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  • Overall approach
    8/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero-deforestation
      4/6
      "We are committed to zero deforestation and no illegal logging; we address these issues through our risk-based approach. We source our wood and pulp only from responsible sources and go beyond legal compliance to address social and environmental requirements."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: World Business Council for Sustainable Development Forest Solutions Group; UN Global Compact; WWF Global Forest & Trade Network; High Conservation Value Resource Network
      "Mondi prides itself on playing an active role in driving sustainable packaging solutions and already works closely with a number of stakeholders including the WWF, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Forest Solutions Group, as well as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative." [...] Mondi Group is a member of the UN Global Compact [...] "We support the High Conservation Value Resource Network (HCV RN) to promote the HCV principle in non-forest commodities, such as rubber, cotton, palm oil. We also provide input into the regulatory frameworks, such as Accountability Framework Initiative and the EU Action Plan against deforestation and forest degradation"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Our business and ecosystems are inextricably linked [...] our businesses and localcommunities rely on ecosystems for the provision of services such as water, climate regulation andfibre."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Operational
      "Why is this important to Mondi? Wood is one of our primary raw materials, our operations and natural ecosystems are inextricably linked. We have a clear business imperative to secure sustainable wood fibre in a fair and transparent way. Renewable raw materials play a key role in supporting the circular bioeconomy to benefit people, nature and our climate."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Not specified

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Pulp & Paper
      "Sustainable Development Committee - oversees the Group's sustainable development approach, policies, performance and commitments. Chaired by an independent non executive director. Responsibility for the governance of the environment, labour, human rights, society and product stewardship. Ensures alignment with global best practice." The Group's sustainable development policies include a sustainable forestry policy, which states that "We are not party to deforestation".
    • 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
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 0
  • Commodity score
    44/84
    • Pulp & Paper
      44/84
      • Commitment Strength
        14/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "Our commitments to 2020 - Procure at least 70% of our wood from FSC'�4 or PEFC'�5 certified sources with the balance meeting our company minimum wood standard that complies with FSC's requirements for Controlled Wood (CW) Maintain FSC certification for 100% of our owned and leased forest lands in South Africa and Russia and promote sustainable forest management"
          • 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?: Location

            What is the rationale for any exclusion?: Only Russia and South Africa included, 70% wood as a minimum
            "Our commitments to 2020 - Procure at least 70% of our wood from FSC–4 or PEFC–5 certified sources with the balance meeting our company minimum wood standard that complies with FSC’s requirements for Controlled Wood (CW) Maintain FSC certification for 100% of our owned and leased forest lands in South Africa and Russia and promote sustainable forest management"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Our commitments to 2020 - Procure at least 70% of our wood from FSC–4 or PEFC–5 certified sources with the balance meeting our company minimum wood standard that complies with FSC’s requirements for Controlled Wood (CW) Maintain FSC certification for 100% of our owned and leased forest lands in South Africa and Russia and promote sustainable forest management"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "Our commitments to 2020 - Procure at least 70% of our wood from FSC–4 or PEFC–5 certified sources with the balance meeting our company minimum wood standard that complies with FSC’s requirements for Controlled Wood (CW) Maintain FSC certification for 100% of our owned and leased forest lands in South Africa and Russia and promote sustainable forest management"
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/8
          • 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
            "Achieving materialand volumereduction for heavyduty packagingeasy-pak: As global supply chainsexpand, there is an increasingneed for bulk and large-itemshipping systems.The design of easy-pakenables customers to useless material for large-sized,heavy-duty boxes, resulting inless total weight. This paper-based solution also requiresless space during transport,reducing carbon emissions." "Green RangeGreen Range is Mondi’s trademarkfor sustainable uncoated fine papersolutions. The Green Rangetrademark meets many of ourSustainable Products criteria, namely: [...] Recycled materials: The paper is made with 100% recycled content from post-consumer waste."
          • 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?: Product line
            Only applies to easy-pak boxes and Green Range product line - "Achieving materialand volumereduction for heavyduty packagingeasy-pak: As global supply chainsexpand, there is an increasingneed for bulk and large-itemshipping systems.The design of easy-pakenables customers to useless material for large-sized,heavy-duty boxes, resulting inless total weight. This paper-based solution also requiresless space during transport,reducing carbon emissions." "Green RangeGreen Range is Mondi’s trademarkfor sustainable uncoated fine papersolutions. The Green Rangetrademark meets many of ourSustainable Products criteria, namely: [...] Recycled materials: The paper is made with 100% recycled content from post-consumer waste."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Only applies to easy-pak boxes and Green Range product line - "Achieving materialand volumereduction for heavyduty packagingeasy-pak: As global supply chainsexpand, there is an increasingneed for bulk and large-itemshipping systems.The design of easy-pakenables customers to useless material for large-sized,heavy-duty boxes, resulting inless total weight. This paper-based solution also requiresless space during transport,reducing carbon emissions." "Green RangeGreen Range is Mondi’s trademarkfor sustainable uncoated fine papersolutions. The Green Rangetrademark meets many of ourSustainable Products criteria, namely: [...] Recycled materials: The paper is made with 100% recycled content from post-consumer waste."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company - traces to Tier 1 supplier - checks compliance
            0/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company - traces to Tier 1 supplier - checks compliance
            0/4
            "For wood, virgin fibre, recycled fibre and finished fibre based products supplied to Mondi, suppliers are required to: Implement risk-based due diligence processes that enable adequate control of their supply chain and traceability of the origin of the wood and wood-derived raw materials, and that verify adherence with these requirements. • Demonstrate that they originate from FSC™ or PEFC™ or a credible alternative. If this is not possible, all non-certified fibre must meet Controlled Wood Standards as a minimum"
          • 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
        10/18
        • 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; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Mondi expects suppliers to provide a safe and fair working environment for its employees and contractors and to observe and respect internationally recognised human rights as described in the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Core Conventions, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the United Nations Global Compact. [...] Discrimination [...] Forced Labour [...] Child Labour [...] Freedom of association"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 3,200

