GLOBAL: Coca-Cola Co, PepsiCo speak out over Oxfam sugar attack
Oxfam claims the companies are not doing enough to stop so-called land-grabs
In a report, entitled 'Nothing sweet about it: How sugar fuels land grabs', the charity outlines cases in Brazil and Cambodia where disputes have erupted over property seized by sugar producers reportedly supplying Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam's executive director, said: "Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Associated British Foods are the world's biggest producers and buyers of sugar but they are doing little to ensure the sugar in their products is not grown on land grabbed from poor communities."
In an emailed statement to just-drinks today (2 October), Coca-Cola said: “Through our Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles, we are asking our suppliers to recognise and safeguard the rights of communities and traditional peoples to maintain access to land and natural resources.
“We are working to promote respect for human and workplace rights by the farm and the employer of workers at the farm, whether or not the employer is the farm itself.”
In a statement PepsiCo said it takes seriously questions raised about the practice of suppliers. "We have reached out to the suppliers; they have assured us they are in compliance with applicable laws," the company said. "We continue to engage with our partners to further understand how they are addressing the issues raised by Oxfam."
It added: "PepsiCo has a global Supplier Code of Conduct that helps ensure that our business operations meet our global expectations in the areas of labor practices, associate health and safety, environmental management, and business integrity."
The Coca-Cola Co (TCCC) is the leading player in both soft drinks and in HW soft drinks. The company’s strength is based on its diversity of category presence from HW carbonates to RTD tea and bottled...
The growth of coconut water in the soft drinks category is just the start of it: The tide of plant-based offerings grows only stronger. Tom Vierhile surveys the scene....
PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review provides you an in-depth strategic SWOT analysis of the company’s businesses and operations. The profile has been compiled by GlobalD...
Ranked sixth in hot drinks in 2012, the company has a strong presence in other hot drinks, in particular in chocolate-based flavoured powder drinks under the Toddy brand. Competing for the same target...
PepsiCo China Ltd is seeking sustainable growth by enhancing brand awareness around the world and bringing innovative products to the marketplace....
- Coca-Cola pressure builds as bid rumours swirl
- Comment - Diageo Making the Best of a Bad Job?
- Gin: Plymouth's from Plymouth, London's from...?
- Comment - IPO Launch a Tonic for Fever-Tree
- How Modern Marketing Compounds My Twitter Shame
- NPD - Moët Hennessy’s Glenmorangie Dornoch
- Pernod blames rule changes for Plymouth GI drop
- William Grant unveils bespoke Glenfiddich website
- China to axe duty on Australian wine
- Anheuser-Busch InBev cuts jobs in US shake-up
- Global Scotch whisky insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends research
- Early Signals: future scenarios that will drive consumption and product innovation over the next five years
- The IWSR Global Trends Report 2014
- Global Beer Opportunities: Beyond Standard Lager
- Global Cognac insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends research