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Associated British Foods

  • Mazola
  • Ovaltine
  • Pataks
  • Ryvita
Score
30%
Poor

ABF has made some progress on farmers in part for disclosing details of a socio-economic impact assessment done by its sugar business Illovo. Yet ABF continues to score relatively low overall for assessing impact on producers, communities and the planet across its business. Bottom of the pile for water and scoring poorly on supporting women ABF still needs to improve on a number of issues.

Note: the scores for Associated British Foods exclude its Primark business

How are the scores formed?

We assessed publicly available information on the policies and commitments of the 'Big 10' food companies towards the sourcing of agricultural commodities from developing countries. The Scorecard looks at seven themes, weighing each theme equally. The index tackles some cutting edge issues that will require rigorous debate and dialogue between companies, civil society and industry experts. Find out more...

What do the scores mean?

  1. 8 - 10Good
  2. 6 - 7Fair
  3. 4 - 5Some progress
  4. 2 - 3Poor
  5. 0 - 1Very poor

Land

Score 3

ABF has taken some important steps in recognising land rights of communities and has begun telling suppliers to do the same.

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Women

Score 2

ABF does run projects to support rural women, but has little data about female smallholders involved in its business and lacks policies to support them. Plenty still to do.

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Farmers

Score 4

ABF has started to measure its impact on small-scale farmers, but now needs to understand how farmers enable whole communities to eat – and what it can do to help this process.

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Workers

Score 3

Several ABF companies – including Twinings – now recognize a range of key workers’ rights. But ABF needs to do more to respond to the rights of all workers it touches.

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Climate

Score 4

Has improved on climate but still needs to do more. Some of ABF’s companies set targets to reduce emissions for themselves, but none set them for its suppliers. ABF does at least acknowledge the issue though.

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Transparency

Score 3

There is room for improvement, but ABF does provide some information about where it sources its raw materials and about the way in which suppliers are audited. It has now also improved on taxation.

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Water

Score 2

ABF’s attitude to water is a total washout. Zero commitment to reducing water use, and no official recognition of the human right to water.

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