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  • Overall approach
    7/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Overall commitment
      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
      "We are committed to the promotion of zero deforestation and do not engage in procurement that is complicit in forest reduction or degradation. We do not engage in procurement that contributes to the degradation of forests that are categorized as High Conservation Value (HCV), such as forests with biodiversity importance, and forests with High Carbon Stock (HCS)."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      [translation] ”Support and participation in the United Nations Global Compact”  also a member of the consumer goods forum
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      Conversion to farmland, non traditional slash-and-burn farming, excessive logging for firewood, excessive commercial logging, forest fires, etc all take their toll on forests. Additionally, GHG emissions from these activities account for over 10% * of global emissions. In order to mitigate climate change, it follows that efforts to prevent the decline and deterioration of forests in developing countries are extremely important." [...] [translation] ”Sustainable forest management means consideration of environmental and social sustainability as well as economic sustainability. The Nippon Paper Group's Definition of Sustainable Forest Management 1) Conservation of biodiversity 2) Maintaining the productivity and health of the forest ecosystem 3) Conserve soil and water resources 4) Respond to multifaceted social needs”
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      What type of risk is recognised?: Reputational

      What proportion of revenue that comes from relevant industries is exposed to each forest risk commodity?: NA

      What revenue comes from industries relevant to each forest risk commodity?: NA

      What poportion of a company’s annual revenue depends on each forest risk commodity?: NA

      Type of risk if Other. Also add any relevant details: NA
      "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
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Timber; Pulp & paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Not specified
      [translation] ”In the Group, the general manager of the Raw Materials Division of Nippon Paper Industries serves as chairman. We have established the Nippon Paper Group Raw Materials Committee to Discusses important matters related to raw material procurement for the entire Group, such as procurement policies. The Nippon Paper Group provides products that contribute to the creation of a sustainable society by maximizing the use of renewable wood resources through diverse technologies and know-how. The use of wood resources is essential for our group, and we are building a system to continuously procure wood resources generated from sustainable forest management.”
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Reduce emissions
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Other or unclear

      Is this target aligned with/verified by SBTi?: No

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2050
      The Nippon Paper Group’s FY2031 Targets Reduce GHG emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 45% compared with FY2014 [...] Carbon neutrality in 2050"
  • Commodity score
    38/90
    • Pulp & Paper
      38/90
      • Commitment Strength
        15/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          8/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat

