Provide and promote decent work
The company provides detailed disclosures concerning its workforce, including breakdowns by age group and educational qualification for each employee category. Furthermore, it emphasizes gender representation, revealing the proportions of women across different employee categories within its total direct operations workforce.
The company has an opportunity to disclose a clear and detailed framework for assessing alignment of its trade associations with its sustainability targets and to report (potential) misalignments.
The company has an opportunity to disclose an overview of the issues raised during its stakeholder engagement activities.
Sustainability strategy and accountability
The company discloses no sustainability strategy with nature-related targets. Also, while the company states that its directors are responsible for the implementation of its sustainability strategy, it could specify whether its sustainability strategy covers both environmental and social aspects. Additionally, the company has an opportunity to assign decision-making and oversight responsibility for its sustainability strategy to the highest governance body. Furthermore, it could link performance criteria in senior executives’ remuneration policies to targets and objectives which cover nature, including biodiversity, and social issues. Lastly, it could improve its transparency by disclosing whether its highest governance body has expertise with respect to the company’s most material sustainability topics.
Ecosystem conversion and restoration
No evidence was found regarding the company’s efforts to avoid ecosystem conversion, including deforestation, or promote restoration. The company has an opportunity to develop a strategy and publicly report on specific, time-bound targets.
The company should set time-bound targets to reduce its scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions as well as report progress against them. Crucially, the company needs to reduce its scope 1,2 and 3 emissions and its targets need to align with a 1.5-degree trajectory.
Impact and dependencies assessment
The company has an opportunity to disclose assessments of its impacts on nature, including biodiversity, within its own operations and in its supply chain. It also has the opportunity to disclose its dependencies on nature within its own operations and upstream business relationships.
The company has not identified any activities that could lead to the introduction of invasive alien species in its own operations.
Key areas and species
The company has an opportunity to disclose locations within or adjacent to areas important for biodiversity, both in its own operations and its supplier locations. It could also disclose existing species populations existing in or adjacent to both its own and its suppliers’ locations, as well as the conservation status of species identified at its own sites according to national and international lists.
Resource exploitation and circularity performance
The company has an opportunity to disclose its inputs according to an international standard, and to report quantitatively on its group-wide circularity performance. The company also has an opportunity to disclose activities to improve soil health or agrobiodiversity in its production or sourcing practices, to disclose a target to improve soil health in its production or sourcing practices and to report progress against it.
Solid and air pollution
The company should commit to avoid developing or marketing new chemicals or products with SVHC (substance of very high concern) properties, as well as work on reducing the production of hazardous substances and waste.
The company does not disclose relevant information related to water, in its operations or supply chains.
Indigenous Peoples’ and land rights
The company does not show if it is committed to respecting Indigenous Peoples’ rights or land rights of local communities.
Safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment
The company has an opportunity to commit to respecting local communities’ right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, and to zero tolerance for acts of violence, threats, intimidation or judicial harassment committed against land and environmental rights defenders. Moreover, it should track its actual or potential negative impacts on the health of local communities.
The company, while prohibiting bribery and corruption, could enhance transparency and trust by detailing its process for identifying related risks and impacts in its operations and crafting a public policy to formalize this commitment. Further improvements could include incorporating anti-bribery and corruption clauses in contracts with business partners. The accessibility and anonymity option in its grievance mechanism for raising bribery and corruption concerns remain unclear, warranting clarification. The company also has room to establish and disclose policies regarding its approach to lobbying, political engagement, and political contributions, even extending its lobbying policy compliance to third-party lobbyists.
Provide and promote decent work
The company could enhance transparency by disclosing quantitative health and safety data and policy statements regarding supplier expectations for worker well-being. Opportunities also exist to elaborate on the monitoring of suppliers’ health and safety performance, and while minimum wage payment is acknowledged, a public, time-bound commitment to living wages, including a disclosure of determination methods per region and supplier support strategies, would be beneficial. Although it professes respect for worker safety and health, formalizing this into a public policy and expressing a public commitment to gender equality with defined, time-bound targets could bolster its ethical stance, especially given the all-male board and undisclosed gender pay ratios.
Respect human rights
The company has several opportunities to enhance its disclosures and practices regarding human rights and worker protections. While it has a policy respecting certain workers’ rights, it could further align and explicitly reference all ILO fundamental rights. Expanding its transparency, the company might reveal results from its human rights risk assessment and clarify its processes for identifying risks in both its operations and supply chain. It’s also pivotal for the company to detail its approach to assessing and addressing its salient human rights issues, potentially implementing a global system to manage and mitigate them, while also considering the amplification of supplier commitments to respect fundamental human rights.