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  • Overall approach
    6/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Overall commitment
      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
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: UN Global Compact
      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
      Awareness
      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
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      What revenue comes from industries relevant to each forest risk commodity?: NA

      What type of risk is recognised?: Financial; Operational; Competition; Reputational

      What poportion of a company’s annual revenue depends on each forest risk commodity?: NA
      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
      0/1
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Reduce emissions
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030

      Is this target aligned with/verified by SBTi?: Yes
      "30% absolute reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 2025 (vs. base year 2018) Climate neutral operations by 2030"
  • Commodity score
    28/90
    • Palm oil
      42/90
      • Commitment Strength
        12/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          1/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: Beiersdorf

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: Tchibo

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA

            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidiary

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Subsidiary specific
            Beiersdorf: "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."; (HCS/Peat commitment) "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
            2025
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: deforestation- and conversion-free palm supply chain by 2025
            Beiersdorf: "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."; (HCS/Peat commitment) "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
            No
            0/0.5
            Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: 2020
            Beiersdorf: "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."; (HCS/Peat commitment) "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
          6/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            When was this commitment set?: 2021
            "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
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidiary

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Specific to Beiersdorf

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: Only applies to Beiersdorf

            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: Beiersdorf
            Beiersdorf: "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
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: trace the raw materials we use right back to their source
            "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
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: Current
            "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."
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        8/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "The UN‘s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) [...] PROHIBITION OF CHILD LABOR [...] EXCLUSION OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, FORCED LABOR AND DISCIPLINARY MEASURES [...] FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND RIGHT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING [...] Working hours shall comply with the applicable laws and the current industry standards, the more strict regulation shall apply [...]The Business Partner must, above all, be compliant with all applicable laws and regulations and maintain a proper Safety and Health management system that, together with all employees, works to prevent work-related illnesses and injuries."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          2/2
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          2/2
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 240

          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          "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
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          ""This Code of Conduct for Business Partners (“Code of Conduct” or “CoC”) represents the foundation for all cooperation between Beiersdorf and its Business Partners … All employees shall have the right to equal treatment, social benefits and equal opportuni- ties. Any discrimination on the grounds of gender, color, race, age, religion or ideology, social class or origin, ethnic and national origin, caste, disablement, marital or family status, pregnancy and physical characteristics, membership of employee organizations including unions, political opinion, sexual orientation or any other personal characteristics, are prohibited"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: The Policy is applicable to all our products produced in Beiersdorf’s own global operations and in our third-party manufacturer operations.
          "Application of the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to promote the rights of indigenous and forest-dependent people"
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        23/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          0/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          0/2
          Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: Focus on Beiserdorf

          What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 0%

          Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

          Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

          What methods are used for verification?: RSPO

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/3
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/3
          "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 all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          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?: promoting sustainable development through a major joint landscape project in the Malaysian region of Tabin. smallholder project with WWF in West Kalimantan,

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/ advice/ experience/ expertise; 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. [...] 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. [...] Furthermore, together with the specialty chemicals company Evonik and the WWF we are promoting sustainable development through a major joint landscape project in the Malaysian region of Tabin, in Sabah on the island of Borneo. The aim of the program is sustainable palm oil production and an end to deforestation. To achieve this, by 2025 all palm oil farmers and a total area of 20,000 hectares will be certified according to the internationally recognized RSPO standard. Additionally, we are working with Evonik and WWF to protect wildlife habitats in Tabin, since this region is home to many endangered species. The aim is to stabilize the populations of endangered species such as the rare Borneo elephant and the orangutan over the next five years. "
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually
          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

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company?: Own mechanism
          "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 sourced/used
          Reporting partial volumes
          2/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting partial volumes
          1.5/3
          Total volume: 28,600 tonnes for Beiersdorf

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: 0 tonnes

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: 28,600 tonnes

          What product types/sectors is this in?: food

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA
          In their latest sustainability report Beiersdorf state that 100% of Beiersdorf's palm is RSPO certified excluding Coppertone. In their 2020 RSPO ACOP Beiersdorf report that thier total usage of palm oil is 28,600 tonnes. 100.00% of this is RSPO certified
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Inspection
          "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
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          What type of location data (boundary, point, etc.) is provided for smallholder farms?: NA

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Indonesia; Malaysia; Thailand; Colombia

