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  • Overall approach
    1/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      No overarching deforestation commitment
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "We support and promote sustainable land stewardship practices that integrate the growing and harvesting of trees. We protect and conserve soil, air and water quality. We safeguard biological diversity as well as wildlife and aquatic habitats. We respect recreational and aesthetic properties and forests with high conservation value." [...] "WestRock supports and promotes sustainable land stewardship practices that integrate the growing and harvesting of trees with the protection and conservation of: soil, air and water quality; biological diversity; wildlife and aquatic habitats; recreational and aesthetic properties; and forests with high conservation value."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • 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?: 2025

      Type of climate target: Other or unclear
      "This puts us well on our way to achieving our goal of reducing GHG emissions by 20% per ton of production by 2025." This includes scope 1 and 2
  • Commodity score
    30/88
    • Pulp & Paper
      30/88
      • Commitment Strength
        5/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          2/8
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Other ecosystem: Not applicable

            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC; Other certification

            Other certification scheme: Brazilian Forest Certification Programme (CERFLOR®)
            "Avoid purchasing raw wood fiber from sources [...] Causing conversion of forests to plantations or non-forest use when the conversion is not considered limited and legal or threatens high conservation values" "our forestland in Brazil is certified to the Brazilian Forest Certification Programme (CERFLOR®), PEFC™ and FSC® standards." "Increase purchases of virgin fiber from lands certified to internationally recognized forest management standards by 25% by 2025"
          • 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?: Location; Indirect suppliers
            "All of our North American virgin fiber sourcing regions are certified to the SFI® 2015-2019 standard, and our forestland in Brazil is certified to the Brazilian Forest Certification Programme (CERFLOR®), PEFC™ and FSC® standards. Globally, approximately 81% of our wholly owned manufacturing facilities are chain-of-custody certified to internationally recognized standards such as SFI®, PEFC™ and FSC" "Increase purchases of virgin fiber from lands certified to internationally recognized forest management standards by 25% by 2025"
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "Increase purchases of virgin fiber from lands certified to internationally recognized forest management standards by 25% by 2025"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          3/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "WestRock recycled more than eight million tons of fiber in 2019. Sixty-seven percent of this fiber was reused in our own operations; the remainder was sold to other organizations." [...] 35% of the fiber used in all of WestRock's mills is recycled."
          • 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?: Indirect suppliers

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Not disclosed

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: 65% excluded from own operations unclear for other sourcing
            "WestRock recycled more than eight million tons of fiber in 2019. Sixty-seven percent of this fiber was reused in our own operations; the remainder was sold to other organizations." [...] 35% of the fiber used in all of WestRock's mills is recycled."
          • 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
        5/18
        • 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

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          "WestRock requires its suppliers to comply with applicable laws and regulations of the countries where they do business, without the use of forced labor or child labor."[...] "We utilize the WestRock Principles of Conduct to ensure the materials used in our manufacturing operations are responsibly sourced, in accordance with standards for environmental protection, human rights, labor and social norms, as well as anti-discrimination and anti-corruption policies"; "Freedom of Association: Suppliers shall recognize and respect the right of workers to associate freely or organize as permitted by applicable laws and regulations and to be free to raise concerns related to employment issues." [...] "Suppliers shall keep the work environment free from recognized hazards and assure compliance with all applicable laws regarding working conditions, including worker health and safety, sanitation, fire safety, risk protection and electrical, mechanical and structural safety" [..] " WestRock requires that Suppliers compensate employees in compliance with all laws and regulations relating to minimum wages, overtime, piece work, employee benefits, maximum hours worked per day or maximum days worked per week." 
        • 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
          "WestRock will not tolerate discrimination by Suppliers of their workers on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, social and ethnic origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, creed or political belief, disability, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law."
        • 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
        19/50
        • 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
            (Upstream 2.1 only) How many hectares of deforestation and/or conversion have occurred since the commitment cut-off date on land owned, controlled, or managed by the company?: NA

            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes, by location

            How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: 25662 ha in one Brazilian plantation

            (Downstream 2.1 only) How many hectares of deforestation and/or conversion have occurred since the commitment cut-off date in the operations of the company's direct or indirect suppliers?: NA

            (Upstream 2.1 only) How many hectares of land owned, controlled or managed is certified?: 54600 ha
            "All of our North American virgin fiber sourcing regions are certified to the SFI® 2015-2019 standard, and our forestland in Brazil is certified to the Brazilian Forest Certification Programme (CERFLOR®), PEFC™ and FSC® standards. Globally, approximately 81% of our wholly owned manufacturing facilities are chain-of-custody certified to internationally recognized standards such as SFI®, PEFC™ and FSC"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: Yes, reported 25% for consumer mills and 38% for corrugated mills
            "WestRock recycled more than eight million tons of fiber in 2019. Sixty-seven percent of this fiber was reused in our own operations; the remainder was sold to other organizations." [...] 35% of the fiber used in all of WestRock's mills is recycled."
          • 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
            What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: NA

