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  • Overall approach
    6/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      2/4
      Zero net deforestation or, for soy, palm oil, leather and beef companies only, no deforestation of HCV and HCS forests
      2/4
      Do they have a commitment for other non-Forest 500 commodities, if so which?:
      "Sustainable Forest Management and Zero Net Deforestation and Degradation [...] The four key areas of attention are: [...] No net forest loss through deforestation and no net decline in forest quality through degradation. [...] We we have set minimum requirements [...] Illegally harvested wood. • Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights. • Wood harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities. • Wood harvested from areas being converted to plantations or non-forest use. • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum Deforestation resolution (being a member of the CGF is not sufficient); WWF Global Forest & Trade Network
      "Tetra Pak is actively participating in the following voluntary stakeholder initiatives connected to responsible forest management and certification: [...] WWF Global Forest & Trade Network [...] The Consumer Goods Forum has committed to support the New York Declaration on Forests which sets the bold macro goal of cutting natural forest loss globally by half by 2020, and striving to end it by 2030. Tetra Pak is a member of the Consumer Goods Forum." [...] "UN Global Compact (UNGC) Tetra Pak became a signatory to the UNGC in 2004"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "HCV areas are critical areas in a landscape which need to be identified and appropriately managed to maintain or enhance the HCV. There are six main types of HCVs areas, based on the definition originally developed by the Forest Stewardship Council for certification of forestry operations, but now increasingly expanded to other voluntary sustainability standards [...] HCV 1: Concentrations of biological diversity including endemic species, and rare, threatened or endangered species, that are significant at global, regional or national levels. • HCV 2: Landscape-level ecosystems and mosaics. Intact forest landscapes and large landscape-level ecosystems and ecosystem mosaics that are significant at global, regional or national levels, and that contain viable populations of the great majority of the naturally occurring species in natural patterns of distribution and abundance."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Reputational 
      "To build trust and transparency with our customers and as part of our approach to responsible sourcing across our supply chain, we work with leading sustainability assessment platforms, including the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex), EcoVadis and CDP. In 2020, we were recognized with the Prestigious double ‘A’ score for global climate and forests stewardship by CDP. Tetra Pak is part of a very small number of companies (1%) that achieved a double ‘A’ score, out of 5,800+ companies that were scored based on data submitted through CDP’s questionnaires in 2020. Through significant demonstrable action on climate and deforestation risks, the company is leading on corporate environmental ambition, action and transparency worldwide"
    • 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 specified

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Pulp & Paper
      "Our charter of responsibility outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Tetra Laval Board​ and Tetra Pak. The framework also includes a comprehensive risk management methodology and system with related and mitigating policies, procedures and global processes for managing and responding to risks. To secure an effective and transparent internal control environment we have implemented a new Governance Risk Compliance (GRC) system. This creates a single platform for risk management, bringing mitigating policies, procedures and detailed controls together with assurance processes, assessments and reports.While core values shape our corporate culture and guide our behavior internally and externally, our Code of Business Conduct sets out the company’s position on working conditions, discrimination, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, financial reporting, compliance, corruption, bribery, child exploitation and environmental issues. We have established a Sustainability Forum to further support our strategic and cross-functional approach to sustainability. Reporting to the Strategy Council, its members are Vice-President and Director-level representatives from across the company." - this includes their sourcing policies and their deforestation commitments. 
    • 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
      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2050

      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions
      "we are working towards an even more ambitious goal: to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in our own operations by 2030, with an ambition to go net zero across the value chain by 2050"
  • Commodity score
    36/88
    • Pulp & Paper
      36/88
      • Commitment Strength
        14/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          5/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-net deforestation
            3/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-net deforestation
            3/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "Sustainable Forest Management and Zero Net Deforestation and Degradation [...] The four key areas of attention are: [...] No net forest loss through deforestation and no net decline in forest quality through degradation. [...] We we have set minimum requirements [...] Illegally harvested wood. • Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights. • Wood harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities. • Wood harvested from areas being converted to plantations or non-forest use. • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted [...] We monitor the progress of our LPB suppliers to help us deliver all carton packaging as FSC certified and labelled through our supplier performance process. We annually set targets for the FSC share of total sales of carton packaging, and report the targets and our performance in the annual sustainability report"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Sustainable Forest Management and Zero Net Deforestation and Degradation [...] The four key areas of attention are: [...] No net forest loss through deforestation and no net decline in forest quality through degradation. [...] We we have set minimum requirements [...] Illegally harvested wood. • Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights. • Wood harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities. • Wood harvested from areas being converted to plantations or non-forest use. • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted [...] We monitor the progress of our LPB suppliers to help us deliver all carton packaging as FSC certified and labelled through our supplier performance process. We annually set targets for the FSC share of total sales of carton packaging, and report the targets and our performance in the annual sustainability report"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Sustainable Forest Management and Zero Net Deforestation and Degradation [...] The four key areas of attention are: [...] No net forest loss through deforestation and no net decline in forest quality through degradation. [...] We we have set minimum requirements [...] Illegally harvested wood. • Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights. • Wood harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities. • Wood harvested from areas being converted to plantations or non-forest use. • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted [...] We monitor the progress of our LPB suppliers to help us deliver all carton packaging as FSC certified and labelled through our supplier performance process. We annually set targets for the FSC share of total sales of carton packaging, and report the targets and our performance in the annual sustainability report"
          • 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
            "Sustainable Forest Management and Zero Net Deforestation and Degradation [...] The four key areas of attention are: [...] No net forest loss through deforestation and no net decline in forest quality through degradation. [...] We we have set minimum requirements [...] Illegally harvested wood. • Wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights. • Wood harvested from areas in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities. • Wood harvested from areas being converted to plantations or non-forest use. • Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted [...] We monitor the progress of our LPB suppliers to help us deliver all carton packaging as FSC certified and labelled through our supplier performance process. We annually set targets for the FSC share of total sales of carton packaging, and report the targets and our performance in the annual sustainability report"
        • 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
            "Our vision of the ideal package of the future is a beverage carton that’s both fully renewable and recyclable. After consulting with our customers to ensure alignment, we accelerated our efforts and increased investment to restructure our packaging innovation strategy around this vision. This includes workstreams that will enable us to: increase the share of renewable materials; use recycled polymers and paper in all our packaging materials, while never compromising food safety [...] We initiated a close supplier collaboration to explore utilising recycled content in paperboard. • We collaborated with customers on initiatives to utilise recycled content in secondary packaging in certain markets."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Our vision of the ideal package of the future is a beverage carton that’s both fully renewable and recyclable. After consulting with our customers to ensure alignment, we accelerated our efforts and increased investment to restructure our packaging innovation strategy around this vision. This includes workstreams that will enable us to: increase the share of renewable materials; use recycled polymers and paper in all our packaging materials, while never compromising food safety [...] We initiated a close supplier collaboration to explore utilising recycled content in paperboard. • We collaborated with customers on initiatives to utilise recycled content in secondary packaging in certain markets."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          4/6
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "1) Moreover, Tetra Pak has implemented the traceability requirements in its own operations, ensuring traceability from the moment LPB is delivered by our suppliers until the moment we deliver carton packaging to our customers. 2) Our second goal is to demonstrate traceability from the forests all the way to the carton packaging we produce at our sites globally, which can only be achieved through independent certification of the total Chain of Custody (CoC). 3) We have set minimum requirements beyond applicable legislation which we require our suppliers to comply with for the LPB wood fibre which is not FSC Forest Management certified. 4) We are exploring a variety of new technologies used to increase transparency and traceability in supply chains, allowing for real- time tracking of environmental, social and governance metrics."
          • 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?: Product line
            "1) Moreover, Tetra Pak has implemented the traceability requirements in its own operations, ensuring traceability from the moment LPB is delivered by our suppliers until the moment we deliver carton packaging to our customers. 2) Our second goal is to demonstrate traceability from the forests all the way to the carton packaging we produce at our sites globally, which can only be achieved through independent certification of the total Chain of Custody (CoC). 3) We have set minimum requirements beyond applicable legislation which we require our suppliers to comply with for the LPB wood fibre which is not FSC Forest Management certified. 4) We are exploring a variety of new technologies used to increase transparency and traceability in supply chains, allowing for real- time tracking of environmental, social and governance metrics."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        4/18
        • 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
          "Under the Supplier Code, our suppliers commit to adhere to certain fundamental principles and business rules, including [...] not to tolerate any form of discrimination [...] not to use forced or compulsory labour; all labour must be voluntary [...] not to use any form of child labour [...] to allow workers to freely associate and bargain collectively"
        • 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
        18/50
        • 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
            "Another key factor in protecting our interconnected world is protecting biodiversity. We do this by ensuring responsible sourcing of materials. In 2007, we pioneered the FSC™ (Forest Stewardship Council™) certification system to the liquid food carton industry. In 2020, we achieved the possibility to provide 100% of our finished packaging material as FSC™-certified to our customers. [...] Around 70% of a Tetra Pak carton package is paperboard. All of our paperboard comes from wood from forests certified to FSC™ standards and other controlled sources"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "Our vision of the ideal package of the future is a beverage carton that’s both fully renewable and recyclable. After consulting with our customers to ensure alignment, we accelerated our efforts and increased investment to restructure our packaging innovation strategy around this vision. This includes workstreams that will enable us to: increase the share of renewable materials; use recycled polymers and paper in all our packaging materials, while never compromising food safety [...] We initiated a close supplier collaboration to explore utilising recycled content in paperboard. • We collaborated with customers on initiatives to utilise recycled content in secondary packaging in certain markets."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • 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
            "Another key factor in protecting our interconnected world is protecting biodiversity. We do this by ensuring responsible sourcing of materials. In 2007, we pioneered the FSC™ (Forest Stewardship Council™) certification system to the liquid food carton industry. In 2020, we achieved the possibility to provide 100% of our finished packaging material as FSC™-certified to our customers. [...] Around 70% of a Tetra Pak carton package is paperboard. All of our paperboard comes from wood from forests certified to FSC™ standards and other controlled sources"
          • 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
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
          "In order to select suppliers for desk-based assessments and on-site audits, we conduct an annual risk mapping considering EcoVadis indices of environmental, social and governance risks related to the countries and industries in which our suppliers operate.In 2019, we enhanced our partnerships with Sedex and EcoVadis to optimise the coverage of assessments across our supplier base, using a risk-based approach. We furthermore improved our criteria to select suppliers that we assess, building on both category and country risk, as well as supplier dependency, strategic importance and spend."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "LPB delivered to Tetra Pak shall not include the following unacceptable sources (identical to the Controlled Wood Standard of FSC): • Illegally harvested wood. [...] All wood and wood-based products purchased by Tetra Pak shall be manufactured from wood harvested in accordance with applicable legislation in the country of harvest. Therefore, information must be available to document the legal origins of the LPB wood fibre supply. [...] An annual supplier reporting process, where suppliers are required to report tree species used in the production of LPB delivered to Tetra Pak and their country of origin, plus certification status of the LPB. The suppliers are also asked to declare compliance with applicable legislation. • Risk assessments embedded in Group Risk management tools, which are part of our corporate governance, including risk mitigation procedures. • Keeping records of our LPB purchasing for a minimum of 5 years."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          What third-party verification is used?: FSC

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%
          "In 2020, we achieved the possibility to provide 100% of our finished packaging material as FSC-certified to our customers. [...] Around 70% of a Tetra Pak carton package is paperboard. All of our paperboard comes from wood from forests certified to FSC  standards and other controlled sources" 
        • 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
          "Responsible sourcing forms an integral part of our risk management procedures for suppliers. As part of our efforts to ensure that our supply chains meet our commitments towards our corporate citizenship aspirations, we perform supplier assessments focused on specific risk areas, including human rights, slavery and human trafficking, using information gathered by our employees and input from third party service providers. [....] Sourcing: Prior to entering the supplier base, new suppliers are asked to sign the Supplier Code. Due diligence of the supplier may also be carried out and a set of questions relating to human rights, labour rights, the environment, and anti-corruption practices may be asked and assessed. We also put specific focus on the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in the transport and travel procurement categories. Our tenders reinforce our requirements in this area."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • 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; Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Annually
          "We formally evaluate supplier performance annually and we use online sustainability management software that is designed to aggregate, diagnose, monitor and report data, while our supplier assessment system includes climate performance. "We have put in place a Responsible Sourcing Assurance System that enables us to evaluate compliance with our Supplier Code. On a rolling basis, prioritized suppliers are requested to perform self-assessments and on-site audits, and implement corrective actions in case of any material findings. Non-compliance may result in terminating the relationship with a supplier." [...] "We use Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, to coordinate the performance and follow up of the annual self-assessments of selected suppliers. In case of specific concerns, we ask suppliers to conduct on-site audits using the SMETA methodology (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) and implement corrective actions within an agreed timeframe."
        • 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?: Does not, corrective actions 

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non compliance with the code of conduct or requirements to do with FSC certification 
          "As part of our sustainability agenda, we require chain of custody certifications from our key base material suppliers, such as FSC™ (paperboard), Bonsucro (plant-based polymers from sugar cane) and ASI (aluminium stewardship initiative). Such certifications extend to social aspects, including the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking.If, through an audit, risk assessment or other means, we become aware of any actions or conditions not in compliance with our Supplier Code, we have the right to demand that the supplier takes corrective measures. We also reserve the right to terminate any purchase or other agreement with the supplier."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    14/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    18/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    4/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Tetra Laval consists of three industry groups, Tetra Pak, Sidel and DeLaval. The companies' activities focus on systems for the processing, packaging and distribution of food and accessories for dairy production and animal husbandry and are assessed due to their use of pulp and paper.

Sector
Industry sector 
Paper & packaging
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Switzerland
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Sidel, Tetra Pak, DeLaval

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