          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support; Education and training; Economic
          "The small-scale timber grower programme has benefited over 3,200 growers through Mondi Zimele supporting and sourcing timber from 1-2 hectare households in rural communities. It has helped generate direct revenues of €6.75 million to date. As part of the programme, Mondi Zimele has distributed 2.1 million seedlings to eligible small growers, and provided training, mill visits and knowledge-sharing field day"
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality in the supply chain
          2/4
          "Treat all employees and contractors fairly and respectfully and to prohibit any discrimination or harassment, in particular, but not limited to, on the grounds of gender" [...] "Encourage and promote an inclusive work environment that provides equal opportunities for all, irrespective of their gender,
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        20/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            (Downstream only) How many hectares of deforestation and/or conversion have occurred since the commitment cut-off date in the operations of the company's direct or indirect suppliers?: 0 not specified

            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No

            (Downstream only) How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: 0 not specified

            (Upstream only) How many hectares of land owned, controlled or managed is certified?: 0 not specified

            (Producers only) How many hectares of deforestation and/or conversion have occurred since the commitment cut-off date on land owned, controlled, or managed by the company?: 0 not specified

            (Producers only) How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: 0 not specified
            "Our commitments to 2020 - Procure at least 70% of our wood from FSC–4 or PEFC–5 certified sources with the balance meeting our company minimum wood standard that complies with FSC’s requirements for Controlled Wood (CW) Maintain FSC certification for 100% of our owned and leased forest lands in South Africa and Russia and promote sustainable forest management"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Only applies to easy-pak boxes and Green Range product line - "Achieving materialand volumereduction for heavyduty packagingeasy-pak: As global supply chainsexpand, there is an increasingneed for bulk and large-itemshipping systems.The design of easy-pakenables customers to useless material for large-sized,heavy-duty boxes, resulting inless total weight. This paper-based solution also requiresless space during transport,reducing carbon emissions." "Green RangeGreen Range is Mondi’s trademarkfor sustainable uncoated fine papersolutions. The Green Rangetrademark meets many of ourSustainable Products criteria, namely: [...] Recycled materials: The paper is made with 100% recycled content from post-consumer waste."
          • 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
            What percent of the company’s supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 70%

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

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

            Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: yes, location based
            "Our commitments to 2020 - Procure at least 70% of our wood from FSC–4 or PEFC–5 certified sources with the balance meeting our company minimum wood standard that complies with FSC’s requirements for Controlled Wood (CW) Maintain FSC certification for 100% of our owned and leased forest lands in South Africa and Russia and promote sustainable forest management"
          • 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
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: WWF, PEFC, FSC, CEPI
          "We alsocollaborate with WWF to gain insights on country specific risks, improve the performance ofcertification schemes at national levels anddevelop the Controlled Wood (CW) system andcontrol measures [...] Mondi also participated at the PEFC International General Assembly where the challenges facing sustainable forest management in Europe and globally were discussed. Discussions focused on PEFC’s global relevance and credibility, while maintaining the benefits of its bottom-up approach by taking account of local conditions [...] In addition to our partnerships with WWF, FSC and PEFC, we collaborate with NGOs, forest sector organisations and scientific institutions to focus on credible forest certification and improving resilience of forests to climate change. Mondi is a member of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), which plays an important role in representing the interests of the paper industry in different regulatory bodies. We provided input to the European Commission’s guidance on the cascading use of biomass13 with best-practice examples on woody biomass. We also support the new CEPI alliance, 4evergreen,14 launched in January 2020, which aims to boost the contribution of fibre-based packaging in a circular and sustainable economy."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "Our Due Diligence Management System (DDMS)Our DDMS applies a risk-based approach toensure legal compliance and address broadereconomic, social and environmental issues acrossthe entire wood fibre supply chain. The DDMSfocuses on two key areas: Legal compliance: We classify our wood fibresourcing countries into three categories of risk –high, medium and low. Our risk levels are basedon the strength of national governance systems9and the prevalence of legal risks within eachcountry.10 Within each risk category, we havedefined the level of assurance or certificationgrade of materials sufficient to comply with legalrequirements for each country [...]For countries classified as high risk in our DDMS,we require FSC certification [...] We have purchased limited volumes ofFSC-certified wood from high-risk countries wherewe do not have our own operations, includingwood chips from Ukraine and market pulp fromBrazil."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Mondi has a supplier relationship management system in place to ensure there is a consistent process for the selection, evaluation, monitoring and management of Mondi’s suppliers. This system uses a riskbased approach to assess suppliers against the requirements of this Code and is based importantly on the country from which the product or service is provided. [...] We encourage our suppliers to reduce the environmental impact of their operations and safeguard natural resources. We require our suppliers, appropriate to nature of the business, to: • Comply with all relevant laws, regulations and environmental permits."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: Webtool, hotline number.

