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  • Overall approach
    5/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Deforestation-Free
      4/6
      "Paper suppliers must ensure that the paper procured by News Corp for its printed publications contains fiber that are [...] not contributing to deforestation."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Paper suppliers must ensure that the paper procured by News Corp for its printed publications contains fiber that are ...] not harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened (e.g. areas of old growth and/or endangered forests)."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    38/86
    • Pulp & Paper
      38/86
      • Commitment Strength
        26/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC; PEFC
            Type of commitment: Certification
            If Other, specify here: SFI, CSA
            "By 2025, 100% of all News Corp globally purchased publication paper will be sourced from FSC, PEFC, SFI or CSA certified material."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2025, 100% of all News Corp globally purchased publication paper will be sourced from FSC, PEFC, SFI or CSA certified material."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2025, 100% of all News Corp globally purchased publication paper will be sourced from FSC, PEFC, SFI or CSA certified material."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2025, 100% of all News Corp globally purchased publication paper will be sourced from FSC, PEFC, SFI or CSA certified material."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2025, 100% of all News Corp globally purchased publication paper will be sourced from FSC, PEFC, SFI or CSA certified material."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/1.3
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/1.3
            "By 2025, 100% of all News Corp globally purchased publication paper will be sourced from FSC, PEFC, SFI or CSA certified material."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2025, 100% of all News Corp globally purchased publication paper will be sourced from FSC, PEFC, SFI or CSA certified material."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "News Corp strives to purchase recycled content paper for its printed publications and reduce its overall use of virgin fiber where possible."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "News Corp strives to purchase recycled content paper for its printed publications and reduce its overall use of virgin fiber where possible."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "News Corp strives to purchase recycled content paper for its printed publications and reduce its overall use of virgin fiber where possible."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            "News Corp strives to purchase recycled content paper for its printed publications and reduce its overall use of virgin fiber where possible."
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            "News Corp strives to purchase recycled content paper for its printed publications and reduce its overall use of virgin fiber where possible."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "Paper suppliers must ensure that the paper procured by News Corp for its printed publications contains fiber that are [...] verified and documented as coming from a traceable source, down to the origin forest."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Paper suppliers must ensure that the paper procured by News Corp for its printed publications contains fiber that are [...] verified and documented as coming from a traceable source, down to the origin forest."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Paper suppliers must ensure that the paper procured by News Corp for its printed publications contains fiber that are [...] verified and documented as coming from a traceable source, down to the origin forest."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Paper suppliers must ensure that the paper procured by News Corp for its printed publications contains fiber that are [...] verified and documented as coming from a traceable source, down to the origin forest."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Paper suppliers must ensure that the paper procured by News Corp for its printed publications contains fiber that are [...] verified and documented as coming from a traceable source, down to the origin forest."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "News Corp has met its 2015 goal of ensuring 100% of our publication paper is purchased from mills whose forest management practices are certified by an independent, internationally recognized sustainable forestry certification body such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or equivalent."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            "We have also met our 2015 goal of traceability of all purchased paper down to the mill and country of origin, and plan to trace all purchased paper down to the forest level globally by 2020."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "News Corp has met its 2015 goal of ensuring 100% of our publication paper is purchased from mills whose forest management practices are certified by an independent, internationally recognized sustainable forestry certification body such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or equivalent."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "We will work with our paper suppliers using a self-assessment method to achieve progressive improvement"
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          News Corp report to CDP that they used 833,717 Metric Tonnes of paper in 2018, 100% of which is certified.
      • Social Considerations
        1/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Discrimination
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          News Corp require their suppliers to ensure their workers are not discriminated on the basis of gender. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    26/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    11/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    1/16
    Avg. score

Profile

News Corp is a media, information, and publishing service. News Corp owns many big newspapers, such as the Times, the Sun, the Wall Street Journal and New York Post. The Company was among the top ten biggest media companies in the world in 2016. The large-scale publishing operations require vast amounts of pulp and paper. 

Sector
Industry sector 
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

Top Brands

The Times, The Sun, Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, 20th century Fox, Fox News, GQ Australia, Masterchef, Dow & Jones Company, Financial News, Talksport, Harper Collins

How we assess the Forest 500

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