A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
This new Oxfam report, based on research in Viet Nam, explores the reality on the ground in Unilever’s operations and wider supply chain, and compares the findings with the company's high-level policy commitments.
Unusually, the company co-operated fully with the study, providing access to its staff, operations, data and suppliers. This enabled Oxfam to assess the labor standards in the context of international standards and local conditions.
The study focused on issues which are important to workers but difficult for companies to measure and manage: Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining; a Living Wage; Working Hours and Contract Labor.
Key recommendations from the report
- Adjust policies and business model to deliver better quality jobs for workers
- Better align business processes with policy
- Strengthen the due diligence process to take account of people’s vulnerability to speak out
- Work with others to promote scalable ways to realize rights and increase collective leverage
- Integrate into the Sustainable Living Plan and/or public reporting process measurable targets for labor rights and job quality
- Share the findings of this report with managers, suppliers, the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labor and Cu Chi workers, and pilot in Viet Nam the changes recommended in this report