with any other legal requirements" 
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: current
            "Working with our technical teams we gather assurance from our corned beef suppliers that our beef is not connected to deforestation...Sainsbury's is actively working with its corned beef suppliers to ensure the risk of deforestation in our supply chain is addressed. 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. Our direct suppliers have due diligence systems in place throughout their supply chains and with their Tier 2 suppliers in Brazil to ensure that they do not source beef from protected areas, that their suppliers are not involved in illegal deforestation, and that they comply with any other legal requirements" 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/9
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2.7/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2.7/5.3
            In their 2021 Forests CDP Report, Sainsbury's state: "Our direct suppliers have due diligence systems in place throughout their supply chains and with their Tier 2 suppliers in Brazil to ensure that they do not source beef from protected areas, that their suppliers are not involved in illegal deforestation, and that they comply with any other legal requirements... 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." 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Not specified

            If no, what is excluded?: Product line; Location
            Sainsbury's sources from Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina but this commitment only applies to Brazilian sourced corn beef: "Our direct suppliers have due diligence systems in place throughout their supply chains and with their Tier 2 suppliers in Brazil to ensure that they do not source beef from protected areas, that their suppliers are not involved in illegal deforestation, and that they comply with any other legal requirements... 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." 
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            In their 2021 Forests CDP Report, Sainsbury's state: "Our direct suppliers have due diligence systems in place throughout their supply chains and with their Tier 2 suppliers in Brazil to ensure that they do not source beef from protected areas, that their suppliers are not involved in illegal deforestation, and that they comply with any other legal requirements... 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." 
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            In their 2021 Forests CDP Report, Sainsbury's state: "Our direct suppliers have due diligence systems in place throughout their supply chains and with their Tier 2 suppliers in Brazil to ensure that they do not source beef from protected areas, that their suppliers are not involved in illegal deforestation, and that they comply with any other legal requirements... 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." 
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; 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
          In their Human Rights Policy, Sainsbury's state that: "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." The Sainsbury's Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade also mentions "Freedom of association and the rights to collective bargaining are respected." 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "As part of our vision to be the most inclusive retailer and our commitment to diversity, we have signed up to the UN Women's Empowerment Principles that promote gender equality and women's empowerment as well as the 30% Club, Women in Finance Charter and are a diversity Champion with Stonewall."; "Our commitment to ethical and responsible sourcing is ongoing and we work with suppliers to ensure they continuously improve their performance in these areas. We also recognise the need to communicate this commitment to key stakeholders including the public, suppliers and the people who work in our supply chains."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        14/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            In their 2021 Forests CDP Report, Sainsbury's state: "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."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2009
          In their 2021 Forests CDP Report, Sainsbury's state: "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
          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?: 100%
          "Does your organization undertake a forests-related risk assessment? Yes, forests-related risks are assessed...Tools and methods used...Internal company methods...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 isconsidered as high risk". 
        • 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."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 30794.71 metric tonnes
          In their 2021 CDP report, Sainsbury's report 30794.71 metric tonnes Volume of production/ consumption certified for beef By-products (e.g. glycerin, gelatin)stating "The absolute vast majority of our beef volume is sourced from within the UK or Ireland. All our fresh beef is sourced from UK or Ireland and all our TTD beef is British. All of Sainsbury's fresh and frozen beef meets the Red Tractor standard or equivalent". 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          What third-party verification is used?: Not specified

          What is the certified volume?: 0 Not specified

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 30794.71 metric tonnes
          In their 2021 CDP report, Sainsbury's report 30794.71 metric tonnes Volume of production/ consumption certified for beef By-products (e.g. glycerin, gelatin)stating "The absolute vast majority of our beef volume is sourced from within the UK or Ireland. All our fresh beef is sourced from UK or Ireland and all our TTD beef is British. All of Sainsbury's fresh and frozen beef meets the Red Tractor standard or equivalent". 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "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. We view access to grievance mechanism and facilitating effective worker and supplier communication as critical for identifying and resolving supply chain issues." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: More than once a year

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0 not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 0 not specified

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 0 not specified
          "Does your organization undertake a forests-related risk assessment? Yes, forests-related risks are assessed...Tools and methods used...Internal company methods...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 isconsidered as high risk". 
        • 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?: Engagement

