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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      UN Global Compact
      RELX Group are signatory to the UN Global Compact.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "We support mitigation activities to reduce climate change, including reducing deforestation and protecting rainforests. We believe adaptation to cope with changes in climate is also necessary."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    32/86
    • Pulp & Paper
      32/86
      • Commitment Strength
        15/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/15
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2/8
            Type of commitment: Sustainability commitment
            RELX's 2020 target is for "100% of RELX Group production papers, graded in [Publishers Database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing], to be rated as 'known and responsible sources'".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            RELX's 2020 target is for "100% of RELX Group production papers, graded in [Publishers Database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing], to be rated as 'known and responsible sources'".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            RELX's 2020 target is for "100% of RELX Group production papers, graded in [Publishers Database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing], to be rated as 'known and responsible sources'".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            RELX's 2020 target is for "100% of RELX Group production papers, graded in [Publishers Database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing], to be rated as 'known and responsible sources'".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            RELX's 2020 target is for "100% of RELX Group production papers, graded in [Publishers Database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing], to be rated as 'known and responsible sources'".
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            RELX's 2020 target is for "100% of RELX Group production papers, graded in [Publishers Database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing], to be rated as 'known and responsible sources'".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            RELX's 2020 target is for "100% of RELX Group production papers, graded in [Publishers Database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing], to be rated as 'known and responsible sources'".
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "RELX Group and its businesses are committed to [...] increasing the amount of certified paper and recycled content in our paper".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "RELX Group and its businesses are committed to [...] increasing the amount of certified paper and recycled content in our paper".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "RELX Group and its businesses are committed to [...] increasing the amount of certified paper and recycled content in our paper".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        12/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "By the close of 2017, 90% of the Group’s papers by weight were graded on [Publishers’ Database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing], 100% of which came from known and responsible (sustainable) sources."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Non-specific monitoring statement
          2/4
          "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 eight indicators, including human trafficking information from the US State Department andEnvironmental Performance Index results produced by Yale University and partners."
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          4/4
          "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.”
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          0 tonnes
          RELX Group report total 'production paper' usage in their 2018 Sustainability Report.
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          RELX require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from child labour, forced labour, and discrimination.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          RELX require their suppliers to prohibit discrimination based on gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    15/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    12/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/16
    Avg. score

Profile

RELX Group, headquartered in the UK, prints publications for a range of industries worldwide.

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

Top Brands

Elsevier, LexisNexis, Reed Exhibitions, Academic Press

How we assess the Forest 500

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