Oxfam International (Oxfam) has released its Company Scorecard, which provides Oxfam's first annual assessment of the social and environmental policies of the ten biggest food and beverage companies worldwide since February 2013. According to Oxfam, nine of the ten companies improved their scores with the top three performers being Nestle, Unilever and Coca-Cola, all of which had policies addressing "issues like hunger, poverty, women's rights, land grabs and climate change in their supply chains". General Mills made no improvements in its policies and was ranked last, while Associated British Foods (ABF), Kellogg, Danone, Mars, Mondelez and PepsiCo were all marked as slow improvers in 2013.
General Electric (GE) has announced that it has committed to the following as part of its ecomagination initiative to develop "technology solutions that save money and reduce environmental impact for [GE] customers and operations":
Kellogg Company (Kellogg) has announced a global commitment to require all its suppliers to source palm oil that is "environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable", by the end of 2015.
United States (US)-based fast food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A Inc (Chick-fil-A) has announced a five-year-long plan to ensure that all chicken served in its restaurants across the US is sourced entirely from poultry raised without antibiotics.
Unilever has announced that all palm oil that it purchases from 2014 will be traceable to known sources. According to Unilever, the move contributes to broader efforts to support the use of sustainable palm oil.
International development agency Oxfam Australia has called for socially responsible action from retailers sourcing their products from the Aswad Composite Mills factory in Bangladesh that was the site of a fatal conflagration in October 2013. According to Oxfam Australia, the factory produced fabric for Target Australia and possibly Woolworths also.
Canada-based Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (Four Seasons), coffee firm La Colombe Torrefaction and charitable corporations the Clinton Foundation and the Leslois Shaw Foundation have announced that Four Seasons will begin serving Haitian coffee at two of its major hotel sites in 2013 "[i]n support of Haiti's redeveloping coffee culture".
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