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "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... Sainsbury's is actively working with its corned beef suppliers to ensure the risk of deforestation in our supply chain is addressed. 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."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil
      58/88
      • Commitment Strength
        18/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "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), with a preference for segregated RSPO SG certification."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "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), with a preference for segregated RSPO SG certification."
          • Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            "We aimed to achieve this by 2020 and in that year 99.3% of the palm oil in our products was either segregated or mass-balance. The outstanding balance was covered by RSPO Book & Claim credits that support smallholder palm oil farmers, meaning 100% of our palm oil was certified sustainable." 
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "We aimed to achieve this by 2020 and in that year 99.3% of the palm oil in our products was either segregated or mass-balance. The outstanding balance was covered by RSPO Book & Claim credits that support smallholder palm oil farmers, meaning 100% of our palm oil was certified sustainable." 
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "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), with a preference for segregated RSPO SG certification."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "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), with a preference for segregated RSPO SG certification."
          • Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            "We aimed to achieve this by 2020 and in that year 99.3% of the palm oil in our products was either segregated or mass-balance. 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), with a preference for segregated RSPO SG certification."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "We aimed to achieve this by 2020 and in that year 99.3% of the palm oil in our products was either segregated or mass-balance. 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), with a preference for segregated RSPO SG certification."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/6
          • 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
            Sainsbury's report in their 2021 Forests CDP: "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
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Sainsbury's report in their 2021 Forests CDP: "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
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Sainsbury's report in their 2021 Forests CDP: "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
            No
            0/0.3
            Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
            Sainsbury's report in their 2021 Forests CDP: "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."
      • 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: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          In their Human Rights Policy, Sainsbury's state that: "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." The Sainsbury's Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade also mentions "Freedom of association and the rights to collective bargaining are respected." 
        • 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; Education and training
          "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...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. For example, we have worked hard to ensure all our loose bananas are sourced from smallholders and we specify to our suppliers which cooperatives they can source from...Our Sainsbury s Fairly Traded programme enables us to reach actual smallholders, build closer relationships and gain insight into mutual needs and opportunities. We can provide long-term relationships and trade forecasts which gives the benefits of certainty and price so smallholders have continuity of trade and can invest in their businesses for the long term. We engage in ongoing conversations and ideas exchange including how to ensure a living income at farm level and the community...We are committed to support small-scale farmers to organise collectively. One example of this is in our black tea supply chains in Rwanda, Kenya and Malawi, we make clear our requirements for a participative and representative structure to the producer organizations, and ask for confirmation of this before plans for funding are approved and monies disbursed. Our local consultants meet with representatives to discuss how they could engage with farmers in order to develop the plans (e.g. Annual General Meeting, suggestion boxes etc.). In Malawi and Rwanda we have also conducted SMS and phone call surveys with hundreds of smallholders, asking them whether they had representatives that attend producer organization meetings. This has helped keep producer groups accountable. Finally in Rwanda and Malawi we funded management training to approximately 30 farmer representatives in 2019". 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "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. We have carried out some initial needs assessments and disaggregated data by gender outlined in the case studies below". 
        • 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, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          In their CDP 2021 Forests Report CDP list FPIC as a supplier criteria: "Secure Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of indigenous people and local communities." 
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        26/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "We aimed to achieve this by 2020 and in that year 99.3% of the palm oil in our products was either segregated or mass-balance. The outstanding balance was covered by RSPO Book & Claim credits that support smallholder palm oil farmers, meaning 100% of our palm oil was certified sustainable." 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "We aimed to achieve this by 2020 and in that year 99.3% of the palm oil in our products was either segregated or mass-balance. The outstanding balance was covered by RSPO Book & Claim credits that support smallholder palm oil farmers, meaning 100% of our palm oil was certified sustainable." 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Sainsbury's report in their 2021 Forests CDP: "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."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Third party certification
            "We aimed to achieve this by 2020 and in that year 99.3% of the palm oil in our products was either segregated or mass-balance. The outstanding balance was covered by RSPO Book & Claim credits that support smallholder palm oil farmers, meaning 100% of our palm oil was certified sustainable." 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Third party certification 
            "We aimed to achieve this by 2020 and in that year 99.3% of the palm oil in our products was either segregated or mass-balance. The outstanding balance was covered by RSPO Book & Claim credits that support smallholder palm oil farmers, meaning 100% of our palm oil was certified sustainable." 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • 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
          "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
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Palm Oil Transparency Coalition (POTC)

