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  • Overall approach
    3/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "For this reason, the Schwarz Group joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) at the beginning of 2020"; "In 2018, Lidl became a signatory to the Cerrado Manifesto"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      [Translation] "Forests cover 31 percent of the global land area and are of enormous importance for life on earth, including 80 percent of all land animals and plants. Intact forests and natural ecosystems thus make a significant contribution to biodiversity and secure our basis for nutrition and health. Since trees store the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, they also play a decisive role in combating climate change."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • 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?: not disclosed

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Beef; Leather; Timber; Pulp & Paper
      [Translation] "Sustainability is embedded within the management as a strategic and opeartive core task of the company. Overall responsibility lies with the chairperson. The CSR/Sustainability Department, as a department of Corporate Communications, reports to them, carries out the strategic direction and coordinates sustainability activities and stakeholder managment. [...] The CSR Committee serves to promote interdisciplinary and international exchange. All Heads of CSR from the various companies of the Schwarz Group are represented on it. Together they define and continually develop group-wide guidance and frameworks."
    • 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: Other or unclear

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030
      [Translation] "The Schwarz Group will reduce its operational greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 55 percent by 2030 compared to 2019. Lidl and Kaufland have set themselves the goal of reducing their operational greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 80 percent over the same period. Suppliers, who are responsible for 78 percent of product-related emissions, are encouraged by the Schwarz Group to define their own climate target according to the criteria of the Science Based Targets Initiative by 2026."
  • Commodity score
    40/88
    • Beef
      30/88
      • Commitment Strength
        7/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            "We are aiming for supply chains free of deforestation, conversion and exploitation by the end of 2025. Raw materials of particular relevance are soy, palm (kernel) oil, cacao, beef and cellulose/timber."
          • 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?: Subsidary

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: This is for Lidle Deutschland only (subsidiary).
            "We are aiming for supply chains free of deforestation, conversion and exploitation by the end of 2025. Raw materials of particular relevance are soy, palm (kernel) oil, cacao, beef and cellulose/timber."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            "We are aiming for supply chains free of deforestation, conversion and exploitation by the end of 2025. Raw materials of particular relevance are soy, palm (kernel) oil, cacao, beef and cellulose/timber."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • 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
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          we are guided by the principles of internationally valid frameworks such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO core labor standards. [...] No Child labor [...] No forced labor [...] Freedom of association  [...] No discrimination."
        • 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
          "The business partner shall refrain from any form of discrimination. In particular, no person shall be disadvantaged on the grounds of their age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, ethnic background, race, skin color, religion or ideology, political persuasion, social background or marital status."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Lidl is committed to the following AFi principles: Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) for all communities and indigenous groups affected by activities in relation to our supply chains"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        12/50
        • 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
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          [Translation] "Each standard specifies its own cut-off date (e.g., Pro Terra 2008, Rainforest Alliance 2014), i.e. the point from which deforestation is no longer permitted in the cultivation of raw materials. Our commitment to zero deforestation and zero conversion of high-value ecosystems, and our procurement policies, procedures and guidelines, are guided by an overarching cut-off date of 01.01.2020. This applies both for certified and non-certified raw materials. If an earlier cut-off date has been specified by the branch or by leading and internationally recognised certification standards, we will adhere to this."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: not specified
          [Translation] "We would also like to systematically identify possible risks within our supply chain. To this end, we carry out a further, cross-product range risk assessment. We examine the direct negative effects our business activities have on human rights, while also taking into account environmental risks such as water pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. These, in turn, can have a negative impact on human rights issues. Our analysis of course includes all stages of the value chain from raw material extraction to final production. In order to quantitatively assess existing risks or actual effects, we have defined criteria and indicators for all fields of action. These factors make the risks measurable and comparable. Palm oil: [...] Environmental risks:Biodiversity: Ecuador, Indonesia, PNG.Climate susceptibility: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand.Land use and deforestation: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand.Water risks: Indonesia, Nigeria, Thailand."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "National and other relevant laws and regulations that apply in the respective countries of business activity, as well as the principles in this Code of Conduct, must be adhered to. [...] Business partners shall facilitate auditing of their adherence to the Code of Conduct. In this regard they shall provide written information upon request and facilitate on-site inspections of their operations. [...] Third parties (e.g. auditors) may be commissioned to carry out the audit."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          Lidl has a publicly available online reporting system. 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • 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
          [Translation] "we are guided by the principles of internationally valid frameworks such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO core labor standards. Business partners shall facilitate auditing of their adherence to the Code of Conduct. In this regard they shall provide written information upon request and facilitate on-site inspections of their operations. [...] Third parties (e.g. auditors) may be commissioned to carry out the audit."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, France, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Greece, UK, Switzerland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Sweden, Portugal, Lithuania, Finland, Serbia
          "Lidl Germany is one of the first grocery retailers to publish a list of the main suppliers for its food and non-food own-brand range on its website."
        • 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
    • Palm oil
      50/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            "We are aiming for supply chains free of deforestation, conversion and exploitation by the end of 2025. Raw materials of particular relevance are soy, palm (kernel) oil, cacao, beef and cellulose/timber."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: This is for Lidle Deutschland only (subsidiary).

