Human Rights Impact Assessment of Finnish food retailer's Italian tomato supply chains released as part of pilot on going "beyond audits"
The Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) of SOK Corporation's Italian processed tomato supply chains was prepared by Oxfam as part of a pilot for the company's new approach to assessing human rights impacts in high risk supply chains that goes ‘beyond audits’. The aim of the assessment was to assess the actual and potential human rights impacts at the production stage of the company's Italian processed tomato supply chains, identify their root causes and make recommendations for prioritized actions to address, mitigate and/or remediate identified impacts. The HRIA is available below.
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Oxfam's Behind the Barcodes campaign calls on supermarkets, who play such a critical role in shaping today's food supply chains, to do more to ensure that the human and labour rights of those producing the food they sell are respected...
This focused Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) of SOK Corporation's Italian processed tomato supply chains is a pilot for the company's new approach to assessing human rights impacts in high risk supply chains that goes ‘beyond audits’...
In recent years there have been a range of reports in Italian and international media outlets, by civil society organizations and multi-stakeholder initiatives of exploitative labour practices on farms, especially in the South of Italy, supplying the processed tomato industry. These reports have documented the practice of recruitment of workers, the vast majority of whom migrants, through illegal labour brokers called caporale, whose control extends to many aspects of workers' lives.
Reported conditions include low wages paid as piece rates rather than according to collective wage agreements, excessive working hours, unsafe transport to and from work and informal accommodation housing thousands of workers without basic amenities including running water and electricity. The risk of human rights impacts such as these in SOK's Italian processed tomato value chain are explored in the assessment.