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  • Overall approach
    5/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Zero deforestation/Deforestation-free commitment or, for timber, pulp & paper companies only, commitment to well implemented harvest and no deforestation of HCV & HCS areas
      3/4
       [translation] "Have a zero deforestation and zero fire policy in all areas exploited by Rougier and its subsidiaries (plantations, natural forests) now and in the future".
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Through the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), one of the WWF’s flagship initiatives to promote responsible forest management and responsible trade, the WWF is providing support for Rougier to maintain and strengthen its objectives for increasing the volumes of certified products".
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Tropical forests are crucial to the earth’s ecological balance. Rougier, as well as all other forest operators, has a responsibility to preserve these forests for future generations." 
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • 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
  • Commodity score
    9/88
    • Timber
      14/88
      • Commitment Strength
        6/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            [translation] "Have a zero deforestation and zero fire policy in all areas exploited by Rougier and its subsidiaries (plantations, natural forests) now and in the future" 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Indirect suppliers
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            [translation] "Have a zero deforestation and zero fire policy in all areas exploited by Rougier and its subsidiaries (plantations, natural forests) now and in the future" 
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            [translation] "Have a zero deforestation and zero fire policy in all areas exploited by Rougier and its subsidiaries (plantations, natural forests) now and in the future" 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • 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
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        7/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • 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
          "To increase the part of purchased volumes certified by an independent verification body; In the absence of certification, to carry out documentary checks on a regular basis as foreseen by certain international regulations (FLEGT or LACEY ACT), testifying to the legal origin of the products that are placed on the market".
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 150 000 m³ 
          "Rougier Afrique International trades an annual volume of about 150 000 m³ of sawn timber produced in the group’s seven African factories in Cameroon, Congo and Gabon."
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          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
          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not disclosed

          Does the company use a certification system?: No
          “Rougier Gabon commits in relation to sustainable forest management and industrial transformation to: [...] 8. Carry out rigorous audits on compliance for all operations relating to this policy, measure progress on environmental performance, health, security and forest management."
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          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
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not disclosed

          Details of monitoring: Using certification
          "In terms of its purchases from various suppliers, Rougier is committed to: Increasing the proportion of volumes purchased with certification by an independent inspection body; In the absence of certification, carrying out systematic document-based checks, according to certain international regulations (e.g. RBUE or Lacey Act), in order to endorse the legal origins of the products sold".
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?:  "all commerce of illegally recollected wood, in violation with traditional or civil rights, or when High Value Conservation areas are under threat.”
          “Rougier commits to: Outlaw all commerce of illegally recollected wood, in violation with traditional or civil rights, or when High Value Conservation areas are under threat.”
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper *
      0/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/6
          • 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
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/5
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/3
          • 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
        • 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
        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
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/50
        • 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
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • 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
    4/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    5/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    0/18
    Avg. score

Profile

The Rougier Group is a French company primarily involved in the logging, processing, and trade of tropical timber from Africa. It is ones of the largest companies across the Republic of Congo, Cameroon, and Gabon, as of 2016. All of these regions also have sawmills and manufacturing facilities which process timber products. Rougier Group is selected as a powerbroker for timber and paper packaging.

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

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