Are supermarket canned tomatoes now free from labour exploitation?

Tim Gore shares three key findings from Oxfam’s human rights impact assessment of the Italian processed tomato sector. There have been a range of media and NGO reports in recent years about endemic labour exploitation in the Italian tomato sector. But as Oxfam’s The People Behind the Prices, shows, while some progress has been made, many of the root causes …

Fairer procurement: The equitable business tool

Today, Oxfam launches a new procurement tool to help buying teams source products from fairer businesses. Alex Maitland, who developed the tool, describes the unique approach we have taken, and looks to its potential for reducing inequality in global supply chains. Growing inequality in global supply chains is a barrier to a decent standard of living for many workers and …

Why is Oxfam campaigning against ALDI?

When Oxfam scored major supermarkets according to their public policies and practices that prevent human suffering, ALDI came bottom. As part of our #BehindtheBarcodes campaign, Rachel Wilshaw explains why they ranked so low and what can be done to improve it.  Update Since Oxfam started campaigning against ALDI in October, the company has published a human rights policy, appointed a …

What more should supermarkets do to respect workers’ rights in their supply chain?

Recently Oxfam has been calling on supermarkets to end the human suffering in their supply chains for the Behind the Barcodes campaign. Here Rachel Wilshaw goes into more detail on the practical actions supermarkets can take and why it’s so important.  Oxfam’s Ripe for Change report highlights hunger and suffering amongst the people who grow and process our food. Across a …

How to end human suffering in supermarket supply chains

Last week Tim Gore introduced Oxfam’s new research and campaign focused on the problem of human suffering in food supply chains, here he outlines solutions. If problem analysis captures media headlines (like these ones from Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and the US last week) it is evidence of solutions and a sound theory of change that wins campaigns. Our research …

The human price of stocking supermarket shelves

The supermarket sector is ripe for change.  Tim Gore, Head of Policy, Advocacy and Research for Food Justice at Oxfam International, describes key findings from Oxfam’s research into the human suffering in supermarket supply chains.  Imagine a workplace where 90% of your colleagues can’t afford enough food for their families each month. Where you work so hard you can’t take a toilet …

Making ‘people are our greatest asset’ ring true

The Workforce Disclosure Initiative will shine a spotlight on how companies treat the people working in their supply chains. Rachel Wilshaw, Ethical Trade Manager, explains how and why Oxfam is involved. ‘Disclosure’ is a hot topic at present, with the BBC dealing with the fall-out from disclosing the gender pay-gap amongst top presenters, the prime minister of Pakistan resigning following …