Publications Food & Agriculture
Policy and case study research by a European coalition of civil society organisations shows EU policy action is needed to secure decent work and prevent unfair trading in supermarket supply chains from developing countries.
The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF), initiated by the Dutch government, will commence in 2014. The DGGF issues export and investment financing to Dutch and local businesses for activities in developing countries. This briefing has been written in response to the recently published memorandum for the Dutch parliament, called ‘Ondernemen voor ontwikkeling’ (Business for Development), which provides detailed information about the DGGF. The starting point for evaluating this memorandum is the fact that the fund must safeguard the principles of development cooperation in all cases. The implementation of the DGGF in early 2014 should be seen as an opportunity to start a continuing critical discussion about the functioning of the private sector in development cooperation. This briefing aims to contribute to this concept in a concrete and constructive way.
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.
Beer promotion workers selling Heineken, Carlsberg, Bavaria and other beer in Cambodian bars and restaurants earn too little to make a decent living. 'Promoting Decency?', a report published today by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) reveals that to compensate for their low wages, Cambodian beer promoters have to sit and drink beer with customers, often undergo sexual intimidation, have to work on their weekly days-off and occasionally resort to prostitution. As long as these workers do not receive a fixed monthly basic wage which is high enough to cover for their basic needs, these problems will not be solved. The SOMO report builds on the results of previous research and deals with beer promotion workers employed by several national and international beer brewers operating in the Cambodian market. The report recognises several improvements over the past couple of years in the working conditions of beer promoters. These are mainly due to the efforts of Beer Selling Industry Cambodia (BSIC), the industry body of breweries that Heineken and Carlsberg are members of. Despite these efforts however, there are still a significant number of issues to be dealt with to provide decent working conditions for beer promotion workers.