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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      UN Global Compact
      Tchibo and Bieresdorf (sub-groups of Maxingvest AG) are both members of, and committed to, the principles of the UN Global Compact. 
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Our impact on biodiversity, and deforestation in particular, is shaped mainly by theinput materials for our raw and packaging materials – especially palm (kernel) oil and paper."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    40/86
    • Palm oil
      54/86
      • Commitment Strength
        30/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification; Sustainability commitment
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            Subsidiary Beiersdorf state: "Our objective is to switch all our palm (kernel) oil-based product ingredients to physically certified materials meeting the RSPO standard by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Subsidiary Beiersdorf state: "Our objective is to switch all our palm (kernel) oil-based product ingredients to physically certified materials meeting the RSPO standard by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Subsidiary Beiersdorf state: "Our objective is to switch all our palm (kernel) oil-based product ingredients to physically certified materials meeting the RSPO standard by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Subsidiary Beiersdorf state: "Our objective is to switch all our palm (kernel) oil-based product ingredients to physically certified materials meeting the RSPO standard by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Subsidiary Beiersdorf state: "Our objective is to switch all our palm (kernel) oil-based product ingredients to physically certified materials meeting the RSPO standard by 2020."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Subsidiary Beiersdorf state: "Our objective is to switch all our palm (kernel) oil-based product ingredients to physically certified materials meeting the RSPO standard by 2020."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Subsidiary Beiersdorf state: "Our objective is to switch all our palm (kernel) oil-based product ingredients to physically certified materials meeting the RSPO standard by 2020."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "In 2018 we covered 63% of our palm-based raw material volumes through mass-balanced palm (kernel) oil. Our ambitious goal for 2020 is to transition all our palm (kernel) oil-based ingredients to physical, sustainably certified, mass-balanced raw materials. Until then we will continue to balance our remaining requirement by purchasing Book and Claim certificates on the RSPO trading platform."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2018 we covered 63% of our palm-based raw material volumes through mass-balanced palm (kernel) oil. Our ambitious goal for 2020 is to transition all our palm (kernel) oil-based ingredients to physical, sustainably certified, mass-balanced raw materials. Until then we will continue to balance our remaining requirement by purchasing Book and Claim certificates on the RSPO trading platform."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2018 we covered 63% of our palm-based raw material volumes through mass-balanced palm (kernel) oil. Our ambitious goal for 2020 is to transition all our palm (kernel) oil-based ingredients to physical, sustainably certified, mass-balanced raw materials. Until then we will continue to balance our remaining requirement by purchasing Book and Claim certificates on the RSPO trading platform."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2018 we covered 63% of our palm-based raw material volumes through mass-balanced palm (kernel) oil. Our ambitious goal for 2020 is to transition all our palm (kernel) oil-based ingredients to physical, sustainably certified, mass-balanced raw materials. Until then we will continue to balance our remaining requirement by purchasing Book and Claim certificates on the RSPO trading platform."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2018 we covered 63% of our palm-based raw material volumes through mass-balanced palm (kernel) oil. Our ambitious goal for 2020 is to transition all our palm (kernel) oil-based ingredients to physical, sustainably certified, mass-balanced raw materials. Until then we will continue to balance our remaining requirement by purchasing Book and Claim certificates on the RSPO trading platform."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "In 2018 we covered 63% of our palm-based raw material volumes through mass-balanced palm (kernel) oil. Our ambitious goal for 2020 is to transition all our palm (kernel) oil-based ingredients to physical, sustainably certified, mass-balanced raw materials. Until then we will continue to balance our remaining requirement by purchasing Book and Claim certificates on the RSPO trading platform."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "In 2018 we covered 63% of our palm-based raw material volumes through mass-balanced palm (kernel) oil. Our ambitious goal for 2020 is to transition all our palm (kernel) oil-based ingredients to physical, sustainably certified, mass-balanced raw materials. Until then we will continue to balance our remaining requirement by purchasing Book and Claim certificates on the RSPO trading platform."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, no compliance check
            2/4
            "In 2018 we launched a project to trace our palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials through our tier 1 suppliers back to the upstream refineries and mills [...] We can already trace back 92% of our procurement volume of palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials today."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2018 we launched a project to trace our palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials through our tier 1 suppliers back to the upstream refineries and mills [...] We can already trace back 92% of our procurement volume of palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials today."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2018 we launched a project to trace our palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials through our tier 1 suppliers back to the upstream refineries and mills [...] We can already trace back 92% of our procurement volume of palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials today."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2018 we launched a project to trace our palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials through our tier 1 suppliers back to the upstream refineries and mills [...] We can already trace back 92% of our procurement volume of palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials today."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "In 2018 we launched a project to trace our palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials through our tier 1 suppliers back to the upstream refineries and mills [...] We can already trace back 92% of our procurement volume of palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials today."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "In 2018 we launched a project to trace our palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials through our tier 1 suppliers back to the upstream refineries and mills [...] We can already trace back 92% of our procurement volume of palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials today."
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            "In 2018 we launched a project to trace our palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials through our tier 1 suppliers back to the upstream refineries and mills [...] We can already trace back 92% of our procurement volume of palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials today."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        15/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            "In 2018 we covered 63% of our palm-based raw material volumes through mass-balanced palm (kernel) oil. Our ambitious goal for 2020 is to transition all our palm (kernel) oil-based ingredients to physical, sustainably certified, mass-balanced raw materials. Until then we will continue to balance our remaining requirement by purchasing Book and Claim certificates on the RSPO trading platform."
