Essity continually assesses the environmental performance of its suppliers. As part of this effort, and as input for life cycle assessments and/or environmental labeling, updates and surveys are necessary.
Supplier will be required to answer questions put forward by Essity from time-to-time on various topics at the individual site level, including:
- Use of energy (electricity and fuels)
- Water use
- Source and traceability of feedstock and raw materials
- Emissions to land, air, water
- Local initiatives to improve biodiversity
Essity may also require that Supplier provide such environmental information about their sub-suppliers and the materials/ components they add to the supply chain.
On Supplier’s request, a confidentiality agreement can be signed to restrict the use of the information where only Supplier’s environmental status is assessed by the Sustainability Products & Services, Regulatory Affairs and Product Safety departments.
5Principles of biodiversity and forest conservation are described in UNEP environmental, social and sustainability framework Safeguard standard 1: Biodiversity, Eco systems and Sustainable Natural Resource Management
6Wood derived fibers include, but are not limited to, pulps, mother reels, packaging, semi-finished and finished goods containing fibers originating from forest operations.
7 GHGs (Greenhouse Gases, e.g. sulfur and nitrogen oxides)
8COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand), and/or BOD (Biological Oxygen Demand), TOC (Total Organic Carbon), AOX (Adsorbable Organic Halides) and phosphorus
9Food security, as defined by the United Nations’ Committee on World Food Security, means that all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life. This is also related to the UN sustainable development goals, i.e. the SDGs, where the 2nd goal is “zero hunger”. The phrase “food security is not comprised” refers to the intention that Essity’s use of resources and materials must not lead to negative impact on food security. However, this does not mean that any feedstocks that are also used for food or related to food production are not accepted. Negative impact on food security and hunger is caused by many factors such as political instability, low incomes and indirect effects of the climate effect.