Oxfam International Blogs - CSR http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/tags/csr en The toxic legacy of palm oil in Guatemala http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/17-04-05-toxic-legacy-palm-oil-guatemala <div class="field field-name-body"><p><em>This entry posted by Aditi Sen, Senior Policy Advisor Oxfam America, and Susana Gauster, Coordinadora de Influencia Oxfam en Guatemala, on 5 April 2017.</em></p> <h3><em></em>Ensuring sustainability in Guatemala's palm oil sector requires meaningful social and ecological reform.</h3> <p><br />In June 2015 the Pasión River, which is the lifeblood of Sayaxché in Peten – a region in the northern part of Guatemala - was contaminated by a deadly spill. The spill not only destroyed the river’s aquatic life, but also the livelihoods of thousands of local families who depend on the river for sustenance. It’s been almost two years since that ecological disaster and residents of Sayaxché are still waiting for justice.</p> <p>The alleged cause of the disaster was a massive spill of toxic effluent from Reforestadora de Palma del Petén SA (<a href="http://repsa.com.gt/">REPSA</a>) – the largest palm oil company in the area. The spill was so destructive that a Guatemalan court ruled the spill an “<a href="http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Guatemalan-Court-Upholds-Ruling-Against-Company-for-Ecocide--20151226-0006.html">ecocide</a>” and ordered that REPSA suspend operations pending investigation. However the official investigation into the spill has been paralyzed by repeated legal appeals from the company , and this has  fermented conflict in the region and amplified <a href="http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33085-guatemalan-activist-murdered-after-court-suspends-palm-oil-company-operations">threats to environmental and human rights defenders</a>.</p> <h3>Zero tolerance</h3> <p>Cargill and Wilmar are among the biggest buyers of palm oil from REPSA. In the wake of the spill, and following allegations of adverse human rights and environmental impacts as well as continued pressure from Guatemalan and international civil society groups, the two companies demanded that REPSA adopt measures to prevent violence and intimidation, and to ensure environmentally and socially sustainable palm oil production. In response, in 2016, REPSA published a policy and a plan for responsible palm oil production committing to zero tolerance for violence as well as to no deforestation or exploitation.</p> <p>Oxfam recognizes that the initial actions that global buyers Cargill and Wilmar have taken to get REPSA to put in place policies for responsible and sustainable palm oil production are significant and a step in the right direction. While REPSA has made certain sustainability improvements such as investments in water and sanitation systems for workers, the company still has a long way to go to ensure that its sustainability policy translates into changes in practice that would contribute to meaningful reform on the ground.</p> <h3>Human rights concerns</h3> <p>Following concerns raised by local civil society groups, Oxfam commissioned an independent consultant to gather feedback from key community stakeholders in Sayaxché in order to assess REPSA’s progress in implementing its sustainability plan. While there are a range of perspectives in the community, <a href="https://www.oxfamamerica.org/static/media/files/Impact_of_palm_oil_in_Sayaxche_FINAL_ENGLISH.pdf">the report</a> indicates that REPSA’s claims of improvements in its sustainability policies and practices diverge significantly from accounts provided by community stakeholders interviewed. The report not only highlights ongoing concerns about the human rights and environmental impacts of the toxic spill, but also highlights concerns about the company’s approach to stakeholder engagement — which stakeholders interviewed felt had marginalized and silenced critics, further fueling distrust and conflict in the region. </p> <p>There have also been <a href="http://speakout4defenders.com/en/single/5848a2eade7ed16d3aba18a6">new allegations of intimidation</a> by human rights defenders involved in supporting the community demands for justice.</p> <h3>Strengthening sustainability</h3> <p>In its response to the report, <a href="http://repsa.com.gt/repsa-response-oxfam-report/">REPSA</a> has acknowledged the need to deepen stakeholder dialogue and has committed to engaging in broader industry efforts to assess and address the environmental and social impacts of the spill. We welcome this commitment and hope the company can continue to demonstrate that it is serious about its commitment towards ensuring sustainable and responsible palm oil production.</p> <p>Based on its analysis of the report, Oxfam identified several steps that REPSA should take to ensure that its sustainability policies contribute to real change on the ground. To begin with, REPSA should:</p> <ol><li><strong>Publicly acknowledge the toxic spill</strong> in June 2015 that resulted in devastating consequences for the communities in Sayaxché who depend on the La Pasion River, and commit to supporting a transparent legal investigation of the spill.</li> <li><strong>Develop and carry out a process to provide remedy</strong> to those who have been adversely affected by the spill, including communities whose health and livelihoods have suffered, in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Engagement with affected communities and local organizations about the process and form of remedy is essential for the legitimacy of the process.