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Certification scheme

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: PEFC and FSC 
            "All of our North American virgin fiber sourcing regions are certified to the SFI® 2015-2019 standard, and our forestland in Brazil is certified to the Brazilian Forest Certification Programme (CERFLOR®), PEFC™ and FSC® standards. Globally, approximately 81% of our wholly owned manufacturing facilities are chain-of-custody certified to internationally recognized standards such as SFI®, PEFC™ and FSC"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.5/1
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.5/1
            For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 0%

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

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Not applicable

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Internal validation
            "All data has been reviewed and validated by WestRock’s Internal Audit team."
          • 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
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Landowner outreach program

          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing support/advice/experience/expertise
          "Our landowner outreach program encourages forest landowners to adopt recognized forest management standards and helps educate them on land management practices that promote long-term forest productivity and protect biological diversity"
        • 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
          "WestRock Suppliers must operate their businesses in full compliance with all applicable laws, codes, rules and regulations of the countries, provinces, states, regions and municipalities in which they operate." [...] "We expect our Suppliers to develop and implement appropriate internal business processes to ensure compliance with these Principles. WestRock routinely utilizes independent thirdparties to assess Suppliers’ compliance with these Principles. These assessments generally include confidential interviews with on-site workers. If a Supplier fails to uphold any aspect of the Principles, the Supplier is expected to implement corrective actions. WestRock reserves the right to terminate an agreement with any Supplier that cannot demonstrate that it is upholding the Principles."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Not disclosed

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

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "If you would like more information about our supplier compliance process or would like to report possible supplier violations, please contact us using this form." 
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 44,644,000 tons
          2019 GRI report (published 2020) indicates that in 2019, WestRock purchased 35,655,000 tons of virgin fiber from the USA, 1,731,000 tons from Canada, and 1,858,000 tons from Brazil - for a total of 39,244,000 tons. In 2018 they also used 5,400,000 tons of recycled fiber.
        • 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 is the certified volume?: NA

          What is the compliant volume?: NA

          What third-party verification is used?: "Globally, approximately 81% of our wholly owned manufacturing facilities are chain-of-custody certified to internationally recognized standards such as SFI®, PEFC™ and FSC®"
          "Globally, approximately 81% of our wholly owned manufacturing facilities are chain-of-custody certified to internationally recognized standards such as SFI®, PEFC™ and FSC®"
        • 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
          "We require our suppliers to adhere to the highest standards of business conduct, labor rights[...]We review and verify our suppliers’ adherence to our principles of conduct."
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          No disclosure
          0/4
          In what country(ies) does the company operate and/or source material?: "We operate locations in North America, including the majority of U.S. states, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 81%

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: North America, Europe, Brazil, India and Asia

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0%

          For what percent of smallholder suppliers is location disclosed?: 0%
          They do provide a summary in the form of drop down menu. 
        • 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
          If so, what jurisdictions and mechanisms does the company use?: not disclosed

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified

          For what percentage of production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages, or otherwise controls does the company use external processes or actors, such as certification, to monitor compliance?: 36%

          Does the company use a jurisdictional monitoring mechanism?: No

          Does the company use a certification system?: Yes
          "Through the Sedex global online platform, 116 WestRock sites have completed self-assessments on labor standards, health and safety, environment and business practices. These sites represent approximately 36% of our operating facilities around the world. In 2019, 20 sites completed third-party audits initiated by customers. These facilities were located in Brazil, China, Germany, Mexico, Poland, United Kingdom and the United States. Our Brazilian forestry operations are certified to both the FSC® and PEFC™ (CERFLOR®) forest certification standards. These standards include compliance with social requirements and labor practices, in areas such as employee transportation, meals and living areas. In 2019, we conducted four external audits to verify compliance with FSC® and PEFC™ (CERFLOR®) standards for forest management and chain of custody."
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          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 certification; Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
           "Through the Sedex global online platform and customer-initiated third-party audits, 116 WestRock sites have undergone self-assessments on labor standards,health and safety, environment and business practices. These sites represent approximately 39 percent of our operating facilities around the world.Our Brazilian forestry operations are certified to both the FSC® and PEFC™ (CERFLOR®) forest certification standards. These standards include compliance withsocial requirements and labor practices, in areas such as employee transportation, meals and living areas. In 2018, we conducted three external audits to verifycompliance with FSC® and PEFC™ (CERFLOR®) standards for forest management and chain of custody."
        • 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
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "WestRock will continually work to: [...]Engage in education programs and training efforts to encourage landowners to:Use scientific, credible sustainable forestry practices; Regenerate forests after harvest and establish new forests on non-forest lands; Maintain and improve long-term forest growth and soil productivity; Protect water bodies and the land that borders them; Protect special sites and biological diversity; Incorporate aesthetic consideration into activities where visual impacts are a concern; Control invasive exotic plants, animals and insects; Manage lands of special significance in a manner appropriate to their unique qualities; Manage harvest residue which considers economic, social and environmental factors and other utilization needs; Reduce wildfire risk; Use qualified logging professionals; and; Implement guidance for forests with exceptional conservation value"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    5/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    19/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    Avg. score

Profile

WestRock manufactures and sells paper and packaging solutions on a global scale. Westrock is selected as a powerbroker for pulp & paper.

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

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