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  • Overall approach
    6/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Zero deforestation/Deforestation-free commitment or, for timber, pulp & paper companies only, commitment to well implemented harvest and no deforestation of HCV & HCS areas
      3/4
      "Deforestation-free sourcing of our main raw materials (e.g. palm oil, soy, paper) by 2025"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Beiersdorf is a member of; The UN Global Compact and the Consumer Goods Forum. Tchibo is a member of the UN Global Compact
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "No development of High Carbon Stock (HCS) or High Conservation Value Areas (HCVA) as defined under the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA)"
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: All
      Raw material procurement is included within the following risks assessed by Beiersdorf - "A group wide integrated risk and opportunity management is based on a structured system for capturing, assessing and managing risks. [...] In this process we differentiate between operational, functional and strategic risks and carry out a net risk assessment of risks. As a success-oriented company aware of its responsibilities we see it as vital to assess the potential financial consequences of such risks as early as possible as well as any aspects that could potentially impact our reputation.
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Other or unclear

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2025
      Beiersdorf- "We want to reduce our energy-related CO2 emissions (scope 1 and 2) per product manufactured by 70% by 2025"
  • Commodity score
    38/88
    • Palm oil
      55/88
      • Commitment Strength
        16/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "By the end of 2020 we achieved our target to source 100% of our palm-based raw materials from sustainably certified origins in all our products worldwide according to the RSPO Mass Balance supply chain model as a minimum. Furthermore, we strive to source our palm-based raw materials in accordance with NDPE** principles and are dedicated to achieving a deforestation- and conversion-free palm supply chain by 2025."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidary
            "By the end of 2020 we achieved our target to source 100% of our palm-based raw materials from sustainably certified origins in all our products worldwide according to the RSPO Mass Balance supply chain model as a minimum. Furthermore, we strive to source our palm-based raw materials in accordance with NDPE** principles and are dedicated to achieving a deforestation- and conversion-free palm supply chain by 2025."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "By the end of 2020 we achieved our target to source 100% of our palm-based raw materials from sustainably certified origins in all our products worldwide according to the RSPO Mass Balance supply chain model as a minimum. Furthermore, we strive to source our palm-based raw materials in accordance with NDPE** principles and are dedicated to achieving a deforestation- and conversion-free palm supply chain by 2025."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "By the end of 2020 we achieved our target to source 100% of our palm-based raw materials from sustainably certified origins in all our products worldwide according to the RSPO Mass Balance supply chain model as a minimum. Furthermore, we strive to source our palm-based raw materials in accordance with NDPE** principles and are dedicated to achieving a deforestation- and conversion-free palm supply chain by 2025."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "No development of High Carbon Stock (HCS) or High Conservation Value Areas (HCVA) as defined under the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) Cessation and prevention of cultivation and fires on peatlands and other areas with a high carbon soil content, regardless of depth"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidary
            "No development of High Carbon Stock (HCS) or High Conservation Value Areas (HCVA) as defined under the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) Cessation and prevention of cultivation and fires on peatlands and other areas with a high carbon soil content, regardless of depth"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "No development of High Carbon Stock (HCS) or High Conservation Value Areas (HCVA) as defined under the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) Cessation and prevention of cultivation and fires on peatlands and other areas with a high carbon soil content, regardless of depth"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            "No development of High Carbon Stock (HCS) or High Conservation Value Areas (HCVA) as defined under the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) Cessation and prevention of cultivation and fires on peatlands and other areas with a high carbon soil content, regardless of depth"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          5/6
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "We therefore strive to work very closely with our suppliers to trace the raw materials we use right back to their source. In 2018 we launched a project to trace our palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials further upstream than our Tier 1 suppliers, all the way back to the refineries and mills. The project objective is to maximize transparency in our palm (kernel) oil supply chain, identify sustainability “hot spots”, and provide targeted support for local projects. Our largest raw material suppliers (Tier 1) are integrated into the project, meaning we already know the origin of 92% of our purchasing volume for palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Segment; Subsidary
            "We therefore strive to work very closely with our suppliers to trace the raw materials we use right back to their source. In 2018 we launched a project to trace our palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials further upstream than our Tier 1 suppliers, all the way back to the refineries and mills. The project objective is to maximize transparency in our palm (kernel) oil supply chain, identify sustainability “hot spots”, and provide targeted support for local projects. Our largest raw material suppliers (Tier 1) are integrated into the project, meaning we already know the origin of 92% of our purchasing volume for palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "We therefore strive to work very closely with our suppliers to trace the raw materials we use right back to their source. In 2018 we launched a project to trace our palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials further upstream than our Tier 1 suppliers, all the way back to the refineries and mills. The project objective is to maximize transparency in our palm (kernel) oil supply chain, identify sustainability “hot spots”, and provide targeted support for local projects. Our largest raw material suppliers (Tier 1) are integrated into the project, meaning we already know the origin of 92% of our purchasing volume for palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2018
            "We therefore strive to work very closely with our suppliers to trace the raw materials we use right back to their source. In 2018 we launched a project to trace our palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials further upstream than our Tier 1 suppliers, all the way back to the refineries and mills. The project objective is to maximize transparency in our palm (kernel) oil supply chain, identify sustainability “hot spots”, and provide targeted support for local projects. Our largest raw material suppliers (Tier 1) are integrated into the project, meaning we already know the origin of 92% of our purchasing volume for palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials."
      • Social Considerations
        13/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR
          We actively uphold human rights along our entire value chain[...]Our own business activities and the cooperation with our business partners are based on the following principles and guidelines:The UN Universal Declaration of Human RightsThe Conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)The OECD Guidelines for Multinational EnterprisesAll applicable country-specific laws and statutory requirements.With our commitment to the UN Global Compact we further emphasize our belief and commitment to support human rights and that we actively promote its Ten Principles in any of our own companies as well as in our business partners’ organizations."; "We engage our suppliers to actively work with us on the following principles:"[...]No exploitation of people, and full respect for human and workers’ rights, in particular migrant and temporary worker rights, as defined by the conventions of [...]the Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights of the United Nations"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support

