Why Allow Producers of Brands You Love Do Things You Hate?

28 Feb

It’s lucky that Oxfam, unlike a lot of smaller NGOs, don’t have to be nice to big foundations attached to the likes of Associated British Foods (ABF), Coca Cola, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Mondelez, Nestlé, Pepsico and Unilever. They have produced an easy to use scorecard for these 10 food multinationals that together make $1 billion every day. While the author of the report seems satisfied that these multinationals have seen the ‘business case’ for sustainability, it seems more likely that they have seen the business case for saying the right thing about land-grabbing, de facto slave labor practices, environmental destruction, below cost natural resources, tax dodging, etc. The multinationals in question score particularly badly when it comes to women’s rights, water and land grabs, supply chains, environmental impact and paying a fair price to farmers.

Do check out the results of Oxfam’s research and find out how your favorite brands score against the various criteria.

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