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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0.00/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support
      "In October 2017, we were a founding signatory of the ‘Statement of Support’ to the Cerrado Manifesto. This was a call to action to halt deforestation and native vegetation loss in Brazil’s Cerrado, a global biodiversity hotspot and critical carbon store". 
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "When we clear forests, all the carbon that was being stored by the trees is released back into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. Between 10 and 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are said to come from deforestation". 
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    25/86
    • Beef
      20/86
      • Commitment Strength
        15/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          15/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            (Translation) "Beef procured from Brasil stems solely from producers which have signed the so-called “Cattle Agreement”, or have proof of an equivalent sustainability or environmental certification. Hence, deforestation of tropical forests for the purpose of creating grazing land can be minimised".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            (Translation) "Beef procured from Brasil stems solely from producers which have signed the so-called “Cattle Agreement”, or have proof of an equivalent sustainability or environmental certification. Hence, deforestation of tropical forests for the purpose of creating grazing land can be minimised".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            (Translation) "Beef procured from Brasil stems solely from producers which have signed the so-called “Cattle Agreement”, or have proof of an equivalent sustainability or environmental certification. Hence, deforestation of tropical forests for the purpose of creating grazing land can be minimised".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            (Translation) "Beef procured from Brasil stems solely from producers which have signed the so-called “Cattle Agreement”, or have proof of an equivalent sustainability or environmental certification. Hence, deforestation of tropical forests for the purpose of creating grazing land can be minimised".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            (Translation) "Beef procured from Brasil stems solely from producers which have signed the so-called “Cattle Agreement”, or have proof of an equivalent sustainability or environmental certification. Hence, deforestation of tropical forests for the purpose of creating grazing land can be minimised".
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            (Translation) "Beef procured from Brasil stems solely from producers which have signed the so-called “Cattle Agreement”, or have proof of an equivalent sustainability or environmental certification. Hence, deforestation of tropical forests for the purpose of creating grazing land can be minimised".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            (Translation) "Beef procured from Brasil stems solely from producers which have signed the so-called “Cattle Agreement”, or have proof of an equivalent sustainability or environmental certification. Hence, deforestation of tropical forests for the purpose of creating grazing land can be minimised".
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/4
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.7
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.7
            certification
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • 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
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Schwarz Group  ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "We seek to ensure that no one receives less favourable treatment because of gender, gender reassignment, sex, pregnancy, marital/civil status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, age, religion or belief or disability". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Palm oil
      28/86
      • Commitment Strength
        12/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "All the palm (kernel) oil in our food and non-food products are sourced from Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified supply chain".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "All the palm (kernel) oil in our food and non-food products are sourced from Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified supply chain".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "All the palm (kernel) oil in our food and non-food products are sourced from Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified supply chain".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "All the palm (kernel) oil in our food and non-food products are sourced from Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified supply chain".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "All the palm (kernel) oil in our food and non-food products are sourced from Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified supply chain".
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "All the palm (kernel) oil in our food and non-food products are sourced from Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified supply chain".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "All the palm (kernel) oil in our food and non-food products are sourced from Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified supply chain".
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No
            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
        • 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
        11/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "All the palm (kernel) oil in our food and non-food products are sourced from Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified supply chain".
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "All the palm (kernel) oil in our food and non-food products are sourced from Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified supply chain".
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            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
          "Lidl uses the Sedex platform to manage its ethical sourcing compliance programme [...] it enables us to access vital information about our suppliers’ social and environmental performance in an efficient way". 
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/4
          (Translation) "If, during our annual monitoring, we identify deficits, we address these when buying from our supplier and define a detailed plan of measures to reach our goals".
        • 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
          15,884 Tonnes
          Lidl reports the total volume and compliant volume to ACOP from 2013-2017. The figures stated here are for 2017. 
