Oxfam Targets Coca-Cola, PepsiCo on World Food Day
BOSTON, Oct. 16, 2013
Companies' sugar suppliers kicking farmers off their land in poor countries
BOSTON, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On World Food Day, thousands
of people around the US joined international relief and development
organization Oxfam America to call on the world's biggest sugary beverage
companies, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, to help prevent human rights violations in
their supply chains. Oxfam and its supporters held actions at Coca-Cola and
PepsiCo headquarters and in communities across the country, to demand that the
companies take steps to prevent land grabs that leave small farmers hungry.
A recent investigation by Oxfam found that the biggest brand names in the food
and beverage industry are relying on suppliers who have grabbed land from
small-farmers in countries like Cambodia and Brazil. The report highlights
examples of land grabs and disputes linked to companies that supply sugar for
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo products, as well as allegations of disputes inside
Associated British Foods' supply chain. More than 50,000 people have already
taken action by signing Oxfam's petition calling on the three food and
beverage giants to improve their policies to prevent land grabs by their
"Consumers are demanding that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo take responsibility for
how their ingredients are produced," said Judy Beals, campaign manager for
Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign. "These companies are immensely powerful
and they have the ability and the responsibility to stand up for communities
where their ingredients are grown."
Land grabs happen when local communities that rely on land to feed their
families and earn a living are evicted without consent or compensation.
Oxfam's "Behind the Brands" campaign has warned that the world's ten biggest
food and drink companies, including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, lack strong enough
policies to prevent land grabs and land disputes in their supply chains.
Oxfam is calling on Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, as well as Associated British
Foods, to become leaders in their industry by making a commitment to zero
tolerance of land grabs in their supply chains, to publicly disclose from whom
and where they source their commodities, and take other measures to prevent
land rights violations.
"The message from consumers is only growing stronger and harder for companies
to ignore," said Beals. "The time for action is long overdue."
Notes: Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign aims to provide people who buy and
enjoy these products with the information they need to hold the Big 10 food
and drink brands - Associated British Foods (ABF), Coca Cola, Danone, General
Mills, Kellogg's, Mars, Mondelez, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever - to account
for what happens in their supply chains. The Behind the Brands Company
Scorecard – which includes scores for company policies on land - can be viewed
at http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/company-scorecard Consumers can support
the campaign by emailing ABF, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola at www.behindthebrands.org
Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty,
hunger, and injustice. We save lives, develop long-term solutions to poverty,
and campaign for social change. As one of 17 members of the international
Oxfam confederation, we work with people in more than 90 countries to create
lasting solutions. To join our efforts or learn more, go to
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