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  • Overall approach
    8/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/4
      Conversion-free/zero-gross conversion/zero-net conversion commitment or a zero deforestation/deforestation-free commitment that explicitly includes all other natural ecosystems
      4/4
      "We endeavour to eliminate deforestation and land conversion in each of our supply chains and we work with producers, industry organisations and other stakeholders to protect high conservation value areas, high carbon stock areas and other valuable and protected areas against uncontrolled expansion."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "As long-term signatories of the Amazon Soy Moratorium, we do not source soybeans from lands deforested after 2008 in the Amazon Biome or from producers who are not compliant with other socio-environmental requirements across Brazil."; "We are a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "To protect the environment, we believe this demand should be met from higher yields and efficient supply chains rather than greater use of land. We work with producers and suppliers along our supply chains to eradicate deforestation, increase sustainability and protect high carbon stock forest, valuable conservation areas and peatlands from uncontrolled expansion."
    • 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, operational
      "As one of the world’s leading agriculture networks, we play an important role in global commodity markets and can contribute to the environmental sustainability of agricultural production and of food supply worldwide. Our licence to operate depends on our effective management of environmental challenges...To protect the environment, we believe this demand should be met from higher yields and efficient supply chains rather than greater use of land. We work with producers and suppliers along our supply chains to eradicate deforestation, increase sustainability and protect high carbon stock forest, valuable conservation areas and peatlands from uncontrolled expansion."
    • 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?: "Regularly"

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy
      "Reflecting the importance we place on sustainability, a committee led by Chief Executive Officer David Mattiske, supported by senior members of the business, monitors progress and achievement in this area." [...] "We regularly share our performance, learning and experiences with all internal stakeholders and management around the world to ensure everyone remains informed and benefits from being a part of our global network." - Within sustainability is their eliminating deforestation commitment. 
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
  • Commodity score
    32/88
    • Soy
      36/88
      • Commitment Strength
        7/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          8/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat; Other ecosystem

            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS

            Other ecosystem: "natural ecosystems" 
            "We are committed to eradicating Deforestation and Conversion of Natural Ecosystems from our soy supply chains. We will not source soy from suppliers traceable-to-origin that show Deforestation or Conversion of Natural Ecosystems after December 2025. We continue to increase our share of soy that is traceable-to-origin. [...] We seek to adopt and implement relevant industry standards to end Deforestation and Conversion of Natural Ecosystems."; "We are a member of the Round Table of Responsible Soy (RTRS) and a long-term participant in the Amazon Soy Moratorium."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Deforestation commitment only applies to the suppliers that they have traceability of

            If no, what is excluded?: Segment
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/1
            "We are committed to eradicating Deforestation and Conversion of Natural Ecosystems from our soy supply chains. We will not source soy from suppliers traceable-to-origin that show Deforestation or Conversion of Natural Ecosystems after December 2025. We continue to increase our share of soy that is traceable-to-origin. [...] We seek to adopt and implement relevant industry standards to end Deforestation and Conversion of Natural Ecosystems."; "We are a member of the Round Table of Responsible Soy (RTRS) and a long-term participant in the Amazon Soy Moratorium."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        11/18
        • 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
          "We have zero tolerance towards any form of workplace discrimination, forced labour, child labour, physical assault or harassment within our workplace or along our supply chains. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace, ensuring equal opportunities, paying at least minimum wages in accordance with applicable local laws and regulations and upholding workers’ rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "We expect our suppliers to share our commitment to respect labour rights." [...] "We promote inclusion, fairness and equality and do not discriminate based on race, nationality, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, ancestry, social origin, trade union membership, political belief, or any other potential bias."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm
          "Provide remediation where business enterprises are identified as having caused or contributed to breaches of human rights."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply? E.g. tier 1, tier 2, tier 3: Tier 1
          "We respect the land tenure rights of indigenous people and communities. We adhere to the principle of free, prior and informed consent."; "We do not source soy from protected areas or indigenous lands"
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        16/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Viterra "To protect the environment, we believe this demand should be met from higher yields and efficient supply chains rather than greater use of land. We are working collaboratively with producers and suppliers along our supply chains to eradicate deforestation, increase sustainability and protect high carbon stock forests, valuable conservation areas and peatlands from uncontrolled expansion. We are a member of the Round Table of Responsible Soy (RTRS) and a long-term participant in the Amazon Soy Moratorium. We work with fellow industry members, producers, governments and organisations to eliminate deforestation. Deforestation has reduced significantly since the start of the Moratorium, and we are working towards full elimination."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RTRS certification process

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RTRS
            "To protect the environment, we believe this demand should be met from higher yields and efficient supply chains rather than greater use of land. We are working collaboratively with producers and suppliers along our supply chains to eradicate deforestation, increase sustainability and protect high carbon stock forests, valuable conservation areas and peatlands from uncontrolled expansion. We are a member of the Round Table of Responsible Soy (RTRS) and a long-term participant in the Amazon Soy Moratorium. We work with fellow industry members, producers, governments and organisations to eliminate deforestation. Deforestation has reduced significantly since the start of the Moratorium, and we are working towards full elimination."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for partial sourcing regions/operations
          1/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2008
          "As long-term signatories of the Amazon Soy Moratorium, we do not source soybeans from lands deforested after 2008 in the Amazon Biome or from producers who are not compliant with other socio-environmental requirements across Brazil." 
        • 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
          "We undertake, and communicate on, appropriate due diligence of our current and potential suppliers, using a risk-based approach: [...] During pre-qualification, the tendering process, or at the renewal of an existing contract term we conduct risk assessments of our suppliers. [...] On the basis of the risk assessment, suppliers may be required to complete a self-assessment against these Supplier Standards. • In some instances we may conduct further due diligence, including the use of third party verification. [...] Suppliers are expected to cooperate in the investigation and assessment of potential or adverse impacts and provide Glencore access to relevant information on reasonable request. [...] At all times we reserve the right to suspend, discontinue or terminate relationships with suppliers when we have reason to suspect or can identify that the supplier: [...] Is in breach of the law"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Own mechanism