      • 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
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Schwarz Group  ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "We seek to ensure that no one receives less favourable treatment because of gender, gender reassignment, sex, pregnancy, marital/civil status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, age, religion or belief or disability". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      26/86
      • Commitment Strength
        21/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests; Certification
            (Translation) “Our goal is to change all own brand products including the brand packaging and labels to recycled material (“Blauer Engel” certified) or FSC-certified virgin fibre”
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            (Translation) “Our goal is to change all own brand products including the brand packaging and labels to recycled material (“Blauer Engel” certified) or FSC-certified virgin fibre”
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            (Translation) “Our goal is to change all own brand products including the brand packaging and labels to recycled material (“Blauer Engel” certified) or FSC-certified virgin fibre”
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            (Translation) “Our goal is to change all own brand products including the brand packaging and labels to recycled material (“Blauer Engel” certified) or FSC-certified virgin fibre”
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            (Translation) “Our goal is to change all own brand products including the brand packaging and labels to recycled material (“Blauer Engel” certified) or FSC-certified virgin fibre”
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            (Translation) “Our goal is to change all own brand products including the brand packaging and labels to recycled material (“Blauer Engel” certified) or FSC-certified virgin fibre” "We are also aiming for the changeover by the end of 2020 all non-food promotional items such as textiles, shoes, Garden / camping items, furniture, toys, decorations, media, stationery and tools and Operating instructions."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            (Translation) “Our goal is to change all own brand products including the brand packaging and labels to recycled material (“Blauer Engel” certified) or FSC-certified virgin fibre”
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "We are committed to increasing the use of recycled content and the recyclability of our product and packaging range. By making this commitment we reduce our reliance on virgin fibres and ensure that we are supporting a circular economy" [and] "We are committed to ensuring that by 2020, 100% of the wood and timber used within our product range is from either verified recycled and/or from FSC and/or PEFC certified sources"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We are committed to increasing the use of recycled content and the recyclability of our product and packaging range. By making this commitment we reduce our reliance on virgin fibres and ensure that we are supporting a circular economy" [and] "We are committed to ensuring that by 2020, 100% of the wood and timber used within our product range is from either verified recycled and/or from FSC and/or PEFC certified sources"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            "We are committed to increasing the use of recycled content and the recyclability of our product and packaging range. By making this commitment we reduce our reliance on virgin fibres and ensure that we are supporting a circular economy" [and] "We are committed to ensuring that by 2020, 100% of the wood and timber used within our product range is from either verified recycled and/or from FSC and/or PEFC certified sources"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We are committed to increasing the use of recycled content and the recyclability of our product and packaging range. By making this commitment we reduce our reliance on virgin fibres and ensure that we are supporting a circular economy" [and] "We are committed to ensuring that by 2020, 100% of the wood and timber used within our product range is from either verified recycled and/or from FSC and/or PEFC certified sources"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We are committed to increasing the use of recycled content and the recyclability of our product and packaging range. By making this commitment we reduce our reliance on virgin fibres and ensure that we are supporting a circular economy" [and] "We are committed to ensuring that by 2020, 100% of the wood and timber used within our product range is from either verified recycled and/or from FSC and/or PEFC certified sources"
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "We are committed to increasing the use of recycled content and the recyclability of our product and packaging range. By making this commitment we reduce our reliance on virgin fibres and ensure that we are supporting a circular economy" [and] "We are committed to ensuring that by 2020, 100% of the wood and timber used within our product range is from either verified recycled and/or from FSC and/or PEFC certified sources"
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We are committed to increasing the use of recycled content and the recyclability of our product and packaging range. By making this commitment we reduce our reliance on virgin fibres and ensure that we are supporting a circular economy" [and] "We are committed to ensuring that by 2020, 100% of the wood and timber used within our product range is from either verified recycled and/or from FSC and/or PEFC certified sources"
        • 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
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
            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 protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            certification
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
            other third party verification
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • 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
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Schwarz Group  ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "We seek to ensure that no one receives less favourable treatment because of gender, gender reassignment, sex, pregnancy, marital/civil status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, age, religion or belief or disability". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Soy
      30/86
      • Commitment Strength
        18/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          18/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Certification schemes mentioned: RTRS
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "From September 2018, Lidl will purchase RTRS certificates on an annual basis through a ‘Book and Claim Direct Trade’ approach to cover 100% of our soy footprint, creating a clear market signal for sustainable, zero deforestation soy". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "From September 2018, Lidl will purchase RTRS certificates on an annual basis through a ‘Book and Claim Direct Trade’ approach to cover 100% of our soy footprint, creating a clear market signal for sustainable, zerodeforestation soy". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "From September 2018, Lidl will purchase RTRS certificates on an annual basis through a ‘Book and Claim Direct Trade’ approach to cover 100% of our soy footprint, creating a clear market signal for sustainable, zerodeforestation soy". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "From September 2018, Lidl will purchase RTRS certificates on an annual basis through a ‘Book and Claim Direct Trade’ approach to cover 100% of our soy footprint, creating a clear market signal for sustainable, zerodeforestation soy". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "From September 2018, Lidl will purchase RTRS certificates on an annual basis through a ‘Book and Claim Direct Trade’ approach to cover 100% of our soy footprint, creating a clear market signal for sustainable, zerodeforestation soy". 
