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  • Overall approach
    10/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Zero-deforestation
      4/6
      "Our management involves: Zero deforestation"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      "The Global Compact is a voluntary contribution by companies to the search for a more sustainable and inclusive global economy. Suzano has a stake in the Technical Group for Energy and Climate, in addition to the Board of Directors of the Global Compact Brazilian Network."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Our plantations and preservation areas are a valuable asset for both the company and the world: they capture and store over 270 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change and protect environmental services that are important to society, such as water resources and pollination."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Pulp & Paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Not specified
      "SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE: Advising the Board of Directors through analyses and recommendations on incorporating sustainability into the company's strategic positioning, risks, as well as on opportunities and measures associated with social and matters that could have a significant impact on the business in the short, medium and long run;Advising the Board of Directors on disseminating the strategic concept of sustainability in order to attain globally accepted standards as the benchmark of excellence;Analyzing and making recommendations on the long-term sustainability goals, and evaluating their respective performance on an annual basis;Periodically analyzing the strategies, actions and projects associated with the company’s sustainability, evaluating their effectiveness in relation to the positioning and goals;Periodically evaluating the actions and quality of relations with stakeholders, as well as the evolution of its image and reputation, making suitable recommendations."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      3/3
      Report LUC emissions
      Yes
      3/3
      Which method is used to calculate the GHG emissions arising from land use change?: "The following references of emission factors were used: FGV (2019), IPCC (2007), MCTIC (2016) and MMA (2014). The emissions of each greenhouse gas (GHG) were converted into tCO₂e by multiplying their respective Global Warming Potential (GWP – IPCC, 2007; FGV, 2019; WRI & WBCSD, 2017).The selection of the methodologies for quantification, data collection and use of emission factors was made based on the recommendations of the ABNT NBR ISO 14064-1 standard (ABNT, 2007). In addition, the following documents were used as a reference for preparing the company’s GHG inventory:The Greenhouse Gas Protocol: the Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, WRI & WBCSD (2004);guides, guidelines and calculation tools of the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program (PBGHGP) of FGV (2020);2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, IPCC (2006);Calculation Tools for Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Pulp and Paper Mills, NCASI (2005)." http://centraldeindicadores.suzano.com.br/en/gri/305-1-en/#direct-scope-1-ghg-emissions-by-unit

      What is the total volume of GHG emissions arising from land use change?: 138,185.99 tons
      In 2019, "Suzano’s main direct emissions (scope 1) are related to the consumption of fossil fuels in the stationary equipment at the industrial units. However, other sources of significant emissions can also be seen in forestry units, from the consumption of fossil fuels by mobile sources in forestry and harvesting operations, as well as through the use of nitrogen fertilizers and soil remediation (liming)." Of the total annual emissions of 2,142,410.89 tons of CO2 equivalent, 138,185.99 tons were from forestry units. However, "Areas with planted forests and native vegetation contributed with direct removals of carbon from the atmosphere of 32.172 million tCO₂ equivalent. Thus, the balance between Suzano’s direct emissions and removals in 2019 was about 13.334 million tCO₂ equivalent removed. In addition, the areas with planted forests and native vegetation stored 278 million tCO₂ equivalent."
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 30,000 ha
      Suzano Group publishes a bar chart showing the number of hectares undergoing restoration in 2019. [Translation] "More than 30 thousand hectares under restoration since 2012."
  • Commodity score
    41/84
    • Pulp & Paper
      41/84
      • Commitment Strength
        20/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC
            "This policy describes the principles and initiatives related to the supply of wood used in the manufacture of Suzano S.A.'s products, in order to guarantee its responsible origin and its traceability [...] Suzano reinforces its commitment to establish its plantations exclusively in areas previously anthropized by other uses, whose conversion has not occurred under its direct or indirect responsibility, committing itself to a zero deforestation policy [...] The wood used in our production is of planted origin and mostly comes from its own areas, ensuring that: [...] come exclusively from forest plantations; [...] non-conversion of native areas into commercial timber plantations." "In the forestry area, Suzano’s environmental management system also complies with the FSC Association Policy, as well as with the FSC and PEFC/CERFLOR certification standards."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "This policy describes the principles and initiatives related to the supply of wood used in the manufacture of Suzano S.A.'s products, in order to guarantee its responsible origin and its traceability [...] Suzano reinforces its commitment to establish its plantations exclusively in areas previously anthropized by other uses, whose conversion has not occurred under its direct or indirect responsibility, committing itself to a zero deforestation policy [...] The wood used in our production is of planted origin and mostly comes from its own areas, ensuring that: [...] come exclusively from forest plantations; [...] non-conversion of native areas into commercial timber plantations." "In the forestry area, Suzano’s environmental management system also complies with the FSC Association Policy, as well as with the FSC and PEFC/CERFLOR certification standards."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "This policy describes the principles and initiatives related to the supply of wood used in the manufacture of Suzano S.A.'s products, in order to guarantee its responsible origin and its traceability [...] Suzano reinforces its commitment to establish its plantations exclusively in areas previously anthropized by other uses, whose conversion has not occurred under its direct or indirect responsibility, committing itself to a zero deforestation policy [...] The wood used in our production is of planted origin and mostly comes from its own areas, ensuring that: [...] come exclusively from forest plantations; [...] non-conversion of native areas into commercial timber plantations." "In the forestry area, Suzano’s environmental management system also complies with the FSC Association Policy, as well as with the FSC and PEFC/CERFLOR certification standards."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Suzano publishes certifications proving that its distributors, traders and mills are Chain of Custody certified, and states that "The Chain of Custody (COC) aims to ensure product traceability, from the production of the raw material leaving the forests to end consumers, guaranteeing a product from a responsible source, socially just and economically correct."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Suzano publishes certifications proving that its distributors, traders and mills are Chain of Custody certified, and states that "The Chain of Custody (COC) aims to ensure product traceability, from the production of the raw material leaving the forests to end consumers, guaranteeing a product from a responsible source, socially just and economically correct."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Suzano publishes certifications proving that its distributors, traders and mills are Chain of Custody certified, and states that "The Chain of Custody (COC) aims to ensure product traceability, from the production of the raw material leaving the forests to end consumers, guaranteeing a product from a responsible source, socially just and economically correct."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: current
            Target date is current - see 3.2
      • Social Considerations
        4/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          4/4
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: 0 Not specified

