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  • Overall approach
    7/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: UN Global Compact
      [Translation] "MRV joined the UN GC"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      [Translation] "MRV Engenharia is proud to have environmentally friendly and socially beneficial productive practices and to promote the professionalization of sport, the generation of jobs and the improvement of health indicators in Brazilian society. On a day like this, July 17, it is important to remember the importance of conserving our forests: increasing protection with the environment, maintaining the multiple roles and functions of all types of forests and recovering what is degraded. That is, to preserve life on the planet."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Corporate Governance, Ethics and Sustainability Committee - Ensure and disseminate the Company's commitment to management based on the pillars of Corporate Governance, Sustainability and Business Ethics; - To combat all forms of corruption; - Ensure a regular schedule of training on conduct and ethics for directors and employees of the Company. - Issue recommendations on situations of potential conflict of interest between the Company's related parties."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      2/2
      Yes
      2/2
      "In 2019, MRV established a reduction target of 1% of tCO2 per unit produced compared with 2018 (Scope 1). Scope 1 emissions totaled 7,946.87 tCO2 e, a 21% reduction compared with 2018. This was due to the reduction in the volume of vegetation suppression [...]" - This scope includes their "Change in soil use"
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      2/2
      Yes
      2/2
      What is the total volume of GHG emissions arising from land use change?: 1,933.13 tons
      In 2019, MRV published a breakdown of its greenhouse gas emissions for "DIRECT GHG EMISSIONS – SCOPE 1" - this includes 1,933.13 tons of CO2 equivalent from "Change in soiluse". "Scope 1 emissions totaled 7,946.87 tCO2 e, a 21% reduction compared with 2018. This was due to the reduction in the volume of vegetation suppression"
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
  • Commodity score
    19/88
    • Timber
      24/88
      • Commitment Strength
        6/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/11
          • Commitment details
            Protects priority forests (including High Conservation Value)
            2.7/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Protects priority forests (including High Conservation Value)
            2.7/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            [Translation] "Green Work Seal - This seal attests to the adoption of sustainable practices during the construction phase, ensuring, for example, the use of certified reforestation wood [...] Use of wood from planted forests to avoid the consumption of native species. The main benefit is the use of a renewable raw material with forest certification that guarantees that it comes from a correct production process"; "With the purpose of meeting all its sustainability criteria, MRV construction sites only utilize construction timber certified by FSC – Forest Stewardship Council, which assures the timber is produced in compliance with responsible forest management, protecting native species from deforestation threats."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            [Translation] "Green Work Seal - This seal attests to the adoption of sustainable practices during the construction phase, ensuring, for example, the use of certified reforestation wood [...] Use of wood from planted forests to avoid the consumption of native species. The main benefit is the use of a renewable raw material with forest certification that guarantees that it comes from a correct production process"; "With the purpose of meeting all its sustainability criteria, MRV construction sites only utilize construction timber certified by FSC – Forest Stewardship Council, which assures the timber is produced in compliance with responsible forest management, protecting native species from deforestation threats."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            [Translation] "Green Work Seal - This seal attests to the adoption of sustainable practices during the construction phase, ensuring, for example, the use of certified reforestation wood [...] Use of wood from planted forests to avoid the consumption of native species. The main benefit is the use of a renewable raw material with forest certification that guarantees that it comes from a correct production process"; "With the purpose of meeting all its sustainability criteria, MRV construction sites only utilize construction timber certified by FSC – Forest Stewardship Council, which assures the timber is produced in compliance with responsible forest management, protecting native species from deforestation threats."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            [Translation] "Green Work Seal - This seal attests to the adoption of sustainable practices during the construction phase, ensuring, for example, the use of certified reforestation wood [...] Use of wood from planted forests to avoid the consumption of native species. The main benefit is the use of a renewable raw material with forest certification that guarantees that it comes from a correct production process"; "With the purpose of meeting all its sustainability criteria, MRV construction sites only utilize construction timber certified by FSC – Forest Stewardship Council, which assures the timber is produced in compliance with responsible forest management, protecting native species from deforestation threats."