            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC

            When was this commitment set?: 2022

            What paper/pulp product does their commitment apply to?: Paper products; Pulp
            "Wood Resources Procurement Guidelines [...] Applicable to whole logs, wood products, woodchips and pulp for paper manufacture, and wood biomass for fuels that have been procured by Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. or its consolidated subsidiaries in order to manufacture their relevant products. [...] 1.We do not procure illegally harvested wood.2.We are committed to the promotion of zero deforestation and do not engage in procurement that is complicit in forest reduction or degradation.3.We do not engage in procurement that contributes to the degradation of forests that are categorized as High Conservation Value (HCV), such as forests with biodiversity importance, and forests with High Carbon Stock (HCS)."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Wood Resources Procurement Guidelines [...] Applicable to whole logs, wood products, woodchips and pulp for paper manufacture, and wood biomass for fuels that have been procured by Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. or its consolidated subsidiaries in order to manufacture their relevant products. [...] 1.We do not procure illegally harvested wood.2.We are committed to the promotion of zero deforestation and do not engage in procurement that is complicit in forest reduction or degradation.3.We do not engage in procurement that contributes to the degradation of forests that are categorized as High Conservation Value (HCV), such as forests with biodiversity importance, and forests with High Carbon Stock (HCS)."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: FSC certification
            "Wood Resources Procurement Guidelines [...] Applicable to whole logs, wood products, woodchips and pulp for paper manufacture, and wood biomass for fuels that have been procured by Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. or its consolidated subsidiaries in order to manufacture their relevant products. [...] 1.We do not procure illegally harvested wood.2.We are committed to the promotion of zero deforestation and do not engage in procurement that is complicit in forest reduction or degradation.3.We do not engage in procurement that contributes to the degradation of forests that are categorized as High Conservation Value (HCV), such as forests with biodiversity importance, and forests with High Carbon Stock (HCS)."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: NA
            "Wood Resources Procurement Guidelines [...] Applicable to whole logs, wood products, woodchips and pulp for paper manufacture, and wood biomass for fuels that have been procured by Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. or its consolidated subsidiaries in order to manufacture their relevant products. [...] 1.We do not procure illegally harvested wood.2.We are committed to the promotion of zero deforestation and do not engage in procurement that is complicit in forest reduction or degradation.3.We do not engage in procurement that contributes to the degradation of forests that are categorized as High Conservation Value (HCV), such as forests with biodiversity importance, and forests with High Carbon Stock (HCS)."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            4/4
            When was this commitment set?: NA
            "Japanese Resources ● Traceability based on the Guideline for Verification of Legality and Sustainability of Wood and Wood Products established by Japan’s Forest Agency ● 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. ● On a ship by ship basis , the relevant documents confirm that wood logging areas and suppliers comply with relevant laws and regulations and do not contain illegal logging materials. ● 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.) ※In FY2020, it was determined, based on questionnaire responses and shipping and other documents provided by each supplier, that no illegally harvested woodchips or pulp were procured from overseas suppliers"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Japanese Resources ● Traceability based on the Guideline for Verification of Legality and Sustainability of Wood and Wood Products established by Japan’s Forest Agency ● 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. ● On a ship by ship basis , the relevant documents confirm that wood logging areas and suppliers comply with relevant laws and regulations and do not contain illegal logging materials. ● 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.) ※In FY2020, it was determined, based on questionnaire responses and shipping and other documents provided by each supplier, that no illegally harvested woodchips or pulp were procured from overseas suppliers"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: On a ship by ship basis , the relevant documents confirm that wood logging areas and suppliers comply with relevant laws and regulations and do not contain illegal logging materials.
            "Japanese Resources ● Traceability based on the Guideline for Verification of Legality and Sustainability of Wood and Wood Products established by Japan’s Forest Agency ● 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. ● On a ship by ship basis , the relevant documents confirm that wood logging areas and suppliers comply with relevant laws and regulations and do not contain illegal logging materials. ● 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.) ※In FY2020, it was determined, based on questionnaire responses and shipping and other documents provided by each supplier, that no illegally harvested woodchips or pulp were procured from overseas suppliers"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: na
            "Japanese Resources ● Traceability based on the Guideline for Verification of Legality and Sustainability of Wood and Wood Products established by Japan’s Forest Agency ● 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. ● On a ship by ship basis , the relevant documents confirm that wood logging areas and suppliers comply with relevant laws and regulations and do not contain illegal logging materials. ● 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.) ※In FY2020, it was determined, based on questionnaire responses and shipping and other documents provided by each supplier, that no illegally harvested woodchips or pulp were procured from overseas suppliers"
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Supplier

          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Based on information from sources such as results of supplier surveys*(once a year) and local interviews, the following has been confirmed. ・Policies or systems have been established for addressing human rights and labor matters. (Workers’ collective bargaining rights and free association rights, No forced labor, No child labor or discrimination, Being protected in health and safety, Considering the rights of indigenous peoples)"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          [translation] ”We will practice consideration for human rights and labor throughout the supply chain. Basic Policy 1. Respect for Human Rights We respect basic human rights and do not engage in acts that disregard human rights, such as discrimination based on nationality, race, birthplace, gender, religion, disease, disability, sexual harassment, and power harassment.”
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          1/1
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          0.5/1
          What does the commitment cover?: Social harm
          "In case we identify that we have caused adverse human rights impacts directly or indirectly, the Nippon Paper Group will take remedial measures through dialogue and appropriate procedure, utilizing existing grievance mechanisms. In particular, as grievance mechanisms in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, we notify and operate the “Nippon Paper Group Helpline”, which enables consultation and direct reporting for all directors, officers, and employees. We also operate the “Application Form for Inquiries concerning the Nippon Paper Group”, which enables reporting from outside companies through our website."
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        19/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          2/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          2/2
          What methods are used for verification?: FSC and PEFC

