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  • Overall approach
    6/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Deforestation-Free
      4/6
      Sainsbury's state "in addition to our 2020 target that our own-brand products will not contribute to deforestation, we are working with the Consumer Goods Forum on its zero net deforestation commitment".
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      "We're proud to be one of the first signatories of the Cerrado Manifesto, and are delighted to work alongside the new signatories to help halt deforestation in Cerrado, Brazil". Sainsbury's is a member of WWF's FTN, and the Consumer Goods Forum. 
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "The Cerrado is a global biodiversity hotspot that is also critical for carbon storage and rainfall, and thus Brazil’s agricultural productivity, but is suffering high rates of deforestation and native vegetation loss". 
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    37/86
    • Beef
      29/86
      • Commitment Strength
        17/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          16/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "Our suppliers of corned beef from Brazil have public commitments in place not to source from farmers engaged in deforestation of the Amazon biome after 2009. All direct farms are also assessed by our suppliers to ensure they are not associated with illegal deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            "Our suppliers of corned beef from Brazil have public commitments in place not to source from farmers engaged in deforestation of the Amazon biome after 2009. All direct farms are also assessed by our suppliers to ensure they are not associated with illegal deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Our suppliers of corned beef from Brazil have public commitments in place not to source from farmers engaged in deforestation of the Amazon biome after 2009. All direct farms are also assessed by our suppliers to ensure they are not associated with illegal deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Our suppliers of corned beef from Brazil have public commitments in place not to source from farmers engaged in deforestation of the Amazon biome after 2009. All direct farms are also assessed by our suppliers to ensure they are not associated with illegal deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Our suppliers of corned beef from Brazil have public commitments in place not to source from farmers engaged in deforestation of the Amazon biome after 2009. All direct farms are also assessed by our suppliers to ensure they are not associated with illegal deforestation."
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            "Our suppliers of corned beef from Brazil have public commitments in place not to source from farmers engaged in deforestation of the Amazon biome after 2009. All direct farms are also assessed by our suppliers to ensure they are not associated with illegal deforestation."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our suppliers of corned beef from Brazil have public commitments in place not to source from farmers engaged in deforestation of the Amazon biome after 2009. All direct farms are also assessed by our suppliers to ensure they are not associated with illegal deforestation."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        8/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/4
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.7
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.7
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          2009
          Sainsbury's state that they have a 2009 cut-off date for beef.
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "We have clear requirements in place for our Brazilian tinned corned beef. This includes sourcing from direct farms which are located outside of the Amazon biome to reduce the risk of deforestation being associated with our supply chain. A monitoring and review process is in place to ensure the delivery of these requirements."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          'Sainsbury's engage with their corned beef suppliers in Brazil but do not exclude suppliers for non-compliance, stating that "we also have regular discussions with our corned beef suppliers about how to address any associated deforestation risks throughout the Brazilian beef supply chain."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Sainsbury's reported their total usage of beef as 60000 Metric tons in 2017.
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Sainsbury's requires suppliers to respect the ILO's four fundamental principles and rights at work.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Leather
      22/86
      • Commitment Strength
        18/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          18/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            In relation to their overarching sustainability standard, J Sainsbury's PLC states "our own brand products will not contribution to global deforestation and we’ll source all commodities which can cause deforestation (timber, palm, soya, beef, leather, biofuels) from sustainable sources". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            In relation to their overarching sustainability standard, J Sainsbury's PLC states "our own brand products will not contribution to global deforestation and we’ll source all commodities which can cause deforestation (timber, palm, soya, beef, leather, biofuels) from sustainable sources". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            In relation to their overarching sustainability standard, J Sainsbury's PLC states "our own brand products will not contribution to global deforestation and we’ll source all commodities which can cause deforestation (timber, palm, soya, beef, leather, biofuels) from sustainable sources". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            In relation to their overarching sustainability standard, J Sainsbury's PLC states "our own brand products will not contribution to global deforestation and we’ll source all commodities which can cause deforestation (timber, palm, soya, beef, leather, biofuels) from sustainable sources". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            In relation to their overarching sustainability standard, J Sainsbury's PLC states "our own brand products will not contribution to global deforestation and we’ll source all commodities which can cause deforestation (timber, palm, soya, beef, leather, biofuels) from sustainable sources". 