</li> <li><strong>Be transparent</strong> on how it is implementing its sustainable palm policy – this should include publicly reporting on how it is implementing its “zero tolerance” policy on violence and intimidation and complete disclosure of its environmental impact assessments. REPSA should make this information widely available and accessible to local stakeholders.</li> </ol><p>For their part, buyers must continue to demand that REPSA make genuine progress, not just in rhetoric, but also in practice.</p> <h3>Protecting people and planet</h3> <p>While meaningful stakeholder engagement needs to start with acknowledgement of past harms paired with concerted commitments to repair those harms, it should also address the root causes of the social, ecological and human rights violations associated with palm oil production in the region. The contamination of La Pasión River is not an isolated incident but stems from a long history of problems associated with the rapid expansion of palm oil operations in Petén, which is the region accounting for one-third of the country’s palm oil production. As one of the biggest palm oil companies in the region, REPSA has the opportunity to be a catalyst in wider sector reform by proactively supporting broad stakeholder dialogue in the region.</p> <p>The real test of corporate commitments to eliminate deforestation and exploitation from palm oil supply chains is whether this results in positive impact on local communities and ensures the protection of vital ecosystems.</p> <p>Can REPSA and other companies operating in Sayaxché meet that test?</p> <h3>What you can do</h3> <p>As a consumer, demand that the palm oil that is in your chocolates and cookies comes from companies that implement responsible and sustainable practices that protect people and the planet.</p> <p><em>This entry posted by Aditi Sen, Senior Policy Advisor Oxfam America and Susana Gauster, Coordinadora de Influencia Oxfam en Guatemala, on 5 April 2017.</em></p> </div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>The toxic legacy of palm oil in Guatemala</h2></div> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:50:47 +0000 Guest Blogger 81006 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/17-04-05-toxic-legacy-palm-oil-guatemala#comments Will businesses ‘Walk the Walk’ and “Talk the Walk” on the Road to Paris? http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-05-19-will-businesses-walk-and-talk-road-to-paris-climate <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Business leaders meeting in Paris have the power to show they will listen to those who are least to blame yet most affected by climate change, like Anastacia from Mozambique </strong>(pictured above)<strong>. She told Oxfam that the temperature is changing and there are more extreme changes in the rainy and dry seasons where she lives. Rainy seasons are getting longer and the dry seasons shorter.</strong></p> <h3>Will companies actually stand up and make broad commitments at the Business &amp; Climate Summit in Paris this week?</h3> <p>This year is crucial when it comes to tackling climate change as world leaders will be meeting in Paris in December to negotiate how those emitting the most carbon will stand by those that are most vulnerable to climate change. In the lead up to those negotiations, major multi-national companies will come together this week to discuss climate change at a Business Summit in Paris. The Business &amp; Climate Summit “provides a unique forum for business and government leaders to demonstrate bold action, adopt forward-looking strategies and call for ambitious policies that will allow us to scale up solutions,” according to its website. But will companies actually stand up and make broad commitments?</p> <p><strong>It is more urgent than ever</strong> for business to make it clear to governments that it is in the commercial interests of many of them particularly the food and beverage sector, as well as the in the interests of those living in poverty and the planet itself, to make ambitious commitments. Last year, Oxfam called on food and beverage companies to <a href="https://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/bp186-standing-sidelines-big10-climate-emissions-200514-en_2.pdf" rel="nofollow">step off the sidelines</a> and start playing ball when it comes to climate change. After all, this sector is at extreme risk of climate impacts. Every day there is news of how climate change is wreaking havoc on our food like <a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/05/04/climatechange-tea-india-idINKBN0NP1YW20150504" rel="nofollow">tea</a>, <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168192315000830" rel="nofollow">coffee</a>, <a href="http://www.salon.com/2014/11/20/why_climate_change_could_mean_the_end_of_chocolate_partner/" rel="nofollow">cocoa</a>, <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err-economic-research-report/err175.aspx" rel="nofollow">dairy</a>, <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/02/filipino-fight-against-climate-change-201421613573434853.html" rel="nofollow">coconuts</a>, and <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/climate-change-food-security-global-banana-market-feeling-strain-hotter-weather-1854296" rel="nofollow">bananas</a>, to name a few. Recently I met a dairy farmer in Kenya, Rose, she told me “the weather has changed tremendously. This place used to have plenty of rain. Almost throughout the year we had rain here. There was no problem with fodder.” In one of the droughts she lost 2 of her 5 cows. Dairy farming was how she supported her family.</p> <p>The irony is that the way we grow our food also contributes to climate change. Two companies – <a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en-us/campaign-news/climate-roadmap" rel="nofollow">General Mills and Kellogg</a> – took up our challenge last year to reduce their agricultural emissions across their supply chains but some are still standing on the sidelines.