Food justice and the ‘Big 10’ food and beverage companies

Over the past century, powerful food and beverage companies have enjoyed unprecedented commercial success. But these companies have grown prosperous while the millions who supply the land, labor and water needed for their products face increased hardship. Now, a rapidly changing environment, affected communities and an increasingly savvy consumer base are pushing the industry to rethink ‘business as usual’. In …

Food and beverage companies slowly start turning policy into practice

Oxfam launched its award-winning international ‘Behind the Brands’ campaign in February 2013. It ranks the biggest international food and beverage companies, the ‘Big 10’, on the strength of their policies on transparency, women, agricultural workers, farmers, land, water and climate change. The aim of the campaign is to create a race to the top, encouraging the Big 10 (Associated British …

Women Producers of ‘Bouquets and Beans’ in Kenya: Exploring the links between international business and poverty reduction

This case-study explores the findings of a Poverty Footprint study in the horticultural sector in Kenya, published jointly by Oxfam and IPL (International Procurement and Logistics Ltd) in 2013. Key findings were that women make up over 60% of the workforce and whilst the sector provides job opportunities women workers are disempowered, suffer sexual harassment and bear a disproportionately high …