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  • Overall approach
    4/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: UN Global Compact
      "We are a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and are dedicated to advancing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. These aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all people by 2030.."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "We work with our suppliers to purchase paper from well managed forests and known and legal sources. We support credible independent certification and we reject illegal logging of old growth forests and the use of any species on the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora) list or the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) red list. To this end, we became a founding member of the Publishers Database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing (PREPS), a sectoral approach to paper sustainability. "
    • 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.: Reputational and financial
      Deforestation or sustainable sourcing is covered within their Global Environmental Policy and in conjunction their Sustainable Paper Policy - "The Global Environmental Policy indicates that we must consider, among other risks, those that require legislative compliance, have significant cost implications for the business and/or which may affect our reputation." [...] "The company is committed to the protection of the environment, through the: responsible, efficient and sustainable use of natural resources such as paper"
    • 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?: Annually

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Pulp & Paper
      "Our network of Environmental Champions, together with colleagues throughout the business, as well as external stakeholders such as NGOs and investors, help with advice, ranking and tracking of our environmental risks and opportunities. They are reviewed during Environmental Checkpoint meetings, chaired by the Chief Financial Officer (CFO)" [...] "This policy sets out the approach taken by the company and its divisions .... It was developed by our Global Procurement and Corporate Responsibility teams to support our Environmental Management System and the broader voluntary commitments we have signed up to as a company, including the United Nations Global Compact. ... This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • 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
      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2050
      "We support global efforts to mitigate climate change through the rapid reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, aiming to achieve net zero emissions before 2050"
  • Commodity score
    25/88
    • Pulp & Paper
      25/88
      • Commitment Strength
        7/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          2/8
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
             "We work with our suppliers to purchase paper from well managed forests and known and legal sources. We support credible independent certification and we reject illegal logging of old growth forests and the use of any species on the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora) list or the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) red list" Certification is not specified.
          • 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
            "We work with our suppliers to purchase paper from well managed forests and known and legal sources. We support credible independent certification and we reject illegal logging of old growth forests and the use of any species on the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora) list or the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) red list [...]
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • 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
            "RELX and its businesses are committed to: [...] Increasing the amount of certified paper and recycled content in our paper"
          • 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
            "RELX and its businesses are committed to: [...] Increasing the amount of certified paper and recycled content in our paper"
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
            Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
            "RELX and its businesses are committed to: [...] Increasing the amount of certified paper and recycled content in our paper"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        7/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We expect all of our suppliers, manufacturers, service providers, and business partners along with their subsidiaries, affiliates, sub-contractors, and recruitment agencies (jointly “Suppliers”), to make these same commitments based on the 10 Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and in alignment with the Declaration on Human Rights and ILO standards. At a minimum, we require that all RELX Group Suppliers meet the following standards...."
        • 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 will not discriminate in hiring or employment practices, terms or conditions, including compensation, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, and will not discriminate in sourcing, on the basis of race, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, political opinion, disability, or any other category protected by law"
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "Independent external audits of high risk suppliers, as determined by SRS programme criteria, such as those operating in areas where human rights, labour, environmental, corruption or other abuses have been known to occur, are performed on a regular basis. Results are communicated to suppliers along with any remediation required; remediation target dates are agreed and follow-up audits are performed to ensure issues identified have been resolved."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers will comply with all applicable local, national and international laws, regulations, treaties and industry standards" "We engage a specialist supply chain auditor who undertook 93 external audits on our behalf in 2019. Incidence of noncompliance triggers continuous improvement reports summarising auditresults, with remediation plans and submission dates agreedand signed by both the auditor and the supplier. Areas coveredin the audit include: [...] legal compliance"
        • 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: 34,599 tonnes
          Reports volumes 2015-2019 in their 2019 CSR report. In 2019 the volumes were as follows: "Production paper (t): 34,599. Sustainable content (%): 100.
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Suppliers will authorize RELX and its designated agents, auditors and third party representatives to engage in monitoring activities to confirm compliance with this Code of Conduct, including unannounced on-site inspections of Supplier’s and its subcontractors’ employment sites and employer-provided housing"
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100%

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

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

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually
          "Through our SRS database, we track key suppliers and those located in medium and high-risk countries as designated by our supplier risk tool. This incorporates ten indicators ... The tracking list changes year-on-year based on the suppliers we engage to meet the needs of our business. In 2019, there were 354 suppliers on the SRS tracking list, of which 102 are in high and medium risk countries. At year end, 91% of suppliers on the tracking list were signatories to our Supplier Code. Of the 33 non-signatories, 9 suppliers are in high or medium risk countries. We continue to work with non-signatories to gain agreement to our Code, and/or assess whether they have equivalent standards in place, in order to ultimately decide whether to continue doing business with them"
        • 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
          "An incidence of noncompliance triggers continuous improvement reports summarising audit results, with remediation plans and submission dates agreed and signed by both the auditor and the supplier [...] Failure to comply with any RELX term, condition, requirement, policy or procedure…may result in the cancellation of all existing orders and termination of the business relationship between RELX and supplier.”
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged
          1/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No

          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?: 33
          In 2019, there were354 suppliers on the SRS tracking list, of which 102 are in highand medium risk countries. At year end, 91% of suppliers on thetracking list were signatories to our Supplier Code. Of the 33non-signatories, 9 suppliers are in high or medium risk countries.We continue to work with non-signatories to gain agreement toour Code, and/or assess whether they have equivalent standardsin place, in order to ultimately decide whether to continue doingbusiness with them. We have embedded the Supplier Code intoour sourcing process, and have a total of 3,202 suppliers whohave agreed to the Supplier Code in 2019, up from 3,082 in 2018.
  • Commitment strength
    7/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    11/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    7/18
    Avg. score

Profile

RELX Group, headquartered in the UK, prints publications for a range of industries worldwide. The large-scale printing operations require a vast amount of pulp and paper. RELX Group is selected as a powerbroker for pulp & paper.

Sector
Industry sector 
Printing & publishing
Segments
Manufacturer, Retailer
HQ
HQ 
United Kingdom
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Elsevier, LexisNexis, Reed Exhibitions, Academic Press

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