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          [Translation] "THE MRV GROUP CODE OF CONDUCT IS APPLICABLE IN ITS ENTIRETY to the relationship groups referred to in this document, such as partners and suppliers, according to the detailed guidelines in the respective chapters and rules pertaining to the performance of these groups with the Group companies. IT'S FORBIDDEN:To practice any form of discrimination, whether by religion, philosophical or political conviction, nationality, social or economic position, sex, race, disability, age, pregnancy, sexual preference, preference for soccer team, among others;To allow inadequate working conditions that can be considered degrading and / or unhealthy; use of compulsory labor or child labor by any of our partners or suppliersWe value a good relationship with union entities and respect the free association of employees and the entire collective bargaining process, recognizing the fulfillment of collective agreements"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "THE CODE OF CONDUCT OF THE MRV GROUP IS APPLICABLE IN ITS ENTIRETY: to all MRV Group employees, regardless of hierarchical level; • to relationship groups referenced in this document, such as partners and suppliers, according to detailed guidelines in the respective chapters and rules pertinent to the performance of these groups with the Group's companies. IT IS PROHIBITED: to adopt attitudes or speeches that can be characterized as moral or sexual harassment; practice any form of discrimination, whether by religion, conviction philosophical or political, nationality, social or economic position, gender, race, disability, age, pregnancy, sexual preference, team preference football, among others"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        13/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            [Translation] "Green Work Seal - This seal attests to the adoption of sustainable practices during the construction phase, ensuring, for example, the use of certified reforestation wood [...] Use of wood from planted forests to avoid the consumption of native species. The main benefit is the use of a renewable raw material with forest certification that guarantees that it comes from a correct production process"; "With the purpose of meeting all its sustainability criteria, MRV construction sites only utilize construction timber certified by FSC – Forest Stewardship Council, which assures the timber is produced in compliance with responsible forest management, protecting native species from deforestation threats."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC
            [Translation] "Green Work Seal - This seal attests to the adoption of sustainable practices during the construction phase, ensuring, for example, the use of certified reforestation wood [...] Use of wood from planted forests to avoid the consumption of native species. The main benefit is the use of a renewable raw material with forest certification that guarantees that it comes from a correct production process"; "With the purpose of meeting all its sustainability criteria, MRV construction sites only utilize construction timber certified by FSC – Forest Stewardship Council, which assures the timber is produced in compliance with responsible forest management, protecting native species from deforestation threats."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "In accordance with the Anti-Corruption Law (“Law 12,846/2013”) and other applicable legislation, the MRV Group may be held liable for the illegal activities of its suppliers, service providers or intermediary agents when providing services to the MRV Group, or in the relationship with public organizations or private entities. In this sense, in order to verify the suitability and avoid being held responsible for acts performed by its suppliers, third parties and partners, who do not share its values, the MRV Group carries out prior and periodic assessment of the risks ofcompliance (...). The MRV Group reserves the right at any time for audits, requests for documents, on-site visits or other means that prove that the suppliers are complying with the principles and commitments set out in this Policy."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social
          [Translation] "We have a Confidential Channel operated by a specialized company, ensuring even more confidentiality and security. It is not necessary to identify yourself when using the Confidential Channel, but it is essential to act responsibly when making reports, which must be consistent, detailed and truthful. The email comitedeetica@mrv.com.br is also available to clarify doubts in regarding the MRV Group's Code of Conduct and ethical dilemmas, in addition to suggestions for ethics management in the MR Group"; "Confidential Channel: Here, the guarantee of confidentiality is complete. The channel is managed by an outsourced company, and the reports are investigated by the Risks and Internal Audit area, which assesses all possible violations. The verification of the complaints received is carried out with independence, caution and responsibility, in a fair and impartial manner. In case of proof, the appropriate disciplinary and/or legal measures are taken. In 2020, there were 503 reports, 100% of them addressed and processed during the year. In 2019, we had 679 reports - the fall is related to intensified isolation in the pandemic. Acess to Confidential Channel site: www.canalconfidencial.com.br/mrv e-mail: canalconfidencialmrv@br.ictsglobal.com, telephone: 0800 888 2833"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not disclosed
          "MRV monitors and verifies compliance through their due diligence process, which aims to seek evidence of the degree of risk for MRV in maintaining a supplier relationship, and enabling decision-making to occur in order to discontinue the relationship if the risk is too great."
