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Behind the Brands: Food justice and the ‘Big 10’ food and beverage companies – Oxfam report

Oxfam has published a report, Behind the Brands, which assesses the ethical performance of the ‘big 10’ food companies against criteria such as transparency of supply chains and operations, ensuring the rights of workers, protection of women's rights, the management of water and land use, policies to reduce the impacts of climate change and ensuring farmers’ rights.

The top performers according to Oxfam were Nestle, Unilever and Coca-Cola (in that order) although it does not rank them very highly. Associated British Foods (ABF), owner of brands including Kingsmill, Ovaltine and Silverspoon, received the lowest rating overall, scoring 13 our of 70 points. In joint second-lowest place were Kellogg's and General Mills, which owns Old El Paso, Häagen-Dazs and Nature Valley, with both scoring 16 out of 70.

The report is entitled: Behind the Brands: Food justice and the ‘Big 10’ food and beverage companies.  You can download it here.

A round up of responses to the report so far can be found here.

The Guardian reports on the publication here.

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04 Mar 2013
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