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  • Overall approach
    1/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1.00/1
      "No destruction of primary, high carbon stock or high conservation value forests"
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    23/86
    • Beef
      9/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/21
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • 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
        • 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 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 protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          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
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Kraft Heinz Co. state that "We follow all applicable laws relating to the rights of land and natural resources [...] we adhere to the principle of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Kaft Heinz Co. state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO and the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights. They require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Kaft Heinz Co. require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Palm oil
      56/86
      • Commitment Strength
        28/36
        • 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; RA
            "Kraft Heinz is an active member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and has recently partnered with the Rainforest Alliance." "No deforestation" is listed as a sourcing principle.
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Kraft Heinz will source 100% certified sustainable palm oil and derivatives"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Kraft Heinz will source 100% certified sustainable palm oil and derivatives"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Kraft Heinz will source 100% certified sustainable palm oil and derivatives"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Kraft Heinz will source 100% certified sustainable palm oil and derivatives"
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Currently at 100%
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Kraft Heinz will source 100% certified sustainable palm oil and derivatives" Currently at 100%
        • 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
            "No deforestation, including no destruction of primary, high carbon stock or high conservation value forests No fire use in plantation operationsNo new development on peat lands regardless of the depth, and employ best management practices for existing operations on peat"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "No deforestation, including no destruction of primary, high carbon stock or highconservation value forestsNo fire use in plantation operationsNo new development on peat lands regardless of the depth, and employ bestmanagement practices for existing operations on peat"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "No deforestation, including no destruction of primary, high carbon stock or highconservation value forestsNo fire use in plantation operationsNo new development on peat lands regardless of the depth, and employ bestmanagement practices for existing operations on peat"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "No deforestation, including no destruction of primary, high carbon stock or highconservation value forestsNo fire use in plantation operationsNo new development on peat lands regardless of the depth, and employ bestmanagement practices for existing operations on peat"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "No deforestation, including no destruction of primary, high carbon stock or highconservation value forestsNo fire use in plantation operationsNo new development on peat lands regardless of the depth, and employ bestmanagement practices for existing operations on peat"
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "No deforestation, including no destruction of primary, high carbon stock or highconservation value forestsNo fire use in plantation operationsNo new development on peat lands regardless of the depth, and employ bestmanagement practices for existing operations on peat"
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "No deforestation, including no destruction of primary, high carbon stock or highconservation value forestsNo fire use in plantation operationsNo new development on peat lands regardless of the depth, and employ bestmanagement practices for existing operations on peat"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/11
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            "Kraft Heinz will actively work with its suppliers and other stakeholders to ensure the palm oil used in its products adheres to [...] Traceable to crude palm oil mill level"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Kraft Heinz will actively work with its suppliers and other stakeholders to ensure the palm oil used in its products adheres to [...] Traceable to crude palm oil mill level"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Kraft Heinz will actively work with its suppliers and other stakeholders to ensure the palm oil used in its products adheres to [...] Traceable to crude palm oil mill level"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Kraft Heinz will actively work with its suppliers and other stakeholders to ensure the palm oil used in its products adheres to [...] Traceable to crude palm oil mill level"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "Kraft Heinz will actively work with its suppliers and other stakeholders to ensure the palm oil used in its products adheres to [...] Traceable to crude palm oil mill level"
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        19/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Reported 6567 tonnes of RSPO certified palm 2018, 100% of usage
          • 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
            Reported 6567 tonnes of RSPO certified palm in 2018, 100% of usage
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Kraft Heinz reported that, in 2017, they had "visibility to the mill level for 90.24 percent of its directly purchased palm oil volumes. Implementation is progressing at different levels by supplier, and we’re monitoring whether we’ll need to adjust our timeline."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            Reported 6567 tonnes of RSPO certified palm in 2018, 100% of usage
          • 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
            Reported 6567 tonnes of RSPO certified palm in 2018, 100% of usage
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • 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
          "When Kraft Heinz becomes aware of any actions or conditions not in compliance with these Supplier Guiding Principles, such actions or conditions will be reviewed, and appropriate corrective measures will be implemented."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Kraft Heinz report a list of their 3 largest suppliers. 
        • 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
          6567 tonnes
          Reported 6567 tonnes, 100% RSPO certified in 2018
      • 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
          Kraft Heinz Co. state that "We follow all applicable laws relating to the rights of land and natural resources [...] we adhere to the principle of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Kaft Heinz Co. state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO and the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights. They require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Kaft Heinz Co. require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Soy
      9/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/21
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • 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
        • 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 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 protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          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
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Kraft Heinz Co. state that "We follow all applicable laws relating to the rights of land and natural resources [...] we adhere to the principle of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Kaft Heinz Co. state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO and the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights. They require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Kaft Heinz Co. require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      17/86
      • Commitment Strength
        8/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • 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
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Kraft Heinz commit to "optimizing material use and structure to meet shelf life needs; minimizing end-of-life impact; using packaging materials made with recycled content and/or that are recyclable, where possible; and maximizing the potential for transportation efficiency through improved packaging design. We will continue working with our suppliers to find better ways to deliver efficient, effective packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Kraft Heinz commit to "optimizing material use and structure to meet shelf life needs; minimizing end-of-life impact; using packaging materials made with recycled content and/or that are recyclable, where possible; and maximizing the potential for transportation efficiency through improved packaging design. We will continue working with our suppliers to find better ways to deliver efficient, effective packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Kraft Heinz commit to "optimizing material use and structure to meet shelf life needs; minimizing end-of-life impact; using packaging materials made with recycled content and/or that are recyclable, where possible; and maximizing the potential for transportation efficiency through improved packaging design. We will continue working with our suppliers to find better ways to deliver efficient, effective packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Kraft Heinz commit to "optimizing material use and structure to meet shelf life needs; minimizing end-of-life impact; using packaging materials made with recycled content and/or that are recyclable, where possible; and maximizing the potential for transportation efficiency through improved packaging design. We will continue working with our suppliers to find better ways to deliver efficient, effective packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Kraft Heinz commit to "optimizing material use and structure to meet shelf life needs; minimizing end-of-life impact; using packaging materials made with recycled content and/or that are recyclable, where possible; and maximizing the potential for transportation efficiency through improved packaging design. We will continue working with our suppliers to find better ways to deliver efficient, effective packaging."
          • 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
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • 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
          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
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Kraft Heinz Co. state that "We follow all applicable laws relating to the rights of land and natural resources [...] we adhere to the principle of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Kaft Heinz Co. state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO and the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights. They require suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Kaft Heinz Co. require suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    9/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    5/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    9/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Kraft Heinz is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world. Its numerous iconic brands include Kraft, Heinz, Kool-Aid, Capri-Sun and Philadelphia. As one of the leading international food product manufacturers Kraft Heinz is exposed to a range of forest risk commodities. Notably, its product range involves the use of palm oil, soy, pulp and paper. 

Sector
Industry sector 
Packaged food
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Kraft, Heinz, Oscay Meyer, Ore-Ida, Macaroni & Cheese, Velveeta, Capri Sun, KoolAid, Weight Watchers, Jell-O, Philadelphia, Golden Circle, Lunchables, Planters, Grey Poupon, Honig, Quero, HP Sauce, Lea & Perrins, TGI Fridays, Cool Whip, Heinz Ketchup, Heinz Baked Beans

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