        • 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
    • Pulp & Paper *
      9/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/6
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/5
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          [Translation] "THE MRV GROUP CODE OF CONDUCT IS APPLICABLE IN ITS ENTIRETY to the relationship groups referred to in this document, such as partners and suppliers, according to the detailed guidelines in the respective chapters and rules pertaining to the performance of these groups with the Group companies. IT'S FORBIDDEN:To practice any form of discrimination, whether by religion, philosophical or political conviction, nationality, social or economic position, sex, race, disability, age, pregnancy, sexual preference, preference for soccer team, among others;To allow inadequate working conditions that can be considered degrading and / or unhealthy; use of compulsory labor or child labor by any of our partners or suppliersWe value a good relationship with union entities and respect the free association of employees and the entire collective bargaining process, recognizing the fulfillment of collective agreements"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "THE CODE OF CONDUCT OF THE MRV GROUP IS APPLICABLE IN ITS ENTIRETY: to all MRV Group employees, regardless of hierarchical level; • to relationship groups referenced in this document, such as partners and suppliers, according to detailed guidelines in the respective chapters and rules pertinent to the performance of these groups with the Group's companies. IT IS PROHIBITED: to adopt attitudes or speeches that can be characterized as moral or sexual harassment; practice any form of discrimination, whether by religion, conviction philosophical or political, nationality, social or economic position, gender, race, disability, age, pregnancy, sexual preference, team preference football, among others"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          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
          "In accordance with the Anti-Corruption Law (“Law 12,846/2013”) and other applicable legislation, the MRV Group may be held liable for the illegal activities of its suppliers, service providers or intermediary agents when providing services to the MRV Group, or in the relationship with public organizations or private entities. In this sense, in order to verify the suitability and avoid being held responsible for acts performed by its suppliers, third parties and partners, who do not share its values, the MRV Group carries out prior and periodic assessment of the risks ofcompliance (...). The MRV Group reserves the right at any time for audits, requests for documents, on-site visits or other means that prove that the suppliers are complying with the principles and commitments set out in this 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
          [Translation] "We have a Confidential Channel operated by a specialized company, ensuring even more confidentiality and security. It is not necessary to identify yourself when using the Confidential Channel, but it is essential to act responsibly when making reports, which must be consistent, detailed and truthful. The email comitedeetica@mrv.com.br is also available to clarify doubts in regarding the MRV Group's Code of Conduct and ethical dilemmas, in addition to suggestions for ethics management in the MR Group"; "Confidential Channel: Here, the guarantee of confidentiality is complete. The channel is managed by an outsourced company, and the reports are investigated by the Risks and Internal Audit area, which assesses all possible violations. The verification of the complaints received is carried out with independence, caution and responsibility, in a fair and impartial manner. In case of proof, the appropriate disciplinary and/or legal measures are taken. In 2020, there were 503 reports, 100% of them addressed and processed during the year. In 2019, we had 679 reports - the fall is related to intensified isolation in the pandemic. Acess to Confidential Channel site: www.canalconfidencial.com.br/mrv e-mail: canalconfidencialmrv@br.ictsglobal.com, telephone: 0800 888 2833"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          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
    4/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    10/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    Avg. score

Profile

MRV Engenharia e Participaces (MRV) is a construction company in Brazil focussed on the residential real estate market, building houses, apartment buildings and other properties. It is one of the largest Brazilian construction companies by units sold, revenue and sales value, and it operates in 134 cities and 19 states in Brazil. Timber is a major raw material for construction, and Brazil in general uses four times more tropical timber than China. MRV Engenharia e Participacoes S.A. is selected as a powerbroker for timber and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Construction
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HQ
HQ 
Brazil
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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