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings
          "One of the major problems with deforestation is where others don't source sustainable palm oil. To address this we have been working with other retailers on the Palm Oil Transparency Coalition (POTC) to develop a way of holding large palm oil importers accountable for sourcing sustainable palm oil. This way we will be able to minimise the impact and ensure that there is no contribution to deforestation. The POTC group was established as a robust engagement and evaluation process for measuring the progress of the major First Importers of palm oil into international markets. Each year through the POTC we assess our supplier s importers of palm oil using several criteria."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually
          "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."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 11876 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 11875,98 metric tons certified. 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 3437.18 metric tons

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 99.99%

          What is the certified volume?: 11875.98 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 11875,98 metric tons certified. 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "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. We view access to grievance mechanism and facilitating effective worker and supplier communication as critical for identifying and resolving supply chain issues." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: 0 not specified 

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 0 not specified
          "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 legalrequirements and our policy on Palm Oil SP005...We are in regular discussions with other key supply chain suppliers who have traceabilityprogrammes in place back to mill and plantation...We are in regular discussions with our suppliers and other actors in the supply chain regarding the continuing supply of certified palm oil. Throughdiscussions with refineries, ingredient suppliers and our product suppliers we have compiled a list of available sustainable palm oil derivatives. Thislist 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 (inplace since 2007) that our palm oil should be RSPO certified and this provides clarity to suppliers"> 
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      50/88
      • Commitment Strength
        17/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          5/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-net deforestation
            3/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-net deforestation
            3/6
            "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. Our policy also requires that products that fall inside of the scope of the EU and UK Timber Regulation are risk assessed before being placed on the market. We track all products (in scope of EUTR, UKTR, and FLEGT) against legal compliance and compliance to our certification requirements.... 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
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            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 certifiedmaterial is accepted. Our policy also requires that products that fall inside of the scope of the EU and UK Timber Regulation are risk assessed beforebeing placed on the market. We track all products (in scope of EUTR, UKTR, and FLEGT) against legal compliance and compliance to our certificationrequirements.... 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/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certifiedmaterial is accepted. Our policy also requires that products that fall inside of the scope of the EU and UK Timber Regulation are risk assessed beforebeing placed on the market. We track all products (in scope of EUTR, UKTR, and FLEGT) against legal compliance and compliance to our certificationrequirements.... 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
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certifiedmaterial is accepted. Our policy also requires that products that fall inside of the scope of the EU and UK Timber Regulation are risk assessed beforebeing placed on the market. We track all products (in scope of EUTR, UKTR, and FLEGT) against legal compliance and compliance to our certificationrequirements.... 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 reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            " 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
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            " 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/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
              "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
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
              "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
          6/6
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "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
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "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
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "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 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "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." 
      • Social Considerations
        10/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; 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
          In their Human Rights Policy, Sainsbury's state that: "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." The Sainsbury's Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade also mentions "Freedom of association and the rights to collective bargaining are respected." 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "As part of our vision to be the most inclusive retailer and our commitment to diversity, we have signed up to the UN Women's Empowerment Principles that promote gender equality and women's empowerment as well as the 30% Club, Women in Finance Charter and are a diversity Champion with Stonewall."; "Our commitment to ethical and responsible sourcing is ongoing and we work with suppliers to ensure they continuously improve their performance in these areas. We also recognise the need to communicate this commitment to key stakeholders including the public, suppliers and the people who work in our supply chains."
        • 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, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "For timber and paper products: "We work with our suppliers and a third party to conduct risk assessment of timber sourcing to ensure that the following requirements are met: ... Prior to any activity that may affect indigenous people's and local communities rights, land, resources, territories, livelihoods, and food security, their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) must be secured."  
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        23/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certifiedmaterial is accepted. Our policy also requires that products that fall inside of the scope of the EU and UK Timber Regulation are risk assessed beforebeing placed on the market. We track all products (in scope of EUTR, UKTR, and FLEGT) against legal compliance and compliance to our certificationrequirements.... 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 reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
              "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, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "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... 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."" 
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 93%

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

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC and PEFC
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certifiedmaterial is accepted. Our policy also requires that products that fall inside of the scope of the EU and UK Timber Regulation are risk assessed beforebeing placed on the market. We track all products (in scope of EUTR, UKTR, and FLEGT) against legal compliance and compliance to our certificationrequirements.... 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 reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC and PEFC certification

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC and PEFC certification
            "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, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            "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... 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."" 
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          For timber and paper products: "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. 2. 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
          For timber and paper products: "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, 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."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 118,629 cubic metres
          In their 2021 Forests CDP Report, Sainsbury's disclose total amount of volume for timber products as 118,629 cubic metres. 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          50-79%
          3/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          50-79%
          3/6
          What third-party verification is used?: FSC

