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

Ahold Delhaize (Netherlands)

[Not included]

Responded, and provided updated response

Almarai (Saudi Arabia)

[Not included]

 No response

Archer Daniels Midland (United States)

No response

Sent link to H2-2017 Human Rights Progress Report

Associated British Foods (United Kingdom)

Provided draft slavery and human trafficking statement*

Responded

BRF (Brazil)

Provided links to this report, these guidelines, this webpage

 No response

Campbell Soup (United States)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure and further information

Carrefour (France)

[Not included]

Responded

Coca-Cola (United States)

Responded*

Responded and provided additional disclosure, and further information

Coca-Cola European Partners (United Kingdom)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure, and further updates

Conagra (United States)

Provided link to citizenship report

 No response

Costco (United States)

[Not included]

 Disclosure regarding UK modern slavery statement

Danone (France)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure

FEMSA (Mexico)

No response*

 No response

General Mills (United States)

Provided links to this reportthis policy, and this statement

 Provided additional disclosure

Hershey's (United States)

Responded*

 Responded

Hormel (United States)

[Not included]

 No response

Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group

[Not included]

 No response

JBS (Brazil)

Responded

 Sent link

Kellogg (United States)

Provided links to this webpage and this webpage

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Kerry Group (Ireland)

[Not included]

Provided additional disclosure

Kraft Heinz (United States)

Submitted this statement*

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

Kroger (United States)

[Not included]

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

Loblaw Companies (Canada)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Lindt & Sprüngli (Switzerland)

[Not included]

Responded

Mead Johnson, now Reckitt Benckiser (United States)

Responded

 [Not included]

Mondelez International (United States)

Responded*

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Monster Beverage (United States)

No response

Provided additional disclosure

Nestlé (Switzerland)

Responded*

Responded

PepsiCo (United States)

Provided this link*

Provided additional disclosure

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)

Suntory Beverage & Food Limited (Japan)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Tesco (United Kingdom)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Tyson Foods (United States)

No response

Provided additional disclosure

Unilever (United Kingdom)

Responded

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Walmart (United States)

[Not included]

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

Wesfarmers (Coles) (Australia)

[Not included]

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

WH Group (Hong Kong)

[Not included]

 No response

Wilmar (Singapore)

Responded*

Responded and provided additional disclosure, and further information

Woolworths (Australia)

[Not included]

Responded and provided additional disclosure

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 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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