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  • Overall approach
    0/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      0/1
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
      High-level management
      No
      0/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?:
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    18/84
    • Pulp & Paper
      18/84
      • Commitment Strength
        12/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          5/12
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            "Meredith Corporation is committed to paper purchasing policies that support thesustainable management of forests and other natural resources. Our suppliers must be compliant with all environmental and forestry laws and regulations applicable to their federal, state and local origins of operation. Our suppliers must demonstrate consistent improvement in their use of third-party certified sources. We support all credible third-party certification standards. We evaluate our major suppliers annually to ensure improvement in this area."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Meredith Corporation is committed to paper purchasing policies that support the sustainable management of forests and other natural resources. Our suppliers must be compliant with all environmental and forestry laws and regulations applicable to their federal, state and local origins of operation. Our suppliers must demonstrate consistent improvement in their use of third-party certified sources. We support all credible third-party certification standards. We evaluate our major suppliers annually to ensure improvement in this area."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "Meredith Corporation is committed to paper purchasing policies that support the sustainable management of forests and other natural resources. [...] We use lighter weight grades of paper that meet our quality requirements, thus reducing the amount of paper fiber consumed. We review our basis weights and trim sizes annually. We reduce them whenever possible, with consideration of the impact on quality." [...] "Meredith has saved millions of pounds of paper by reducing magazine basis weights–the thickness of the paper. Additionally, nearly all magazines are run on a short cut-off press, further reducing Meredith’s paper use. When printing, Meredith uses ink optimization that reduces ink usage for its magazines by 10 to 12 percent versus traditional methods"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Meredith Corporation is committed to paper purchasing policies that support the sustainable management of forests and other natural resources. [...] We use lighter weight grades of paper that meet our quality requirements, thus reducing the amount of paper fiber consumed. We review our basis weights and trim sizes annually. We reduce them whenever possible, with consideration of the impact on quality."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Meredith Corporation is committed to paper purchasing policies that support the sustainable management of forests and other natural resources. [...] We use lighter weight grades of paper that meet our quality requirements, thus reducing the amount of paper fiber consumed. We review our basis weights and trim sizes annually. We reduce them whenever possible, with consideration of the impact on quality."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "All of Meredith’s paper is supplied by mills with third-party chain ofcustody certification. More than 80% of the paper produced by themills supplying Meredith contains third-party certified fiber."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            "All of Meredith’s paper is supplied by mills with third-party chain ofcustody certification. More than 80% of the paper produced by themills supplying Meredith contains third-party certified fiber."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Meredith Corporation is committed to paper purchasing policies that support the sustainable management of forests and other natural resources.1. Our suppliers must be compliant with all environmental and forestry laws and regulations applicable to their federal, state and local origins of operation.[...] We expect continuous improvement of our suppliers’ environmental performance and we conduct ongoing reviews to monitor their performance. We require our suppliers to provide regular environmental and sustainability reports to document their commitment to the environment."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "Meredith Corporation is committed to paper purchasing policies that support the sustainable management of forests and other natural resources. Our suppliers must be compliant with all environmental and forestry laws and regulations applicable to their federal, state and local origins of operation. Our suppliers must demonstrate consistent improvement in their use of third-party certified sources. We support all credible third-party certification standards. We evaluate our major suppliers annually to ensure improvement in this area."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    12/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    6/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    0/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Meredith Corporation is a leading American media and marketing company operating in publishing, printing as well as broadcasting. Its publications have a readership of over 120 million with a paid circulation of over 40 million having published magazines such as Sports Illustrated and Fortune Magazine. It also owns various well-known national television stations such as CBS, FOX and ABC. Meredith Corporation is selected as a powerbroker for pulp & paper and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities, Paper & packaging, Printing & publishing
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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People, Living, Shape, Parents, InStyle, Health, Entertainment, Eating Well

How we assess the Forest 500

To ensure deforestation free supply chains, companies need to adopt and implement timebound and measurable policies for forest risk commodities.

All assessments use policies published on company websites, some links may have changed or been removed since the time of assessment.

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