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  • Overall approach
    0/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      0/1
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
  • Commodity score
    4/88
    • Beef
      0/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • 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
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil
      4/88
      • Commitment Strength
        2/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          2/8
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            "In terms of sustainability, product reformulation has significantly reduced the use of less desirable ingredients such as palm oil."; "As a responsible retailer, SPAR Austria has consistently worked towards reducing or removing palm oil from its product range, with 93% of all 5,000 own brand food products never having contained the oil at all. In the interest of the health of its customers, the SPAR Partner is continuing to pursue palm oil reduction, with recent reports showing that 99% of its own brand food items are now palm oil free." 
          • 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
            Commitment only applies to SPAR Austria: "As a responsible retailer, SPAR Austria has consistently worked towards reducing or removing palm oil from its product range, with 93% of all 5,000 own brand food products never having contained the oil at all. In the interest of the health of its customers, the SPAR Partner is continuing to pursue palm oil reduction, with recent reports showing that 99% of its own brand food items are now palm oil free." 
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "As a responsible retailer, SPAR Austria has consistently worked towards reducing or removing palm oil from its product range, with 93% of all 5,000 own brand food products never having contained the oil at all. In the interest of the health of its customers, the SPAR Partner is continuing to pursue palm oil reduction, with recent reports showing that 99% of its own brand food items are now palm oil free." 
          • 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
            "As a responsible retailer, SPAR Austria has consistently worked towards reducing or removing palm oil from its product range, with 93% of all 5,000 own brand food products never having contained the oil at all. In the interest of the health of its customers, the SPAR Partner is continuing to pursue palm oil reduction, with recent reports showing that 99% of its own brand food items are now palm oil free." 
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          0/5
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/50
        • 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
            "As a responsible retailer, SPAR Austria has consistently worked towards reducing or removing palm oil from its product range, with 93% of all 5,000 own brand food products never having contained the oil at all. In the interest of the health of its customers, the SPAR Partner is continuing to pursue palm oil reduction, with recent reports showing that 99% of its own brand food items are now palm oil free." 
          • 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
            No
            0/1
          • 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
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      7/88
      • Commitment Strength
        7/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          3/8
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "In collaboration with many SPAR Partners, SPAR has redesigned the packaging and improved the quality of the nappies by embracing product innovation. The nappies are now PEFC and Eco Label certified, meaning that the absorbing materials used are sourced from 100% sustainable resources."; SPAR Switzerland: "SPAR’s paper carrier bags are made using cellulose sourced from sustainable forestry, and the paper bears the FSC label (Forest Stewardship Council)."
          • 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
            The commitment towards PEFC certification only applies to SPAR Austria and is limited to nappies while the commitment for FSC Certification only applies to SPAR Switzerland and is limited to paper carrier bags: "In collaboration with many SPAR Partners, SPAR has redesigned the packaging and improved the quality of the nappies by embracing product innovation. The nappies are now PEFC and Eco Label certified, meaning that the absorbing materials used are sourced from 100% sustainable resources."; SPAR Switzerland: "SPAR’s paper carrier bags are made using cellulose sourced from sustainable forestry, and the paper bears the FSC label (Forest Stewardship Council). The plant-based packaging initiative is another example of the company’s sustainable sourcing solutions."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "In collaboration with many SPAR Partners, SPAR has redesigned the packaging and improved the quality of the nappies by embracing product innovation. The nappies are now PEFC and Eco Label certified, meaning that the absorbing materials used are sourced from 100% sustainable resources."; SPAR Switzerland: "SPAR’s paper carrier bags are made using cellulose sourced from sustainable forestry, and the paper bears the FSC label (Forest Stewardship Council). The plant-based packaging initiative is another example of the company’s sustainable sourcing solutions."
          • 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
            "In collaboration with many SPAR Partners, SPAR has redesigned the packaging and improved the quality of the nappies by embracing product innovation. The nappies are now PEFC and Eco Label certified, meaning that the absorbing materials used are sourced from 100% sustainable resources."; SPAR Switzerland: "SPAR’s paper carrier bags are made using cellulose sourced from sustainable forestry, and the paper bears the FSC label (Forest Stewardship Council). The plant-based packaging initiative is another example of the company’s sustainable sourcing solutions."
        • 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
            "In addition to this, the carton packaging [for toothbrush] contains at least 80% recycled material."
          • 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
            Only a certain product line for Spar Austria subsidiary - "In addition to this, the carton packaging [for toothbrush] contains at least 80% recycled material."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "In addition to this, the carton packaging [for toothbrush] contains at least 80% recycled material."
          • 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
            Current commitment
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      4/88
      • Commitment Strength
        3/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          3/11
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1.3/8
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No

            Other certification scheme: Proterra
            “90% of chickens at Spar are certified by Pluim” - Pluim website states that [translation] "Responsible soy: the soy is sustainably produced with respect for people and planet. Read here how this is being accomplished [link to Proterra website]"
          • 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; Product line
            Only applies to chicken feed and only to Dutch subsidiary- “90% of chickens at Spar are certified by Pluim” - Pluim website states that [translation] "Responsible soy: the soy is sustainably produced with respect for people and planet. Read here how this is being accomplished [link to Proterra website]"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            “90% of chickens at Spar are certified by Pluim” - Pluim website states that [translation] "Responsible soy: the soy is sustainably produced with respect for people and planet. Read here how this is being accomplished [link to Proterra website]"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            “90% of chickens at Spar are certified by Pluim” - Pluim website states that [translation] "Responsible soy: the soy is sustainably produced with respect for people and planet. Read here how this is being accomplished [link to Proterra website]"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        1/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    3/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    1/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    0/18
    Avg. score

Profile

SPAR International B.V. is a food retailer with operations in over 40 countries. The company offers food products as well as cooking products and pet care, and the breadth of its retail market means it is exposed to several forest risk commodities. SPAR International B.V. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy, beef and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Food retail
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
Netherlands
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Spar, Spar Express, Interspar, Eurospar

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