          • Target date
            2020
            1.8/2
            Target date
            2020
            1.8/2
            In relation to their overarching sustainability standard, J Sainsbury's PLC states "our own brand products will not contribution to global deforestation and we’ll source all commodities which can cause deforestation (timber, palm, soya, beef, leather, biofuels) from sustainable sources". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            In relation to their overarching sustainability standard, J Sainsbury's PLC states "our own brand products will not contribution to global deforestation and we’ll source all commodities which can cause deforestation (timber, palm, soya, beef, leather, biofuels) from sustainable sources". by 2020
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Tier 1 supplier, checks compliance
            0/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Tier 1 supplier, checks compliance
            0/5.3
            Tu clothing trace back to tier 1
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/4
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.7
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.7
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Sainsbury's requires suppliers to respect the ILO's four fundamental principles and rights at work.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Palm oil
      43/86
      • Commitment Strength
        23/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)[...]we now source 98.4% of our palm oil from sustainable sources and we are striving to ensure that more or our palm oil is RSPO Segregated every year".  
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)[...]we now source 98.4% of our palm oil from sustainable sources and we are striving to ensure that more or our palm oil is RSPO Segregated every year". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)[...]we now source 98.4% of our palm oil from sustainable sources and we are striving to ensure that more or our palm oil is RSPO Segregated every year". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)[...]we now source 98.4% of our palm oil from sustainable sources and we are striving to ensure that more or our palm oil is RSPO Segregated every year". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)[...]we now source 98.4% of our palm oil from sustainable sources and we are striving to ensure that more or our palm oil is RSPO Segregated every year". 
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)[...]we now source 98.4% of our palm oil from sustainable sources and we are striving to ensure that more or our palm oil is RSPO Segregated every year"."In addition to our 2020 target that our own-brand products will not contribute to deforestation" 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)[...]we now source 98.4% of our palm oil from sustainable sources and we are striving to ensure that more or our palm oil is RSPO Segregated every year". 
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)[...]we now source 98.4% of our palm oil from sustainable sources and we are striving to ensure that more or our palm oil is RSPO Segregated every year". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)[...]we now source 98.4% of our palm oil from sustainable sources and we are striving to ensure that more or our palm oil is RSPO Segregated every year". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)[...]we now source 98.4% of our palm oil from sustainable sources and we are striving to ensure that more or our palm oil is RSPO Segregated every year". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)[...]we now source 98.4% of our palm oil from sustainable sources and we are striving to ensure that more or our palm oil is RSPO Segregated every year". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)[...]we now source 98.4% of our palm oil from sustainable sources and we are striving to ensure that more or our palm oil is RSPO Segregated every year". 
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)[...]we now source 98.4% of our palm oil from sustainable sources and we are striving to ensure that more or our palm oil is RSPO Segregated every year". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)[...]we now source 98.4% of our palm oil from sustainable sources and we are striving to ensure that more or our palm oil is RSPO Segregated every year". 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)[...]we now source 98.4% of our palm oil from sustainable sources and we are striving to ensure that more or our palm oil is RSPO Segregated every year". 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "We ensure that the palm oil in our products is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)[...]we now source 98.4% of our palm oil from sustainable sources and we are striving to ensure that more or our palm oil is RSPO Segregated every year". 
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          2005
          Sainsbury's state a cut-off date of 2005 for palm oil.