          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "Speakout is a confidential reporting tool for Mondi employees and external partners. The service is designed to support Mondi's corporate commitment to ethical, transparent business practice and conduct, as set out in Mondi’s Code of Business Ethics. It is also convenient for all stakeholders to raise any concerns and speak out about behaviour or activities that they believe may conflict with business ethics."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 4.9 million m3

          What is the certified volume?: 12.7 million m3

          Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 72%
          States volumes in 2019 sustainability report: "Sources of wood fibre: Wood (roundwood, wood chips) - 17.6 million m3. Market pulp: 0.3 million tonnes." For their wood sourcing, 72% was compliant with FSC or PEFC in 2019, and for their market pulp sourcing, 93% was FSC certified, 6% PEFC certified, and 1% FSC CW certified.
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of certified land holdings; Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          2/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of certified land holdings; Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          2/4
          What is the total land area owned, managed, or controlled by the company for the forest risk commodity?: 0 not specified

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0 not specified

          What is the total area of land (in ha) that is available for future production, e.g. concessions?: 0 not specified

          What type of conservation designation and/or conservation status is used?: 0 not specified

          What is the total area (in ha) of natural ecosystem on land owned, managed, or controlled by the company?: 0 not specified

          What types of ecosystems are these?: 0 not specified

          For what percent are boundaries (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: 0 not specified

          For what percent are boundaries (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: 0 not specified

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: 0 not specified

          In what jurisdiction(s)/subnational region does the company operate and/or source material?: 0 not specified

          For what percent are point locations (of land holdings and processing facilities) disclosed?: 0 not specified

          In what country(ies) does the company operate and/or source material?: Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Bulgaria

          What is the total area in production (in ha)?: 0 not specified

          For what percent are point locations (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: 0 not specified

          For what percent are point locations (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: 0 not specified
          "Own forestry operations - 100% certified to FSC and ISO 14001" in 2019. "The majority of our wood fibre is sourced in the form of roundwood and wood chips. Around one quarter originates in our managed forests in Russia and South Africa and we buy the rest from external suppliers, mainly in central Europe." Map shows the countries where Mondi sources its paper from, and the rough locations of its mills.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          No
          0/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          No
          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
          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0 not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 0 not specified

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 0 not specified
          "Mondi has a supplier relationship management system in place to ensure there is a consistent process for the selection, evaluation, monitoring and management of Mondi’s suppliers. This system uses a risk based approach to assess suppliers against the requirements of this Code and is based importantly on the country from which the product or service is provided. Using a risk-based approach, we will evaluate new suppliers before Mondi enters into a business relationship with them. Additionally, a selected number of existing suppliers will be periodically assessed and reviewed. These suppliers will be selected based on Mondi’s own internal measurement of potential risk in any of the five areas of this Code. Such an evaluation will initially take the form of a self-assessment questionnaire. If the assessment of a supplier raises any concerns or issues, which require clarification, Mondi will collect further information from the supplier. Appropriate to the scale and nature of concerns raised, this may take the form of requesting further information, a telephone conference or meeting. In addition, Mondi reserves the right to undertake an on-site audit of the supplier where required. Should any noncompliances be confirmed during such audit, corrective actions can be required by Mondi in order to ensure that compliance is reached."
        • 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 criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non compliance with this policy

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: not specified
          "The expectations contained in this Code will influence our decision whether to enter into or extend existing business relationships. If a supplier is not able to meet our minimum requirements, we reserve the right to suspend sourcing from the supplier until we are satisfied with their performance. In particular, any suppliers who deviate persistently or in a significant way from these requirements will be excluded from business with Mondi. [...] Should Mondi become aware of any instances of non-compliance through any other means, we reserve the right to investigate the specific case as appropriate. This does, however, not limit or exclude any of our statutory or contractual rights or remedies in any way. [...] Should any instances of non-compliances be identified, we may require appropriate action on a case by-case basis. Failure to take corrective action may result in suspension or termination of the supplier contract/business relationship."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    14/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    20/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    10/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Mondi’s manufactures and distributes packaging and paper, with operations in more than 30 countries. Mondi Goup is selected as a powerbroker for pulp & paper.

Sector
Industry sector 
Paper & packaging, Forestry
Segments
Producer, Trader, Processor, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Austria
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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