            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidary
            "We are aiming for supply chains free of deforestation, conversion and exploitation by the end of 2025. Raw materials of particular relevance are soy, palm (kernel) oil, cacao, beef and cellulose/timber."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "We are aiming for supply chains free of deforestation, conversion and exploitation by the end of 2025. Raw materials of particular relevance are soy, palm (kernel) oil, cacao, beef and cellulose/timber."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          4/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS
            "Lidl is committed to the following AFi guidelines: Conservation and no deforestation of high conservation value (HCV) and high carbon stock (HCS) areas."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: This is for Lidle Deutschland only.

            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidary
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Lidl is committed to the following AFi guidelines: Conservation and no deforestation of high conservation value (HCV) and high carbon stock (HCS) areas."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Lidl is committed to the following AFi guidelines: Conservation and no deforestation of high conservation value (HCV) and high carbon stock (HCS) areas."
        • 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
        13/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "we are guided by the principles of internationally valid frameworks such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO core labor standards. [...] No Child labor [...] No forced labor [...] Freedom of association  [...] No discrimination."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          Lidl Germany states that they are: [Translation] "Conducting social impact studies in prioritized supply chains that focus on the human rights risks of smallholders and workers; Implementation of programs for the direct support of smallholders in the prioritized supply chains and the improvement of their chances of securing a living wage. To this end, we want to support the development of a “living wage / income benchmark”.
        • 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
          "The business partner shall refrain from any form of discrimination. In particular, no person shall be disadvantaged on the grounds of their age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, ethnic background, race, skin color, religion or ideology, political persuasion, social background or marital status."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Lidl is committed to the following AFi principles: Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) for all communities and indigenous groups affected by activities in relation to our supply chains"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        27/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            [Translation] "All Lidl palm (kernel) oil has been 100 percent certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil since 2018."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            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
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO certification
            [Translation] "All Lidl palm (kernel) oil has been 100 percent certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil since 2018."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            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
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          [Translation] "Each standard specifies its own cut-off date (e.g., Pro Terra 2008, Rainforest Alliance 2014), i.e. the point from which deforestation is no longer permitted in the cultivation of raw materials. Our commitment to zero deforestation and zero conversion of high-value ecosystems, and our procurement policies, procedures and guidelines, are guided by an overarching cut-off date of 01.01.2020. This applies both for certified and non-certified raw materials. If an earlier cut-off date has been specified by the branch or by leading and internationally recognised certification standards, we will adhere to this."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: not specified
          [Translation] "We would also like to systematically identify possible risks within our supply chain. To this end, we carry out a further, cross-product range risk assessment. We examine the direct negative effects our business activities have on human rights, while also taking into account environmental risks such as water pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. These, in turn, can have a negative impact on human rights issues. Our analysis of course includes all stages of the value chain from raw material extraction to final production. In order to quantitatively assess existing risks or actual effects, we have defined criteria and indicators for all fields of action. These factors make the risks measurable and comparable. Palm oil: [...] Environmental risks:Biodiversity: Ecuador, Indonesia, PNG.Climate susceptibility: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand.Land use and deforestation: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand.Water risks: Indonesia, Nigeria, Thailand."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "National and other relevant laws and regulations that apply in the respective countries of business activity, as well as the principles in this Code of Conduct, must be adhered to. [...] Business partners shall facilitate auditing of their adherence to the Code of Conduct. In this regard they shall provide written information upon request and facilitate on-site inspections of their operations. [...] Third parties (e.g. auditors) may be commissioned to carry out the audit."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          Lidl has a publicly available online reporting system. 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 23,210 tons
          In its 2019 ACOP, Lidl reports that it used 23,210 tons of palm oil, of which 100% was RSPO-certified.
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          What is the certified volume?: 23,210 tons

          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO certification

          What is the compliant volume?: 23,210 tons

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%
          In its 2019 ACOP, Lidl reports that it used 23,210 tons of palm oil, of which 100% was RSPO-certified.
        • 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
          [Translation] "we are guided by the principles of internationally valid frameworks such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO core labor standards. Business partners shall facilitate auditing of their adherence to the Code of Conduct. In this regard they shall provide written information upon request and facilitate on-site inspections of their operations. [...] Third parties (e.g. auditors) may be commissioned to carry out the audit."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Yes - addresses

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, France, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Greece, UK, Switzerland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Sweden, Portugal, Lithuania, Finland, Serbia
          "Lidl Germany is one of the first grocery retailers to publish a list of the main suppliers for its food and non-food own-brand range on its website."
        • 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?: Annually

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          [Translation] "As part of an annual palm oil supplier survey, we check in a structured manner whether our suppliers are complying with the guidelines we have defined for palm (kernel) oil, and we document progress. The determined palm (kernel) oil quantities are aggregated in an overall report for Lidl Germany depending on the palm (kernel) oil type and RSPO supply chain model. As a long-standing member of the RSPO, we annually submit this general report (under the name Annual Communications of Progress (ACOP)) to the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil to document our progress. Should we identify deficits as part of our annual monitoring, these will be discussed with the supplier via purchasing and a detailed plan of action will be defined to achieve the target."
        • 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?: Plan of action

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "As a long-standing member of the RSPO, we annually submit this general report (under the name Annual Communications of Progress (ACOP)) to the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil to document our progress. Should we identify deficits as part of our annual monitoring, these will be discussed with the supplier via purchasing and a detailed plan of action will be defined to achieve the target."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      40/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            "We are aiming for supply chains free of deforestation, conversion and exploitation by the end of 2025. Raw materials of particular relevance are soy, palm (kernel) oil, cacao, beef and cellulose/timber."; "Cellulose is a flexible and adaptable raw materials that is used in products from clothing to pulp and paper products."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: This is for Lidle Deutschland only (subsidiary).