          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 240
          "We aim to convince smallholder farmers that the sustainable cultivation of oil-bearing palms without further deforestation contributes to improving their overall living and working conditions. Furthermore, by supporting these projects, we aim to increase the availability of physical, sustainably certified palm-based raw materials. Our goal is to drive the sustainable transformation of the palm industry forward continually and achieve a lasting positive impact for smallholder farmers and their livelihoods in sourcing countries."; "As part of a cooperation project with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, we have been working since mid-2018 to improve the livelihoods of palm (kernel) oil smallholder farmers. We want to convince them that the sustainable cultivation of oil-bearing palms without further deforestation contributes to improving the living standard and income situation of local communities. Through our commitment not only the 240 smallholders involved in the project benefit directly, but also the three local villages with around 4,500 inhabitants. "
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES All employees shall have the right to equal treatment, social benefits and equal opportunities. Any discrimination on the grounds of gender"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Application of the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to promote the rights of indigenous and forest-dependent people"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        27/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            "By the end of 2020 we achieved our target to source 100% of our palm-based raw materials from sustainably certified origins in all our products worldwide according to the RSPO Mass Balance supply chain model as a minimum. "
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            RSPO Certification used for commitment - "Beiersdorf is closely involved in both the RSPO and the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP) in order to promote an end-to-end sustainable palm (kernel) oil economy. The RSPO Principles define a responsible minimum industry standard, while FONAP is strongly committed to environmental and local community concerns through advanced certification criteria. These include:Stopping and preventing cultivation on peat lands and other areas with a high carbon soil content"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "We therefore strive to work very closely with our suppliers to trace the raw materials we use right back to their source. In 2018 we launched a project to trace our palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials further upstream than our Tier 1 suppliers, all the way back to the refineries and mills. The project objective is to maximize transparency in our palm (kernel) oil supply chain, identify sustainability “hot spots”, and provide targeted support for local projects. Our largest raw material suppliers (Tier 1) are integrated into the project, meaning we already know the origin of 92% of our purchasing volume for palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            Beiersdorf reports their certified palm oil with annual ACOP reporting
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: rspo

