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  • Overall approach
    6/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Deforestation-Free
      4.00/6
      "In line with the enforcement of the Clean Wood Act, we flagged Zero Deforestation as a new long-term vision, recognizing that we need to be even more proactive as a company that has led the housing industry in sustainable wood procurement"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      UN Global Compact,
      "Following the signing of the UNGC (United Nations GlobalCompact) in August 2018, during this period we have revisedour own standards to include 48 items based on the nine itemsof the procurement standards set out by GCNJ (Global CompactNetwork Japan)."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "We will procure 100% FairWood products to realize Zero Deforestation, which is linked to the destruction of ecosystems". 
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    16/86
    • Timber
      29/86
      • 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
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation
            Sekisui House Ltd. have stated that as part of their "2050 challenge objectives" they "will procure 100% FairWood products to realize Zero Deforestation, which is linked to the destruction of ecosystems". 
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Sekisui House Ltd. have stated that as part of their "2050 challenge objectives" they "will procure 100% FairWood products to realize Zero Deforestation, which is linked to the destruction of ecosystems". 
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Sekisui House Ltd. have stated that as part of their "2050 challenge objectives" they "will procure 100% FairWood products to realize Zero Deforestation, which is linked to the destruction of ecosystems". 
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Sekisui House Ltd. have stated that as part of their "2050 challenge objectives" they "will procure 100% FairWood products to realize Zero Deforestation, which is linked to the destruction of ecosystems". 
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Sekisui House Ltd. have stated that as part of their "2050 challenge objectives" they "will procure 100% FairWood products to realize Zero Deforestation, which is linked to the destruction of ecosystems". 
          • Target date
            2050 and beyond
            0/2
            Target date
            2050 and beyond
            0/2
            Sekisui House Ltd. have stated that as part of their "2050 challenge objectives" they "will procure 100% FairWood products to realize Zero Deforestation, which is linked to the destruction of ecosystems". 
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Sekisui House Ltd. have stated that as part of their "2050 challenge objectives" they "will procure 100% FairWood products to realize Zero Deforestation, which is linked to the destruction of ecosystems". 
        • 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
        13/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            "In fiscal 2017, the ratio of Rank S and Rank A lumber [highest scoring ranks in terms of Sekisui's wood sourcing guidelines] that we set as a management goal [and achieved] was 92%." 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            other third party verification
            Sekisui's reporting was assured by KPMG
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • 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
          "Additionally, in order to deepen mutual understanding and ensure compliance with our procurement policies, 150 of our major suppliers participate in our annual policy briefings. We offer opportunities for mutual motivation at these briefings by explaining our newest management plans, procurement policies and product strategies, sharing information intended to act as guiding principles for our suppliers, honoring outstanding companies and viewing presentations regarding successful initiatives". 
        • 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
          "In recent years, we have been working on reducing our Rank C lumber [3rd lowest rank out of 4, scoring poorly on Sekisui's guidelines] and through improvement efforts and collaboration with our suppliers, we lowered our ratio of Rank C lumber by two points.Supplier awareness regarding procurement is growing in line with the enforcement of the Clean Wood Act and broadening concern for SDGs, so we will use this opportunity to strengthen consulting for each of our suppliers while promoting the spread of [Corporate Social Responsibility] procurement."
        • 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
          Sekisui reported their total volume of wood products as 29,900 cubic metres, of which 27,508 cubic metres (92%) are certified as rank S and rank A - the top two ranks for scoring wood sources.
      • Social Considerations
        0/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      2/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • 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 reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          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
        2/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            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 reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          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
          Sekisui reported their total volume of wood products as 29,900 cubic metres, of which 27,508 cubic metres (92%) are certified as rank S and rank A - the top two ranks for scoring wood sources.
      • Social Considerations
        0/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    8/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    8/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    0/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Sekisui House is a Japanese construction company with over two million homes built worldwide as of 2017. The company owns numerous subsidiaries spanning business areas including real estate, remodelling, manufacturing and financial management, among others. It specialises in the construction of prefabricated housing, offering both steel and timber frame solutions. As a market leader in this field Sekisui House is exposed to the forest risk commodity timber. 

Sector
Industry sector 
Construction
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Japan
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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