Oxfam commissions independent evaluation of 3 major food companies' assessments on gender inequality in West Africa
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Author: Man-Kwun Chan, Commissioned by Oxfam’s Behind the Brands Initiative
"Independent evaluation of Mars, Mondelēz International and Nestlé gender assessments and actions plans for their cocoa supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana", 31 Oct 2014
This report presents the findings of an independent evaluation commissioned by Oxfam’s Behind the Brands (BtB) campaign, and provides an analysis of four gender assessments (GAs) and action plans (APs) published by the world’s “Top 3” chocolate companies in the summer of 2014...
Oxfam commissioned an independent evaluation of the progress companies have made in fulfilling their commitments [to conduct human rights impact assessments on how women in their cocoa supply chains are faring and create aggressive action plans to increase gender equality in the production of their ingredients]. The evaluation provides an analysis of four gender impact assessments and action plans published by the world’s “Big Three” chocolate companies in Côte d’Ivoire (all three) and Ghana (just Mondelez). Oxfam funded this objective review of company progress to ensure an effective monitoring process of the commitments and mutual accountability for the companies involved. This evaluation is a tool to help assess whether companies are meeting their public commitments...
Here are the Mondelez and Nestle's responses to our new recommendations: Mondelez, 31 Oct 2014 - “Gender is a key cross-cutting theme of our Cocoa Life program, so we welcome the independent expert’s finding that our gender action plans for Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire “stood out as being reasonably comprehensive and significantly stronger” than other action plans assessed. We will review the findings with our non-profit implementing partners and external advisers to identify if there are areas where we can strengthen Cocoa Life’s gender work." Nestle, 30 Oct 2014 - “We will look closely at the areas Oxfam have highlighted for improvement and welcome the comments made.“
Author: Oxfam America
"Chocolate companies offer “mixed-bag” on women’s rights", 31 Oct 2014
Leading chocolate companies Mars, Mondelez International and Nestle have made some progress on their 2013 promises to improve gender equality in their cocoa supply chains but significant gaps still remain, according to an independent evaluation published today...Monique van Zijl, campaign manager for Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign [said:] “Mars, Mondelez and Nestle have improved and deserve real credit for making gender equality a priority. But they still are not doing nearly enough to change how they conduct business to make equality a reality."...The report scores the Impact Assessments and Action Plans on a scale of 1-10 using uniform criteria. Mondelez received the highest marks for its Action Plans (5.8/10), while Nestle’s Impacts Assessment was rated strongest (6.5/10). Mars showed the least progress overall, particularly in its Action Plan (2.8/10)...
Author: Oxfam Behind the Brands
- Mars impact assessment
- Mondelez impact assessment
- Nestlé impact assessment & Fair Labor Association evaluation