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            RSPO Certification used for commitment - "Beiersdorf is closely involved in both the RSPO and the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP) in order to promote an end-to-end sustainable palm (kernel) oil economy. The RSPO Principles define a responsible minimum industry standard, while FONAP is strongly committed to environmental and local community concerns through advanced certification criteria. These include:Stopping and preventing cultivation on peat lands and other areas with a high carbon soil content"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Beiersdorf will give preference to suppliers that commit to our Sustainable Palm Principles and actively support us on progressing our Sustainable Palm Roadmap and achieving our targets.
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2018
          "No deforestation and conversion of primary or secondary forests or natural ecosystems after November 15, 2018"
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Cooperation project with WWF 

          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing technical capacity
          "As part of a cooperation project with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, we have been working since mid-2018 to improve the livelihoods of palm (kernel) oil smallholder farmers. We want to convince them that the sustainable cultivation of oil-bearing palms without further deforestation contributes to improving the living standard and income situation of local communities. Through our commitment not only the 240 smallholders involved in the project benefit directly, but also the three local villages with around 4,500 inhabitants. "
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annual
          "Within the ASD initiative, we conduct an annual risk assessment at geographical level focused on deforestation, social and regulatory risks and identify priority areas and mills to be considered for engagement and risk mitigation. Furthermore, we regularly evaluate our main palm derivatives suppliers on their compliance with our Sustainable Palm Policy."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Compliance with all applicable international and local laws and regulations of the countries in which operations are managed or services provided, including anti-corruption and bribery laws"[...] "Within the ASD initiative, we conduct an annual risk assessment at geographical level focused on deforestation, social and regulatory risks and identify priority areas and mills to be considered for engagement and risk mitigation. Furthermore, we regularly evaluate our main palm derivatives suppliers on their compliance with our Sustainable Palm Policy."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social
          "we have established an externally accessible whistleblowing system Speak up. We care. It is a protected, secure, and independent reporting channel for our employees as well as our customers, consumers, and all other stakeholders and is available in more than 40 languages in all countries where Beiersdorf and its subsidiaries do business"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 33,221 tonnes
          The company reports a total of 33,221 Tonnes of palm oil within their 2019 ACOP report, all of which is certified.
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          What is the certified volume?: 33221 tonnes
          The company reports a total of 33,221 Tonnes of palm oil within their 2019 ACOP report, all of which is certified.
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "The suppliers shall agree that Beiersdorf may verify compliance with this Code using measures deemed appropriate by Beiersdorf. Such measures may also include announced and unannounced inspections of the suppliers' premises by persons appointed by Beiersdorf." Code of Conduct includes labour rights
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Every 3 years
          They carry out audits on their production sites to ensure compliance in line with the "Environmental Protection and Safety Management Audit Scheme". The audits are done every 3 years. There is a "joint development of action plans" to remedy issues and "In extreme cases, the audit results can also lead to the exclusion of suppliers". The audits are done through Sedex and AIM-PROGRESS.
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Action plans
          They carry out audits on their production sites to ensure compliance in line with the "Environmental Protection and Safety Management Audit Scheme". The audits are done every 3 years. There is a "joint development of action plans" to remedy issues and "In extreme cases, the audit results can also lead to the exclusion of suppliers". The audits are done through Sedex and AIM-PROGRESS.
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      30/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "Deforestation-free sourcing of our main raw materials (e.g. palm oil, soy, paper) by 2025" ; "We have established a “Sustainable Paper and Cardboard Policy” with the goal to switch to 100% sustainable paper and cardboard materials worldwide by 2020.Today, already 100% of our folding boxes, which we use to pack our face creams, for example, are made of FSC-certified material (“Forest Stewardship Council”). However, we did not reach our target in all regions for other paper-based packaging such as shipping boxes, and other Point of Sales materials. Therefore, we are currently working intensively on switching over further paper-based materials to FSC-certified or recycled paper."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Deforestation-free sourcing of our main raw materials (e.g. palm oil, soy, paper) by 2025" 
