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KnowTheChain - Food and beverage company disclosure

 

KnowTheChain - a partnership between Humanity United, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Sustainalytics, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Verite - benchmarked companies on their actions to address forced labour in their supply chains.

In 2016, a KnowTheChain published its first set of benchmarks focusing in the  information and communications technologyfood and beverage, and apparel and footwear sectors.

In 2018, KnowTheChain will publish the second round of the benchmarks.

Company engagement and disclosure

In 2016, KnowTheChain benchmarked 20 companies in the food and beverage sector. Ahead of benchmark publication, we had invited companies to response to a set of engagement questions that correspond to the benchmark methodology.

In 2018, we have benchmarked 38 food and beverage companies. To reduce the reporting burden for companies, ahead of the 2018 benchmarks, we asked companies to respond to 2-3 questions to point us in the direction of relevant disclosure. Further, we provided companies an opportunity to review the initial research findings, and to provide additional disclosure for indicators where disclosure was missing.

The company disclosures are made publicly available below.

Company name

2016 Disclosure

2018 Disclosure

2020 Disclosure

Aeon (Japan)

[Not included]

[Not included]

No response

Ahold Delhaize (Netherlands)

[Not included]

Responded, and provided updated response

Provided additional disclosure and sent link to Human Rights Report

Almarai (Saudi Arabia)

[Not included]

 No response

No response

Amazon (United States)

[Not included]

[Not included]

Sent links

Arca Continental (Mexico)

[Not included]

[Not included]

Provided additional disclosure

Archer Daniels Midland (United States)

No response

Sent link to H2-2017 Human Rights Progress Report

Sent link

Associated British Foods (United Kingdom)

Provided draft slavery and human trafficking statement*

Responded

Sent links to 

*Twinings Ovaltine Supplier Code of Conduct

*Responsibility Report 2019, pp. 24 and 28

*Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2019

*Sourced with Care: Progress Report 2018, pp. 8 and 18

Avenue Supermarts (India)

[Not included]

[Not included]

No response

Britannia Industries (India)

[Not included]

[Not included]

No response

BRF (Brazil)

Provided links to this report, these guidelines, this webpage

 No response

[Not included]

Campbell Soup (United States)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure and further information

Provided additional disclosure

Carrefour (France)

[Not included]

Responded

No response

China Mengniu Dairy (China)

[Not included]

[Not included]

No response 

Coca-Cola (United States)

Responded*

Responded and provided additional disclosure, and further information

Provided additional disclosure

Coca-Cola European Partners (United Kingdom)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure, and further updates

Provided additional disclosure

Coca-Cola HBC (Switzerland)

[Not included]

[Not included]

No response 

Coles Group (Australia)

[Not included]

[Assessed as Wesfarmers including Coles]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Also provided several links:
* Ethical Sourcing Supplier Requirements (English and Mandarin)
Supplier Approval and Management Using Sedex policy
* Child Labour Remediation supplier requirements
Ethical Sourcing Policy

As well as documents of Coles: Ethical Sourcing Policy (English and Mandarin), Responsible and Ethical Sourcing section, Brand Charter

Provided additional disclosure and sent links to 

*Coles' new Human Rights page

*Updated Ethical Sourcing Policy

*Updated Supplier Requirements

*Updated Ethical Sourcing Program Guidance

*Updated Ethical Sourcing Remediation Framework

*Media release on working with unions to safeguard human rights in the horticulture supply chain

Colruyt Group (Belgium)

[Not included]

[Not included]

No response 

Conagra (United States)

Provided link to citizenship report

 No response

No response 

Costco (United States)

[Not included]

 Disclosure regarding UK modern slavery statement

No response 

Danone (France)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Provided additional disclosure

FamilyMart (Japan)

[Not included]

[Not included]

Provided additional disclosure and sent link to 2019 Sustainability Report

FEMSA (Mexico)

No response*

 No response

No response

Foshan Haitian Flavouring and Food (China)

[Not included]

[Not included]

No response 

General Mills (United States)

Provided links to this reportthis policy, and this statement

 Provided additional disclosure

Provided additional disclosure

Hershey's (United States)

Responded*

 Responded

Sent links

Hormel (United States)

[Not included]

 No response

Provided additional disclosure

Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group

[Not included]

 No response

No response 

JBS (Brazil)

Responded

 Sent link

No response 

Kellogg (United States)

Provided links to this webpage and this webpage

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Provided additional disclosure

Kerry Group (Ireland)

[Not included]