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "A key requirement is for the palm derivatives to be RSPO certified (either as segregated or mass balance) with a full chain of custody. This information is stored on our product specification system and each year we [...]  compile a sustainability report on palm oil to monitor compliance and progress and to inform engagement with our suppliers."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          11378.2 tonnes
          Sainsbury's reported their total consumption of palm oil as 11378.3 tonnes, and their certified volume as 11378.2 tonnes, to the RSPO ACOP in 2017.
      • Social Considerations
        8/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Sainsbury's palm oil policy requires Free, Prior, and Informed Consent.
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Sainsbury's requires suppliers to respect the ILO's four fundamental principles and rights at work.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      54/86
      • Commitment Strength
        34/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC; PEFC
            "We are committed to sourcing our key raw materials according to independently peer reviewed sustainability standards by 2020 . . .We are working to ensure that our own-brand products do not contribute to deforestation;. . .93 per cent of the wood we use comes from recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources with full chain of custody. For palm oil and timber, our goal is to maintain our current performance" Sainsbury's timber policy includes paper.
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We are committed to sourcing our key raw materials according to independently peer reviewed sustainability standards by 2020 . . .We are working to ensure that our own-brand products do not contribute to deforestation;. . .93 per cent of the wood we use comes from recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources with full chain of custody. For palm oil and timber, our goal is to maintain our current performance" Sainsbury's timber policy includes paper.
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "We are committed to sourcing our key raw materials according to independently peer reviewed sustainability standards by 2020 . . .We are working to ensure that our own-brand products do not contribute to deforestation;. . .93 per cent of the wood we use comes from recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources with full chain of custody. For palm oil and timber, our goal is to maintain our current performance" Sainsbury's timber policy includes paper.
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We are committed to sourcing our key raw materials according to independently peer reviewed sustainability standards by 2020 . . .We are working to ensure that our own-brand products do not contribute to deforestation;. . .93 per cent of the wood we use comes from recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources with full chain of custody. For palm oil and timber, our goal is to maintain our current performance" Sainsbury's timber policy includes paper.
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We are committed to sourcing our key raw materials according to independently peer reviewed sustainability standards by 2020 . . .We are working to ensure that our own-brand products do not contribute to deforestation;. . .93 per cent of the wood we use comes from recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources with full chain of custody. For palm oil and timber, our goal is to maintain our current performance" Sainsbury's timber policy includes paper.
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "We are committed to sourcing our key raw materials according to independently peer reviewed sustainability standards by 2020 . . .We are working to ensure that our own-brand products do not contribute to deforestation;. . .93 per cent of the wood we use comes from recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources with full chain of custody. For palm oil and timber, our goal is to maintain our current performance" Sainsbury's timber policy includes paper.
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We are committed to sourcing our key raw materials according to independently peer reviewed sustainability standards by 2020 . . .We are working to ensure that our own-brand products do not contribute to deforestation;. . .93 per cent of the wood we use comes from recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources with full chain of custody. For palm oil and timber, our goal is to maintain our current performance" Sainsbury's timber policy includes paper.
