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2018 Food & Beverage

Unilever PLC (LSE:ULVR)

Unilever plc (Unilever) ranks first out of 38 companies, disclosing significantly more information on its forced labor policies and practices than its peers across all themes. Compared to 2016, the company improved its score by four points by disclosing efforts undertaken across various themes. Most notably, the company developed and disclosed a grievance mechanism for its palm oil supply chains and trainings on forced labor for suppliers across sourcing countries and tiers. The company achieves the highest scores on the themes of recruitment and worker voice. For example, the company discloses the positive impacts of engaging workers in its supply chains and provides several examples of how it supported freedom of association in its supply chains. KnowTheChain identified one allegation of forced labor in the company's supply chains. The company provided five public responses regarding the allegation and outlines the steps taken by itself and its supplier to improve processes. However, Unilever does not disclose remedy outcomes for workers. Additional steps the company could take to address forced labor risks in its supply chains include strengthening its disclosure and practices on the themes of worker voice, monitoring, and remedy, and expanding existing systems to additional commodities at risk of forced labor.

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69

OUT OF 100

2018

  • Commitment and Governance

    93

  • Traceability and Risk Assessment

    69

  • Purchasing Practices

    78

  • Recruitment

    71

  • Worker Voice

    65

  • Monitoring

    45

  • Remedy

    63