Publications Food & Agriculture
Leading Dutch supermarkets follow speciﬁc approaches for ensuring decent working conditions and business-to-business fair commercial practices in their fresh fruit and vegetables supply chain. The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) conducted research to compare these approaches with the actual conditions for workers and producers in Morocco that supply several of these supermarkets with green beans.
Financial players on the commodity derivatives markets, such as hedge funds from commodity traders, are not transparent. The (food) commodity markets that speculate on prices are highly linked with the rest of the financial industry. The resulting risks constitute a challenge for regulators in maintaining the integrity and stability of the financial markets.
This company profile of Ahold provides an analysis of one particular unresolved corporate social responsibility issue that occurred in and was addressed in 2011.
This briefing, highlighting labour rights violations at mango plantations in Peru, illustrates that companies do not automatically behave responsibly throughout its supply chain, nor impose upon themselves a duty of care. The case study among others identifies that workers at the beginning of the Peruvian mango supply chain work long days for poverty wages and under substandard circumstances. In effect the case study shows that Europe is currently failing to ensure that responsible standards are being met by its multinationals.
In response to growing concerns voiced by civil society organisations regarding the precarious working conditions of the millions of tea workers worldwide, multinational tea packers, such as Unilever, who dominates this sector, are increasingly relying on sustainability standard systems, such as Rainforest Alliance, Utz Certified and Fairtrade, which are generally seen as best industry practice. This study wanted to find out whether working conditions on large tea estates that have achieved RA certification and supply Unilever are truly decent. To this end one hundred tea workers were interviewed on a total of eight tea plantation companies, all supplying tea to Unilever. Seven of these plantations are located in India and the remaining plantation concerns Unilevers own tea plantation in Kenya.