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: NA

          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 100%

          For what percent of smallholder suppliers is location disclosed?: NA

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0%

          For what percent is no location data disclosed?: 0%

          What is the volume of each forest risk commodity that the company sourced in the previous year from each national or subnational location?: NA

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Yes
          "The disclosed palm oil mills list is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We have made considerable effort to validate the data but cannot guarantee its full accuracy or completeness."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • 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 commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: na

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: na

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: No

          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". The audits are done through Sedex and AIM-PROGRESS
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, excluded
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, excluded
          1/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No

          How many noncompliant producers or suppliers are engaged through improvement plans or other processes, and what percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: Zero
          “in 2021 we identified 75 high-risk suppliers as having significant actual and potential negative social impacts …In 2021 there were no cases of termination of a supplier relationship due to a major breach of our Business Partner Code of Conduct”
    • Pulp & Paper
      20/90
      • Commitment Strength
        7/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          3/4
          • 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 [...] paper by 2025"
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Deforestation-free by 2025
            "Deforestation-free sourcing of our main raw materials [...] paper by 2025"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: 2020
            "Deforestation-free sourcing of our main raw materials [...] paper by 2025" [...] "100% FSC-certified paper by 2020: Target achieved" - FSC commitment only applies to primary packaging
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "The UN‘s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) [...] PROHIBITION OF CHILD LABOR [...] EXCLUSION OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, FORCED LABOR AND DISCIPLINARY MEASURES [...] FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND RIGHT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING [...] Working hours shall comply with the applicable laws and the current industry standards, the more strict regulation shall apply [...]The Business Partner must, above all, be compliant with all applicable laws and regulations and maintain a proper Safety and Health management system that, together with all employees, works to prevent work-related illnesses and injuries."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          ""This Code of Conduct for Business Partners (“Code of Conduct” or “CoC”) represents the foundation for all cooperation between Beiersdorf and its Business Partners … All employees shall have the right to equal treatment, social benefits and equal opportuni- ties. Any discrimination on the grounds of gender, color, race, age, religion or ideology, social class or origin, ethnic and national origin, caste, disablement, marital or family status, pregnancy and physical characteristics, membership of employee organizations including unions, political opinion, sexual orientation or any other personal characteristics, are prohibited"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        9/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
          Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC

          Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: Only covers folding boxes

          What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: NA

          Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC

          What methods are used for verification?: FSC

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: NA
          "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."
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • 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
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company?: Own mechanism
          "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 sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Inspection
          "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
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • 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
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Action plan

          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: NA
          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
          Yes, excluded
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, excluded
          1/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No

          How many noncompliant producers or suppliers are engaged through improvement plans or other processes, and what percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: Zero
          “in 2021 we identified 75 high-risk suppliers as having significant actual and potential negative social impacts …In 2021 there were no cases of termination of a supplier relationship due to a major breach of our Business Partner Code of Conduct”
    • Soy *
      15/90
      • Commitment Strength
        7/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          3/4
          • 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
            0.8/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: deforestation-free soy by 2025
            "Deforestation-free sourcing of our main raw materials (e.g. palm oil, soy, paper) by 2025"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "The UN‘s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) [...] PROHIBITION OF CHILD LABOR [...] EXCLUSION OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, FORCED LABOR AND DISCIPLINARY MEASURES [...] FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND RIGHT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING [...] Working hours shall comply with the applicable laws and the current industry standards, the more strict regulation shall apply [...]The Business Partner must, above all, be compliant with all applicable laws and regulations and maintain a proper Safety and Health management system that, together with all employees, works to prevent work-related illnesses and injuries."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          ""This Code of Conduct for Business Partners (“Code of Conduct” or “CoC”) represents the foundation for all cooperation between Beiersdorf and its Business Partners … All employees shall have the right to equal treatment, social benefits and equal opportuni- ties. Any discrimination on the grounds of gender, color, race, age, religion or ideology, social class or origin, ethnic and national origin, caste, disablement, marital or family status, pregnancy and physical characteristics, membership of employee organizations including unions, political opinion, sexual orientation or any other personal characteristics, are prohibited"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        5/56
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • 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

          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 sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: inspection

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA
          "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
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • 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
    9/17
    Avg. score
  • Implementation and Reporting
    14/56
    Avg. score
  • Associated Human Rights Abuses
    5/17
    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 
Paper Packaging, Personal Products
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Germany
Company Type
Company type 
CO
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Tchibo, Beiserdorf, Nivea, Eucerin, Hansaplast, Hidrofugal

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