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "In 2018 we covered 63% of our palm-based raw material volumes through mass balanced palm (kernel) oil."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            "In 2018 we launched a project to trace our palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials through our tier 1 suppliers back to the upstream refineries and mills [...] We can already trace back 92% of our procurement volume of palm (kernel) oil-based raw materials today."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "In 2018 we covered 63% of our palm-based raw material volumes through mass-balanced palm (kernel) oil. Our ambitious goal for 2020 is to transition all our palm (kernel) oil-based ingredients to physical, sustainably certified, mass-balanced raw materials. Until then we will continue to balance our remaining requirement by purchasing Book and Claim certificates on the RSPO trading platform."
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "In 2018 we covered 63% of our palm-based raw material volumes through mass balanced palm (kernel) oil."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2.00/4
          "We carry out supplier audits – an integral part of our Responsible Sourcing Program [...] to verify their compliance with the requirements set out in this code."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          No
          0.00/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Full
          4/4
          Beiersdorf AG report to RSPO through an annual ACOP.
      • Social Considerations
        9/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Beiersdorf state that they abide by the minimum standards for social security and human rights as set by the ILO and the UN Declaration on Human Rights. They require their 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
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1.00/4
          Beiersdorf requires that its suppliers ensures no discrimination based on the grounds of gender. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to protect priority forests
          Yes
          4/4
          "As part of a cooperation project with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in West Kalimantan (Indonesia), since mid-2018 we have been working to improve the living conditions of palm (kernel) oil smallholder farmers. Our engagement not only benefits the 300 smallholder farmers directly involved in the project but also three village communities with around 4,500 inhabitants. We intend to implement additional projects with further partners to achieve similar improvements in the global palm (kernel) oil supply chain."
    • Pulp & Paper
      27/86
      • Commitment Strength
        18/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            Type of commitment: Certification
            "Sustainable Paper Packaging Guideline (2018): commitment to procure and use 100% FSC-certified paper-based materials by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Sustainable Paper Packaging Guideline (2018): commitment to procure and use 100% FSC-certified paper-based materials by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Maxingvest has other companies that use paper for packaging
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Sustainable Paper Packaging Guideline (2018): commitment to procure and use 100% FSC-certified paper-based materials by 2020."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Sustainable Paper Packaging Guideline (2018): commitment to procure and use 100% FSC-certified paper-based materials by 2020."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "Sustainable Paper Packaging Guideline (2018): commitment to procure and use 100% FSC-certified paper-based materials by 2020."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Sustainable Paper Packaging Guideline (2018): commitment to procure and use 100% FSC-certified paper-based materials by 2020."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Reduction of material inputs
            "The use of recycled materials in our product packaging is therefore a key topic. In close collaboration with suppliers cross-departmental teams work o developing optimal solutions for sustainable, safe and attractive packaging"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "The use of recycled materials in our product packaging is therefore a key topic. In close collaboration with suppliers cross-departmental teams work o developing optimal solutions for sustainable, safe and attractive packaging"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Maxingvest has other subsidiaries that use paper for packaging
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "The use of recycled materials in our product packaging is therefore a key topic. In close collaboration with suppliers cross-departmental teams work o developing optimal solutions for sustainable, safe and attractive packaging"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "The use of recycled materials in our product packaging is therefore a key topic. In close collaboration with suppliers cross-departmental teams work o developing optimal solutions for sustainable, safe and attractive packaging"
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            "The use of recycled materials in our product packaging is therefore a key topic. In close collaboration with suppliers cross-departmental teams work o developing optimal solutions for sustainable, safe and attractive packaging"
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            "The use of recycled materials in our product packaging is therefore a key topic. In close collaboration with suppliers cross-departmental teams work o developing optimal solutions for sustainable, safe and attractive packaging"
        • 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
        4/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            "8% [of sales of products with improved environmental footprint] was achievedboth through improvements in the area of packaging as well as in product formulation"
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            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
          Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          No
          0.00/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          Partial
          2/4
          Beiersdorf report their total paper usage in an annual sustainability report
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Beiersdorf state that they abide by the minimum standards for social security and human rights as set by the ILO and the UN Declaration on Human Rights. They require their 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
          Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1.00/4
          Beiersdorf requires that its suppliers ensures no discrimination based on the grounds of gender. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    24/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    9/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    7/16
    Avg. score

Profile

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 and is especially important in Indonesia and Brazil. Furthermore, it is among the top ten in the world for beauty and personal care and among the top five in the world for skincare, being especially important in major importing markets such as Western Europe and China.

Sector
Industry sector 
Cosmetics & personal care
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Germany
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed

Top Brands

Tchibo, Beiserdorf, Nivea, Eucerin, Hansaplast, Hidrofugal

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