            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidary
            "We are aiming for supply chains free of deforestation, conversion and exploitation by the end of 2025. Raw materials of particular relevance are soy, palm (kernel) oil, cacao, beef and cellulose/timber."; "Cellulose is a flexible and adaptable raw materials that is used in products from clothing to pulp and paper products."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "We are aiming for supply chains free of deforestation, conversion and exploitation by the end of 2025. Raw materials of particular relevance are soy, palm (kernel) oil, cacao, beef and cellulose/timber."; "Cellulose is a flexible and adaptable raw materials that is used in products from clothing to pulp and paper products."
          • 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
            [translation] "Our goal is to convert all own-brand products, including own-brand packaging and labels, to recycled material (e.g. certified with the Blue Angel) or FSC-certified fresh fiber." "For our own-brand product range we intend a step-by-step process:Until the end of 2018 - conversion of food and near-food products including household and cosmetic products to recycled material or FSC-certified new fibres. In exceptional cases for selected items with low availability of FSC-certified raw material PEFC-certified material may be used.End of 2020: until the end of 2020 we additionally strive the conversion of all non-food products (textiles, shoes, garden/camping furniture, toys, decoration, media, stationery, tools and instruction leaflets)".
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidary; Product line; Location
            [translation] "Our goal is to convert all own-brand products, including own-brand packaging and labels, to recycled material (e.g. certified with the Blue Angel) or FSC-certified fresh fiber." "For our own-brand product range we intend a step-by-step process:Until the end of 2018 - conversion of food and near-food products including household and cosmetic products to recycled material or FSC-certified new fibres. In exceptional cases for selected items with low availability of FSC-certified raw material PEFC-certified material may be used.End of 2020: until the end of 2020 we additionally strive the conversion of all non-food products (textiles, shoes, garden/camping furniture, toys, decoration, media, stationery, tools and instruction leaflets)".
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            [translation] "Our goal is to convert all own-brand products, including own-brand packaging and labels, to recycled material (e.g. certified with the Blue Angel) or FSC-certified fresh fiber." "For our own-brand product range we intend a step-by-step process:Until the end of 2018 - conversion of food and near-food products including household and cosmetic products to recycled material or FSC-certified new fibres. In exceptional cases for selected items with low availability of FSC-certified raw material PEFC-certified material may be used.End of 2020: until the end of 2020 we additionally strive the conversion of all non-food products (textiles, shoes, garden/camping furniture, toys, decoration, media, stationery, tools and instruction leaflets)".
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            [translation] "Our goal is to convert all own-brand products, including own-brand packaging and labels, to recycled material (e.g. certified with the Blue Angel) or FSC-certified fresh fiber." "For our own-brand product range we intend a step-by-step process:Until the end of 2018 - conversion of food and near-food products including household and cosmetic products to recycled material or FSC-certified new fibres. In exceptional cases for selected items with low availability of FSC-certified raw material PEFC-certified material may be used.End of 2020: until the end of 2020 we additionally strive the conversion of all non-food products (textiles, shoes, garden/camping furniture, toys, decoration, media, stationery, tools and instruction leaflets)".
        • 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
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "we are guided by the principles of internationally valid frameworks such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO core labor standards. [...] No Child labor [...] No forced labor [...] Freedom of association  [...] No discrimination."
        • 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
          "The business partner shall refrain from any form of discrimination. In particular, no person shall be disadvantaged on the grounds of their age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, ethnic background, race, skin color, religion or ideology, political persuasion, social background or marital status."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Lidl is committed to the following AFi principles: Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) for all communities and indigenous groups affected by activities in relation to our supply chains"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        21/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            "All Lidl Deutschland cellulose has been 100 percent FSC, PEFC or Blue Angel certified since 2021."; "Many of our own brand packaging have also already been converted. In October 2009, we were the first German trading company to start selling the majority of our fruit juice beverages and iced teas in beverage cartons marked with the FSC Mix logo in our nationwide branches. All other soft packaging has been listed with the FSC seal since the end of 2015. In the case of folding boxes made of solid cardboard and outer boxes made of corrugated and solid cardboard, all fresh fiber components used (including mixed uses) come from certified raw materials. "
          • 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
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC certification
            "All Lidl Deutschland cellulose has been 100 percent FSC, PEFC or Blue Angel certified since 2021."; "Many of our own brand packaging have also already been converted. In October 2009, we were the first German trading company to start selling the majority of our fruit juice beverages and iced teas in beverage cartons marked with the FSC Mix logo in our nationwide branches. All other soft packaging has been listed with the FSC seal since the end of 2015. In the case of folding boxes made of solid cardboard and outer boxes made of corrugated and solid cardboard, all fresh fiber components used (including mixed uses) come from certified raw materials. "
          • 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
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          [Translation] "Each standard specifies its own cut-off date (e.g., Pro Terra 2008, Rainforest Alliance 2014), i.e. the point from which deforestation is no longer permitted in the cultivation of raw materials. Our commitment to zero deforestation and zero conversion of high-value ecosystems, and our procurement policies, procedures and guidelines, are guided by an overarching cut-off date of 01.01.2020. This applies both for certified and non-certified raw materials. If an earlier cut-off date has been specified by the branch or by leading and internationally recognised certification standards, we will adhere to this."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing support/advice/experience/expertise

