Women

Equal pay, equal rights and equal treatment are the keys to a future free from poverty for millions of women. So the Behind the Brands Scorecard looks at what the Big Ten companies say they are doing to fight discrimination and to make sure women get a fair deal now and in the future.

UPDATE: Thanks to you, 3 new companies have signed on to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles and made new commitments to women’s rights. But much more still needs to be done to get equality for women!


The #1 thing you can do now to make a difference for women: Ask PepsiCo to improve how women are treated throughout their supply chain! 

Tell them to publish impact studies and an action plan to show how they’re ensuring women in their supply chain are empowered to demand – and get – their rights.

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
  1. Coca Cola

    Score
    6

    Top of the table when it comes to supporting women, Coke scores well for running high-profile projects with women in rural areas and for officially pledging to support women farmers.

    See how Coca Cola score on other issues
  2. Mondelez

    Score
    5

    Mondelez’s recent commitment to support women in their supply chain is a great start but it now needs to ensure its suppliers are implementing these commitments. A next key step for Mondelez is to complete an impact assessment to identify key issues related to women cocoa farmers in their supply chain.

    See how Mondelez score on other issues
  3. Nestle

    Score
    5

    Nestlé's last year commitment to support women cocoa farmers in their supply chain is a great start but now needs to ensure it will cover other commodities like coffee and dairy. A next key step for Nestlé is to complete and publish an impact assessment to identify key issues related to women cocoa farmers in their supply chain.

    See how Nestle score on other issues
  4. Unilever

    Score
    5

    Unilever’s commitments to women’s rights have helped its score. But it needs to better understand where women are most vulnerable in its supply chain and move its suppliers to do more.

    See how Unilever score on other issues
  5. Mars

    Score
    4

    Mars is investing to understand the challenges faced by the many women who grow its cocoa. Its next step is to hold its commitment to draft action plans that address the challenges women cocoa farmers face.

    See how Mars score on other issues
  6. Kelloggs

    Score
    3

    The support offered to women by Kellogg's is lopsided – it runs projects to empower rural women and has signed onto UN women’s empowerment principles, but seems to have very little awareness of the actual issues women face.

    See how Kelloggs score on other issues
  7. Associated British Foods

    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.

    See how Associated British Foods score on other issues
  8. PepsiCo

    Score
    2

    PepsiCo fails to demonstrate basic knowledge about women workers and farmers growing its commodities. It has pledged to offer female workers more support, which is a step in the right direction.

    See how PepsiCo score on other issues
  9. Danone

    Score
    1

    Very disappointing. Danone runs projects focused on female farmers, but shows no awareness of issues faced by women – and no commitment to supporting change for women.

    See how Danone score on other issues
  10. General Mills

    Score
    1

    General Mills does run projects to support rural women and girls – but fails to recognize specific issues faced by female workers.

    See how General Mills score on other issues