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  • Overall approach
    4/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: Consumer Goods Forum; UN Global Compact
      Unicharm Corp. is a signatory to the Consumer Goods Forum; Company is a signatory to the UN Global Compact.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "for pulp and other forest resources which we use in large amounts, we procure materials from managed forests, eliminate the use of illegally logged timber and strive to protect the rights of local residents and workers to contribute to the “mainstreaming of biodiversity."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Business risk
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Operational
      "We perceive that a risk for our company is reduced supply due to destruction of forests and depletion of water resources in the upstream processes of forest-derived resources (paper, pulp, palm oil, etc.)."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Quarterly

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Pulp & Paper
      The companies Eco Plan 2020 Sustainable Material Procurement Targets include Palm oil and paper certification - "Four times a year at the ESG Committee meeting chaired by the Representative Director, plans and progress on environmental activities, quality issues, social issues and other important governance matters are shared. Specific plans are reported using “Eco Plan 2020” as the baseline, in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) announced in June 2017"
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    36/84
    • Pulp & Paper
      34/84
      • Commitment Strength
        19/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: PEFC
            Unciharm Corp commit to "expanding the use of certified pulp (PEFC and CoC certified)" to 100% by 2030, as well as "third party certification of paper and pulp suppliers (Overseas)" and in Japan by 2020.
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Unciharm Corp commit to "expanding the use of certified pulp (PEFC and CoC certified)" to 100% by 2030, as well as "third party certification of paper and pulp suppliers (Overseas)" and in Japan by 2020.
          • Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            Unciharm Corp commit to "expanding the use of certified pulp (PEFC and CoC certified)" to 100% by 2030, as well as "third party certification of paper and pulp suppliers (Overseas)" and in Japan by 2020
          • 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)?: 2020
            Unciharm Corp commit to "expanding the use of certified pulp (PEFC and CoC certified)" to 100% by 2030, as well as "third party certification of paper and pulp suppliers (Overseas)" and in Japan by 2020
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Use of alternative fibres
            "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. [...] Giving priority to the use of waste paper, recycled pulp, and mill broke (paper trimmings and scrap generated during the paper manufacturing process)."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            "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. [...] Giving priority to the use of waste paper, recycled pulp, and mill broke (paper trimmings and scrap generated during the paper manufacturing process)."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            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. [...] Giving priority to the use of waste paper, recycled pulp, and mill broke (paper trimmings and scrap generated during the paper manufacturing process)."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "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. [...] Giving priority to the use of waste paper, recycled pulp, and mill broke (paper trimmings and scrap generated during the paper manufacturing process)."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          4/8
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company - traces to First Importer - no compliance check
            2/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company - traces to First Importer - no compliance check
            2/4
            2030 target reported as completed "Ensuring traceability to pulp and palm oil production locations (country/region)-Completed"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            2030 target reported as completed "Ensuring traceability to pulp and palm oil production locations (country/region)-Completed"
          • Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            2030 target reported as completed "Ensuring traceability to pulp and palm oil production locations (country/region)-Completed"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: 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.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • 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. "We will not tolerate child labor and forced or compulsive labor and we will never discriminate against people based on nationality, race, religion, gender, sexual preference, age, family background, disability or any other factors."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        10/38
        • 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?: No
            Unicharm Corp. stated that 90% of their Japanese and overseas timber is third-party certified, by either FSC, SFI, and PEFC.
          • 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?: No
            2030 target reported as completed "Ensuring traceability to pulp and palm oil production locations (country/region)-Completed"
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC/PEFC

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Certification scheme
            Unicharm Corp. stated that 90% of their Japanese and overseas timber is third-party certified, by either FSC, SFI, and PEFC.
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing financial support