</p> <p><strong>But reducing their emissions is only one step towards the Road to Paris.</strong> The second step must be supporting the farmers like Rose that not only take on the climate risks of the food sector in a disproportionate way, but reap the <a href="http://www.cocoabarometer.org/Download_files/Cocoa%20Barometer%202015.pdf" rel="nofollow">least amount</a> from the prices of the commodities they grow. Economic resilience is a key part of the equation for reducing farmer vulnerability to climate impacts, but companies must also accelerate the sharing and investing in innovations related to adaptation strategies for those farmers.</p> <p>Finally, once they have credibly “walked the walk”, food and beverage companies need to “talk the walk” – by sounding the alarm for the future of food security and for their own survival. This includes being a public champion and a strong advocate toward key national governments for a fair and binding climate treaty in Paris, robust financing for adaptation and calling out other industries, including the fossil fuel sector, to stop blocking any efforts towards these accomplishments. Some of the food and beverage companies have been leaders on this front and have been the driving force behind statements made coalitions such as <a href="http://www.ceres.org/bicep" rel="nofollow">BICEP</a>, <a href="http://www.wemeanbusinesscoalition.org/" rel="nofollow">We Mean Business</a> and the <a href="http://www.theconsumergoodsforum.com/" rel="nofollow">Consumer Goods Forum</a>, but more can be done by those leaders and the laggards must catch up.</p> <p>So will the food and beverage companies step up and make some concrete commitments? Look out for our next blog to find out.</p> <p><em>This entry posted by Irit Tamir, Senior Campaigns and Advocacy Advisor, Private Sector, Oxfam America, on 19 May 2015. Photo: Anastacia Antonia, Farmer, Mozambique. 22 years old. Credit: Mario Macilau/Oxfam</em></p> <h3>What you can do now</h3> <p><a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/take-action" rel="nofollow"><strong>Make your voice heard - push your favorite brand to act on climate change</strong></a></p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><a href="https://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/15-03-31-battle-brands-annual-scorecard-update"><strong>Battle of the Brands: The Annual Scorecard Update</strong></a></p> <p><a href="https://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/15-01-19-inequality-climate-change-defining-challenges-2015"><strong>Rising inequality and climate change: The defining challenges for global leaders in 2015</strong></a></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Will businesses ‘Walk the Walk’ and “Talk the Walk” on the Road to Paris?</h2></div> Tue, 19 May 2015 11:19:01 +0000 Irit Tamir 26776 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-05-19-will-businesses-walk-and-talk-road-to-paris-climate#comments #StandforLand photo competition: And the winner is... http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-12-20-standforland-winners-announced <div class="field field-name-body"><h3>267,000 actions. 1100 photos. 60 countries. 1 ask: PepsiCo and Associated British Foods - make sure your sugar doesn’t lead to land grabs!</h3> <p>In November we partnered with photo sharing app <a href="http://www.eyeem.com/" rel="nofollow"><strong>EyeEm</strong></a> to ask you to Stand for Land by taking a photo of your feet in your favorite place and stand in solidarity with those affected by land grabs, to demand action from <strong>PepsiCo</strong> and <strong>ABF</strong> to make sure their sugar doesn’t lead to land grabs. We’ve been knocked off our feet by the response: more than <a href="http://www.eyeem.com/a/7289963" rel="nofollow"><strong>1,100 photos</strong></a> were submitted from over 60 countries around the world!</p> <p>These beautiful images have now been used to create Oxfam's new Behind the Brands campaign graphic to push PepsiCo and Associated British Foods to take action.</p> <p></p> <p>Thanks to everyone who supported our Stand for Land project! Now make sure you join 267,000 other people’s voices and <a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/campaign-news/take-action" rel="nofollow"><strong>add your name to the petition now</strong></a>!</p> <h3>And the winner is...</h3> <p>It was a hard decision to choose but the winner is <a href="http://www.eyeem.com/u/flowy" rel="nofollow"><strong>@Flowy</strong></a>:</p> <p></p> <p>Congratulations also to our four runners up: <a href="http://www.eyeem.com/u/MarvinJCuadra" rel="nofollow"><strong>@MarvinJCuadra</strong></a>, <a href="http://www.eyeem.com/u/dimakit" rel="nofollow"><strong>@dimakit</strong></a>, <a href="http://www.eyeem.com/u/abood758" rel="nofollow"><strong>@abood758</strong></a>, and <a href="http://www.eyeem.com/u/imcatnoone" rel="nofollow"><strong>@imcatnoone</strong></a>.</p> <p>The overall winner will receive an exclusive print by Emma Hardy from her photo exhibition <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-04-10-rush-grab-land-cambodia-revealed-photo-exhibition-washington-dc"><strong>“Losing Ground”</strong></a>, documenting communities affected by land grabs in Cambodia, AND a signed copy of the photo book “We Are Congo” by <a href="http://rankin.co.uk/" rel="nofollow"><strong>Rankin</strong></a>, hand-signed by Rankin himself! The four runners-up will also receive one signed copy each of Rankin’s book.