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 65%

          What is the certified volume?: 77,013.55 cubic metres

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 41615.45 cubic metres
          In their 2021 Forests CDP Report, Sainsbury's disclose total amount of volume as 118,629 cubic metres and 77,013.55 cubic metres of wood and paper are FSC certified. 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "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. We view access to grievance mechanism and facilitating effective worker and supplier communication as critical for identifying and resolving supply chain issues." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 0 not specified

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0 not specified

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 0 not specified

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified
          "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, UKTR, and FLEGT) against legal compliance and compliance to our certification requirements."
        • 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 engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Technical assisstance
          "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. 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
      42/88
      • Commitment Strength
        14/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Other certification scheme: book and claim credits

            Which certification schemes are used?: Other certification

            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
            "Sainsbury’s is committed to eliminating deforestation and conversion of any ecosystem from our soy supply chains, in line with the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi) definition and with a cut-off date of no later than 2020...We have committed to ensure that 100% of the soy used as animal feed in our own brand products is physically deforestation and conversion free by 2025. We aim to reach this through a phased approach of credits, area mass balance, mass balance, and fully segregated soy for any soy produced in a high-risk origin for deforestation and conversion...in 2020, 42% of the soy used as animal feed in our products was certified sustainable through book and claim credits...2020 Own Supply Performance: Total JS Footprint, soy used in animal feed: 178,771 tonnes % Deforestation and Conversion Free: 42% % From high-risk (inc. unknown) origins: 94.4% % Deforestation and Conversion Free from high-risk origins: 41%"
          • 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 soy supply chains, in line with the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi) definition and with a cut-off date of no later than 2020...We have committed to ensure that 100% of the soy used as animal feed in our own brand products is physically deforestation and conversion free by 2025. We aim to reach this through a phased approach of credits, area mass balance, mass balance, and fully segregated soy for any soy produced in a high-risk origin for deforestation and conversion...in 2020, 42% of the soy used as animal feed in our products was certified sustainable through book and claim credits...2020 Own Supply Performance: Total JS Footprint, soy used in animal feed: 178,771 tonnes % Deforestation and Conversion Free: 42% % From high-risk (inc. unknown) origins: 94.4% % Deforestation and Conversion Free from high-risk origins: 41%"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "Sainsbury’s is committed to eliminating deforestation and conversion of any ecosystem from our soy supply chains, in line with the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi) definition and with a cut-off date of no later than 2020...We have committed to ensure that 100% of the soy used as animal feed in our own brand products is physically deforestation and conversion free by 2025. We aim to reach this through a phased approach of credits, area mass balance, mass balance, and fully segregated soy for any soy produced in a high-risk origin for deforestation and conversion...in 2020, 42% of the soy used as animal feed in our products was certified sustainable through book and claim credits...2020 Own Supply Performance: Total JS Footprint, soy used in animal feed: 178,771 tonnes % Deforestation and Conversion Free: 42% % From high-risk (inc. unknown) origins: 94.4% % Deforestation and Conversion Free from high-risk origins: 41%"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            "Sainsbury’s is committed to eliminating deforestation and conversion of any ecosystem from our soy supply chains, in line with the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi) definition and with a cut-off date of no later than 2020...We have committed to ensure that 100% of the soy used as animal feed in our own brand products is physically deforestation and conversion free by 2025. We aim to reach this through a phased approach of credits, area mass balance, mass balance, and fully segregated soy for any soy produced in a high-risk origin for deforestation and conversion...in 2020, 42% of the soy used as animal feed in our products was certified sustainable through book and claim credits...2020 Own Supply Performance: Total JS Footprint, soy used in animal feed: 178,771 tonnes % Deforestation and Conversion Free: 42% % From high-risk (inc. unknown) origins: 94.4% % Deforestation and Conversion Free from high-risk origins: 41%"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/9
          • 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
            "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 ourtotal 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 wherepossible"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
            "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 ourtotal 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 wherepossible"
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          In their Human Rights Policy, Sainsbury's state that: "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." The Sainsbury's Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade also mentions "Freedom of association and the rights to collective bargaining are respected." 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "As part of our vision to be the most inclusive retailer and our commitment to diversity, we have signed up to the UN Women's Empowerment Principles that promote gender equality and women's empowerment as well as the 30% Club, Women in Finance Charter and are a diversity Champion with Stonewall."; "Our commitment to ethical and responsible sourcing is ongoing and we work with suppliers to ensure they continuously improve their performance in these areas. We also recognise the need to communicate this commitment to key stakeholders including the public, suppliers and the people who work in our supply chains."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        19/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            "Sainsbury’s is committed to eliminating deforestation and conversion of any ecosystem from our soy supply chains, in line with the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFi) definition and with a cut-off date of no later than 2020...We have committed to ensure that 100% of the soy used as animal feed in our own brand products is physically deforestation and conversion free by 2025. We aim to reach this through a phased approach of credits, area mass balance, mass balance, and fully segregated soy for any soy produced in a high-risk origin for deforestation and conversion...in 2020, 42% of the soy used as animal feed in our products was certified sustainable through book and claim credits...2020 Own Supply Performance: Total JS Footprint, soy used in animal feed: 178,771 tonnes % Deforestation and Conversion Free: 42% % From high-risk (inc. unknown) origins: 94.4% % Deforestation and Conversion Free from high-risk origins: 41%"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            "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 ourtotal 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 wherepossible"
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: 3Keel

