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  • Overall approach
    2/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      "We are pleased to announce that the Yakult Group has signed the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), an international framework for achieving sustainable growth, advocated by the United Nations."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Conserving biodiversity through afforestation [...] As part of our CSR campaign, we participated in the Ministry of the Environment’s Green Wave 2020 biodiversity promotion activity, planting 25 trees at 12 locations throughout Japan on May 22nd, International Day for Biological Diversity"
    • 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
      0/1
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Reforestation disclosure
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 13.56 ha
      "Yakult forest “Million Tree Planting Activities” (China Yakult Group) Since 2015, we have been participating in the “Million Tree Planting Activity” program of the private NGO “Shanghai Roots and Sprouts”. Donate 2,000 trees each year for 6 years until 2020. A total of 12,000 trees have been planted in the Yakult Public Forest (13.56 hectares), with an average conservation rate of 68.92% (NGO data), steadily contributing to greening."
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Reduce emissions
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2050

      Is this target aligned with/verified by SBTi?: No
      [Translation] "We have established "Environmental Vision 2050" as what we should be in 2050, and aim for "net zero greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1, 2, 3)" toward zero environmental impact management in the value chain."
  • Commodity score
    9/90
    • Palm oil
      8/90
      • Commitment Strength
        0/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          0/9.5
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/6
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: their suppliers

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We will uphold international human rights principles, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work [..] 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. [...] We will comply with statutory limits on overtime work, holidays and other working hour matters, and will reduce long working hours through appropriate management of employees’ working hours and days off. "
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "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."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        5/56
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          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
          "comply with national and local laws and regulations, respect international codes of conduct, and promote fair and equitable procurement activities [...] 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."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: audits and questionnaires

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "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."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          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
      10/90
      • Commitment Strength
        2/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          2/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC

            When was this commitment set?: 2021

            What paper/pulp product does their commitment apply to?: Packaging
            "We use environmentally responsible FSC®- and PEFC-certified papers approved by forest certification programs in some of our paper containers for soft drinks. We believe that the use of paper with forest certification contributes to climate action, biodiversity conservation, and appropriate forest and wood management across the supply chain. To these ends, we will switch to using FSC®- and PEFC-certified papers for our main paper containers and packaging."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: target is for "main paper containers and packaging"

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: target is for "main paper containers and packaging"

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: target is for "main paper containers and packaging"

            If no, what is excluded?: Product line

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA
            "We use environmentally responsible FSC®- and PEFC-certified papers approved by forest certification programs in some of our paper containers for soft drinks. We believe that the use of paper with forest certification contributes to climate action, biodiversity conservation, and appropriate forest and wood management across the supply chain. To these ends, we will switch to using FSC®- and PEFC-certified papers for our main paper containers and packaging."
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: their suppliers

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We will uphold international human rights principles, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work [..] 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. [...] We will comply with statutory limits on overtime work, holidays and other working hour matters, and will reduce long working hours through appropriate management of employees’ working hours and days off. "
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "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."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        5/56
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          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
          "comply with national and local laws and regulations, respect international codes of conduct, and promote fair and equitable procurement activities [...] 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."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: audits and questionnaires
          "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."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          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
      8/90
      • Commitment Strength
        0/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          0/9.5
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/6
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Their suppliers
          "We will uphold international human rights principles, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work [..] 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. [...] We will comply with statutory limits on overtime work, holidays and other working hour matters, and will reduce long working hours through appropriate management of employees’ working hours and days off. "
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          0.5/2
          "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."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        5/56
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          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
          "comply with national and local laws and regulations, respect international codes of conduct, and promote fair and equitable procurement activities [...] 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."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: audits and questionnaires

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA
          "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."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          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
    1/17
    Avg. score
  • Implementation and Reporting
    5/56
    Avg. score
  • Associated Human Rights Abuses
    4/17
    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 Foods & Meats, Paper Packaging
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HQ 
Japan
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Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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