</p> <p>But most importantly, everyone who entered has won the chance to appear in Oxfam’s <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/campaigns/behind-brands" rel="nofollow"><strong>Behind the Brands</strong></a> latest campaign action demanding PepsiCo and ABF take action in support of land rights.</p> <p>We’ll be sending the collage to the companies – and we need you to too!</p> <p>Join the clamor for change – <a href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=I+stand+for+land+with+%40Oxfam+and+call+on+%40PepsiCo+%2B+%23ABF+to+take+action+on+land+rights+NOW+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly/JKbB21+%23StandforLand&amp;source=clicktotweet" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>SHARE with Pepsi and ABF today!</strong></a> (click to tweet)</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>#StandforLand photo competition: And the winner is...</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-12-20/ganadores-concurso-stand-for-land" title="Ya tenemos a los ganadores del concurso Stand for Land" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-12-20-operation-standforland-contre-accaparements-terres-gagnants" title="Opération #StandForLand contre les accaparements de terres : et les gagnants sont..." class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 10:08:28 +0000 Georgi York 10559 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-12-20-standforland-winners-announced#comments Just 2 more days to show you #StandforLand! http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-12-10-just-3-more-days-show-you-stand-land <div class="field field-name-body"><h3>UPDATE: Deadline extended and new prizes announced! Win signed books by world renowned photographer Rankin! Just 2 more days to Stand for Land!</h3> <p><strong>People in over 55 countries have taken a Stand for Land rights – <a href="http://blog.eyeem.com/2013/11/stand-for-land-help-oxfam-secure-the-rights-of-local-farmers/" target="_blank" title="Stand for land. Help oxfam secure the rights of local farmers!" rel="nofollow">join in</a>!</strong></p> <p>Since launching <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-11-26-its-time-stand-for-land" target="_blank"><strong>two weeks ago</strong></a>, more than <strong>1,000 photos</strong> have been submitted to Oxfam and EyeEm’s Stand for Land project, calling on PepsiCo and Associated British Foods to make sure the sugar in their products doesn’t lead to land grabs.</p> <p>Today (Friday, 13 December) we are very pleased to announce that world renowned photographer and Oxfam supporter Rankin has kindly donated five signed ‘We are Congo’ books to the <strong>five best photos that capture the spirit of the campaign issue</strong>. </p> <p>The book forms a collection of images which tell a story of love and solidarity from Rankin’s visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo with Oxfam.</p> <p>The creativity and originality of the <strong>#StandforLand photos</strong> have been amazing: from a group of barefoot feet on a sandy beach and wellies in the woods to kitten paws and feet wearing teddy bear slippers. People from Iraq to Italy and Venezuela to Vietnam have taken a Stand for Land.</p> <p>So to have a chance of winning a signed book from Rankin <strong><a href="http://blog.eyeem.com/2013/11/stand-for-land-help-oxfam-secure-the-rights-of-local-farmers/" target="_blank" title="Stand for land. Help oxfam secure the rights of local farmers!" rel="nofollow">submit your photo</a></strong> – but be quick as there are only 2 days left – the project finishes on Sunday 15th December at 23.59 GMT.</p> <h3>To add your photo, follow these three easy steps:</h3> <ol><li><strong>Download</strong> the free mobile app <strong><a href="http://www.eyeem.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">EyeEm</a> </strong></li> <li><strong>Snap</strong> a photo of your own <strong><a href="http://www.eyeem.com/p/22744758" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">two feet</a></strong> in your favourite place</li> <li><strong>Tag</strong> it with <strong><a href="http://www.eyeem.com/a/7289963" target="_blank" title="Stand For Land - EyeEm" rel="nofollow">#StandForLand</a></strong></li> </ol><p>Once the project has finished, all the entries will be collated into a Christmas card which will be sent to PepsiCo and ABF offices across the world.</p> <p>Make sure that your feet are part of the story! <strong><a href="http://blog.eyeem.com/2013/11/stand-for-land-help-oxfam-secure-the-rights-of-local-farmers/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Add your photo today</a></strong>.</p> <p><em>Check out a collection of some of our favorite shots so far: <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/oxfaminternatl/standforland/" rel="nofollow"><strong>http://www.pinterest.com/oxfaminternatl/standforland/</strong></a></em></p> <p><em>Leave a comment below, to let us know if you've added your photo -- thanks! And good luck!</em></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Just 2 more days to show you #StandforLand!</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-12-13-manifestez-votre-soutien-au-droit-aux-terres" title="2 jours supplémentaires et des lots pour montrer votre soutien au droit aux terres !" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-12-13-quedan-solo-3-dias-mas-para-plantarse-por-la-tierra" title="¡Aún te quedan 2 días más para plantarte por la tierra! ¿A qué esperas?" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:44:36 +0000 Georgi York 10552 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-12-10-just-3-more-days-show-you-stand-land#comments Parece que Coca-Cola, Pepsi y ABF están ignorando a 175.000 de sus clientes http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/10492 <div class="field field-name-body"><h3>¿Es tan difícil decir “no toleramos los abusos”? </h3> <p></p> <p>Habéis sido más 300.000 los que habéis participado en nuestra campaña<strong> <a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/es" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Tras la Marca</a></strong>, cuestionando la manera en que funcionan las empresas alimentarias que fabrican vuestras marcas favoritas. </p> <p>Más de 175.000 os habéis sumado al llamamiento que hemos hecho a Coca-Cola, PepsiCo y ABF para que asuman el compromiso de mostrar tolerancia cero frente a los acaparamientos de tierra. </p> <p>Solo queremos asegurarnos de que los alimentos y bebidas que producen no conlleven la expulsión de los agricultores pobres y sus familias de sus tierras. </p> <p>Pero han pasado tres semanas, y todavía no han asumido ningún compromiso. ¿Es tan complicado que una empresa diga “no toleramos violaciones de los derechos humanos”? </p> <p>Necesitamos que aumentes la presión. Muestra a las empresas que producen tus marcas favoritas que quieres que pongan fin al acaparamiento de tierras.</p> <h3>Actúa</h3> <p><strong>Únete a miles de </strong>activistas de todo el mundo y haz saber a las empresas que estás esperando a que reaccionen. Entra en nuestra página <strong><a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/fr/actualit%C3%A9/spread-the-word" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"Spread the word"</a></strong> (difunde el mensaje) para saber que puedes hacer- enviar un tweet, compartir un mensaje en Facebook o incluso crear tu propia lata de refresco personalizada y mostrársela a Coca-Cola, Pepsi y ABF para que te escuchen– y ayuda a poner fin al <strong><a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/es/noticias/spread-the-word" rel="nofollow">acaparamiento de tierra</a></strong>.</p> <h3>¿Necesitas un poco de inspiración?</h3> <p>Aquí puedes encontrar la increíble historia de la campaña Tras la Marca para poner fin al acaparamiento de tierras; estamos muy orgullosos de ti y de nuestros socios por las maneras tan creativas, entusiastas y poderosas en las que habéis hecho llegar el mensaje a las empresas. ¡Seguid así! </p> <p> </p> <h3>Más información</h3> <p><strong>Infografía: <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/223702306464468387/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Paremos la fiebre del azúcar</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong>Lee el blog: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/es/blogs/13-10-31-infografia-visualizando-la-fiebre-por-la-tierra">Infografía: visualizando la fiebre por la tierra</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Lee el blog: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/es/blogs/13-10-17-dia-mundial-de-la-alimentacion-y-tras-la-marca-uniendo-los-puntos">Día Mundial de la Alimentación y Tras la Marca: uniendo puntos</a>.</strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-10-17-world-food-day-behind-brands-connecting-dots"></a></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Parece que Coca-Cola, Pepsi y ABF están ignorando a 175.000 de sus clientes</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-10-30-coca-cola-pepsi-abf-ignorent-175000-consommateurs" title="Coca-Cola, Pepsi et ABF ignorent-ils l’avis de plus de 175 000 de leurs consommateurs ?" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_en last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-10-29-coke-pepsi-abf-ignoring-175000-customers" title="Are Coke, Pepsi and ABF ignoring more than 192,000 of their customers?" class="translation-link" xml:lang="en">English</a></li> </ul> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 08:00:51 +0000 Al Kinley 10492 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/10492#comments Are Coke, Pepsi and ABF ignoring more than 192,000 of their customers? http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-10-29-coke-pepsi-abf-ignoring-175000-customers <div class="field field-name-body"><h3>How difficult is it to say “we do not tolerate abuse”?</h3> <p><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/sites/blogs.oxfam.org/files/oxfam-behind-the-brands-300000.jpg" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a>More than 300,000 of you have got involved in our Behind the Brands campaign, challenging the way the food companies that make your favorite brands do business.</p> <p>Over 175,000 of you have joined the call for Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and ABF to commit to zero tolerance for land grabs.</p> <p>All we want to know is that their food and drink has not been produced by kicking poor people off their land.</p> <p><strong>But more than three weeks later,</strong> <strong>they still haven’t made any commitments</strong>. How hard can it be for a company to say “<a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-10-11-how-difficult-it-say-we-do-not-tolerate-abuse"><strong>we don’t tolerate human rights abuses</strong></a>?” </p> <p>Now we need you to increase the pressure. Show the companies behind your favorite brands that you want them to help stop land grabs.</p> <h3>Take action</h3> <p>Join thousands of supporters across the world and show these companies that you are waiting for them to act. Head over to our ‘<a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/campaign-news/spread-the-word" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Spread the Word</strong></a>’ page to find out what you can do next – send them a tweet, share a message on Facebook, or even create your very own personalized sugary drinks can and show it to Coke, Pepsi and ABF to demand they listen – and help stop <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/landgrabs" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>land grabs</strong></a> now.