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: 3Keel

            What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 0 not specified
            "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 ourtotal 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 wherepossible"
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          "Whilst setting clear expectations for our own products is an important first step, we don’t think this is sufficient. 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 know this will be achieved progressively, but by working with other retailers and manufacturers we believe we can send a clear market signal to bring sector-wide change."
        • 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
          In the 2021 CDP report, Sainsbury's report a cutoff date of 2020 for their no conversion and no deforestation related commitments 
        • 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, Soya Buyers Coalition, Roundtable on Responsible Soy
          "To address this, we have partnered with others to establish the Soy Transparency Coalition, a pre-competitive group of soy buyers who together assess the sustainability performance of soy importers and traders. The questionnaire covers traders’ commitments and policies, as well as their efforts in implementing them" "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?: More than once a year 
          "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. 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, 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."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 178771 Metric Tonnes
          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
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          1-49%
          2/6
          What is the certified volume?: 75083.83 metric tonnes

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

          What third-party verification is used?: Other
          In the 2021 CDP report Sainsbury's report 42% of total production/consumption volume certified with the volume of production/ consumption of soy bean meal that is certified as 75083.83 metric tonnes "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. Following this analysis we have released our soy policy and transformational plan publicly with an aim to certify our volumes with our suppliers by 2025".
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "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. We view access to grievance mechanism and facilitating effective worker and supplier communication as critical for identifying and resolving supply chain issues." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: 0 not specified

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 0 not specified
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Timber
      51/88
      • Commitment Strength
        15/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            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 certifiedmaterial is accepted. Our policy also requires that products that fall inside of the scope of the EU and UK Timber Regulation are risk assessed beforebeing placed on the market. We track all products (in scope of EUTR, UKTR, and FLEGT) against legal compliance and compliance to our certificationrequirements.... 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
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certifiedmaterial is accepted. Our policy also requires that products that fall inside of the scope of the EU and UK Timber Regulation are risk assessed beforebeing placed on the market. We track all products (in scope of EUTR, UKTR, and FLEGT) against legal compliance and compliance to our certificationrequirements.... 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/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certifiedmaterial is accepted. Our policy also requires that products that fall inside of the scope of the EU and UK Timber Regulation are risk assessed beforebeing placed on the market. We track all products (in scope of EUTR, UKTR, and FLEGT) against legal compliance and compliance to our certificationrequirements.... 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
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: current
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certifiedmaterial is accepted. Our policy also requires that products that fall inside of the scope of the EU and UK Timber Regulation are risk assessed beforebeing placed on the market. We track all products (in scope of EUTR, UKTR, and FLEGT) against legal compliance and compliance to our certificationrequirements.... 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
          9/9
          • 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
            "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
            "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 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "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." 
      • 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: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          In their Human Rights Policy, Sainsbury's state that: "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." The Sainsbury's Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade also mentions "Freedom of association and the rights to collective bargaining are respected." 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "As part of our vision to be the most inclusive retailer and our commitment to diversity, we have signed up to the UN Women's Empowerment Principles that promote gender equality and women's empowerment as well as the 30% Club, Women in Finance Charter and are a diversity Champion with Stonewall."; "Our commitment to ethical and responsible sourcing is ongoing and we work with suppliers to ensure they continuously improve their performance in these areas. We also recognise the need to communicate this commitment to key stakeholders including the public, suppliers and the people who work in our supply chains."
        • 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, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "For timber and paper products: "We work with our suppliers and a third party to conduct risk assessment of timber sourcing to ensure that the following requirements are met: ... Prior to any activity that may affect indigenous people's and local communities rights, land, resources, territories, livelihoods, and food security, their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) must be secured."  
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        23/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certifiedmaterial is accepted. Our policy also requires that products that fall inside of the scope of the EU and UK Timber Regulation are risk assessed beforebeing placed on the market. We track all products (in scope of EUTR, UKTR, and FLEGT) against legal compliance and compliance to our certificationrequirements.... 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
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC and PEFC

