Companies spoke. Did their suppliers listen?

Tracking Behind the Brands sustainability commitments through the supply chain with the ‘agribusiness scorecard’

Publication date: 4 March 2019
Author: Chloe Christman Cole

Between 2013 and 2016, Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign sought to drive more sustainable sourcing policies and practices among the 10 biggest food and beverage companies globally. Oxfam is now focused on how the “Big 10” are implementing their commitments. How are they engaging their suppliers, such as global agribusinesses, on sustainability issues? Agribusinesses are powerful supply chain actors, representing key links between the Big 10 companies—including The Coca-Cola Company, Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Unilever—and the people who produce the world’s food.

Oxfam assessed seven global agribusinesses against foundational indicators of its original Behind the Brands campaign scorecard to measure the strength of companies’ sustainability policies. This report introduces the “agribusiness scorecard” and presents the results. It calls on agribusinesses to strengthen their sustainability policies and implementation plans. It makes the case that the Big 10 must focus on the policies and practices of agribusinesses in order to meet their responsibilities and implement their own supply chain commitments.