Does your supermarket food contain human suffering?
We investigated the biggest supermarkets’ policies to see whether they’re protecting the people who produce our food or leaving workers’ rights on the shelf.
What we discovered was outrageous: 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 workers go to work and produce food all day but go home hungry.
You tweeted, emailed and took action in store. And in the year since we first challenged the supermarkets, some – Ahold Delhaize’s Dutch subsidiary Albert Heijn, Aldi South, Jumbo, Morrisons, Rewe and Tesco – made important new policy commitments to ensure the women and men in their supply chains are treated fairly.
Campaigning works. But there’s still a long way to go to end the suffering in your supermarket shop.
Overall, while some are doing better than others, all supermarkets lack sufficient policies to properly protect the people who produce our food. No supermarket does even 40% of what the Oxfam benchmark asks them to.
With fair wages, equality and decent working conditions, women and men can work their way out of poverty now and beat it for good.
Check out how your supermarket performs in the updated scorecard below: