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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1.00/1
      UN Global Consumer Goods Forum; UN Global Compact
      Unicharm is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and a member of the Consumer Goods Forum.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "We have also instructed our suppliers not to use raw materials sourced from High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs), which have a significant impact on biodiversity, and High Carbon Stock Forests (HCSFs)."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    42/86
    • Pulp & Paper
      40/86
      • Commitment Strength
        22/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC; PEFC
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests; Certification
            "We have also instructed our suppliers not to use raw materials sourced from High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs), which have a significant impact on biodiversity, and High Carbon Stock Forests (HCSFs)." Unicharm also committed to achieving 100% certification of their pulp and paper by 2020, ideally FSC or PEFC.
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We have also instructed our suppliers not to use raw materials sourced from High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs), which have a significant impact on biodiversity, and High Carbon Stock Forests (HCSFs)." Unicharm also committed to achieving 100% certification of their pulp and paper by 2020, ideally FSC or PEFC.
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "We have also instructed our suppliers not to use raw materials sourced from High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs), which have a significant impact on biodiversity, and High Carbon Stock Forests (HCSFs)." Unicharm also committed to achieving 100% certification of their pulp and paper by 2020, ideally FSC or PEFC.
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We have also instructed our suppliers not to use raw materials sourced from High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs), which have a significant impact on biodiversity, and High Carbon Stock Forests (HCSFs)." Unicharm also committed to achieving 100% certification of their pulp and paper by 2020, ideally FSC or PEFC.
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We have also instructed our suppliers not to use raw materials sourced from High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs), which have a significant impact on biodiversity, and High Carbon Stock Forests (HCSFs)." Unicharm also committed to achieving 100% certification of their pulp and paper by 2020, ideally FSC or PEFC.
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "We have also instructed our suppliers not to use raw materials sourced from High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs), which have a significant impact on biodiversity, and High Carbon Stock Forests (HCSFs)." Unicharm also committed to achieving 100% certification of their pulp and paper by 2020, ideally FSC or PEFC.
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We have also instructed our suppliers not to use raw materials sourced from High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs), which have a significant impact on biodiversity, and High Carbon Stock Forests (HCSFs)." Unicharm also committed to achieving 100% certification of their pulp and paper by 2020, ideally FSC or PEFC.
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "By 2020, Unicharm aims to be using raw materials that take the needs of sustainability into account, and recycled materials, for the paper and pulp used in the company's absorbent products."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Unicharm aims to be using raw materials that take the needs of sustainability into account, and recycled materials, for the paper and pulp used in the company's absorbent products."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Unicharm aims to be using raw materials that take the needs of sustainability into account, and recycled materials, for the paper and pulp used in the company's absorbent products."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, Unicharm aims to be using raw materials that take the needs of sustainability into account, and recycled materials, for the paper and pulp used in the company's absorbent products."
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "By 2020, Unicharm aims to be using raw materials that take the needs of sustainability into account, and recycled materials, for the paper and pulp used in the company's absorbent products."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2020, Unicharm aims to be using raw materials that take the needs of sustainability into account, and recycled materials, for the paper and pulp used in the company's absorbent products."
        • 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
        13/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            90.5% of Unicharm's pulp and paper suppliers were third-party assured in 2018.
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            2/2
            In 2018, Unicharm stated that the third-party assurance [FSC,PEFC, recycled] of pulp and paper suppliers in Japan was 95%, and for overseas operations it was 90%.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            90.5% of Unicharm's pulp and paper suppliers were third-party assured in 2018.
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            In 2018, Unicharm stated that the third-party assurance [FSC,PEFC, recycled] of pulp and paper suppliers in Japan was 95%, and for overseas operations it was 90%.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Time-specific monitoring statement
          4/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Time-specific monitoring statement
          4/4
          "We carry out evaluations from five points of view (consistency of quality, stable supply, safety, environmental impact and delivery) and, once every three years, give commendations based on the scorings for each of a supplier's activities. In 2018, we evaluated 16 suppliers and did not find any deviations from the guidelines."
        • 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
          "Unicharm will collaborate with suppliers to fully verify that no damage is caused to forest resources."
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Unicharm Corporation state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO and the UN Guiding Principles. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Unicharm Corporation require suppliers to ensure that workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Palm oil
      45/86
      • Commitment Strength
        23/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          11/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
        • 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
        17/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            Unicharm have a target for 100% of their palm oil suppliers to have third-party certification, and "In 2018, Unicharm began using RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system, and the amount used was 2 tonnes".
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Time-specific monitoring statement
          4/4
          Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          Time-specific monitoring statement
          4/4
          "We carry out evaluations from five points of view (consistency of quality, stable supply, safety, environmental impact and delivery) and, once every three years, give commendations based on the scorings for each of a supplier's activities. In 2018, we evaluated 16 suppliers and did not find any deviations from the guidelines."
        • 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
          "Unicharm will collaborate with suppliers to fully verify that no damage is caused to forest resources."
        • 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
          In their 2017 RSPO ACOP, Unicharm reported that their total palm oil usage was 96 tonnes. In 2018, they reported that their usage of RSPO-certified palm oil was 2 tonnes.
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; UNGP; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Unicharm Corporation state that they abide by the minimum standards for human rights as set by the ILO and the UN Guiding Principles. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Unicharm Corporation require suppliers to ensure that workers are not discriminated against on the basis of gender.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    23/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    15/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Sector
Industry sector 
Cosmetics & personal care, Paper & packaging
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Japan
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Moony, MamyPoko, Center-in

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