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Pro Recycling Paper (IPR) initiative
          [translation] "Lidl has been supporting a sectoral approach since the beginning of 2009 as a member of the Pro Recycling Paper (IPR) initiative. The aim of the initiative is to increase awareness and acceptance of recycled paper in our society".
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: not specified
          [Translation] "We would also like to systematically identify possible risks within our supply chain. To this end, we carry out a further, cross-product range risk assessment. We examine the direct negative effects our business activities have on human rights, while also taking into account environmental risks such as water pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. These, in turn, can have a negative impact on human rights issues. Our analysis of course includes all stages of the value chain from raw material extraction to final production. In order to quantitatively assess existing risks or actual effects, we have defined criteria and indicators for all fields of action. These factors make the risks measurable and comparable. Palm oil: [...] Environmental risks:Biodiversity: Ecuador, Indonesia, PNG.Climate susceptibility: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand.Land use and deforestation: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand.Water risks: Indonesia, Nigeria, Thailand."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "National and other relevant laws and regulations that apply in the respective countries of business activity, as well as the principles in this Code of Conduct, must be adhered to. [...] Business partners shall facilitate auditing of their adherence to the Code of Conduct. In this regard they shall provide written information upon request and facilitate on-site inspections of their operations. [...] Third parties (e.g. auditors) may be commissioned to carry out the audit."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          Lidl has a publicly available online reporting system. 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          What third-party verification is used?: FSC, PEFC
          "All Lidl Deutschland cellulose has been 100 percent FSC, PEFC or Blue Angel certified since 2021."; "Many of our own brand packaging have also already been converted. In October 2009, we were the first German trading company to start selling the majority of our fruit juice beverages and iced teas in beverage cartons marked with the FSC Mix logo in our nationwide branches. All other soft packaging has been listed with the FSC seal since the end of 2015. In the case of folding boxes made of solid cardboard and outer boxes made of corrugated and solid cardboard, all fresh fiber components used (including mixed uses) come from certified raw materials. " 
        • 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
          [Translation] "we are guided by the principles of internationally valid frameworks such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO core labor standards. Business partners shall facilitate auditing of their adherence to the Code of Conduct. In this regard they shall provide written information upon request and facilitate on-site inspections of their operations. [...] Third parties (e.g. auditors) may be commissioned to carry out the audit."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, France, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Greece, UK, Switzerland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Sweden, Portugal, Lithuania, Finland, Serbia
          "Lidl Germany is one of the first grocery retailers to publish a list of the main suppliers for its food and non-food own-brand range on its website."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not disclosed
          [translation] "Together with our suppliers, we will document progress and develop and resolve new measures. These are mandatory for all suppliers. In the event of deviations from the target, measures must be defined to ensure implementation. [...] Scope The content of this position paper relates to all product components made from wood, cellulose and paper for own-brand products, and to primary, secondary and tertiary packaging with wood, cellulose and paper components in the Lidl Deutschland product range."
        • 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
          [Translation] "We are striving to make our supply chains more sustainable through our purchasing policy. [...] In the event of non-compliance we expressly reserve the right to impose sanctions or blacklist."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      40/88
      • Commitment Strength
        7/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No
            "We are aiming for supply chains free of deforestation, conversion and exploitation by the end of 2025. Raw materials of particular relevance are soy, palm (kernel) oil, cacao, beef and cellulose/timber."
          • 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?: Subsidary

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: This is for Lidle Deutschland only (subsidiary).
            "We are aiming for supply chains free of deforestation, conversion and exploitation by the end of 2025. Raw materials of particular relevance are soy, palm (kernel) oil, cacao, beef and cellulose/timber.
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            "We are aiming for supply chains free of deforestation, conversion and exploitation by the end of 2025. Raw materials of particular relevance are soy, palm (kernel) oil, cacao, beef and cellulose/timber.
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • 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
        13/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "we are guided by the principles of internationally valid frameworks such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO core labor standards. [...] No Child labor [...] No forced labor [...] Freedom of association  [...] No discrimination."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support
          Lidl Germany states that they are: [Translation] "Conducting social impact studies in prioritized supply chains that focus on the human rights risks of smallholders and workers; Implementation of programs for the direct support of smallholders in the prioritized supply chains and the improvement of their chances of securing a living wage. To this end, we want to support the development of a “living wage / income benchmark”.
        • 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
          "The business partner shall refrain from any form of discrimination. In particular, no person shall be disadvantaged on the grounds of their age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, ethnic background, race, skin color, religion or ideology, political persuasion, social background or marital status."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Lidl is committed to the following AFi principles: Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) for all communities and indigenous groups affected by activities in relation to our supply chains"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        18/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            "We’re aiming for more sustainable soy production. That’s why Lidl Stiftung initiated the “Lidl Soy-Initiative” and bought soy credits with RTRS for several countries: FR, ES, IT, BE, UK, NL, FI, SE, IE, DK. Soy Credits were purchased in Direct Trade." In 2020, Lidl bought 240.000 RTRS credits. 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RTRS

