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Supermarkets

 

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Companies at the top are the best, at the bottom the worst.

company
overall
ranking
environ-
ment
human
rights
labor
ethics &
governance
health &
safety
green-
washing
1

n/i

n/i

n/i

B

B-

B

2

n/i

n/i

n/i

B-

C

C

3

n/i

n/i

n/i

C

D

C

4

n/i

n/i

n/i

D

D

C

5 (tie)

n/i

n/i

n/i

F

F

D

5 (tie)

n/i

n/i

n/i

D

F

F

7

C

n/i

n/i

F

F

F

Notes: Rankings proceed from top to bottom with companies at the top as more responsible within the industry and those at the bottom as the less responsible. Letter grades go in this order: A (best),B,C,D,F(worst) with plus (+) and minus (-). "n/i" means we don't have enough information to give a letter grade for that category. The color coding is another corporate responsibility indicator, in the order Green (best), Yellow, Orange, Red (worst). Companies in the green zone are sustainable and working towards creating a greener planet (most industries will not have companioes in the green zone as there are no companies that can be considered sustainable in that industry). Companies red zone have poor environmental and social responsibility records and should be avoided if possible. 'Orange' companies are not quite as bad as 'red' and ' yellow' zone are slightly better than orange. Orange and yellow companies have a ways to go before they can be considered green.

Fast facts about the supermarket industry:

  • Major companies have been found guiltily of failing to warn consumers that the fish contained potentially dangerous levels of cancer-causing chemicals, known as PCBs.
  • Genetically altered modified food is not labeled on packages
  • Large chain supermarkets have long been called upon to reform workers rights, especially for their farmers in California and Latin America. However, the industry’s failing labor initiatives and lack of support for unions is drawing in more negative attention.
  • Visit Go Green to find out how to support fair trade and local producers when shopping for food.