Oxfam releases 3rd scoring of US and European supermarkets’ global food supply chains

Oxfam has assessed 16 large supermarkets across the US and Europe on their policies and practices in their food supply chains. The supermarkets were assessed on publicly disclosed policies and practices in four key areas: supply chain transparency; conditions for workers; conditions for small-scale farmers; and tackling discrimination against women. The scores reveal that, despite some progress in recent years, supermarkets are not doing enough to combat human suffering in global supply chains. Supermarkets scored lowest on their steps to protect women’s rights. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is even more important for companies to prioritise human rights at the core of their business practice.

The supermarket scorecard, which is in its third year, is part of Oxfam’s global #behindthebarcodes campaign to improve the lives of the millions of people around the world producing food for supermarkets who are trapped in poverty and face brutal working conditions.

The third scorecard is below. Further analysis and global reports on both scorecards are also available below. The second scorecard can be found here

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Autor/in: Rosa Polaschek, Oxfam

“Which supermarkets are doing the most to protect the rights of food workers?”, 30 June 2020

Slowly taking responsibility … and not

… [S]even of the 16 companies have barely changed scores since last year’s assessment and five companies still have no women-specific policies at all. A regional pattern is also emerging, with US supermarkets making up three of the five bottom-ranked supermarkets…

Some improvements

… [C]ompanies are doing the best on transparency and accountability measures and workers’ rights. Even in these areas there is room for improvement, with the average score on transparency just 24 per cent, and on workers’ rights, just 27 per cent.

From Commitment to Action

There remain significant gaps between company commitments and their actions to implement them.

Of the six supermarkets publicly committed to helping small-scale farmers organise collectively … only one, Rewe, could point to three examples … [of] specific projects to strengthen farmer co-operatives… 

After a disappointing record on women’s rights previously, this year’s scorecard is more positive. Tesco, Lidl and Morrisons have particularly improved their gender-specific policies… 

... The systemic problems women face in all workplaces are only exacerbated by the inequalities in supermarket supply chains… 

Where Next For Supermarkets?

… No new supermarkets have committed to combatting unfair trading practices in their food supply chains … there has been little progress on the specific challenges faced by women … who are … disproportionately affected by … coronavirus... 

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