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: NA

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

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

          Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: No
          "Maintain forest certifications in all proprietary forests, both domestically and internationally. The company continues to maintain forest certification (FSC® ※2 , SGEC, PEFC,) for all its forests in Japan and overseas. The wood chips and pulp used for papermaking in FY2020 were all made from wood approved by FSC® ※2 or PEFC (including controlled wood and controlled sources) The wood chips and pulp used for papermaking in Fy2020 were all made from wood approved by FSC® ※2 or PEFC (including controlled wood and controlled sources. Enhance traceability and facilitate the procurement of sustainable forest resources. Utilized the forest certification system to enhance traceability and in FY2020, 100% of the risk assessments for imported woodchips were cleared under both PEFC and FSC rules"
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually
          "Independent Audits The following have been implemented for all procured wood resources. ●Annual audits by the Japan Paper Association’s 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
          "Eradicating Illegal Logging ● 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 all of wood raw materials procured both in Japan and overseas. ▶ New business partner: Implemented at the time of new transaction ▶ Existing business partners: Conducted regularly every year ● In FY2019, the Group carried out due diligence and verified the legality of all of its wood raw materials [...] Japanese: 359 chip suppliers, 4 pulp suppliers (Implemented for all suppliers) Confirmation of conformance with the above action plan [....] Overseas: 23 chip suppliers, 10 pulp suppliers (Implemented for all suppliers) Confirmation of conformance with the above action plan"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: 0 tons

          Total volume: 5,446,000 Bone Dry Tons

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: 100%

          What product types/sectors is this in?: Paper

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA
          "For the FY 2020, Nippon report a total of: "Raw Material: Woodchips 5,446,000 Bone Dry Tons, Logs 702,000 bone dry tons" [....] Tree species and countries of origin for overseas woodchips procured by Nippon Paper Industries (FY2019)Hardwood Country & Percentage Species: Vietnam 31% Acacia / Brazil 25% Eucalyptus, Acacia / Australia 17% Eucalyptus / South Africa 16% Acacia / Chile 10% Eucalyptus / Thailand 1% Eucalyptus [...] The wood chips and pulp used for papermaking in Fy2020 were all made from wood approved by FSC® ※2 or PEFC"
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Training and Audits

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA
          "Furthermore, compliance training is carried out in sessions like training for new supervisors and new employees, including training for executives of the Company and its Group companies.[...]■ Education and Training ● In pursuit of personnel management cognizant of human rights, the Nippon Paper Group has employees responsible for personnel matters participate in training courses hosted by government agencies"[...]"The Group requests that its suppliers pay care and consideration to human rights and labor practices, and conducts regular questionnaire surveys and interviews to audit important suppliers regarding these concerns."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          For what percent are point locations (of land holdings and processing facilities) disclosed: NA

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: NA

          For what percent are boundaries (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: NA

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: NA

          For what percent are point locations (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: NA

          For what percent are boundaries (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: NA

          What is the area, in hectares of production units, on which non-DCF commodities are produced or processed, by country and jurisdiction: NA

          In what country(ies) does the company operate and/or source material?: Japan, Brazil, Chile, Australia, and South Africa

          For what percent are point locations (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: NA

          In what jurisdiction(s)/subnational region does the company operate and/or source material?: NA

          What types of ecosystems are these?: NA

          What is the total area in production (in ha)?: 90,000 hectares

          What type of conservation designation and/or conservation status is used?: NA

          What is the total area (in ha) of natural ecosystem on land owned, managed, or controlled by the company?: NA

          What is the total area of land (in ha) that is available for future production, e.g. concessions?: NA

          What is the total land area owned, managed, or controlled by the company for the forest risk commodity?: NA

          What is the volume of each forest risk commodity that the company produced/processed/sourced in the previous year from each national or subnational location?: NA
          Mill lists are provided and are Japan based only in the following format for "Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd - MILLS: Asahikawa Mill505-1 Pulp-cho, Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido / Shiraoi Mill181 Kita-Yoshihara, Shiraoi-cho, Shiraoi-gun, Hokkaido 059-0993 / Akita Mill2-1-1 Mukaihama, Akita-shi, Akita 010-1601 / Ishinomaki Mill2-2-1 Nanko-cho, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi 986-8555" The mill list continues for all products "Effectively use the company-owned forests in Japan (about 90,000 hectares) [...] Presently, the Company oversees 83 thousand hectares (as of December 31, 2019) of afforested areas in Brazil, Chile, Australia, and South Africa"
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          Does the company use a certification system?: Yes

          For what percentage of production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages, or otherwise controls does the company use external processes or actors, such as certification, to monitor compliance?: 100%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          If so, what jurisdictions and mechanisms does the company use?: na