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: “FSC® Forest Week 2019 ‘Hug Forests!’”
          "Unicharm works with Forest Stewardship Council® Japan (FSC® Japan) to raise awareness of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), an international forest certification system. We supported “FSC® Forest Week 2019 ‘Hug Forests!’” held July 20 – September 30, 2019."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Environmental audits for risk management and enhancing performance [...] Unicharm conducts three types of environmental audits in order to eliminate environmental risks and enhance environmental performance. These include target-focused audits such as: (1) Periodic audits in conformance with IS014001-compliant environmental management systems; (2) Onsite confirmations at industrial waste processing partners; and (3) Confirmation of compliance with laws and regulations. "
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • 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
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: every 3 years
          "We conduct a questionnaire on the environment and supplier evaluations through the Procurement Department for new suppliers. In 2019, we evaluated two new suppliers [...] 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 2019, we evaluated 16 suppliers and did not find any deviations from the guidelines."
        • 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
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "When using virgin pulp (as opposed to waste paper or recycled pulp), Unicharm will collaborate with suppliers to fully verify that no damage is caused to forest resources."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil *
      40/84
      • Commitment Strength
        20/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            Unicharm Corp. has a target to achieve 100% RSPO certified palm oil by 2030.
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Unicharm Corp. has a target to achieve 100% RSPO certified palm oil by 2030.
          • Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            Unicharm Corp. has a target to achieve 100% RSPO certified palm oil by 2030.
          • 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)?: 2020
            Unicharm Corp. has a target to achieve 100% RSPO certified palm oil by 2030, and for "Third party certification of palm oil suppliers (Japan)" to be achieved by 2020.
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            Unicharm Corp. has a target to achieve 100% RSPO certified palm oil by 2030, and for "Third party certification of palm oil suppliers (Japan)" to be achieved by 2020
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Unicharm Corp. has a target to achieve 100% RSPO certified palm oil by 2030, and for "Third party certification of palm oil suppliers (Japan)" to be achieved by 2020
          • Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            Unicharm Corp. has a target to achieve 100% RSPO certified palm oil by 2030, and for "Third party certification of palm oil suppliers (Japan)" to be achieved by 2020
          • 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)?: 2020
            Unicharm Corp. has a target to achieve 100% RSPO certified palm oil by 2030, and for "Third party certification of palm oil suppliers (Japan)" to be achieved by 2020
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          4/8
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company - traces to First Importer - no compliance check
            2/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company - traces to First Importer - no compliance check
            2/4
            2030 target reported as completed "Ensuring traceability to pulp and palm oil production locations (country/region)-Completed"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            2030 target reported as completed "Ensuring traceability to pulp and palm oil production locations (country/region)-Completed"
          • Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            Target date
            2027-2030
            0.2/1.3
            2030 target reported as completed "Ensuring traceability to pulp and palm oil production locations (country/region)-Completed"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: 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.
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • 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. "We will not tolerate child labor and forced or compulsive labor and we will never discriminate against people based on nationality, race, religion, gender, sexual preference, age, family background, disability or any other factors."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        15/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          6/6
          • 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?: No
            "In 2019, Unicharm began expanding its use of RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system*, under which we used 32.8 tons. Going forward, Unicharm will continue sustainable procurement activities while confirming quality and procurement routes to switch all our palm oil purchases to RSPO-certified oil."
          • 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
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "In 2019, Unicharm began expanding its use of RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system*, under which we used 32.8 tons. Going forward, Unicharm will continue sustainable procurement activities while confirming quality and procurement routes to switch all our palm oil purchases to RSPO-certified oil."
          • 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?: No
            2030 target reported as completed "Ensuring traceability to pulp and palm oil production locations (country/region)-Completed"
        • 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
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: Not disclosed

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Certification scheme
            "In 2019, Unicharm began expanding its use of RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system*, under which we used 32.8 tons. Going forward, Unicharm will continue sustainable procurement activities while confirming quality and procurement routes to switch all our palm oil purchases to RSPO-certified oil."
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes: third-party
            1.3/1.3
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Certification scheme
            "In 2019, Unicharm began expanding its use of RSPO-certified palm oil based on the mass-balance system*, under which we used 32.8 tons. Going forward, Unicharm will continue sustainable procurement activities while confirming quality and procurement routes to switch all our palm oil purchases to RSPO-certified oil."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • 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
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Environmental audits for risk management and enhancing performance [...] Unicharm conducts three types of environmental audits in order to eliminate environmental risks and enhance environmental performance. These include target-focused audits such as: (1) Periodic audits in conformance with IS014001-compliant environmental management systems; (2) Onsite confirmations at industrial waste processing partners; and (3) Confirmation of compliance with laws and regulations. "
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume; Reporting certified/compliant volume
          4/4
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 105.0 tons

          What is the certified volume?: 105.0 tons

          Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
          In the 2019 RSPO ACOP, Unicharm stated that their total usage of palm oil was 105.00 tons, all of which was RSPO certified.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • 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
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: every 3 years

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "We conduct a questionnaire on the environment and supplier evaluations through the Procurement Department for new suppliers. In 2019, we evaluated two new suppliers [...] 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 2019, we evaluated 16 suppliers and did not find any deviations from the guidelines."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    19/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    12/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Unicharm Corporation manufactures and sells household care items, including baby, feminine, health and cosmetic products, through these products Unicharm uses pulp and paper.Unicharm Corporation has operations spanning the globe, and holds the top share of diaper sales in China and Indonesia. Unicharm Corp is selected as a powerbroker for pulp & paper.

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

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