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "Deforestation-free sourcing of our main raw materials (e.g. palm oil, soy, paper) by 2025"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "We have established a “Sustainable Paper and Cardboard Policy” with the goal to switch to 100% sustainable paper and cardboard materials worldwide by 2020. Today, already 100% of our folding boxes, which we use to pack our face creams, for example, are made of FSC-certified material (“Forest Stewardship Council”). However, we did not reach our target in all regions for other paper-based packaging such as shipping boxes, and other Point of Sales materials. Therefore, we are currently working intensively on switching over further paper-based materials to FSC-certified or recycled paper."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We have established a “Sustainable Paper and Cardboard Policy” with the goal to switch to 100% sustainable paper and cardboard materials worldwide by 2020. Today, already 100% of our folding boxes, which we use to pack our face creams, for example, are made of FSC-certified material (“Forest Stewardship Council”). However, we did not reach our target in all regions for other paper-based packaging such as shipping boxes, and other Point of Sales materials. Therefore, we are currently working intensively on switching over further paper-based materials to FSC-certified or recycled paper."
          • Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            Target date
            Past target date, not updated or not achieved
            0/0.7
            "We have established a “Sustainable Paper and Cardboard Policy” with the goal to switch to 100% sustainable paper and cardboard materials worldwide by 2020. Today, already 100% of our folding boxes, which we use to pack our face creams, for example, are made of FSC-certified material (“Forest Stewardship Council”). However, we did not reach our target in all regions for other paper-based packaging such as shipping boxes, and other Point of Sales materials. Therefore, we are currently working intensively on switching over further paper-based materials to FSC-certified or recycled paper."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR
          We actively uphold human rights along our entire value chain[...]Our own business activities and the cooperation with our business partners are based on the following principles and guidelines:The UN Universal Declaration of Human RightsThe Conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)The OECD Guidelines for Multinational EnterprisesAll applicable country-specific laws and statutory requirements.With our commitment to the UN Global Compact we further emphasize our belief and commitment to support human rights and that we actively promote its Ten Principles in any of our own companies as well as in our business partners’ organizations."; "We engage our suppliers to actively work with us on the following principles:"[...]No exploitation of people, and full respect for human and workers’ rights, in particular migrant and temporary worker rights, as defined by the conventions of [...]the Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights of the United Nations"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES All employees shall have the right to equal treatment, social benefits and equal opportunities. Any discrimination on the grounds of gender"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        15/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            "We have established a “Sustainable Paper and Cardboard Policy” with the goal to switch to 100% sustainable paper and cardboard materials worldwide by 2020. Today, already 100% of our folding boxes, which we use to pack our face creams, for example, are made of FSC-certified material (“Forest Stewardship Council”). However, we did not reach our target in all regions for other paper-based packaging such as shipping boxes, and other Point of Sales materials. Therefore, we are currently working intensively on switching over further paper-based materials to FSC-certified or recycled paper."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC
            "Deforestation-free sourcing of our main raw materials (e.g. palm oil, soy, paper) by 2025" ; "We have established a “Sustainable Paper and Cardboard Policy” with the goal to switch to 100% sustainable paper and cardboard materials worldwide by 2020.Today, already 100% of our folding boxes, which we use to pack our face creams, for example, are made of FSC-certified material (“Forest Stewardship Council”). However, we did not reach our target in all regions for other paper-based packaging such as shipping boxes, and other Point of Sales materials. Therefore, we are currently working intensively on switching over further paper-based materials to FSC-certified or recycled paper."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Loop
          "Since the beginning of 2019, Beiersdorf also supports the zero waste platform “Loop”, an initiative of the recycling company TerraCycle. During the pilot phases in the metropolitan areas of Paris and New York, Beiersdorf is participating with two products from the NIVEA MEN range. The goal of the Loop initiative is to prevent disposable packaging and instead provide consumers with a convenient and environmentally friendly alternative through long-life, refillable packaging and a continuous supply chain. The concept: Consumers collect their used-up product packaging at home, which is then collected by Loop, cleaned, refilled and re-used."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: own

