Is Unilever setting an example for others to follow?

Oxfam’s recent report on labour rights in Unilever’s supply chain in Viet Nam revealed a gap between policy and implementation, but the company’s commitment to transparency sets an example to others.  Few will be surprised by the headline ‘Multinational’s labour practices found wanting by NGO‘ . What is refreshing is that it results from research conducted by Oxfam, but facilitated …

Oxfam and Unilever: no longer such strange bedfellows?

Oxfam GB has today published a groundbreaking report on labour rights in Unilever’s supply chain. It is groundbreaking not so much because of its content (although as the project’s technical advisor and co-author of the report, I do think we have some fascinating findings to present). No, it’s the fact that a company as large as Unilever is voluntarily opening …

High ideals and hiccups: three wishes for Unilever and employers everywhere

Applause today must go to Unilever’s courageous decision to allow Oxfam unfettered access to its operations and supply chain in Vietnam. This has resulted in a new report that reveals both high ideals and implementation hiccups when it comes to the quality of jobs Unilever directly provides or supports through its supply chain in Vietnam. It also underlines the gap between …

Tackling gender inequality in business on International Women’s Day

It’s not always easy for businesses to figure out how to tackle gender inequality, but Oxfam’s new paper, launching as an eBook in time for International Women’s Day, will help. A few months ago, on the happy concurrence of World Food Day and International Rural Women’s Day, I blogged here on the important role women play in our food production and …