A new report, co-written by several NGOs and human rights organizations, looks at some of the world’s largest companies to give a snapshot of their human rights performance.
Food & Agriculture
Plants are blooming early across the country as a result of this winter’s ongoing record warmth, which many connect to climate change. And some fear that an impending freeze could destroy countless fruit flowers and wreak havoc on the industry.
This week the Guardian reported that the U.K. grocer Sainsbury’s is abandoning its food waste programs — but the second largest supermarket chain in Great Britain quickly denied the story.
Last month, grocery manufacturers and retailers came together to standardize date labels on food packaging — which experts have long linked to increased food waste. But the author of pioneering food waste book “American Wasteland” insists labels alone won’t solve our problem.
The World Resources Institute says companies could do more to reduce food waste, and there’s a financial incentive: Every $1 spent on food waste reduction yields an average $14 return.
Last week McDonald’s said it will eliminate deforestation from its beef supply chain by 2020. But can the company really pull through on that commitment in three years?
Citing aerial photographs, Greenpeace says more of Brazil’s forested areas are being primed for development. And its federal government is mulling a decision to reverse protections for up to 1 million hectares of virgin forests across the Amazon.
Last week, Impossible Foods and its vegan ‘bloody burger’ debuted at Bareburger’s flagship New York City location. It will soon appear at all of the chain’s restaurants nationwide.
A group of high-stakes investors is asking some of the world’s largest food companies to ramp up efforts to curb deforestation in South America.
In response to growing pressure from consumers and NGOs, three big-name food companies vowed to bolster their commitments to animal welfare.
Burger King’s global supply chain, especially soy producers, can be linked to deforestation across Bolivia and Brazil, says the NGO Mighty Earth.
When it comes to making sure all palm oil is certified sustainable, “We won’t get there with boycotts of palm oil or by presenting simplified solutions that only fit the Western consuming markets,” argues Dan Strechay of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
U.K. grocery chain Waitrose plans to run lorries on biomethane made from food waste. And that’s not the only way it’s keeping food out of landfills.