Brazil: Greenpeace report on cattle sector raises concerns including forced labour, deforestation causing climate change

Get RSS feed of these results

All components of this story

Company response
24 June 2009

Independência response to concerns raised by Greenpeace, including that Independência has acquired cattle from ranchers linked to forced labour

Author: Independência

We welcome the opportunity to engage in a constructive dialogue...Independência has always sought to develop its business in a sustainable way...we have been a pioneer in working together with our suppliers to ensure sustainable cattle farming...not only do we not conduct business with suppliers that do not meet such standards, but rather do we try to work together with such suppliers to help them become compliant with the standards...We condemn and are vigorously opposed to any form of forced, child or slave labor...

Read the full post here

Company non-response
24 June 2009

Marfrig Alimentos did not respond to: Greenpeace report on cattle sector raises concerns including forced labour, deforestation causing climate change.

Article
12 June 2009

Brazil retailers ban beef from cleared Amazon area

Author: Inae Riveras & Christian Wiessner, Reuters

Brazil's top three retail groups [CBD, Wal-Mart, Carrefour] have decided to ban the purchase of beef originating in deforested areas of the Amazon, the country's supermarkets association (Abras) said on Friday…The decision…came after environmental group Greenpeace published a report showing that the beef industry is the largest single driver of Amazon deforestation…[the companies] will [also] demand documents from slaughterhouses related to the transit of the cattle…[and] intend to conduct an independent audit to assure that meat that they buy is not from deforested areas.

Read the full post here

Company non-response
1 June 2009

JBS did not respond to: Greenpeace report on cattle sector raises concerns including forced labour, deforestation causing climate change.

Article
1 June 2009

Slaughtering the Amazon

Author: Greenpeace

This report, the culmination of a three-year investigation…documents how blind consumption of cattle products by the Blue Chip corporations behind reputable global brands is fuelling Amazon deforestation and climate change…Trade data also reveal trade with ranches using modern-day slavery. Additionally, one Bertin slaughterhouse receives supplies of cattle from an illegal ranch occupying indian lands...Greenpeace has found that four of the top five beef exporters – Bertin, Independência, JBS and Marfrig – have acquired cattle from ranchers linked to forced labour. [also refers to Gruppo Cremonini, Minerva, Adidas, BMW, Carrefour, EuroStar, Ford, Honda, Gucci, Ikea, Kraft, Nike, Tesco, Toyota, Wal-Mart, Reebok, Arino mastrotto Group, Gruppo Mastrotto, Boss, Geox, Trenitalia, Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Cisalpino, SnCf, Thalys, Unilever, Cia Brasiliera de Distribuição, Colgate Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, Inalca, Montana, Marr, Burger King]
[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre also invited JBS, Marfrig to respond to the report, but they did not do so. If we receive their response we will include it alongside]

Read the full post here

Article
1 June 2009

Statement of Bertin S.A. concerning the report disclosed by Greenpeace on 06.01.2009

Author: Bertin

[Bertin’s] program called Cattle Purchase Procedure, which considers the socioenvironmental criteria of suppliers…establishes a set of criteria for the accreditation of farms, which include the non-condemning of slave-work, of illegal takeover of land, of agrarian violence, of illegal deforesting and not possessing, breeding or purchasing cattle in indigenous areas…

Read the full post here

Article
31 May 2009

British supermarkets accused over destruction of Amazon rainforest

Author: David Adam, Guardian [UK]

British supermarkets are driving rapid destruction of the Amazon rainforest by using meat from farms responsible for illegal deforestation…The report names Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda [part of Wal-Mart], Morrisons and Marks and Spencer among dozens of high-profile companies…The supermarkets insist it is not from the Amazon. The Greenpeace investigation also…names Nike, Adidas, Timberland and Clarks Shoes among companies it says use leather linked to Amazon destruction…Sarah Shoraka, Greenpeace [said]…"The cattle industry is the single biggest cause of deforestation in the world and is a disaster for the fight against climate change. Global brands must take a stand." [also refers to Bertin, JBS, Marfrig, Green Isle Foods (part of Northern Foods), Northern Foods] [includes comments by companies]

Read the full post here