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "Our approach is to reduce the amount of packaging used, ensure it is recyclable and increase the amount of recycled material in it. Our 2020 target is to reduce our packaging by 50 per cent compared to 2005 and we have achieved 35 per cent so far."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our approach is to reduce the amount of packaging used, ensure it is recyclable and increase the amount of recycled material in it. Our 2020 target is to reduce our packaging by 50 per cent compared to 2005 and we have achieved 35 per cent so far."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our approach is to reduce the amount of packaging used, ensure it is recyclable and increase the amount of recycled material in it. Our 2020 target is to reduce our packaging by 50 per cent compared to 2005 and we have achieved 35 per cent so far."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our approach is to reduce the amount of packaging used, ensure it is recyclable and increase the amount of recycled material in it. Our 2020 target is to reduce our packaging by 50 per cent compared to 2005 and we have achieved 35 per cent so far."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our approach is to reduce the amount of packaging used, ensure it is recyclable and increase the amount of recycled material in it. Our 2020 target is to reduce our packaging by 50 per cent compared to 2005 and we have achieved 35 per cent so far."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Our approach is to reduce the amount of packaging used, ensure it is recyclable and increase the amount of recycled material in it. Our 2020 target is to reduce our packaging by 50 per cent compared to 2005 and we have achieved 35 per cent so far."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Our approach is to reduce the amount of packaging used, ensure it is recyclable and increase the amount of recycled material in it. Our 2020 target is to reduce our packaging by 50 per cent compared to 2005 and we have achieved 35 per cent so far."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            4/4
            "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."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "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."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "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."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "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."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "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."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "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."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "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."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        12/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our approach is to reduce the amount of packaging used, ensure it is recyclable and increase the amount of recycled material in it. Our 2020 target is to reduce our packaging by 50 per cent compared to 2005 and we have achieved 35 per cent so far."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "93 per cent of the wood we use comes from recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources with full chain of custody."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
            "93 per cent of the wood we use comes from recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources with full chain of custody."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          1994
          Sainsbury's state a cut-off date of 1994 for timber/paper. 
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Time-specific monitoring statement
          4/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Time-specific monitoring statement
          4/4
          J Sainsbury's PLC monitors compliance through their "sustainability and legality information for each product is captured every 12 months as part of our due diligence system. We also compile an annual sustainability report on our paper/timber products to monitor compliance and progress and to inform engagement with our suppliers". 
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
          Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Sainsbury's report their 2017 usage of timber and paper as 648000 Wood raw material equivalent (WRME).
      • Social Considerations
        8/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Sainsbury's state that timber/paper needs to be sourced with FPIC. 
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Sainsbury's requires suppliers to respect the ILO's four fundamental principles and rights at work.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Soy
      26/86
      • Commitment Strength
        18/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          18/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "we have committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 and ensuring that our Sainsbury’s Own Brand products do not contribute to global deforestation. Soy is a key part of this and we are working hard to ensure soy in our supply chains is not linked to global deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "we have committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 and ensuring that our Sainsbury’s Own Brand products do not contribute to global deforestation. Soy is a key part of this and we are working hard to ensure soy in our supply chains is not linked to global deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "we have committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 and ensuring that our Sainsbury’s Own Brand products do not contribute to global deforestation. Soy is a key part of this and we are working hard to ensure soy in our supply chains is not linked to global deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "we have committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 and ensuring that our Sainsbury’s Own Brand products do not contribute to global deforestation. Soy is a key part of this and we are working hard to ensure soy in our supply chains is not linked to global deforestation."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "we have committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 and ensuring that our Sainsbury’s Own Brand products do not contribute to global deforestation. Soy is a key part of this and we are working hard to ensure soy in our supply chains is not linked to global deforestation."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.8/2
            Target date
            2020
            1.8/2
            "we have committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 and ensuring that our Sainsbury’s Own Brand products do not contribute to global deforestation. Soy is a key part of this and we are working hard to ensure soy in our supply chains is not linked to global deforestation."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "we have committed to achieving zero-net deforestation by 2020 and ensuring that our Sainsbury’s Own Brand products do not contribute to global deforestation. Soy is a key part of this and we are working hard to ensure soy in our supply chains is not linked to global deforestation."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.7
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Attending & contributing to meetings
          "Together with other retailers we work collaboratively with the Retail Soy Group to determine the minimum requirements we believe industry standards should include. This ensures we can help develop and foster a strong, multi-stakeholder set of zero deforestation standards that can bring benefits to growers and for sustainable development". 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          249000 Metric tons
          Sainsbury's reported their usage of soy in 2017 as 249000 Metric tons.