          What tools, processes, bodies carry out monitoring of the company's production or processing operations?: Internal Legality Certification Due Diligence System . Checks for FSC and PEFC certification.
          "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 all of wood raw materials procured both in Japan and overseas. ▶ New business partner: Implemented at the time of new transaction ▶ Existing business partners: Conducted regularly every year ● In FY2019, the Group carried out due diligence and verified the legality of all of its wood raw materials.[...] At Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd., ●All company-owned forests in Japan and overseas have received forest certifications. ●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.)"
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          How is compliance monitored?: Certification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 100%

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%
          "Enhancement of the Group’s supply chain management ● The Group carries out the following as a supplier risk assessment. ▶ New supplier : By conducting site visits and supplier questionnaires, the Group confirms whether it meets the Nippon Paper Groupʼs procurement policy and whether it has any risks before starting trading. ▶ Existing supplier : Check for risks through regular site visits and annual supplier surveys. ● The Group checks the status of forest certification at the time of contract with the supplier. [...] ●Based on information from sources such as results of supplier surveys*(once a year) and local interviews, the following has been confirmed. ・The environment has been considered. ・Logging and forest management activities that are considered to protect biodiversity have been conducted. ・Biodiversity surveys have been conducted. ・Forest certification has been obtained. *target : Import chip, domestic and import pulp ●The Group disseminates its procurement policy by describing it in the supplier questionnaire (Japanese and English)"
        • 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
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: provide support not specified

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: Yes

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non conformance with deforestation requirements

          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "We conduct interviews with suppliers who do not conform with Paragraphs 1 to 3 of the Policies, request improvement, and provide support to help with such improvement. If no improvement is made, we review whether to continue transactions with them."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Timber *
      38/90
      • Commitment Strength
        15/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          8/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat

            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC

            When was this commitment set?: 2022
            "Wood Resources Procurement Guidelines [...] Applicable to whole logs, wood products, woodchips and pulp for paper manufacture, and wood biomass for fuels that have been procured by Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. or its consolidated subsidiaries in order to manufacture their relevant products. [...] 1.We do not procure illegally harvested wood.2.We are committed to the promotion of zero deforestation and do not engage in procurement that is complicit in forest reduction or degradation.3.We do not engage in procurement that contributes to the degradation of forests that are categorized as High Conservation Value (HCV), such as forests with biodiversity importance, and forests with High Carbon Stock (HCS)."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Wood Resources Procurement Guidelines [...] Applicable to whole logs, wood products, woodchips and pulp for paper manufacture, and wood biomass for fuels that have been procured by Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. or its consolidated subsidiaries in order to manufacture their relevant products. [...] 1.We do not procure illegally harvested wood.2.We are committed to the promotion of zero deforestation and do not engage in procurement that is complicit in forest reduction or degradation.3.We do not engage in procurement that contributes to the degradation of forests that are categorized as High Conservation Value (HCV), such as forests with biodiversity importance, and forests with High Carbon Stock (HCS)."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: FSC certification
            "Wood Resources Procurement Guidelines [...] Applicable to whole logs, wood products, woodchips and pulp for paper manufacture, and wood biomass for fuels that have been procured by Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. or its consolidated subsidiaries in order to manufacture their relevant products. [...] 1.We do not procure illegally harvested wood.2.We are committed to the promotion of zero deforestation and do not engage in procurement that is complicit in forest reduction or degradation.3.We do not engage in procurement that contributes to the degradation of forests that are categorized as High Conservation Value (HCV), such as forests with biodiversity importance, and forests with High Carbon Stock (HCS)."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: Current
            "Wood Resources Procurement Guidelines [...] Applicable to whole logs, wood products, woodchips and pulp for paper manufacture, and wood biomass for fuels that have been procured by Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. or its consolidated subsidiaries in order to manufacture their relevant products. [...] 1.We do not procure illegally harvested wood.2.We are committed to the promotion of zero deforestation and do not engage in procurement that is complicit in forest reduction or degradation.3.We do not engage in procurement that contributes to the degradation of forests that are categorized as High Conservation Value (HCV), such as forests with biodiversity importance, and forests with High Carbon Stock (HCS)."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            4/4
            When was this commitment set?: NA
            "Japanese Resources ● Traceability based on the Guideline for Verification of Legality and Sustainability of Wood and Wood Products established by Japan’s Forest Agency ● 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. ● On a ship by ship basis , the relevant documents confirm that wood logging areas and suppliers comply with relevant laws and regulations and do not contain illegal logging materials. ● 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.) ※In FY2020, it was determined, based on questionnaire responses and shipping and other documents provided by each supplier, that no illegally harvested woodchips or pulp were procured from overseas suppliers"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Japanese Resources ● Traceability based on the Guideline for Verification of Legality and Sustainability of Wood and Wood Products established by Japan’s Forest Agency ● 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. ● On a ship by ship basis , the relevant documents confirm that wood logging areas and suppliers comply with relevant laws and regulations and do not contain illegal logging materials. ● 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.) ※In FY2020, it was determined, based on questionnaire responses and shipping and other documents provided by each supplier, that no illegally harvested woodchips or pulp were procured from overseas suppliers"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Checking shipping records
            "Japanese Resources ● Traceability based on the Guideline for Verification of Legality and Sustainability of Wood and Wood Products established by Japan’s Forest Agency ● 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. ● On a ship by ship basis , the relevant documents confirm that wood logging areas and suppliers comply with relevant laws and regulations and do not contain illegal logging materials. ● 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.) ※In FY2020, it was determined, based on questionnaire responses and shipping and other documents provided by each supplier, that no illegally harvested woodchips or pulp were procured from overseas suppliers"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: Current
            "Japanese Resources ● Traceability based on the Guideline for Verification of Legality and Sustainability of Wood and Wood Products established by Japan’s Forest Agency ● 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. ● On a ship by ship basis , the relevant documents confirm that wood logging areas and suppliers comply with relevant laws and regulations and do not contain illegal logging materials. ● 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.) ※In FY2020, it was determined, based on questionnaire responses and shipping and other documents provided by each supplier, that no illegally harvested woodchips or pulp were procured from overseas suppliers"
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Supplier
          "Based on information from sources such as results of supplier surveys*(once a year) and local interviews, the following has been confirmed. ・Policies or systems have been established for addressing human rights and labor matters. (Workers’ collective bargaining rights and free association rights, No forced labor, No child labor or discrimination, Being protected in health and safety, Considering the rights of indigenous peoples)"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          [translation] ”We will practice consideration for human rights and labor throughout the supply chain. Basic Policy 1. Respect for Human Rights We respect basic human rights and do not engage in acts that disregard human rights, such as discrimination based on nationality, race, birthplace, gender, religion, disease, disability, sexual harassment, and power harassment.”
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          1/1
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          0.5/1
          What does the commitment cover?: Social harm
          "In case we identify that we have caused adverse human rights impacts directly or indirectly, the Nippon Paper Group will take remedial measures through dialogue and appropriate procedure, utilizing existing grievance mechanisms. In particular, as grievance mechanisms in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, we notify and operate the “Nippon Paper Group Helpline”, which enables consultation and direct reporting for all directors, officers, and employees. We also operate the “Application Form for Inquiries concerning the Nippon Paper Group”, which enables reporting from outside companies through our website."
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        19/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Annually