</p> <h3>Need a little inspiration?</h3> <p>Here’s the astonishing story of the Behind the Brands land grab campaign so far – we’re really proud of you and our partners for the creative, exciting and powerful ways you’ve spread the message to companies. Keep it up!</p> <p> </p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><strong>Infographic: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-10-21-infographic-visualizing-global-land-rush">Visualizing the global land rush</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-10-17-world-food-day-behind-brands-connecting-dots">World Food Day and Behind the Brands: Connecting the dots</a></strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-10-17-world-food-day-behind-brands-connecting-dots"></a></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Are Coke, Pepsi and ABF ignoring more than 192,000 of their customers?</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-10-30-coca-cola-pepsi-abf-ignorent-175000-consommateurs" title="Coca-Cola, Pepsi et ABF ignorent-ils l’avis de plus de 175 000 de leurs consommateurs ?" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-10-31-parece-que-coke-pepsi-ABF-est%C3%A1n-ignorando-175.000-clientes" title="Parece que Coca-Cola, Pepsi y ABF están ignorando a 175.000 de sus clientes" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:11:57 +0000 Al Kinley 10493 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-10-29-coke-pepsi-abf-ignoring-175000-customers#comments You heeded our call and companies listened http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-04-23-you-heeded-our-call-and-companies-listened <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Less than two months ago, Oxfam <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-02-26-go-behind-brands-you-buy">called on</a> the three largest chocolate companies to do more for the women who grow the cocoa that is used in Oreos, M&amp;Ms and Crunch bars—just to name a few.</strong></p> <p>We were overwhelmed by the support that consumers gave to this campaign. Over 100,000 people took action to tell the companies to step up and find out how women are being treated in their cocoa supply chains, report on the data, put in place action plans and work with others to address the inequalities that they face. Mars, Mondelez, and Nestle have now agreed to do just that.</p> <h3>Doing the right thing</h3> <p><strong>The reality is that most companies want to do the right thing.</strong> Most people working in the food and beverage industry understand that those at the bottom of the supply chain are typically in poverty ridden communities in the developing south and they want to know that sourcing from them improves their livelihoods. But for too long, the industry has relied on cheap labor, poor pricing structures and ineffective verification mechanisms that barely reach below first tier suppliers.</p> <p>That is why Oxfam launched the <strong><a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en" rel="nofollow">Behind the Brands </a></strong>campaign. Companies want to know that consumers care about these issues too, not just NGOs. That is why our campaign relies so heavily on supporters and consumers—they literally give those champions inside the companies that want to do right by the people from whom they source the justification to do so in board rooms and with investors.</p> <p>The cocoa campaign is just the first action in our Behind the Brands campaign, we’ll be launching more and we’ll need this kind of response and maybe even more to hold other companies accountable.</p> <h3>Levelling the playing field</h3> <p><strong>Women have the potential to be successful cocoa farmers and workers</strong> but they aren’t playing on the same field as men. All cocoa farmers have it tough - typically making less than $2 a day - but women have even more hurdles; they lack access to training, credit and inputs, so naturally their yields are typically lower. They are less likely to be members of cooperatives and thus receive the benefits of membership.  </p> <p>Once companies understand the barriers facing women cocoa farmers and workers they can begin to address these issues. And the good news is that this is a win-win solution for women and chocolate companies because cocoa yields are in demand!</p> <p>If companies can help women to be more successful farmers and workers then yields will increase and food security will as well.</p> <h3>Empowering women</h3> <p><strong>Mars, Mondelez and Nestle are taking the first steps to commit to the empowerment of women</strong> and to find out how women are being treated in their supply chains. They have committed to signing on to the <a href="http://www.unglobalcompact.org/Issues/human_rights/equality_means_business.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>UN Global Compact’s Women’s Empowerment Principles</strong></a> within a month’s time. They have agreed to publish the data from first stage impact assessments in a one year’s time and publish concrete action plans to address the issues.</p> <p>Oxfam will make sure that these companies stick to their promises but we can’t do it without consumers and supporters. We’ll put out progress reports so consumers and supporters can keep track and hold Mars, Mondelez and Nestle to their word.</p> <p>So stay tuned to learn more about what companies will do for women cocoa farmers and workers - then we can all feel good about eating the chocolate brands that we love.