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RTRS 
            "We’re aiming for more sustainable soy production. That’s why Lidl Stiftung initiated the “Lidl Soy-Initiative” and bought soy credits with RTRS for several countries: FR, ES, IT, BE, UK, NL, FI, SE, IE, DK. Soy Credits were purchased in Direct Trade." In 2020, Lidl bought 240.000 RTRS credits.
          • 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
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          [Translation] "Each standard specifies its own cut-off date (e.g., Pro Terra 2008, Rainforest Alliance 2014), i.e. the point from which deforestation is no longer permitted in the cultivation of raw materials. Our commitment to zero deforestation and zero conversion of high-value ecosystems, and our procurement policies, procedures and guidelines, are guided by an overarching cut-off date of 01.01.2020. This applies both for certified and non-certified raw materials. If an earlier cut-off date has been specified by the branch or by leading and internationally recognised certification standards, we will adhere to this."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: not specified
          [Translation] "We would also like to systematically identify possible risks within our supply chain. To this end, we carry out a further, cross-product range risk assessment. We examine the direct negative effects our business activities have on human rights, while also taking into account environmental risks such as water pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. These, in turn, can have a negative impact on human rights issues. Our analysis of course includes all stages of the value chain from raw material extraction to final production. In order to quantitatively assess existing risks or actual effects, we have defined criteria and indicators for all fields of action. These factors make the risks measurable and comparable. Palm oil: [...] Environmental risks:Biodiversity: Ecuador, Indonesia, PNG.Climate susceptibility: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand.Land use and deforestation: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand.Water risks: Indonesia, Nigeria, Thailand."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "National and other relevant laws and regulations that apply in the respective countries of business activity, as well as the principles in this Code of Conduct, must be adhered to. [...] Business partners shall facilitate auditing of their adherence to the Code of Conduct. In this regard they shall provide written information upon request and facilitate on-site inspections of their operations. [...] Third parties (e.g. auditors) may be commissioned to carry out the audit."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          Lidl has a publicly available online reporting system. 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting partial volumes
          1/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 735.613 tonnes
          In their 2020 RTRS report, Lidl answered "Not calculated on a global basis." to the question on total soy volumes. "indirect soy footprint for (our chosen 13 countries) DE, AT, CH, FR, ES, IT, BE, UK, NL, DK, FI, SE, IE: 735.613 t"
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          What is the compliant volume?: NA

          What third-party verification is used?: RTRS credits

          What is the certified volume?: NA
          In their 2020 RTRS report, Lidl answered "Not calculated on a global basis." to the question on total soy volumes. "indirect soy footprint for (our chosen 13 countries) DE, AT, CH, FR, ES, IT, BE, UK, NL, DK, FI, SE, IE: 735.613 t" Lidl purchased 240.000 RTRS credits in 2020. 
        • 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
          [Translation] "we are guided by the principles of internationally valid frameworks such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO core labor standards. Business partners shall facilitate auditing of their adherence to the Code of Conduct. In this regard they shall provide written information upon request and facilitate on-site inspections of their operations. [...] Third parties (e.g. auditors) may be commissioned to carry out the audit."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, France, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Greece, UK, Switzerland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Sweden, Portugal, Lithuania, Finland, Serbia
          "Lidl Germany is one of the first grocery retailers to publish a list of the main suppliers for its food and non-food own-brand range on its website."
        • 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
    • Timber *
      38/88
      • Commitment Strength
        7/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            "We are aiming for supply chains free of deforestation, conversion and exploitation by the end of 2025. Raw materials of particular relevance are soy, palm (kernel) oil, cacao, beef and cellulose/timber."
          • 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?: Subsidary

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: This is for Lidle Deutschland only (subsidiary).
            "We are aiming for supply chains free of deforestation, conversion and exploitation by the end of 2025. Raw materials of particular relevance are soy, palm (kernel) oil, cacao, beef and cellulose/timber."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            "We are aiming for supply chains free of deforestation, conversion and exploitation by the end of 2025. Raw materials of particular relevance are soy, palm (kernel) oil, cacao, beef and cellulose/timber."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • 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
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "we are guided by the principles of internationally valid frameworks such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO core labor standards. [...] No Child labor [...] No forced labor [...] Freedom of association  [...] No discrimination."
        • 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
          "The business partner shall refrain from any form of discrimination. In particular, no person shall be disadvantaged on the grounds of their age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, ethnic background, race, skin color, religion or ideology, political persuasion, social background or marital status."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Lidl is committed to the following AFi principles: Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) for all communities and indigenous groups affected by activities in relation to our supply chains"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        21/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            "All Lidl Deutschland cellulose has been 100 percent FSC, PEFC or Blue Angel certified since 2021."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC, PEFC or Blue Angel

