Transparency

It’s only possibly 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 and how they enforce their requirements on suppliers.


The #1 thing you can do to make companies more transparent: Ask General Mills to end the secrecy!

Tell General Mills to listen to its customers and to publish how much cocoa, sugarcane, and soy it sources - and from which countries so consumers can know if it is operating ethically.


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.

    See how Nestlé score on other issues
  2. Unilever

    Score
    7

    Unilever is most transparent about taxation, a new topic in the scorecard. It has also improved transparency around its soy suppliers.

    See how Unilever score on other issues
  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.

    See how Coca Cola score on other issues
  4. Danone

    Score
    5

    Danone lists details about what it sources and where it sources it but 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.

    See how Danone score on other issues
  5. 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 to 5 – a good start to lifting the veil of secrecy that surrounds its operations.

    See how PepsiCo score on other issues
  6. Associated British Foods plc

    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.

    See how Associated British Foods plc score on other issues
  7. General Mills

    Score
    3

    General Mills has improved its transparency on several counts but still shares last place on transparency with four other companies.

    See how General Mills score on other issues
  8. Kellogg's

    Score
    3

    Kellogg is among the companies scoring low on transparency. It provides more disclosure about sourcing origins, but it is still secretive about its suppliers and how the suppliers are compliant to its supplier guidelines.

    See how Kellogg's score on other issues
  9. Mars

    Score
    3

    Mars now has a lower score on transparency because it is disclosing less information about its own suppliers and its compliance to its code. Mars is relatively open about the volumes it sources but needs to reveal more about where its commodities come from. Mars does not provide any disclosure about its tax payments.

    See how Mars score on other issues
  10. Mondelez

    Score
    3

    Increasingly open about its lobbying, Mondelez is otherwise elusive– disclosing little information about its own suppliers or their compliance with its code.

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