          What is the nature of that support?: Technical assistance/support; Education and training
          "Development of local partners (Bahiastate): the purpose of the program, inpartnership with SEBRAE, the Brazilianinstitution for supporting SMEs, is topromote the sustainability of the supplychain in the regions where we operate,focusing on micro and small enterprises,expanding the qualification of our localpartners, and encouraging the adoptionof best management practices andprinciples of legal and social andenvironmental responsibility adoptedby Suzano. The supplier developmentprogram covers topics such asEntrepreneurship, Financial andBusiness Management and Taxation,Legal Responsibility and Social andEnvironmental Principles, and our CultureDrivers. This is a pilot project that startedat the Bahia unit, but it is under approvalto be extended, already in 2020, to otherstates where the company operates." "Through the PDRT, small producers in the region modernized management techniques and migrated to the agroecological system, reaching R $ 317.9 thousand a yearSuzano, a global reference in the manufacture of bioproducts developed from eucalyptus cultivation, through the PDRT (Rural and Territorial Development Program), has collaborated to strengthen family farming in the Alto Tietê region (SP).The program developed nearly a decade ago in the region, aims to promote the generation of jobs and income in the countryside by strengthening the productive chain in joint action with associations of small rural producers. For this, a company provides specialized consultancy and monitoring from planting to marketing; acquisition of initial inputs for the modernization of processes and implementation of the product and agroecological system in the participating properties"
        • 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 commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        17/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            "Wood from areas managed by Suzano, in general, is produced according to the sustainable forest management model garanteed by the company, and most of the volume produced has dual certification: FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®)¹ and PEFC/CERFLOR (Brazilian Forest Certification Program). Most of the wood from third parties is not certified, and when it has some type of certificate, a larger portion of the volume refers to FSC certification. In any case, the legality of this wood is assessed according to specific procedure and according to the FSC and PEFC/CERFLOR standards for the evaluation of controlled wood." According to a bar chart, 88% of their own wood and fiber is FSC-certified and 86% is PEFC-certified, whereas 33% of third-party wood and fiber is FSC-certified and 11% is PEFC-certified.
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes
            2/2
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes
            Suzano reports on the "Percentage of supply traceable to plant/operation level" - in 2019, it was 100% for both their own production areas their suppliers.
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: Some third-party suppliers
            "Wood from areas managed by Suzano, in general, is produced according to the sustainable forest management model garanteed by the company, and most of the volume produced has dual certification: FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®)¹ and PEFC/CERFLOR (Brazilian Forest Certification Program). Most of the wood from third parties is not certified, and when it has some type of certificate, a larger portion of the volume refers to FSC certification. In any case, the legality of this wood is assessed according to specific procedure and according to the FSC and PEFC/CERFLOR standards for the evaluation of controlled wood." According to a bar chart, 88% of their own wood and fiber is FSC-certified and 86% is PEFC-certified, whereas 33% of third-party wood and fiber is FSC-certified and 11% is PEFC-certified.
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            For what percent of the company’s supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%
            Suzano publishes certifications proving that its distributors, traders and mills are Chain of Custody certified, and states that "The Chain of Custody (COC) aims to ensure product traceability, from the production of the raw material leaving the forests to end consumers, guaranteeing a product from a responsible source, socially just and economically correct." It then reports on the "Percentage of supply traceable to plant/operation level" - in 2019, it was 100% for both their own production areas their suppliers.
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Restoration of Atlantic in Espírito Santo
          "Suzano, a global reference in the manufacture of bioproducts developed from eucalyptus cultivation, announces the formalization of a partnership with the company Procter & Gamble and the non-governmental organization WWF-Brasil for the joint planning of restoration of the Atlantic Forest in Espírito Santo . The initiative, in line with other native forest recovery projects implemented by Suzano, is part of the commitment disclosed today by P&G to have all operations carbon neutral throughout this decade.The project aims to guarantee the protection and recovery of the Atlantic Forest from a movement that encompasses social, environmental and sustainable development aspects. Actions in Espírito Santo will be led by WWF-Brazil and will count on Suzano's support and expertise in generating income for local communities."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 0 Not specified
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: Whistleblower channel - phone number, email, website