</p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><strong>Watch the video now: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/video/2013/truth-about-women-and-chocolate" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The truth about women and chocolate</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Press release: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/pressroom/pressrelease/2013-04-23/mondelez-international-agrees-address-womens-inequality-chocolate" rel="nofollow">Mondelēz International agrees to address women’s inequality in chocolate production</a> </strong>(23 April 2013)<strong></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en" rel="nofollow">Behind the Brands</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>You heeded our call and companies listened</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-04-22-gracias-ti-las-empresas-nos-han-escuchado" title="Gracias a ti, las empresas nos han escuchado" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-04-23-vous-avez-entendu-notre-appel-les-entreprises-nous-ont-ecoutes" title="Vous avez entendu notre appel, les entreprises nous ont écoutés" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:41:03 +0000 Irit Tamir 10288 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-04-23-you-heeded-our-call-and-companies-listened#comments Vous avez fait entendre votre voix, Mars et Nestlé ont écouté http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/10255 <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Voici une friandise de Pâques pour les amateurs de chocolat : la preuve qu'aucune marque ne sera jamais assez grande pour ignorer ses clients et clientes. </strong></p> <p>Il y a un mois, Oxfam a lancé la campagne « <strong><a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/fr" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">La face cachée des marques</a></strong> » appelant à « changer la façon dont les entreprises agroalimentaires qui produisent vos marques préférées opèrent. » En seulement quelques semaines, des <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23facecach%C3%A9e&amp;src=typd" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">milliers de tweets</a></strong> ont été envoyés aux entreprises, y compris un énorme Thunderclap lors de la Journée internationale des femmes et des milliers de partages et de commentaires ont fusé sur Facebook. Nous avons été plus de 65 000 personnes à avoir entrepris des actions pour demander aux trois plus grandes entreprises productrices de chocolat - Mars, Mondelez et Nestlé - de traiter correctement les femmes qui cultivent leur cacao. Aujourd'hui, deux d'entre elles nous ont montré qu'elles nous écoutaient.</p> <p>Suite à l'engagement de plus de 65 000 personnes, Mars et Nestlé ont accepté :</p> <ul><li><strong>d'en faire davantage pour recueillir et diffuser des informations</strong> sur la façon dont  les femmes sont traitées dans leurs chaînes d’approvisionnement en cacao, </li> <li><strong>de s'engager en faveur d'un plan d'action</strong>, </li> <li><strong>d’adhérer aux Principes d'autonomisation des femmes</strong> des Nations unies et </li> <li><strong>de travailler avec les organisations du secteur</strong> afin de s'attaquer aux questions de genre. </li> </ul><p>Ces deux entreprises ont pris ces mesures suite à la pression que vous avez exercée sur elles.</p> « Nous devons chercher des partenariats avec les entreprises, ce qui pourrait nous aider à augmenter et améliorer notre production ainsi que nous aider à transporter et vendre notre cacao. », Deisi, cultivatrice à Terra Vista, Brésil <p>Oxfam est motivé par leurs engagements et par les effets positifs que cela pourrait finalement avoir sur les productrices de cacao du monde entier. Pour plus d'informations sur les détails de ces engagements, lire notre <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/fr/cultivons/pressroom/pressrelease/2013-03-26/droits-productrices-cacao-campagne-porte-fruits" target="_blank" title=" la campagne d’Oxfam porte ses fruits" rel="nofollow">communiqué</a></strong> qui présente les annonces de Mars et Nestlé.</p> <p><strong>Dans ce secteur qui rapporte plus d'un milliard de dollars par an, les femmes travaillant dans la production de cacao gagnent souvent moins de 2 dollars par jour</strong> et il leur est difficile d'avoir accès à de l'aide et des formations. Mars, Mondelez et Nestlé ont le pouvoir de changer les choses et d'aider les femmes à réussir et à surmonter la pauvreté à laquelle leurs communautés et elles-mêmes se trouvent exposées.</p> <p>Les cacaocultrices et les consommateurs du monde entier se sont fait entendre. Les sociétés Mars et Nestlé ont pris d’importantes mesures pour montrer aux productrices et producteurs de leurs matières premières, à leur clientèle et au reste du secteur agroalimentaire qu’elles se soucient des conditions des femmes dans leurs chaînes d’approvisionnement, notamment de la faiblesse de leur rémunération et des problèmes de discrimination et d’inégalité des chances.</p> <p><strong>Oxfam attend avec impatience de travailler avec Mars et Nestlé</strong> afin de veiller à ce qu'ils tiennent leurs promesses envers les femmes et attend maintenant que Mondelez en fasse de même et s'engage de la même manière.</p> <p>Mondelez International, qui contrôle 15 % du marché mondial du chocolat, n'a pas encore réagi. La question est donc la suivante : <strong><a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/fr/brands/mondelez/oreo" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mondelez</a></strong>, allez-vous écouter vos clientes et vos clients et décider d'agir ?</p> <h3>Maintenons la pression sur Mondelez : <a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/fr/actnow" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">faites entendre votre voix</a> !