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  • Overall approach
    6/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      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
      "Paper suppliers must ensure that the paper procured by News Corp for its printed publications contains fiber that are: ● Legally harvested. ● Not harvested from tropical forests, mixed tropical hardwood, or from Acacia & Ramin trees. ● Not harvested in forests where biodiversity or High Conservation Values (HCVs) are threatened (e.g. areas of old growth and/or endangered forests). ● Not contributing to deforestation, including not harvested from areas being converted to plantations or non-forest use, which is one of the leading causes of deforestation according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other organizations." 
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "We recognize that forests and their soils play a critical role in mitigating climate change and in the health of the planet, and we are committed to delivering the products our customers want while ensuring the responsible stewardship of the world’s natural resources." 
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Operational and financial risks
      "News Corp's process for identifying deforestation risks and/or opportunities is the same process used to identify and monitor other pressures that could similarly impact the business. At the enterprise level, News Corp uses the WRI Global Forest Watch platform to identify and track substantive business risks with our paper sourcing... We are particularly concerned with the 12% increase in rainforest destruction from 2019 to 2020, as noted by WRI. It should be noted that we do not source any paper from the countries listed by WRI as the top 2020 primary forest loss countries, and no rainforest paper is sourced by News Corp per our Global Paper Sourcing policy. The nature of the Global Environmental Initiative (GEi) as a corporate-wide program ensures senior management involvement and frequent reviews of the GEi's progress and findings. As part of this corporate-wide program, impacts on and risks to the business overall are regularly shared with senior management, including members of the Board of Directors, who recently have been tasked with oversight of all ESG matters."; "The paper News Corp purchases from our suppliers are used in our newspaper and book publishing products, and 67 % of our total FY2020 revenue comes from our Dow Jones, Book Publishing, and News Media segments and so any changes in availability and quality of forest risk commodities (i.e., timber) could have a significant impact on the company's ability to procure paper and maintain operations."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Mention of scheduled meetings assumes regularly. 

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Pulp & Paper
      "Forests-related issues have been recently elevated to the Board of Directors, with oversight by the Nominating and Corporate Governance (NCG) Committee. The NCG Committee reviews Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) issues as a standard agenda item during their scheduled meetings, and relevant items are reviewed with the board chair. Our Global Environmental Initiative (GEI), part of our "Corporate Citizenship" initiative that encompasses philanthropy and volunteerism in addition to environmental initiatives, provides the platform to reduce our environmental impact. The Global Head of Government Affairs, who reports to the CEO, a member of the Board of Directors, has direct responsibility for our GEI program. The Global Head of Government Affairs, who reports to the CEO, a member of the Board of Directors, has direct responsibility for our GEI program. Day to day implementation and management of relevant forest sustainability programs are handled by the corporate GEI Committee, made up of cross-functional team leaders at each business. This committee is led by the VP of EHS & Sustainability, who provides strategic and operational leadership for the global enterprise and acts as a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) in interactions with executives, and reports to the Global Head of Government Affairs. Members of the board are periodically updated on GEI activities, and the CEO is ultimately responsible to make any final decisions on sustainability matters."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
      Yes, for at least one commodity
      0/0
      Does it disclose the percentage of pay at risk?: No 

      Which commodities does the committee focus on?: Pulp & Paper
      "Sustainability performance against corporate carbon reduction and forest management targets are reviewed in performance reviews. Bonuses are tied to company performance and the performance of our suppliers to meet our business objectives."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030

      Type of climate target: Other or unclear
      "In fiscal 2020, News Corp generated a carbon footprint of 143,342 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) for our operational emissions (scopes 1 and 2). Highlights include: • A 30% reduction from base year fiscal 2016, well ahead of schedule to meet our science-based approved target of 60% reduction by fiscal 2030."
  • Commodity score
    36/88
    • Pulp & Paper
      36/88
      • Commitment Strength
        14/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          4/8
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Other certification scheme: Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "News Corp has a goal that by 2025, 100% of all purchased paper will be sourced from certified material...  internationally recognized sustainable forestry certification bodies such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA)."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "News Corp has a goal that by 2025, 100% of all purchased paper will be sourced from certified material." 
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Not specified
            "News Corp has a goal that by 2025, 100% of all purchased paper will be sourced from certified material." 
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "News Corp strives to purchase recycled content paper for its printed publications and reduce its overall use of virgin fiber where possible. We seek to increase efficiency in the publication process by optimizing basis weights on products where appropriate in order to reduce the use of virgin fiber and raw materials consumed in the production of that paper. News Corp encourages efficient paper usage by our customers, suppliers, and employees through reducing, reusing and recycling waste paper and fiber-based packaging at the end of its use."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "News Corp strives to purchase recycled content paper for its printed publications and reduce its overall use of virgin fiber where possible"
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/6
          • 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 regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            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
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "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." 
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        1/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • 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
          Suppliers are expected to adhere to what is contained within this code of conduct - "Non-discrimination Employment-related decisions (hiring, promotion, compensation, etc.) must be compliant with applicable anti-discrimination laws to ensure that the Company does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, age, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, military or veteran’s status, marital status or any other characteristic prohibited from consideration by the laws of the countries, states and cities in which the Company does business."
        • 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
        21/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "In FY2020, we have reached 61% certified. While we had reported 75% certified last year, this figure should have been 59% due to an internal audit that identified miscommunications of purchased certified paper. This year our certified figure is 61%, and so we are realizing improvements from our programs and policies yearover-year... That 61% certified can be further broken down to: 33% PEFC certified, 17% FSC certified, and 11% SFI certified."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            "Australian newsprint is manufactured using regrowth pine and recycled fibre. No old growth fibre has been used to make newsprint in Australia since 1991. Thinnings, forest waste and undersize/bent/misshaped trees unsuitable for timber are generally those used to make newsprint. News Corp Australia has advocated the use of recycled content in its newsprint since it was integral to the establishment of Australia's newsprint de-inking and recycling plants." 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            In their CDP 2021 report, News Corp report 100 % of total production/consumption timber products volume is traceable back to the mill.
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC, PEFC,  SFI, CSA