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "We encourage our suppliers to ensure their workforce and associated communities have access to grievance mechanisms for the confidential raising of concerns without fear of retaliation.  [...] We encourage everyone to report concerns regarding conduct that potentially breaches our Code of Conduct and its underlying policies, including these Supplier Standards, with a supervisor or manager, or with a local procurement contact at the relevant office or asset. If a concern remains unresolved or a reporter feels uncomfortable using the local channels, he or she may report using the channels of our Raising Concerns Programme. Information about the Raising Concerns Programme is available at glencore.raisingconcerns.org."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 18.5 Mt 
          Volume is reported publicly through the RTRS website 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          What third-party verification is used?: RTRS

          What is the certified volume?: 1000 credits

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 18.5 Mt
          Volume is reported publicly through the RTRS website. Unclear how much is actually certified " We are in contact with many of our customers to promote RTRS certified material, but to date few have actually purchased any through us. Some have bought RTRS credits directly along with soy beans delivered by us, but we have not been notified in all cases"
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          Yes, using a third-party verification system
          4/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not disclosed

          Does the company use a certification system?: No

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No
          "Since September 2018 a farm monitoring system, SimFaz, has been fully incorporated into our soy procurement business."
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
    • Palm oil *
      25/88
      • Commitment Strength
        2/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          2/8
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "Our sources of palm kernel expeller (PKE) rely mostly on Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified suppliers – over 80% of supplies come from RSPO certified palm oil producers and RSPO members"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Unclear which suppliers are excluded - "Our sources of palm kernel expeller (PKE) rely mostly on Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified suppliers – over 80% of supplies come from RSPO certified palm oil producers and RSPO members"
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          0/5
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        11/18
        • 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
          "We have zero tolerance towards any form of workplace discrimination, forced labour, child labour, physical assault or harassment within our workplace or along our supply chains. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace, ensuring equal opportunities, paying at least minimum wages in accordance with applicable local laws and regulations and upholding workers’ rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "We expect our suppliers to share our commitment to respect labour rights." [...] "We promote inclusion, fairness and equality and do not discriminate based on race, nationality, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, ancestry, social origin, trade union membership, political belief, or any other potential bias."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm
          "Provide remediation where business enterprises are identified as having caused or contributed to breaches of human rights."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply? E.g. tier 1, tier 2, tier 3: tier 1
          "We respect the land tenure rights of indigenous people and communities. We adhere to the principle of free, prior and informed consent."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        12/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            2020 RSPO ACOP was submitted, giving a 66.48% certified palm oil uptake
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          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?: RSPO certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            2020 RSPO ACOP was submitted, giving a 66.48% certified palm oil uptake
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "We undertake, and communicate on, appropriate due diligence of our current and potential suppliers, using a risk-based approach: [...] During pre-qualification, the tendering process, or at the renewal of an existing contract term we conduct risk assessments of our suppliers. [...] On the basis of the risk assessment, suppliers may be required to complete a self-assessment against these Supplier Standards. • In some instances we may conduct further due diligence, including the use of third party verification. [...] Suppliers are expected to cooperate in the investigation and assessment of potential or adverse impacts and provide Glencore access to relevant information on reasonable request. [...] At all times we reserve the right to suspend, discontinue or terminate relationships with suppliers when we have reason to suspect or can identify that the supplier: [...] Is in breach of the law"
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: own mechanism

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "We encourage our suppliers to ensure their workforce and associated communities have access to grievance mechanisms for the confidential raising of concerns without fear of retaliation.  [...] We encourage everyone to report concerns regarding conduct that potentially breaches our Code of Conduct and its underlying policies, including these Supplier Standards, with a supervisor or manager, or with a local procurement contact at the relevant office or asset. If a concern remains unresolved or a reporter feels uncomfortable using the local channels, he or she may report using the channels of our Raising Concerns Programme. Information about the Raising Concerns Programme is available at glencore.raisingconcerns.org."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 763852 tons
          RSPO ACOP reports 763852 tons of palm oil in 2020
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 82.11%

          What is the certified volume?: 507,832 tonnes

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 256,020 tonnes
          According to the Annual Communications of Progress from the RSPO, Viterra reports the volume of palm oil which is certified to be 66.48% of the total that they use in 2020. 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    5/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    15/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    11/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Viterra is a Swiss-based multi-national company producing and trading in the agriculture sectors, previously as part of Glencore. Viterra is selected as a powerbroker for soy and is also assessed for its exposure to palm oil.

Sector
Industry sector 
Agri commodities, Agriculture
Segments
Trader, Processor
HQ
HQ 
Switzerland
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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