Monday, 4 March 2013

Oxfam targets the top 10 food producers over women's rights

Behind the Brands – part of Oxfam’s GROW campaign to fix the broken food system – for the first time ranks the agricultural policies, public commitments and supply chain oversight of Nestlé, Coca Cola, Unilever, Pepsico, Mars, Mondelez, Associated British Foods (ABF), Danone, General Mills and Kellogg’s.  

Together these companies make $1 billion a day. Oxfam says they "are failing millions of people in developing countries who supply land, labour, water and commodities needed to make their products."

The Behind the Brands campaign will launch in more than 12 countries including New Zealand, the US, Mexico, China, Brazil and across Europe.

 Barry Coates, Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand, said, “New Zealand consumers of these [companies’] products need assurances that the food and drink they buy is produced according to acceptable standards. This must include the impact on women, small farmers, workers, land, water and the climate. It is essential that there is transparency in company practice and policy set by these international brand leaders.”

While some of the “Big 10” have publicly committed to women’s rights, none have committed to eliminating discrimination against women throughout their supply chains. 
The campaign’s first public action will target Nestlé, Mondelez and Mars for their failure to address inequality faced by women who grow cocoa for their chocolate products. Oxfam is also releasing a brief with first-hand accounts of the inequality that women cocoa growers face. Oxfam is urging the three companies to do more to know and show how women are treated in their supply chains, create an action plan to address inequality for women in their supply chains and engage in advocacy to influence other powerful actors to do the same. Oxfam has written to the headquarters of these companies in Australasia urging them to respond constructively to this call. 

1 comment:

K said...

This is a great idea! I have heard about 50% of our chocolate being produced via slavery, and really hope this makes a difference to women not just in the affected nations, but in other places through raising awareness (as in someone is looking out for women's rights so perhaps we shouldn't do what we are doing).