Provided additional disclosure

Provided additional disclosure and sent links to California Transparency in Supply Chains Act statement and revised Supplier Code of Conduct

Keurig Dr Pepper (United States)

[Not included]

[Not included]

Sent link to updated Modern Slavery Statement 2019

Kraft Heinz (United States)

Submitted this statement*

Pointed to its corporate website and CSR report, and provided additional disclosure

No response 

Kroger (United States)

[Not included]

Responded and provided links to its 2016 Sustainability Report, 2017 Sustainability Report, and Statement of Human Rights

Sent links to

*Kroger's 2019 Environmental, Social & Governance Report (pp. 146-148 and 150)

*Deforestation Commitment: Raw Material Sourcing

Lamb Weston (United States)

[Not included]

[Not included]

No response 

Loblaw Companies (Canada)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Provided additional disclosure

Lindt & Sprüngli (Switzerland)

[Not included]

Responded

Provided additional disclosure

McCormick (United States)

[Not included]

[Not included]

No response

Mead Johnson, now Reckitt Benckiser (United States)

Responded

[Not included]

[Not included]

Meiji Holdings (Japan)

[Not included]

[Not included]

Provided additional disclosure *** and sent links to

*Meiji America Supplier Code of Conduct

*Stauffer's Code of Conduct

*Meiji Group Policy on Human Rights

*Meiji America California Transparency in Supply Chains Act statement

*Stauffer's California Transparency in Supply Chains Act statement 

Mondelez International (United States)

Responded*

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Provided additional disclosure

Monster Beverage (United States)

No response

Provided additional disclosure

Provided additional disclosure

Mowi (Norway)

[Not included]

[Not included]

No response 

Nestlé (Switzerland)

Responded*

Responded

Provided additional disclosure and links to 2019 Sustainability Report and 2019 progress reports for palm oil and seafood

PepsiCo (United States)

Provided this link*

Provided additional disclosure

Provided additional disclosure

San Miguel Food and Beverage Inc. (Philippines)

[Not included]

[Not included]

No response 

Saputo (Canada)

[Not included]

[Not included]

Provided additional disclosure

Seven & i Holdings (Japan)

[Not included]

[Not included]

Provided additional disclosure and an additional document and sent link to 

*7-Eleven California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Disclosure

Sun Art Retail Group (Hong Kong)

[Not included]

[Not included]

No response 

Smucker’s (United States)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure.

Also disclosed translations of its

* Global Supplier Code (SpanishFrenchPortugueseVietnamese, and Chinese)
* Responsible Sourcing Practices (SpanishFrenchPortugueseVietnamese, and Chinese)

Provided additional disclosure

Suntory Beverage & Food Limited (Japan)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

No response 

Tesco (United Kingdom)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Provided additional disclosure

Tyson Foods (United States)

No response

Provided additional disclosure

Provided additional disclosure

Unilever (United Kingdom)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Provided additional disclosure

Vietnam Dairy Products (Vietnam)

[Not included]

[Not included]

No response 

Walmart (United States)

[Not included]

Responded and sent link to 2018 Global Responsibility Report Summary**

No response 

Want Want China (China)

[Not included]

[Not included]

No response 

WH Group (Hong Kong)

[Not included]

 No response

No response 

Wilmar (Singapore)

Responded*

Responded and provided additional disclosure, and further information

Provided additional disclosure and further information

Woolworths (Australia)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Provided additional disclosure

Yakult (Japan)

[Not included]

[Not included]

Provided additional disclosure

Yonghui Superstores (China)

[Not included]

[Not included]

No response 

Human rights impacts (note the following information is not included in the benchmark analysis): In addition to providing companies' responses to the disclosure questions, we also provide for users’ reference a link to the company section on Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s website. These company sections include news and reports about the company’s human rights impacts around the world, covering positive actions and instances of alleged misconduct as well as company responses to incidents (where they provided one). Please click on the company names listed on the left hand side under "Related companies". For further details on our model of change see here. 

*** Note the 2020 benchmark includes information published as of February 2020, or through July 2020 where companies provided additional disclosure or links. Some companies have since published relevant information. For example:

** Note the 2018 benchmark includes information published as of June 2018, or through August 2018 where companies provided additional disclosure or links. Some companies have since published relevant information. For example:

* Note the 2016 benchmark includes information published as of June 2016. Some companies have since published relevant information. For example:

Two companies had made their statement under the UK Modern Slavery Act public during or before the 2016 research period: General Mills (May16) and Kellogg (May16).

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