We discovered that not one of the supermarkets is doing enough to ensure basic human rights for the thousands of people who put food into our shops and onto our tables. Some go to work and produce food all day, but go home hungry.
You tweeted, emailed and took action in store. And in the two years since we first challenged Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Aldi, Morrisons and Lidl to put people first, all six supermarkets have improved. You used your consumer power and pushed them all to do better – for shoppers and for people in their supply chains.
You spoke out, and supermarkets listened – but they all still have a long way to go. Let’s keep up the pressure to ensure workers’ rights are respected, small-scale farmers can thrive and women food producers are treated fairly. Let’s fight poverty now and beat it for good.
Choose your supermarket and send them a message to take human suffering out of your food.
We analysed these leading supermarkets’ policies and practices on human rights in their supply chains. We asked whether supermarkets are transparent and accountable in the ways they ensure that workers’ rights are respected, small-scale farmers are prosperous and the women who produce our food are treated fairly.
1. We examined supermarkets' policies and practices
2. We looked for behaviour that protects the rights of workers, farmers and women and gave each supermarket a score out of 100%
3. The higher the percentage, the better your supermarket checks out on human rights – but all six still have a long way to go.
This scorecard is based on supermarkets' public policies, statements, and commitments. Reported human rights allegations in the supply chains of companies can be found here: https://www.business-humanrights.org/barcodes
My work starts at 6am and I am in the fields until the evening. The long hours cause fatigue, neck and back pain, eye strain and sickness, but I have to do it to feed my family.
Legal tricks were used to undermine the trade union. I talked about our experience at a conference in Peru. When I returned home, I received massive threats directly coming from my former boss’ mobile phone. ‘I will get you’, he wrote. I went into hiding for a long time.
My hand was burning and I was out of breath because of the strong chlorine... when I came home, I still couldn’t breathe properly.