KnowTheChain benchmark of 20 food and beverage companies

November 14, 2016 8:40 pm, Published by , Leave your thoughts

KnowTheChain benchmarked 20 food and beverage companies’ efforts to protect workers in their supply chains from forced labour. As stated in the October 2016 report with findings, other than in the areas of awareness and commitment, companies tend to score low across all seven themes assessed, with an average overall score of 30/100.

Overall company scores, with the best performing company at the top:

  1. Unilever plc (65/100)
  2. The Coca-Cola Company (58/100)
  3. Nestle S.A. (57/100)
  4. PepsiCo, Inc. (45/100)
  5. Wilmar International Limited (40/100)
  6. General Mills, Inc. (37/100)
  7. Kellogg Company (32/100)
  8. Mondelez International, Inc. (30/100)
  9. Associated British Foods plc (30/100)
  10. Archer Daniels Midland Company (30/100)
  11. Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (29/100)
  12. Danone (28/100)
  13. Hershey Co. (27/100)
  14. ConAgra Foods, Inc. (25/100)
  15. BRF S.A. (24/100)
  16. JBS S.A. (24/100)
  17. Tyson Foods, Inc. (13/100)
  18. The Kraft Heinz Company (9/100)
  19. Fomento Economico Mexicano, S.A.B de C.V (7/100)
  20. Monster Beverage Corporation (0/100)

Recruitment is the lowest scoring of all seven themes with an average score of 10 out of 100 points. This is particularly concerning given the sector’s dependence on agricultural workers, which are often seasonal and migrant workers, recruited through middle men and most at risk of exploitation.

The findings and recommendations of the benchmark can be used by businesses to identify good practices and assess areas where they may need to pay greater attention to modern slavery risks. The Stronger Together toolkits “Tackling modern slavery in businesses” and “Tackling modern slavery in global supply chains” provide pragmatic guidance and can be downloaded on the Resources page.

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