</h3></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Vous avez fait entendre votre voix, Mars et Nestlé ont écouté</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_en first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-03-26-you-spoke-mars-nestle-listened-behind-brands" title="You spoke. Mars and Nestle listened." class="translation-link" xml:lang="en">English</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-03-26-has-hecho-oir-tu-voz-y-mars-y-nestle-te-han-escuchado" title="Has hecho oír tu voz y Mars y Nestlé te han escuchado." class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:39:19 +0000 Alison Woodhead 10255 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/10255#comments You spoke. Mars and Nestle listened. http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-03-26-you-spoke-mars-nestle-listened-behind-brands <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Here’s an Easter treat for chocolate lovers: proof that no brand is so big it can ignore its customers.</strong></p> <p>A month ago Oxfam <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/pressroom/pressrelease/2013-02-26/ten-biggest-food-beverage-companies-failing-millions-people" rel="nofollow"><strong>launched</strong></a> Behind the Brands with a call to “change the way the food companies that make your favorite brands do business.”  In just a few weeks thousands of tweets were sent to the companies, including a huge Thunderclap on International Women's Day and many thousands of Facebook shares and comments. More than 60,000 of us have taken action to ask the ‘Big 3’ chocolate companies, Mars, Mondelez and Nestle, to do right by the women who grow their cocoa. Today, two of them have shown they’re listening.</p> <p><strong>After more than 65,000 people took action - </strong>tens of thousands of you also tweeted, shared our messages on Facebook, and <a href="http://youtu.be/V5ua_Ny1XVw" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>attended events around the US</strong></a> - <a href="http://cocoasustainability.com/2013/03/mars-chocolate-and-oxfam-america-agree-to-intentional-approach-to-empower-women" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Mars</strong></a> and <a href="http://www.nestle.com/csv/ruraldevelopment/women" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Nestle</strong></a> have agreed:</p> <ul><li><strong>to do more to ‘know and show’</strong> how women are being treated in their cocoa supply chain,</li> <li><strong>to commit to a plan of action</strong>, to work to sign on to the UN <a href="http://www.weprinciples.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Women’s Empowerment Principles</strong></a>, and</li> <li><strong>to work with industry organizations</strong> to address gender issues.</li> </ul><p><em>These moves are happening because of the pressure you applied.</em></p> <p>We are encouraged by their commitments and the effects this could eventually have on  the women who grow and pick the key ingredient in our favorite chocolate treats. (<a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/pressroom/pressrelease/2013-03-25/oxfam-food-company-campaign-delivers-win-women-cocoa-farmers" rel="nofollow"><strong>Learn more about these commitments.</strong></a>)</p> <p>Deisi (pictured right), a cocoa farmer in Brazil and a young leader there, has always believed that companies can help. “We should seek partnerships with companies that could help us increase and improve our production and also help us in transporting and selling our cocoa.”</p> <p>In this billion dollar industry, <strong>women working in cocoa production often earn less than $2 a day</strong> and face uphill battles on accessing support and training. Mars, Mondelez and Nestle have the power to change this and to help women to succeed and overcome the poverty that they and their communities face. </p> <p>Women cocoa farmers and consumers around the globe have made their voices heard. Mars and Nestle have taken important steps to show the farmers they rely on, their customers and the rest of the food industry that they care about the conditions women face in their supply chains, including low pay, discrimination and unequal opportunity.</p> <p><strong>Oxfam is looking forward to working with Mars and Nestle</strong> to ensure they keep their promises to women and now looks to Mondelez to follow suit with similar commitments.</p> <p><a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/en/brands/mondelez/oreo" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Mondelez International</strong></a>, which controls 15% of the global chocolate market (and makes products such as Oreos), has yet to act.  So the question is - Mondelez, will you listen to your customers and act?</p> <p><em><strong>Keep the pressure on Mondelez International - <a href="http://www.behindthebrands.org/actnow" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">add your voice today</a>!</strong></em></p> <p><em><strong></strong></em></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong></strong></em></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>You spoke. Mars and Nestle listened.</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-03-26-vous-avez-fait-entendre-votre-voix-mars-nestle-ont-ecoute" title="Vous avez fait entendre votre voix, Mars et Nestlé ont écouté" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-03-26-has-hecho-oir-tu-voz-y-mars-y-nestle-te-han-escuchado" title="Has hecho oír tu voz y Mars y Nestlé te han escuchado." class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:58:54 +0000 Alison Woodhead 10256 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-03-26-you-spoke-mars-nestle-listened-behind-brands#comments