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: NA
          "Independent Audits The following have been implemented for all procured wood resources. ●Annual audits by the Japan Paper Association’s 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
          "Eradicating Illegal Logging ● 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 all of wood raw materials procured both in Japan and overseas. ▶ New business partner: Implemented at the time of new transaction ▶ Existing business partners: Conducted regularly every year ● In FY2019, the Group carried out due diligence and verified the legality of all of its wood raw materials [...] Japanese: 359 chip suppliers, 4 pulp suppliers (Implemented for all suppliers) Confirmation of conformance with the above action plan [....] Overseas: 23 chip suppliers, 10 pulp suppliers (Implemented for all suppliers) Confirmation of conformance with the above action plan"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Total volume: 5,446,000 Bone Dry Tons

          What product types/sectors is this in?: Wood, paper

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: NA

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: NA

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA
          For the FY 2020, Nippon report a total of: "Raw Material: Woodchips 5,446,000 Bone Dry Tons, Logs 702,000 bone dry tons" [....] Tree species and countries of origin for overseas woodchips procured by Nippon Paper Industries (FY2019)Hardwood Country & Percentage Species: Vietnam 31% Acacia / Brazil 25% Eucalyptus, Acacia / Australia 17% Eucalyptus / South Africa 16% Acacia / Chile 10% Eucalyptus / Thailand 1% Eucalyptus"
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Training and Audits

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA
          "Furthermore, compliance training is carried out in sessions like training for new supervisors and new employees, including training for executives of the Company and its Group companies.[...]■ Education and Training ● In pursuit of personnel management cognizant of human rights, the Nippon Paper Group has employees responsible for personnel matters participate in training courses hosted by government agencies"[...]"The Group requests that its suppliers pay care and consideration to human rights and labor practices, and conducts regular questionnaire surveys and interviews to audit important suppliers regarding these concerns."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          For what percent are boundaries (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: NA

