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  • Overall approach
    1/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific
      0/6
      Timber
      "Lowe’s commits to source wood that[...]does not come from deforestation or other ecosystem conversion, which leads to biodiversity loss, including that of rare, threatened and endangered species".
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Lowe’s commits to source wood that: comes from a known source; is legally harvested and traded; does not threaten high conservation value[...]"
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    21/86
    • Leather
      4/86
      • 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
        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
          Lowe's Companies Inc. state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO and the UN Declaration 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
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      14/86
      • Commitment Strength
        10/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC; PEFC
            Type of commitment: Certification
            "99.9 percent of RONA's paper [a subsidiary of Lowe's] used for flyers, printing, envelopes and marketing material is...sustainably certified FSC, SFI or PEFC."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "99.9 percent of RONA's paper [a subsidiary of Lowe's] used for flyers, printing, envelopes and marketing material is...sustainably certified FSC, SFI or PEFC."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            "99.9 percent of RONA's paper [a subsidiary of Lowe's] used for flyers, printing, envelopes and marketing material is...sustainably certified FSC, SFI or PEFC."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "99.9 percent of RONA's paper [a subsidiary of Lowe's] used for flyers, printing, envelopes and marketing material is...sustainably certified FSC, SFI or PEFC."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "99.9 percent of RONA's paper [a subsidiary of Lowe's] used for flyers, printing, envelopes and marketing material is...sustainably certified FSC, SFI or PEFC."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "99.9 percent of RONA's paper [a subsidiary of Lowe's] used for flyers, printing, envelopes and marketing material is...sustainably certified FSC, SFI or PEFC."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "99.9 percent of RONA's paper [a subsidiary of Lowe's] used for flyers, printing, envelopes and marketing material is...sustainably certified FSC, SFI or PEFC."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No
            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
        • 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
        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
          "[Lowe's' Social Accountability and Environmental] program strives to:• Ensure that workers who manufacture the products we buy operate in safe conditions, are treated fairly and are paid in accordance with local law...Social Accountability and Envionmental categories [include]: Child labor/young labor, Forced labor, Discrimination, Freedom of association...We uphold the SAE program standards and expectations by auditing our import vendors’ factories."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Timber
      47/86
      • Commitment Strength
        33/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          19/21
          • Commitment details
            Conversion-free commitment
            10.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Conversion-free commitment
            10.7/10.7
            Type of commitment: Zero conversion; Zero deforestation
            "Lowe’s commits to source wood that[...]does not come from deforestation or other ecosystem conversion, which leads to biodiversity loss, including that of rare, threatened and endangered species". "By 2025, 100% of Lowe’s wood products will be purchased from a responsible source, thus either certified or from a controlled source." "For Lowe’s, a responsible source is either 1) certified or 2) controlled: Lowe’s recognizes the following certifications: FSC and all the certifications recognized under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Lowe’s gives preference to FSC-certified wood products when they are available and meet product performance and business requirements". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "By 2025, 100% of Lowe’s wood products will be purchased from a responsible source, thus either certified or from a controlled source." "Lowe’s recognizes the following certifications: FSC and all the certifications recognized under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Lowe’s gives preference to FSC-certified wood products when they are available and meet product performance and business requirements"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "By 2025, 100% of Lowe’s wood products will be purchased from a responsible source, thus either certified or from a controlled source." "Lowe’s recognizes the following certifications: FSC and all the certifications recognized under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Lowe’s gives preference to FSC-certified wood products when they are available and meet product performance and business requirements"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "By 2025, 100% of Lowe’s wood products will be purchased from a responsible source, thus either certified or from a controlled source." "Lowe’s recognizes the following certifications: FSC and all the certifications recognized under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Lowe’s gives preference to FSC-certified wood products when they are available and meet product performance and business requirements"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "By 2025, 100% of Lowe’s wood products will be purchased from a responsible source, thus either certified or from a controlled source." "Lowe’s recognizes the following certifications: FSC and all the certifications recognized under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Lowe’s gives preference to FSC-certified wood products when they are available and meet product performance and business requirements"
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/2
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/2
            "By 2025, 100% of Lowe’s wood products will be purchased from a responsible source, thus either certified or from a controlled source." "Lowe’s recognizes the following certifications: FSC and all the certifications recognized under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Lowe’s gives preference to FSC-certified wood products when they are available and meet product performance and business requirements"
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "By 2025, 100% of Lowe’s wood products will be purchased from a responsible source, thus either certified or from a controlled source." "Lowe’s recognizes the following certifications: FSC and all the certifications recognized under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Lowe’s gives preference to FSC-certified wood products when they are available and meet product performance and business requirements"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          13/15
          • 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
            " We actively maintain a responsible wood sourcing database, which allows us to monitor and enforce our wood policy and to alter sourcing decisions when a supplier doesn’t meet our expectations."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            " We actively maintain a responsible wood sourcing database, which allows us to monitor and enforce our wood policy and to alter sourcing decisions when a supplier doesn’t meet our expectations."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            " We actively maintain a responsible wood sourcing database, which allows us to monitor and enforce our wood policy and to alter sourcing decisions when a supplier doesn’t meet our expectations."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            " We actively maintain a responsible wood sourcing database, which allows us to monitor and enforce our wood policy and to alter sourcing decisions when a supplier doesn’t meet our expectations."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            " We actively maintain a responsible wood sourcing database, which allows us to monitor and enforce our wood policy and to alter sourcing decisions when a supplier doesn’t meet our expectations."
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            " We actively maintain a responsible wood sourcing database, which allows us to monitor and enforce our wood policy and to alter sourcing decisions when a supplier doesn’t meet our expectations."
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        10/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            In 2017, Lowe's reported that, "currently, 66% of our wood products are from certified sources."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            3/3
            Lowe's reported that "the 2016 wood sourcing database tracked more than 500 million cubic feet of wood for more than 11,000 products from 180 suppliers. More than 73 percent of our wood was certified for sustainable management practices, including 68 percent certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. We publish performance data for wood every two years."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
            certification
          • 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
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          The total volume of wood sourced by Lowe's in 2016 was approx. 500 million cubic feet of which 73% was certified (68% was SFI certified). 
      • 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
          Lowe's Companies Inc. state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO and the UN Declaration 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
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    14/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    3/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    4/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Lowe’s Companies is a major home improvement company based in the US with operations in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Its products include building materials, appliances, furniture and flooring. Of its sales, the vast majority are in the US. In 2015, Lowe’s had one of largest market shares for DIY, furniture, and homeware in the world. It is one of the largest home improvement chains in the US and is one of the top four leading home improvement companies worldwide.

Sector
Industry sector 
Furniture & flooring, Home improvement
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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