PepsiCo has joined the Coca-Cola Co in committing to “a zero-tolerance” policy on the land displacements that have fuelled the sugar trade.

The move comes in the wake of criticism from the charity Oxfam in October. Its report, “Nothing sweet about it: How sugar fuels land grabs,” showed how disputes have erupted over property seized by sugar producers reportedly supplying Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. 

PepsiCo intends to audit suppliers in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand and the Philippines by the end of 2016. It has also pledged to source all of its cane sugar from sustainable sources by 2020. 

The announcement, which came earlier this week, comes four months after a similar policy was detailed by Coca-Cola.

PepsiCo has spent the last five months developing the land policy in consultation with Oxfam and other third-party experts.

To read the new policy, click here.