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Associated British Foods

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

ABF has made some progress on farmers and workers 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 its impacts on producers, communities and the planet across its business. Bottom of the pile for transparency and scoring poorly on supporting women and addressing water rights, access and use, 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. But it has yet to conduct assessments of where and why it and its suppliers may be violating communities’ land rights, nor does it require its suppliers to provide remedy when they do.

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Women

Score 2

ABF has projects to support rural women, but lacks policies to support them. Plenty still to do.

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Farmers

Score 3

ABF has started to measure its impact on small-scale farmers, but now needs to consider how it can support farmers through guidance and requirements for its own suppliers

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Workers

Score 4

ABF now recognizes a range of key workers’ rights and unlike many companies on the scorecard , has made an explicit commitment to a Living Wage. However, ABF should now develop a strategy to raise low wages.

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Climate

Score 4

ABF has improved on climate but still has a long way to go. 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

ABF receives the lowest score on transparency (3). Although it does provide some information about where it sources its raw materials, the information on suppliers and auditing is limited and no information on lobby practices is provided.

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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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