food

Food Industry

 

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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
1

n/i

n/i

n/i

D

n/i

2

C-

n/i

n/i

n/i

C

3

C

n/i

n/i

C

C

4

n/i

n/i

n/i

D

C-

5

n/i

C-

n/i

D

n/i

6

n/i

C

C-

C

C

7 (tie)

n/i

C-

n/i

D-

C-

7 (tie)

C-

n/i

D-

n/i

C-

7 (tie)

C-

n/i

n/i

C-

D

10

n/i

D

D

C

n/i

11 (tie)

C-

D

n/i

C-

D-

11 (tie)

C-

n/i

D

C-

D-

13

C-

n/i

D-

F

n/i

14

C

C-

D

C

F

15

n/i

n/i

D-

F

D-

16

n/i

D

D

D

F

17

C-

n/i

D

F

F

18

F

n/i

C

F

F

19

F

F

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 food industry:

  • Many food companies fail to label genetically-modified (GMO) ingredients in their foods, despite the uncertain health effects of genetically engineered products, and even provide lines of GMO food specifically intended for children.
  • In some cases, genetically-engineered food that has not been approved for human consumption in the U.S. is still being used within the industry, but have been removed from its products destined for the European market where there are stricter regulations.
  • Toxic chemicals and pesticides used in raising crops have contaminated water supplies and violated the stratospheric ozone protection regulations. Likewise, meat producers have been cited for excessive dumping from slaughtering and processing plants and generating hundreds of thousands of gallons of wastewater each day.
  • Labor concerns within the food industry include accusations of sourcing cocoa from the Ivory Coast where cocoa plants employ child laborers and use hostile and sometimes violent techniques to halt unionization.
  • Chiquita Brands has pled guilty to doing business with a terrorist organization in Colombia, which has been involved in the killing of thousands of rural Colombians for suspected links to Marxist rebels, in addition to torture, kidnappings, rape, beatings, extortion and drug trafficking.
  • Additionally, Colombia’s paramilitary murdered a man in response to his role in exposing Nestlé’s use of expired milk in its Milo brand drink and several companies have remained financially involved in Burma/Myanmar despite international pressure to cease business dealings that could directly or indirectly strengthen the illegal military junta there.
  • Visit Go Green to find out how and where to buy local, organic, and Fair Trade foods.