      • Social Considerations
        4/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Sainsbury's requires suppliers to respect the ILO's four fundamental principles and rights at work.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Timber
      52/86
      • Commitment Strength
        33/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          18/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            "We are committed to sourcing our key raw materials according to independently peer reviewed sustainability standards by 2020 . . .We are working to ensure that our own-brand products do not contribute to deforestation;. . .93 per cent of the wood we use comes from recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources with full chain of custody. For palm oil and timber, our goal is to maintain our current performance"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We are committed to sourcing our key raw materials according to independently peer reviewed sustainability standards by 2020 . . .We are working to ensure that our own-brand products do not contribute to deforestation;. . .93 per cent of the wood we use comes from recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources with full chain of custody. For palm oil and timber, our goal is to maintain our current performance"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We are committed to sourcing our key raw materials according to independently peer reviewed sustainability standards by 2020 . . .We are working to ensure that our own-brand products do not contribute to deforestation;. . .93 per cent of the wood we use comes from recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources with full chain of custody. For palm oil and timber, our goal is to maintain our current performance"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We are committed to sourcing our key raw materials according to independently peer reviewed sustainability standards by 2020 . . .We are working to ensure that our own-brand products do not contribute to deforestation;. . .93 per cent of the wood we use comes from recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources with full chain of custody. For palm oil and timber, our goal is to maintain our current performance"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We are committed to sourcing our key raw materials according to independently peer reviewed sustainability standards by 2020 . . .We are working to ensure that our own-brand products do not contribute to deforestation;. . .93 per cent of the wood we use comes from recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources with full chain of custody. For palm oil and timber, our goal is to maintain our current performance"
          • Target date
            2020
            1.8/2
            Target date
            2020
            1.8/2
            "We are committed to sourcing our key raw materials according to independently peer reviewed sustainability standards by 2020. 93 per cent of the wood we use comes from recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources with full chain of custody"
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "We are committed to sourcing our key raw materials according to independently peer reviewed sustainability standards by 2020. 93 per cent of the wood we use comes from recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sources with full chain of custody"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          15/15
          • 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
            "Our second system is our due diligence system (to comply with EU timber regulations) which provides traceability for all our own brand products back to mill for paper products and forest for timber products."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Our second system is our due diligence system (to comply with EU timber regulations) which provides traceability for all our own brand products back to mill for paper products and forest for timber products."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Our second system is our due diligence system (to comply with EU timber regulations) which provides traceability for all our own brand products back to mill for paper products and forest for timber products."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Our second system is our due diligence system (to comply with EU timber regulations) which provides traceability for all our own brand products back to mill for paper products and forest for timber products."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Our second system is our due diligence system (to comply with EU timber regulations) which provides traceability for all our own brand products back to mill for paper products and forest for timber products."
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            "Our second system is our due diligence system (to comply with EU timber regulations) which provides traceability for all our own brand products back to mill for paper products and forest for timber products."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our second system is our due diligence system (to comply with EU timber regulations) which provides traceability for all our own brand products back to mill for paper products and forest for timber products."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            4/4
            "97% of timber in our products certified to international sustainability standards, such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.7
            certification
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.7
            certification
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          1994
          Sainsbury's state a cut-off date of 1994 for timber/paper. 
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Time-specific monitoring statement
          4/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Time-specific monitoring statement
          4/4
          J Sainsbury's PLC monitors compliance through their "sustainability and legality information for each product is captured every 12 months as part of our due diligence system. We also compile an annual sustainability report on our paper/timber products to monitor compliance and progress and to inform engagement with our suppliers". 
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Sainsbury's report their 2017 usage of timber and paper as 648000 Wood raw material equivalent (WRME).
      • Social Considerations
        8/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Sainsbury's require timber to be sourced with FPIC. 
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Sainsbury's requires suppliers to respect the ILO's four fundamental principles and rights at work.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    24/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    8/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    6/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Sainsbury’s is a retail group also active in property, banking, and energy. The company operates more than 1,200 supermarkets and convenience stores as of 2016, 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. Sainsbury’s is among the top 20 grocery retailers by brand market share. The breadth of its retail offerings expose the group to a variety of forest risk commodities.

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

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