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "From September 2018, Lidl will purchase RTRS certificates on an annual basis through a ‘Book and Claim Direct Trade’ approach to cover 100% of our soy footprint, creating a clear market signal for sustainable, zerodeforestation soy". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "From September 2018, Lidl will purchase RTRS certificates on an annual basis through a ‘Book and Claim Direct Trade’ approach to cover 100% of our soy footprint, creating a clear market signal for sustainable, zerodeforestation soy". 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        7/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            4/4
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "From September 2018, Lidl will purchase RTRS certificates on an annual basis through a ‘Book and Claim Direct Trade’ approach to cover 100% of our soy footprint, creating a clear market signal for sustainable, zerodeforestation soy". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/4
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.7
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2.7/2.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2.7/2.7
            certification
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "From September 2018, Lidl will purchase RTRS certificates on an annual basis through a ‘Book and Claim Direct Trade’ approach to cover 100% of our soy footprint, creating a clear market signal for sustainable, zerodeforestation soy". 
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Partial
          2/4
          130,000 Tonnes
          "We calculated that approximately y130,000 tonnes of soy were used indirectly as feed in the production of our fresh and frozen products such as chicken, pork, cheese, beef and eggs". 
      • 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
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Schwarz Group  ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "We seek to ensure that no one receives less favourable treatment because of gender, gender reassignment, sex, pregnancy, marital/civil status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, age, religion or belief or disability". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Timber
      23/86
      • Commitment Strength
        16/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          16/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "we are committed to ensuring that by 2020, 100% of the wood and timber used within our product range is from either verified recycled and/or from FSC and/or PEFC certified sources".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "we are committed to ensuring that by 2020, 100% of the wood and timber used within our product range is from either verified recycled and/or from FSC and/or PEFC certified sources".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "we are committed to ensuring that by 2020, 100% of the wood and timber used within our product range is from either verified recycled and/or from FSC and/or PEFC certified sources".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "we are committed to ensuring that by 2020, 100% of the wood and timber used within our product range is from either verified recycled and/or from FSC and/or PEFC certified sources".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "we are committed to ensuring that by 2020, 100% of the wood and timber used within our product range is from either verified recycled and/or from FSC and/or PEFC certified sources".
          • Target date
            2020
            1.8/2
            Target date
            2020
            1.8/2
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "we are committed to ensuring that by 2020, 100% of the wood and timber used within our product range is from either verified recycled and/or from FSC and/or PEFC certified sources".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "We have made a commitment to ensure that we are working towards deforestation-free supply chains. To make sure we have a clear impact, we are focussing our efforts on our palm oil, soy and timber supply chains, which have been identified as the highest risk for deforestation" [and] "we are committed to ensuring that by 2020, 100% of the wood and timber used within our product range is from either verified recycled and/or from FSC and/or PEFC certified sources".
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
        • 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
          " We contractually define and routinely check compliance with these requirements". 
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • 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
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Schwarz Group  ensure that their suppliers guarantee their workers' rights to freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour and child labour.
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "We seek to ensure that no one receives less favourable treatment because of gender, gender reassignment, sex, pregnancy, marital/civil status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, age, religion or belief or disability". 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    16/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    4/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/16
    Avg. score

Profile

The Schwarz Group is a German retail group comprised of both wholesalers and multi-format retail stores. Its supermarkets operate under the brands Kaufland, Handelshof and Kaufmarkt, alongside the discount retailer Lidl. The breadth of its retail offerings exposes the group to a variety of forest risk commodities. With the combined weight of these retailers, the Schwarz Group is among the top five retailers for edible groceries globally. It is also one of the largest edible grocery retailers in Europe.

Sector
Industry sector 
Food retail
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
Germany
Company Type
Company type 
Private
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Lidl, Kaufland, Kaufmart, Handelshof

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