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  • Overall approach
    2/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: UN Global Compact
      Signatory of the UN Global Compact as of May 2021
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Deforestation in Indonesia has become a serious global concern. The destruction of forests by illegal logging in a national park near the Sukabumi Plant has been identified as one factor contributing to increased risks of disasters from river flooding and landslides. To support the greening of this area, we have been carrying out afforestation activities since fiscal 2015."
    • 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?: 2050

      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions
      [translation] "Environmental Vision 2050: Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 & 2 & 3) Environmental Goals 2030: Reduce (domestic scope1&2) greenhouse gas emissions by 30% compared to 2018"
  • Commodity score
    11/88
    • Palm oil
      9/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/6
          • 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 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
        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: Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          "We will prohibit the use of child labor and forced labor, respect fundamental human rights, and promote procurement activities that take into consideration the work environment, safety and health. [...] We will respect basic human rights, and will not discriminate in employment, appointment, promotion or other ways based on race, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, birthplace, language, disability, marital status, pregnancy or other protected characteristic.[...] We will comply with laws and regulations relating to the freedom of association and collective bargaining, and will respect employees’ rights to join a labor union, form a union and engage in 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 will respect basic human rights, and will not discriminate in employment, appointment, promotion or other ways based on [...] sex, gender identity [...] We ask all of our business partners to comply with the requests listed above. For the purpose of continuing communication going forward, please inform Yakult Group procurement staff of the CSR contact at your company."
        • 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
        4/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • 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
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • 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
          "Recognizing the importance of sustainable procurement that takes into consideration issues such as human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption, the Yakult Group will promote sustainable procurement throughout the supply chain, in cooperation with our business partners. We will comply with national and local laws and regulations, respect international codes of conduct, and promote fair and equitable procurement activities." ; "Based on our CSR Procurement Policy, we carry out supplier risk assessments through a CSR procurement survey in order to identify high-risk suppliers on issues such as the environment, human rights, occupational safety and health, and anti-corruption."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • 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
          "Toward promoting sustainable procurement, we have compiled our requests to all of our business partners, including when beginning to work with a new partner, in the Supplier CSR Guidelines. We inquire about the details of activities relating to the requests contained in these guidelines using questionnaires, audits and other means, and take appropriate action when points requiring improvement are found."
        • 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
    • Pulp & Paper
      14/88
      • 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
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "Whenever possible, for the paper containers of our food products we utilize materials internationally certified to protect forests. We also use environmentally-responsible, FSC-certified paper when printing PR materials such as our Company Profile, Yakult Overviews and CSR Communication Book, and the Supplier CSR Guidelines we present to our business partners."
          • 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?: Segment; Product line
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • 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
            "Yakult commit to "procure items provided with crating and packaging materials that incorporate a high proportion of recycled materials"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
          • 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: Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          "We will prohibit the use of child labor and forced labor, respect fundamental human rights, and promote procurement activities that take into consideration the work environment, safety and health. [...] We will respect basic human rights, and will not discriminate in employment, appointment, promotion or other ways based on race, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, birthplace, language, disability, marital status, pregnancy or other protected characteristic.[...] We will comply with laws and regulations relating to the freedom of association and collective bargaining, and will respect employees’ rights to join a labor union, form a union and engage in 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 will respect basic human rights, and will not discriminate in employment, appointment, promotion or other ways based on [...] sex, gender identity [...] We ask all of our business partners to comply with the requests listed above. For the purpose of continuing communication going forward, please inform Yakult Group procurement staff of the CSR contact at your company."
        • 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
        4/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Recognizing the importance of sustainable procurement that takes into consideration issues such as human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption, the Yakult Group will promote sustainable procurement throughout the supply chain, in cooperation with our business partners. We will comply with national and local laws and regulations, respect international codes of conduct, and promote fair and equitable procurement activities." ; "Based on our CSR Procurement Policy, we carry out supplier risk assessments through a CSR procurement survey in order to identify high-risk suppliers on issues such as the environment, human rights, occupational safety and health, and anti-corruption."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • 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
          "Toward promoting sustainable procurement, we have compiled our requests to all of our business partners, including when beginning to work with a new partner, in the Supplier CSR Guidelines. We inquire about the details of activities relating to the requests contained in these guidelines using questionnaires, audits and other means, and take appropriate action when points requiring improvement are found."
        • 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
    • Soy
      9/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • 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
        • 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
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We will prohibit the use of child labor and forced labor, respect fundamental human rights, and promote procurement activities that take into consideration the work environment, safety and health. [...] We will respect basic human rights, and will not discriminate in employment, appointment, promotion or other ways based on race, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, birthplace, language, disability, marital status, pregnancy or other protected characteristic.[...] We will comply with laws and regulations relating to the freedom of association and collective bargaining, and will respect employees’ rights to join a labor union, form a union and engage in 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 will respect basic human rights, and will not discriminate in employment, appointment, promotion or other ways based on [...] sex, gender identity [...] We ask all of our business partners to comply with the requests listed above. For the purpose of continuing communication going forward, please inform Yakult Group procurement staff of the CSR contact at your company."
        • 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
        4/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • 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
          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
          "Recognizing the importance of sustainable procurement that takes into consideration issues such as human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption, the Yakult Group will promote sustainable procurement throughout the supply chain, in cooperation with our business partners. We will comply with national and local laws and regulations, respect international codes of conduct, and promote fair and equitable procurement activities." ; "Based on our CSR Procurement Policy, we carry out supplier risk assessments through a CSR procurement survey in order to identify high-risk suppliers on issues such as the environment, human rights, occupational safety and health, and anti-corruption."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • 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
          "Toward promoting sustainable procurement, we have compiled our requests to all of our business partners, including when beginning to work with a new partner, in the Supplier CSR Guidelines. We inquire about the details of activities relating to the requests contained in these guidelines using questionnaires, audits and other means, and take appropriate action when points requiring improvement are found."
        • 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
  • Commitment strength
    2/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    4/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Yakult Honsha Co Ltd (Yakult) is the Japanese manufacturer of the well-known fermented probiotic milk drink Yakult. In addition to its namesake, Yakult also produces a variety of other food and beverage products, as well as pharmaceuticals and cosmetic goods. The company is a leading name in the packaged food industry with product lines spanning from health food to noodles. Through its various product lines Yakult is exposed to palm oil and soy.  Yakult Honsha Co. Ltd. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy and paper packaging.

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Industry sector 
Packaged food
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Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Japan
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
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Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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