Behind the food we buy are millions of people who grow, catch and process it, passing it along a supply chain until it ends up in our homes. But in a global food industry worth trillions of dollars, far too many of the women and men behind our food are being forced into lives of hardship and suffering, working long hours in inhumane conditions for little reward.
During the past four years, Oxfam has called on powerful supermarkets to end human suffering in their supply chains. You have been with us along the way to campaign for real change and help us challenge those in power: to make sure small-scale farmers, fisherfolk and workers who produce our food are being treated and paid fairly.
Human suffering should never be an ingredient in the food we eat.
We refuse to accept that exploitation and poverty should play any part in getting food to our supermarket shelves. And we know that big supermarket chains can help put a stop to it for good. With fair wages, equality and decent working conditions, women and men can work their way out of poverty and beat it for good.
Change is possible. We are seeing significant improvements. But there is a long way to go.
Mind the gap: Oxfam's fourth Supermarket Scorecard explained
Since the 2018 launch of Oxfam’s international Behind the Price campaign, most supermarkets have started to take human rights in their food supply chains seriously. However, our fourth Supermarket Scorecard shows that they need to do much more to ensure human rights are respected and the women and men who produce our food get their fair share of the value they create.