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  • Overall approach
    3/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Company is a signatory to the Consumer Goods Forum; Company is a signatory to the UN Global Compact
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
    • 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.: reputational
      Nippon Paper lists the following as a reputation risk "Reputational Risk - Increasing need for the sustainable procurement of woody biomass fuel [...] • Implementation and audit of supplier surveys • Utilization of forest certifications"
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • 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
    33/84
    • Pulp & Paper
      34/84
      • Commitment Strength
        16/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "Environmentally friendly raw materials procurement (1) We procure woodchips, lumber and pulp from forests under sustainable forest management. (2) We use and deal in no illegally logged lumber and we support the eradication of illegal logging [...] All wood-based raw materials have been certified by the PEFC or FSC [...] Key Objective - 100% of wood used as raw material for paper, 100% Completed"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Environmentally friendly raw materials procurement (1) We procure woodchips, lumber and pulp from forests under sustainable forest management. (2) We use and deal in no illegally logged lumber and we support the eradication of illegal logging [...] All wood-based raw materials have been certified by the PEFC or FSC® [...] Key Objective - 100% of wood used as raw material for paper, 100% Completed"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "Environmentally friendly raw materials procurement (1) We procure woodchips, lumber and pulp from forests under sustainable forest management. (2) We use and deal in no illegally logged lumber and we support the eradication of illegal logging [...] All wood-based raw materials have been certified by the PEFC or FSC® [...] Key Objective - 100% of wood used as raw material for paper, 100% Completed"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "Environmentally friendly raw materials procurement (1) We procure woodchips, lumber and pulp from forests under sustainable forest management. (2) We use and deal in no illegally logged lumber and we support the eradication of illegal logging [...] All wood-based raw materials have been certified by the PEFC or FSC® [...] Key Objective - 100% of wood used as raw material for paper, 100% Completed"
        • 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
            "We make active use of recycled materials to help build a recycling-oriented society." "The Nippon Paper Group is engaged primarily in the manufacture of paper products. 52.2 percent of the raw materials are composed of recycled paper and the remaining 47.8% consists of such wood resources as woodchips."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "We make active use of recycled materials to help build a recycling-oriented society." "The Nippon Paper Group is engaged primarily in the manufacture of paper products. 52.2 percent of the raw materials are composed of recycled paper and the remaining 47.8% consists of such wood resources as woodchips."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
            "We make active use of recycled materials to help build a recycling-oriented society." "The Nippon Paper Group is engaged primarily in the manufacture of paper products. 52.2 percent of the raw materials are composed of recycled paper and the remaining 47.8% consists of such wood resources as woodchips."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
            Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
            "We make active use of recycled materials to help build a recycling-oriented society." "The Nippon Paper Group is engaged primarily in the manufacture of paper products. 52.2 percent of the raw materials are composed of recycled paper and the remaining 47.8% consists of such wood resources as woodchips."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            0/2
          • Target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            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
        18/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "Environmentally friendly raw materials procurement (1) We procure woodchips, lumber and pulp from forests under sustainable forest management. (2) We use and deal in no illegally logged lumber and we support the eradication of illegal logging [...] All wood-based raw materials have been certified by the PEFC or FSC® [...] Key Objective - 100% of wood used as raw material for paper, 100% Completed"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            "We make active use of recycled materials to help build a recycling-oriented society." "The Nippon Paper Group is engaged primarily in the manufacture of paper products. 52.2 percent of the raw materials are composed of recycled paper and the remaining 47.8% consists of such wood resources as woodchips."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            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
            "Environmentally friendly raw materials procurement (1) We procure woodchips, lumber and pulp from forests under sustainable forest management. (2) We use and deal in no illegally logged lumber and we support the eradication of illegal logging [...] All wood-based raw materials have been certified by the PEFC or FSC® [...] Key Objective - 100% of wood used as raw material for paper, 100% Completed"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annual
          "The following have been implemented for all procured wood resources. ● Annual audits by the Japan Paper Associationʼs illegal logging monitoring project. ● Annual risk assessments based on the due diligence system of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), a Forest certification organization"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          For overseas timber procurement "Document verifications are performed on a vesselby-vessel basis to ensure that the area where the wood was harvested and the supplier of the wood are in compliance with relevant laws, and that no illegally harvested wood is included. • On-site checks by employees assigned to local offices • Questionnaires and local interviews (Every effort is made to enhance traceability by confirming compliance with statutory requirements regarding forest management, tree species, and the acquisition of forest certifications."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          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.)?: External

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          Nippon Paper Group have an online form which can be completed by any, with specific categories such as [translation] "inquiries about forest resources and tree planting activities" and "CSR/social contribution activities", and "agribusiness".
        • 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
          Which certification schemes are used?: FSC

          What is the certified volume?: 4,160 Kt

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 0 Kt
          Nippon paper reports the following totals, with 100% being certified - "Geographic Breakdown of Wood Raw Materials (chips) Procured by Nippon Paper Industries Co.,Ltd (FY2019) - Overseas 64%(2,651kt); Japan 35% (1,509kt)"
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using an internal monitoring system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using an internal monitoring system
          4/4
          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          Does the company use a certification system?: Yes

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified
          "Nippon Paper Industries Nippon Paper Papylia and Nippon Paper Crecia have established a Legality Certification Due Diligence System Manual for the purpose of verifying the legality of the wood raw materials that they procure. The companies carry out due diligence and verify that all of wood raw materials procured both in Japan and overseas are sourced from legally felled trees. These checks are carried out at when commencing a new transaction to procure wood resources, and on a regular annual basis for existing sources. ● Confirmation of basic information relating to forest operations. Information examples include compliance with laws and regulations, tree species, and whether forest certifications have been obtained."
        • 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
          Details of monitoring: Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually
          "Nippon Paper Industries, in connection with annual forest certification audits and audits performed by the Japan Paper Association’s illegal logging monitoring project, has third parties perform objective assessments to determine whether it is conducting wood resource procurement in accordance with its basic policies. Suggestions from these assessments are then used to make improvements." "The following have been implemented for all procured wood resources. ● Annual audits by the Japan Paper Associationʼs illegal logging monitoring project. ● Annual risk assessments based on the due diligence system of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), a Forest certification organization"
        • 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
          "Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. holds CSR seminars for suppliers and other stakeholders"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Timber *
      32/84
      • Commitment Strength
        14/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          14/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7


            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "Environmentally friendly raw materials procurement (1) We procure woodchips, lumber and pulp from forests under sustainable forest management. (2) We use and deal in no illegally logged lumber and we support the eradication of illegal logging [...] All wood-based raw materials have been certified by the PEFC or FSC® (All procured chips have been produced with wood from forests with an FM certification or have undergone a risk assessment for the CoC certification)"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "Environmentally friendly raw materials procurement (1) We procure woodchips, lumber and pulp from forests under sustainable forest management. (2) We use and deal in no illegally logged lumber and we support the eradication of illegal logging [...] All wood-based raw materials have been certified by the PEFC or FSC® (All procured chips have been produced with wood from forests with an FM certification or have undergone a risk assessment for the CoC certification)"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "Environmentally friendly raw materials procurement (1) We procure woodchips, lumber and pulp from forests under sustainable forest management. (2) We use and deal in no illegally logged lumber and we support the eradication of illegal logging [...] All wood-based raw materials have been certified by the PEFC or FSC® (All procured chips have been produced with wood from forests with an FM certification or have undergone a risk assessment for the CoC certification)"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            "Environmentally friendly raw materials procurement (1) We procure woodchips, lumber and pulp from forests under sustainable forest management. (2) We use and deal in no illegally logged lumber and we support the eradication of illegal logging [...] All wood-based raw materials have been certified by the PEFC or FSC® (All procured chips have been produced with wood from forests with an FM certification or have undergone a risk assessment for the CoC certification)"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            0/3
          • Target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            0/1
      • 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
        18/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            "Environmentally friendly raw materials procurement (1) We procure woodchips, lumber and pulp from forests under sustainable forest management. (2) We use and deal in no illegally logged lumber and we support the eradication of illegal logging [...] All wood-based raw materials have been certified by the PEFC or FSC® (All procured chips have been produced with wood from forests with an FM certification or have undergone a risk assessment for the CoC certification)"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            "Environmentally friendly raw materials procurement (1) We procure woodchips, lumber and pulp from forests under sustainable forest management. (2) We use and deal in no illegally logged lumber and we support the eradication of illegal logging [...] All wood-based raw materials have been certified by the PEFC or FSC® (All procured chips have been produced with wood from forests with an FM certification or have undergone a risk assessment for the CoC certification)"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annual
          "The following have been implemented for all procured wood resources. ● Annual audits by the Japan Paper Associationʼs illegal logging monitoring project. ● Annual risk assessments based on the due diligence system of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), a Forest certification organization"
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          For overseas timber procurement "Document verifications are performed on a vesselby-vessel basis to ensure that the area where the wood was harvested and the supplier of the wood are in compliance with relevant laws, and that no illegally harvested wood is included. • On-site checks by employees assigned to local offices • Questionnaires and local interviews (Every effort is made to enhance traceability by confirming compliance with statutory requirements regarding forest management, tree species, and the acquisition of forest certifications."
        • 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.)?: External

          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
          Nippon Paper Group have an online form which can be completed by any, with specific categories such as [translation] "inquiries about forest resources and tree planting activities" and "CSR/social contribution activities", and "agribusiness".
        • 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 certified volume?: 4,160 Kt

          Which certification schemes are used?: FSC

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 0 Kt
          Nippon paper reports the following totals, with 100% being certified - "Geographic Breakdown of Wood Raw Materials (chips) Procured by Nippon Paper Industries Co.,Ltd (FY2019) - Overseas 64%(2,651kt); Japan 35% (1,509kt)"
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using an internal monitoring system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using an internal monitoring system
          4/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified

          Does the company use a certification system?: Yes

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No
          "Nippon Paper Industries Nippon Paper Papylia and Nippon Paper Crecia have established a Legality Certification Due Diligence System Manual for the purpose of verifying the legality of the wood raw materials that they procure. The companies carry out due diligence and verify that all of wood raw materials procured both in Japan and overseas are sourced from legally felled trees. These checks are carried out at when commencing a new transaction to procure wood resources, and on a regular annual basis for existing sources. ● Confirmation of basic information relating to forest operations. Information examples include compliance with laws and regulations, tree species, and whether forest certifications have been obtained."
        • 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 third party verification
          "Nippon Paper Industries, in connection with annual forest certification audits and audits performed by the Japan Paper Association’s illegal logging monitoring project, has third parties perform objective assessments to determine whether it is conducting wood resource procurement in accordance with its basic policies. Suggestions from these assessments are then used to make improvements." "The following have been implemented for all procured wood resources. ● Annual audits by the Japan Paper Associationʼs illegal logging monitoring project. ● Annual risk assessments based on the due diligence system of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), a Forest certification organization"
        • 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
          "Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. holds CSR seminars for suppliers and other stakeholders"
        • 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
    15/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    18/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    0/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Nippon Paper Industries is a Japanese paper manufacturing company. The company produces newsprint, printing paper, paperboard, wrapping paper, and building materials among other products. Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd. is selected as a powerbroker for pulp & paper and is also assessed for its exposure to timber.

Sector
Industry sector 
Construction, Paper & packaging
Segments
Producer, Trader, Processor, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Japan
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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Nippon Paper

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