Oxfam’s new Behind the Brands Scorecard assesses the agricultural sourcing policies of the world’s 10 largest food and beverage companies. It exclusively focuses on publicly available information that relates to the policies of these companies on their sourcing of agricultural commodities from developing countries. Seven companies in our database now have shiny new criticisms, including General Mills, Kellogg’s and Mars.
Nestlé has become the first major chocolate manufacturer in Australia to source all the cocoa for its retail confectionery business from UTZ certified farms. This ensures the cocoa is sourced and produced sustainably on farms with safe working conditions [source]. However unlike Fairtrade certification, UTZ does not offer a minimum or guaranteed price, and the environmental standards of UTZ Certified are far weaker than those of either Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance [source].
After three years of research and countless requests, the Clothing edition of the Shop Ethical! Guide is here at last. Find out about the issues, the products and the companies behind the major fashion and clothing brands. Search our directory for buying organic, fair-trade, second-hand, vegan or locally sourced clothes and footwear. [source]
Global food giant, H. J. Heinz, has agreed to be bought by private equity firms Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital for $28bn. The deal is pending approval by the company’s shareholders. Heinz bought Golden Circle in 2008. [source]
Greenpeace has welcomed Asia Pulp & Paper’s new commitment to end deforestation in Indonesia’s rainforests. The announcement comes after a decade of public pressure from Indonesian and international NGOs. During this time many global companies including Adidas, Kraft, Mattel, Hasbro, Nestlé, and Unilever suspended contracts with APP and introduced policies removing deforestation from their supply chains. Greenpeace and other NGOs will continue to monitor APP’s progress. [source]
McCain Foods has acquired Sara Lee’s bakery business in Australia and New Zealand for $82 million from US-based Hillshire Brands. The acquisition will expand McCain’s frozen foods offerings, and includes Sara Lee’s manufacturing facility at Lisarow, NSW, as well as license rights to the Sara Lee brand. [source]