          What is the volume of each forest risk commodity that the company produced/processed/sourced in the previous year from each national or subnational location?: NA

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: NA

          What is the total land area owned, managed, or controlled by the company for the forest risk commodity?: NA

          For what percent are point locations (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: NA

          For what percent are point locations (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: NA

          For what percent are boundaries (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: NA

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: NA

          What is the area, in hectares of production units, on which non-DCF commodities are produced or processed, by country and jurisdiction: NA

          In what country(ies) does the company operate and/or source material?: Japan, Brazil, Chile, Australia, and South Africa

          In what jurisdiction(s)/subnational region does the company operate and/or source material?: NA

          What is the total area (in ha) of natural ecosystem on land owned, managed, or controlled by the company?: NA

          What types of ecosystems are these?: NA

          What type of conservation designation and/or conservation status is used?: NA

          What is the total area in production (in ha)?: 90,000 hectares

          For what percent are point locations (of land holdings and processing facilities) disclosed: NA

          What is the total area of land (in ha) that is available for future production, e.g. concessions?: NA
          Mill lists are provided and are Japan based only in the following format for "Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd - MILLS: Asahikawa Mill505-1 Pulp-cho, Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido / Shiraoi Mill181 Kita-Yoshihara, Shiraoi-cho, Shiraoi-gun, Hokkaido 059-0993 / Akita Mill2-1-1 Mukaihama, Akita-shi, Akita 010-1601 / Ishinomaki Mill2-2-1 Nanko-cho, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi 986-8555" The mill list continues for all products "Effectively use the company-owned forests in Japan (about 90,000 hectares) [...] Presently, the Company oversees 83 thousand hectares (as of December 31, 2019) of afforested areas in Brazil, Chile, Australia, and South Africa"
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using an internal verification system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using an internal verification system
          4/4
          What tools, processes, bodies carry out monitoring of the company's production or processing operations?: Internal Legality Certification Due Diligence System . Checks for FSC and PEFC certification.

          Does the company use a certification system?: Yes

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA

          If so, what jurisdictions and mechanisms does the company use?: NA

          For what percentage of production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages, or otherwise controls does the company use external processes or actors, such as certification, to monitor compliance?: 100%
          "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 all of wood raw materials procured both in Japan and overseas. ▶ New business partner: Implemented at the time of new transaction ▶ Existing business partners: Conducted regularly every year ● In FY2019, the Group carried out due diligence and verified the legality of all of its wood raw materials.[...] At Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd., ●All company-owned forests in Japan and overseas have received forest certifications. ●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.)"
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 100%

          How is compliance monitored?: Certification

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%
          "Enhancement of the Group’s supply chain management ● The Group carries out the following as a supplier risk assessment. ▶ New supplier : By conducting site visits and supplier questionnaires, the Group confirms whether it meets the Nippon Paper Groupʼs procurement policy and whether it has any risks before starting trading. ▶ Existing supplier : Check for risks through regular site visits and annual supplier surveys. ● The Group checks the status of forest certification at the time of contract with the supplier. [...] ●Based on information from sources such as results of supplier surveys*(once a year) and local interviews, the following has been confirmed. ・The environment has been considered. ・Logging and forest management activities that are considered to protect biodiversity have been conducted. ・Biodiversity surveys have been conducted. ・Forest certification has been obtained. *target : Import chip, domestic and import pulp ●The Group disseminates its procurement policy by describing it in the supplier questionnaire (Japanese and English)"
        • 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
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: provide support not specified

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: non conformance with deforestation requirements

          Does the company work with the non-compliant supplier to develop an implementation plan to remedy associated harms or non-compliance?: Yes

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          Does the company commit to engage with rightsholders, Indigenous peoples and local communities when developing the implementation plan?: No
          "We conduct interviews with suppliers who do not conform with Paragraphs 1 to 3 of the Policies, request improvement, and provide support to help with such improvement. If no improvement is made, we review whether to continue transactions with them."
        • 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
    15/17
    Avg. score
  • Implementation and Reporting
    19/56
    Avg. score
  • Associated Human Rights Abuses
    4/17
    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 
Paper Products
Segments
Producer, Trader, Processor, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Japan
Company Type
Company type 
CO
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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Nippon Paper

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