Since 2018, we have been investigating the biggest supermarkets’ policies to see whether they are protecting the people who produce our food, or leaving workers’ rights on the shelf.
What we first discovered was outrageous: not one of the supermarkets had been doing enough to ensure basic human rights for the thousands of people who put food into our shops and onto our tables. Some workers go to work and produce food all day but go home hungry.
You have joined us to call for change: you tweeted, emailed and took action in stores. And over the past four years since we first challenged the supermarkets, most have started to take human rights in their global food supply chains seriously: taking significant steps to adopt a human rights approach with the goal to end the suffering of the women and men who produce our food.
Campaigning works. But there’s still a long way to go.
Overall, while some are doing better than others, all supermarkets lack sufficient policies and practices to properly protect the people who produce our food. Labour rights violations remain systemic and pervasive, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequality in global food supply chains.
Check out how your supermarket performs in the updated scorecard below: