Benchmarks

2016 Food & Beverage


An evaluation of Food & Beverage companies' efforts to protect workers in their supply chains from forced labor.

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Overall company ranking

KnowTheChain has benchmarked 20 food and beverage companies on their efforts to eradicate forced labor from their global supply chains. The companies were selected on the basis of their size (market cap) and the extent to which they derive revenues from corporate branded products.

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Key Findings

Recruitment

Action needed to protect migrant and seasonal agriculture workers during recruitment.

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Traceability

Companies have started to trace commodities, but efforts are limited in scope.

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Purchasing Practices

Integration of labor standards needs to be accompanied by efforts to reward suppliers with strong labor practices.

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The companies' average overall score across the benchmark methodology's seven themes, which were selected to capture the key areas where companies need to take action to eradicate forced labor from their supply chains: commitment and governance; traceability and risk assessment; purchasing practices; recruitment; worker voice; monitoring; and remedy. There are a total of 22 indicators across the seven themes. For each theme a company can score a total of 100 points.

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The companies' average overall score across the benchmark methodology's seven themes, which were selected to capture the key areas where companies need to take action to eradicate forced labor from their supply chains: commitment and governance; traceability and risk assessment; purchasing practices; recruitment; worker voice; monitoring; and remedy. There are a total of 22 indicators across the seven themes. For each theme a company can score a total of 100 points.

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Featured Report

Food & Beverage benchmark findings report

To drive awareness and continued corporate action on the issue of forced labor in supply chains, KnowTheChain has benchmarked 20 food and beverage companies on their corporate policies and practices to eradicate forced labor from their global supply chains.

The food and beverage industry is an at-risk sector. Forced labor occurs both in the production of raw materials and during the food processing stages of food and beverage companies' supply chains. Food commodities are produced by agricultural workers who often come from vulnerable groups such as women, international migrants, and internal migrants with little education. Weak labor laws and law enforcement in the sector, together with isolated workplaces where housing tends to be provided by the employer, aggravate the typically poor working conditions and can leave workers vulnerable and dependent on their employers.

The companies were evaluated using a methodology with seven themes: commitment and governance; traceability and risk assessment; purchasing practices; recruitment; worker voice; monitoring; and remedy. Each company received a score out of 100 possible points.

The results show that the food and beverage sector as a whole must do far more to address forced labor throughout its supply chain.