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC, PEFC,  SFI, CSA
            "In FY2020, we have reached 61% certified. While we had reported 75% certified last year, this figure should have been 59% due to an internal audit that identified miscommunications of purchased certified paper. This year our certified figure is 61%, and so we are realizing improvements from our programs and policies yearover-year."
          • 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
          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?: 2014
          News Corp. report a cut off date in their CDP 2021 report as 2014. 
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: News Corp. is a member of the Book Chain Project. 

          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "HarperCollins UK is a member of the Book Chain Project, which gives publishers the tools they need to make informed buying decisions. The project involves 25 leading UK Publishers, over 400 global print suppliers, and more than 300 paper manufacturers. It brings together the biggest UK publishers to share knowledge and create policy around the headings of Forest Sourcing, Chemicals & Materials used in the manufacture of our books, and Labour & Environment, so that we can make the supply chain more sustainable. They help us engage with suppliers in the UK and around the world to set standards and drive improvement in these key areas."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: More than once a year 
          News Corp. report in their CDP 2021 Report that forest risks are assessed: "The company does have in place risk assessment and due diligence systems to ensure that no products of illegal logging enter its supply chain" using geospatial monitoring tools,  internal company methods, external consultants, and the Global Security Operations Center. 
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
          "Compliance with environmental laws is a key pillar of our Environmental Management System (EMS). News Corp has developed a Global Paper Sourcing Policy after a full risk assessment of our paper purchasing, which includes ensuring that our suppliers meet regulatory laws and regulations, including but not limited to the US Lacey Act, the EU Timber Regulation, and the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 529,076 total metric tons of timber
          News Corp. in their 2021 CDP Forests report 529,076 total metric tons of timber consumed. 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          50-79%
          3/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          50-79%
          3/6
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 185,645 total metric tons of non certified timber

          What third-party verification is used?: Certification (FSC, PEFC)

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 65%

          What is the certified volume?: 343,431 total metric tons of certified timber
          News Corp. in their 2021 CDP Forests report 529,076 total metric tons of timber consumed with News Corp, of which 20,011 tons is FSC certified and 323,420 tons PEFC certified. 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: News Corp mainly does not source from forest risk countries but from Belgium (0.3%), Canada (18.1%), Finland (10.6%), France (0.2%), Germany (<0.1%), Netherlands (<0.1%), New Zealand (7.4%), Norway (13.9%), Sweden (4.1%), United Kingdom (25.4%), and United States (5.4%).
        • 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?: On a monthly basis 

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%
          "Paper suppliers will provide documentation to show compliance with this policy when requested by News Corp. Paper suppliers who source wood from third party suppliers must provide proof that wood supplied by their third party sources comply with the same Paper Supplier Code of Conduct as noted above."; "We meets with major suppliers on a monthly basis and minor suppliers at least quarterly to review our global paper policy and their adherence to meeting our requirements. Annual sustainability reports for all mills are reviewed once published. We periodically re-certify all mills to ensure that they are complying with the Lacey Act and any other governmental forest regulations in Europe, Australia and Asia, and data for 2020 was again re-certified to ensure the mills comply with the applicable governmental regulations. We focus on a traceable fiber supply and certifying chain of custody from each mill we source our paper."
        • 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 engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

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

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Meetings for reviews
          "The method of engagement is through regular questionnaires communicated to our suppliers to ensure compliance with our policies."; ""We meets with major suppliers on a monthly basis and minor suppliers at least quarterly to review our global paper policy and their adherence to meeting our requirements."; "Any non-compliance by our suppliers will have a negative effect on the company by increasing our operational costs as we look for new suppliers to replace those who have broken the law, in addition to reputational risks. New suppliers are subject to review by News Corp legal and must answer questions related to links to government agencies and anti-corruption practices before being certified to sell products or services to News Corp."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged
          1/2
          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?: Unclear 

          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
          News Corp. in their 2021 Forests CDP report they engaged with 51-60% direct suppliers. 
  • Commitment strength
    14/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    21/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    1/18
    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 large-scale publishing operations require vast amounts of pulp and paper. News Corp. is selected as a powerbroker for pulp & paper.

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