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC and PEFC

            For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 0 not specified

            What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 93%
            "Our paper/timber policy sourcing hierarchy requires post-consumer recycled or FSC certified material. If this is not available then PEFC certifiedmaterial is accepted. Our policy also requires that products that fall inside of the scope of the EU and UK Timber Regulation are risk assessed beforebeing placed on the market. We track all products (in scope of EUTR, UKTR, and FLEGT) against legal compliance and compliance to our certificationrequirements.... 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
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • 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?: 1994
          Sainsbury's report a cut-off date of 1994 for their timber specific sustainability policies
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: WWF's FTN

          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "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?: 0 not specified

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: 0 not specified
          "For timber and paper products: "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. 2. 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
          For timber and paper products: "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, 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."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 118,629 cubic metres
          In their 2021 Forests CDP Report, Sainsbury's disclose total amount of volume for timber products as 118,629 cubic metres. 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          50-79%
          3/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          50-79%
          3/6
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 41615.45 cubic metres

          What third-party verification is used?: FSC

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 65%

          What is the certified volume?: 77,013.55 cubic metres
          In their 2021 Forests CDP Report, Sainsbury's disclose total amount of volume as 118,629 cubic metres and 77,013.55 cubic metres of wood and paper are FSC certified. 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "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. We view access to grievance mechanism and facilitating effective worker and supplier communication as critical for identifying and resolving supply chain issues." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 0 not specified

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: 0 not specified 

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 0 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, UKTR, and FLEGT) against legal compliance and compliance to our certification requirements."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
          Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
          How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: This isn't reporting hectares
          For timber and paper products: "We work with our suppliers and a third party to conduct 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, unless preceded by existing standards or legislation." 
        • 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 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. 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
    • Leather *
      23/88
      • Commitment Strength
        8/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            "Our own brand products will not contribution to global deforestation and we’ll source all commoditieswhich can cause deforestation (timber, palm, soya, beef, leather, biofuels) from sustainable sources"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our own brand products will not contribution to global deforestation and we’ll source all commoditieswhich can cause deforestation (timber, palm, soya, beef, leather, biofuels) from sustainable sources"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "Our own brand products will not contribution to global deforestation and we’ll source all commoditieswhich can cause deforestation (timber, palm, soya, beef, leather, biofuels) from sustainable sources"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            "Our own brand products will not contribution to global deforestation and we’ll source all commoditieswhich can cause deforestation (timber, palm, soya, beef, leather, biofuels) from sustainable sources"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        6/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          In their Human Rights Policy, Sainsbury's state that: "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." The Sainsbury's Code of Conduct for Ethical Trade also mentions "Freedom of association and the rights to collective bargaining are respected." 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "As part of our vision to be the most inclusive retailer and our commitment to diversity, we have signed up to the UN Women's Empowerment Principles that promote gender equality and women's empowerment as well as the 30% Club, Women in Finance Charter and are a diversity Champion with Stonewall."; "Our commitment to ethical and responsible sourcing is ongoing and we work with suppliers to ensure they continuously improve their performance in these areas. We also recognise the need to communicate this commitment to key stakeholders including the public, suppliers and the people who work in our supply chains."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        8/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          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?: Leather Working Group
          "We are part of the Leather Working Group which seeks to increase the volume of certified leather that we sell, and acknowledge the risk that exists with leather contributing to deforestation. It remains an important material that we collaborate with our key commercial and technical stakeholders across the business on".
        • 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?: 0 not specified

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: 0 not specified
          ""Does your organization undertake a forests-related risk assessment? Yes, forests-related risks are assessed"
        • 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."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "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. We view access to grievance mechanism and facilitating effective worker and supplier communication as critical for identifying and resolving supply chain issues." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    14/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    20/50
    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.

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

Disclaimer

This assessment has been carried out following the methodology developed for the Forest 500 project, available here. Please see our disclaimer applicable to all information contained within this site and our terms and conditions for use of data presented on this site.

All assessments use policies published on company and financial institution websites, and while we endeavor to keep them updated some links may have changed or been removed since the time of assessment.

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