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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0.00/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific
      0.00/6
      Pulp & Paper
      "Forest products supply chains will be confirmed to be “deforestation free” as soon as possible, and no later than 2020."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      UN Global Consumer Goods Forum; UN Global Compact
      Johnson and Johnson are a member of the UN Global Consumer Goods Forum and the UN Global Compact.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Forests are a vital resource critical to the health of all people, plants and animals that inhabit our planet. They provide a diverse range of resources like oxygen, food and medicine, as well as functions like water purification, climate regulation, and mitigation of natural hazards."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    43/86
    • Palm oil
      53/86
      • 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
            If Other, specify here:  
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            "Forest products supply chains will be confirmed to be “deforestation free” as soon as possible, and no later than 2020." "We expect all our suppliers to ensure the sources of the oils are from: a legal source, preferably from where the principles and criteria of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) are met."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Forest products supply chains will be confirmed to be “deforestation free” as soon as possible, and no later than 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Forest products supply chains will be confirmed to be “deforestation free” as soon as possible, and no later than 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Forest products supply chains will be confirmed to be “deforestation free” as soon as possible, and no later than 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Forest products supply chains will be confirmed to be “deforestation free” as soon as possible, and no later than 2020."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Forest products supply chains will be confirmed to be “deforestation free” as soon as possible, and no later than 2020."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Forest products supply chains will be confirmed to be “deforestation free” as soon as possible, and no later than 2020."
        • 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
            Johnson and Johnson require their palm oil suppliers to ensure "the protection of peatlands, HCV areas and HCS forests within its concessions".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Johnson and Johnson require their palm oil suppliers to ensure "the protection of peatlands, HCV areas and HCS forests within its concessions".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Johnson and Johnson require their palm oil suppliers to ensure "the protection of peatlands, HCV areas and HCS forests within its concessions".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Johnson and Johnson require their palm oil suppliers to ensure "the protection of peatlands, HCV areas and HCS forests within its concessions".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Johnson and Johnson require their palm oil suppliers to ensure "the protection of peatlands, HCV areas and HCS forests within its concessions".
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "We are committed to implementing our sourcing criteria across our top suppliers representing at least 85 percent of our volume by year-end 2020."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Johnson and Johnson require their palm oil suppliers to ensure "the protection of peatlands, HCV areas and HCS forests within its concessions".
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        21/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            "We [...] have been publicly sharing our progress through [RSPO] Annual Communication of Progress since 2011."
          • 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 have been publicly sharing our progress through [RSPO] Annual Communication of Progress since 2011."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "We [...] have been publicly sharing our progress through [RSPO] Annual Communication of Progress since 2011."
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "We have been publicly sharing our progress through [RSPO] Annual Communication of Progress since 2011."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "EF works with our suppliers to obtain specific supply chain information that can be assessed and monitored for conformance with our sourcing criteria. We also use tools such as Global Forest Watch data, independently verified reports of noncompliance and on-the-ground NGO information to understand if there are instances of noncompliance."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "In instances of verified nonconformances to our Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Criteria, we have a robust nonconformance process to engage and drive time-bound action plans. Our preference is to engage entities in our supply chains to improve and partner closely with EF on this front."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Johnson and Johnson publicly report a list of the majority of their direct suppliers and mills.
        • 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
          51,954 tonnes
          Johnson and Johnson report their usage of palm oil through the RSPO ACOP, reporting a usage of 81,441 tonnes in 2017, 51,954 tonnes of which were RSPO certified. 
      • Social Considerations
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Palm Oil suppliers must source their palm from plantations which abide by free, prior, and informed consent. 
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Johnson and Johnson require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Johnson and Johnson suppliers must guarantee that their workers are free from discrimination based on gender. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      33/86
      • Commitment Strength
        19/36
        • 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: FSC
            "Forest products supply chains will be confirmed to be “deforestation free” as soon as possible, and no later than 2020." "We prefer FSC certified and post-consumer recycled content in our wood-fiber based products."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Forest products supply chains will be confirmed to be “deforestation free” as soon as possible, and no later than 2020." 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Forest products supply chains will be confirmed to be “deforestation free” as soon as possible, and no later than 2020." 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Forest products supply chains will be confirmed to be “deforestation free” as soon as possible, and no later than 2020." 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Forest products supply chains will be confirmed to be “deforestation free” as soon as possible, and no later than 2020." 
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Forest products supply chains will be confirmed to be “deforestation free” as soon as possible, and no later than 2020." 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Forest products supply chains will be confirmed to be “deforestation free” as soon as possible, and no later than 2020." 
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            "We prefer FSC certified and post-consumer recycled content in our wood-fiber based products."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We prefer FSC certified and post-consumer recycled content in our wood-fiber based products."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            "We prefer FSC certified and post-consumer recycled content in our wood-fiber based products."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We prefer FSC certified and post-consumer recycled content in our wood-fiber based products."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "We prefer FSC certified and post-consumer recycled content in our wood-fiber based products."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • 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
        9/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "At the end of 2016, 58 percent of our packaging...was verified by Johnson & Johnson to conform to our standards."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            other third party verification
            The report was assured by ERM Certification and Verification Services
          • 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
          No
          0/2
        • 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 prefer FSC certified materials to verify conformance to our sourcing criteria. [...] In some cases, additional verification by Johnson & Johnson or Rainforest Alliance may be required."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "If a source is verified as nonconforming, we require that a time-bound action plan—which must be approved by Johnson & Johnson and our direct supplier—be developed and implemented swiftly. Progress against that action plan will be reviewed regularly."
        • 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
        5/16
        • 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
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Johnson and Johnson require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Johnson and Johnson suppliers must guarantee that their workers are free from discrimination based on gender. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    21/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    15/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    7/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Johnson & Johnson is a global family of companies manufacturing medical devices, pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare products. Its consumer range contains well-known beauty brands such as Aveeno, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear and Le Petit Marseillais. Amongst its soaps, shampoos, lotions and creams, Johnson & Johnson uses palm oil derivatives as emollients and emulsifiers. In 2015 the total volume of palm oil derivatives used by the company exceeded 85,000 tonnes.

Sector
Industry sector 
Cosmetics & personal care
Segments
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HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

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