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "External OmbudsmanIt is an additional channel for the forwarding ofreports or complaints, and anonymity is guaranteed,if the whistleblower so wishes, through a telephoneexchange or the Internet, coordinated by an externalfirm specifically engaged for this purpose.Reports submitted by the External Ombudsmanare processed and a report is sent to theConduct Committee.• Phone in Brazil: 0800 771 4060• Foreign Phones: see specific number on website• Email: ouvidoriaexterna@austernet.com.b• Website: www.suzano.com.br, link “Ombudsman”
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume
          2/4
          Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 10,668,000 tons
          "PAPER SALES VOLUME (INCLUDING CONSUMER GOODS): 1,256 k ton. PULP SALES VOLUME: 9,412 k ton" - approximately 87% of this was FSC- or PEFC-certified.  - Only approximated
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          How does the company remedy adverse social and environmental impacts linked to their operations and/or supply chains?: Not specified

          For what percentage of production units has an ESIA been carried out as part of the land use planning process?: 100%
          Suzano reports that 100% of its operations carry out the following: "Social impact assessments, including gender impact assessments, based on participatory processes; Environmental impact assessments and continuous monitoring; Public disclosure of the results of environmental and social impact assessments"
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          In what country(ies) does the company operate and/or source material?: Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, Switzerland, USA

          What is the total area in production (in ha)?: 1.3 million ha

          For what percent are point locations (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          What types of ecosystems are these?: 0 Not specified

          What is the total land area owned, managed, or controlled by the company for the forest risk commodity?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are boundaries (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          What is the total area (in ha) of natural ecosystem on land owned, managed, or controlled by the company?: 0 Not specified

          What type of conservation designation and/or conservation status is used?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are point locations (of land holdings and processing facilities) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          In what jurisdiction(s)/subnational region does the company operate and/or source material?: 0 Not specified

          What is the total area of land (in ha) that is available for future production, e.g. concessions?: 900,000 ha

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are boundaries (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are point locations (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: 0 Not specified
          Suzano publishes a map of its global operations with addresses for its facilities, including factories.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using a third-party monitoring system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes using a third-party monitoring system
          4/4
          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0 Not specified

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually

          If so, what jurisdictions and mechanisms does the company use?: N/A

          Does the company use a certification system?: Yes

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          For what percentage of production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages, or otherwise controls does the company use external processes or actors, such as certification, to monitor compliance?: 0 Not specified

          What tools, processes, bodies carry out monitoring of the company's production or processing operations?: Independent audit
          [Translation] "Suzano's industrial environmental management system is certified under NBR ISO 14001: 2015. The forest management system, in turn, is attested by the forest management standards FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) ¹ and PEFC / CERFLOR (Brazilian Forest Certification Program), which include in their content several requirements related to environmental issues. Therefore, both in our industrial and forestry operations, we have our own specific environmental management systems for each reality. Each industrial unit has a member of the area responsible for managing the theme, while in the forest units, management is coordinated by teams that work specifically on environmental issues, guiding operational teams to act in accordance with established standards.In order to monitor the certifications related to these systems, internal and external audits are carried out annually. Internal audits are performed by auditors trained internally and designated for this purpose and / or by suitably qualified consultants. External audits, in turn, are carried out by internationally accredited certification bodies."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0 Not specified

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 0 Not specified
          "In addition, our forest management and its operations follow standards established by the FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®)¹ and PEFC/CERFLOR (Brazilian Forest Certification Program) certifications, which assess the social conditions of workers in our operations, as well as compliance with legislation related to this topic. Concerning the purchase of wood, suppliers are assessed and monitored in order to identify significant risks regarding the use of slave or child labor, which, if confirmed, makes negotiation impossible.In addition, a due diligence system is applied to carry out risk assessments of wood suppliers on the subject, so that the company meets the requirements established by the certifications."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: None

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non-compliance with Wood Supply Policy
          "We encourage our wood suppliers to certify their plantations and/or apply FSC and PEFC/CERFLOR standards in their forestry operations. We can adopt consequence management measures, such as fines and termination of contracts, with forestry, harvesting and logistics service providers, if the principles of this Policy are breached."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    20/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    17/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    4/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Suzano Papel e Celulose SA produces paper and eucalyptus pulp, with operations across South and Central America, Asia and Africa. It has 1.2 million hectares of forest, of which 520,000 hectares are planted. Suzano Group is selected as a powerbroker for pulp & paper.

Sector
Industry sector 
Paper & packaging, Forestry
Segments
Producer, Trader, Processor, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Brazil
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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