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC, PEFC or Blue Angel
            "All Lidl Deutschland cellulose has been 100 percent FSC, PEFC or Blue Angel certified since 2021."
          • 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
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          [Translation] "Each standard specifies its own cut-off date (e.g., Pro Terra 2008, Rainforest Alliance 2014), i.e. the point from which deforestation is no longer permitted in the cultivation of raw materials. Our commitment to zero deforestation and zero conversion of high-value ecosystems, and our procurement policies, procedures and guidelines, are guided by an overarching cut-off date of 01.01.2020. This applies both for certified and non-certified raw materials. If an earlier cut-off date has been specified by the branch or by leading and internationally recognised certification standards, we will adhere to this."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing financial support

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: "40,000 native trees were planted in Peru as part of donations and sponsorship projects with Transfair Germany"
          [translation] "In addition to the product range on offer, Lidl Germany is specifically strengthening projects that promote reforestation and more sustainable management of trees. For example, 40,000 native trees were planted in Peru as part of donations and sponsorship projects with Transfair Germany"
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: not specified
          [Translation] "We would also like to systematically identify possible risks within our supply chain. To this end, we carry out a further, cross-product range risk assessment. We examine the direct negative effects our business activities have on human rights, while also taking into account environmental risks such as water pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. These, in turn, can have a negative impact on human rights issues. Our analysis of course includes all stages of the value chain from raw material extraction to final production. In order to quantitatively assess existing risks or actual effects, we have defined criteria and indicators for all fields of action. These factors make the risks measurable and comparable. Palm oil: [...] Environmental risks:Biodiversity: Ecuador, Indonesia, PNG.Climate susceptibility: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand.Land use and deforestation: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand.Water risks: Indonesia, Nigeria, Thailand."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "National and other relevant laws and regulations that apply in the respective countries of business activity, as well as the principles in this Code of Conduct, must be adhered to. [...] Business partners shall facilitate auditing of their adherence to the Code of Conduct. In this regard they shall provide written information upon request and facilitate on-site inspections of their operations. [...] Third parties (e.g. auditors) may be commissioned to carry out the audit."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          Lidl has a publicly available online reporting system. 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • 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
          [Translation] "we are guided by the principles of internationally valid frameworks such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO core labor standards. Business partners shall facilitate auditing of their adherence to the Code of Conduct. In this regard they shall provide written information upon request and facilitate on-site inspections of their operations. [...] Third parties (e.g. auditors) may be commissioned to carry out the audit."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, France, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Greece, UK, Switzerland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Sweden, Portugal, Lithuania, Finland, Serbia
          "Lidl Germany is one of the first grocery retailers to publish a list of the main suppliers for its food and non-food own-brand range on its website."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not disclosed
          [translation] "Together with our suppliers, we will document progress and develop and resolve new measures. These are mandatory for all suppliers. In the event of deviations from the target, measures must be defined to ensure implementation. [...] Scope The content of this position paper relates to all product components made from wood, cellulose and paper for own-brand products, and to primary, secondary and tertiary packaging with wood, cellulose and paper components in the Lidl Deutschland product range."
        • 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
          "We are striving to make our supply chains more sustainable through our purchasing policy. [...] In the event of non-compliance we expressly reserve the right to impose sanctions or blacklist."
        • 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
    8/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    20/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    11/18
    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 retailers for edible groceries in Europe and globally. The breadth of its retail market means it is exposed to several forest risk commodities. Schwarz Group is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy, beef and paper packaging and is also assessed for its exposure to timber.

Sector
Industry sector 
Food retail, Apparel & footwear, Accessories & luggage
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

How we assess the Forest 500

To ensure deforestation free supply chains, companies need to adopt and implement timebound and measurable policies for forest risk commodities.

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