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: no
           "we have established an externally accessible whistleblowing system Speak up. We care. It is a protected, secure, and independent reporting channel for our employees as well as our customers, consumers, and all other stakeholders and is available in more than 40 languages in all countries where Beiersdorf and its subsidiaries do business"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 27,856 tonnes
          "Materials used by weight or volume Paper/cardboard/carton 27,856 tonnes"
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 27,856 tonnes

          What third-party verification is used?: FSC

          What is the certified volume?: 0 tonnes
          Today, already 100% of our folding boxes, which we use to pack our face creams, for example, are made of FSC-certified material (“Forest Stewardship Council”). However, we did not reach our target in all regions for other paper-based packaging such as shipping boxes, and other Point of Sales materials.
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "The suppliers shall agree that Beiersdorf may verify compliance with this Code using measures deemed appropriate by Beiersdorf. Such measures may also include announced and unannounced inspections of the suppliers' premises by persons appointed by Beiersdorf." Code of Conduct includes labour rights
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Every 3 years

          Details of monitoring: Using third party verification
          They carry out audits on their production sites to ensure compliance in line with the "Environmental Protection and Safety Management Audit Scheme". The audits are done every 3 years. There is a "joint development of action plans" to remedy issues and "In extreme cases, the audit results can also lead to the exclusion of suppliers". The audits are done through Sedex and AIM-PROGRESS. 
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Action plans
          They carry out audits on their production sites to ensure compliance in line with the "Environmental Protection and Safety Management Audit Scheme". The audits are done every 3 years. There is a "joint development of action plans" to remedy issues and "In extreme cases, the audit results can also lead to the exclusion of suppliers". The audits are done through Sedex and AIM-PROGRESS. 
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy *
      21/88
      • Commitment Strength
        7/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
            "Deforestation-free sourcing of our main raw materials (e.g. palm oil, soy, paper) by 2025"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Deforestation-free sourcing of our main raw materials (e.g. palm oil, soy, paper) by 2025"
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            "Deforestation-free sourcing of our main raw materials (e.g. palm oil, soy, paper) by 2025"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
            Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
            "Deforestation-free sourcing of our main raw materials (e.g. palm oil, soy, paper) by 2025"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR
          We actively uphold human rights along our entire value chain[...]Our own business activities and the cooperation with our business partners are based on the following principles and guidelines:The UN Universal Declaration of Human RightsThe Conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)The OECD Guidelines for Multinational EnterprisesAll applicable country-specific laws and statutory requirements.With our commitment to the UN Global Compact we further emphasize our belief and commitment to support human rights and that we actively promote its Ten Principles in any of our own companies as well as in our business partners’ organizations."; "We engage our suppliers to actively work with us on the following principles:"[...]No exploitation of people, and full respect for human and workers’ rights, in particular migrant and temporary worker rights, as defined by the conventions of [...]the Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights of the United Nations"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES All employees shall have the right to equal treatment, social benefits and equal opportunities. Any discrimination on the grounds of gender"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        8/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
          They carry out audits to ensure compliance in line with the "Environmental Protection and Safety Management Audit Scheme". The audits are done every 3 years. There is a "joint development of action plans" to remedy issues and "In extreme cases, the audit results can also lead to the exclusion of suppliers" 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social
          "we have established an externally accessible whistleblowing system Speak up. We care. It is a protected, secure, and independent reporting channel for our employees as well as our customers, consumers, and all other stakeholders and is available in more than 40 languages in all countries where Beiersdorf and its subsidiaries do business"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "The suppliers shall agree that Beiersdorf may verify compliance with this Code using measures deemed appropriate by Beiersdorf. Such measures may also include announced and unannounced inspections of the suppliers' premises by persons appointed by Beiersdorf." Code of Conduct includes labour rights
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Every 3 years

          Details of monitoring: Using third party verification
          They carry out audits on their production sites to ensure compliance in line with the "Environmental Protection and Safety Management Audit Scheme". The audits are done every 3 years. There is a "joint development of action plans" to remedy issues and "In extreme cases, the audit results can also lead to the exclusion of suppliers". The audits are done through Sedex and AIM-PROGRESS. 
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          They carry out audits on their production sites to ensure compliance in line with the "Environmental Protection and Safety Management Audit Scheme". The audits are done every 3 years. There is a "joint development of action plans" to remedy issues and "In extreme cases, the audit results can also lead to the exclusion of suppliers"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    12/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    18/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    8/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Maxingvest is a holding company of subsidiaries Beiersdorf and Tchibo. Beiersdorf is a global cosmetics and skin care company present in more than 65 countries worldwide. The company is a major global player with brands including Nivea, Eucerin and La Prairie. Palm oil is a significant ingredient in its products. Beiersdorf is one of the top global players for sun care, beauty and personal care and skincare. Maxingvest AG is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil and paper packaging and is also assessed for its exposure to soy.

Sector
Industry sector 
Cosmetics, Personal care
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Germany
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Tchibo, Beiserdorf, Nivea, Eucerin, Hansaplast, Hidrofugal

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