Transparency

It’s only possible for companies to be held truly accountable if they are honest about the nature and impact of their work. The Behind the Brands Scorecard assesses how committed companies are to disclosing where they source their products and raw materials and under what conditions, as well as examining their lobbying practices, tax disclosure and how they enforce their requirements on suppliers. 


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. Nestlé

    Score
    7

    Pretty impressive. Nestle reveals where it sources from, how much it sources for key commodities, including some key suppliers. Nestle provides excellent sustainability reporting, but it provides very limited information on taxation.

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  2. Unilever

    Score
    7

    Unilever is the company most transparent about taxation and about its suppliers, but not much information is provided about the compliance of suppliers with its code.

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  3. Coca Cola

    Score
    5

    Coca Cola is transparent about its corporate lobby and provides more information than most companies (apart from Unilever) on taxation.

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  4. Danone

    Score
    5

    Danone lists details about sourcing volumes and where it sources. It is the only company who discloses the soy volumes used for its dairy production. But it fails to provide names of who it does business with. It also does not provide any information on its membership of US and global trade associations.

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  5. Kellogg's

    Score
    5

    Kellogg has improved its score on transparency by providing more disclosure about sourcing origins and suppliers and sourcing volumes for certain key commodities. However, it is still secretive about how compliant the suppliers are to its supplier guidelines.

    See how Kellogg's score on other issues
  6. PepsiCo

    Score
    5

    As part of its land rights commitment, PepsiCo took the leap of disclosing its top three suppliers and source countries for three major crops. As a result, it has jumped from a score of 3 in February 2014 to 5 in March 2015 – a good start to lifting the veil of secrecy that surrounds its operations.

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  7. General Mills

    Score
    4

    General Mills has improved its transparency on several counts and provides more information on suppliers and sourcing countries of certain key commodities. But there is very limited disclosure provided on sourcing volumes.

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  8. Mars

    Score
    4

    As the one privately held company in the scorecard, Mars is relatively open about the volumes it sources as well as the suppliers and countries from which it sources. However, Mars does not provide any disclosure about its tax payments or its membership in and contributions to US trade associations.

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  9. Mondelez

    Score
    4

    Mondelez has improved its score and provided more information on some of its suppliers. But Mondelez still discloses little information about its sourcing volumes and the compliance of suppliers with its code.

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  10. Associated British Foods plc

    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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