In 2009, Mars Inc. pledged to purchase its entire cocoa supply from certified sustainable sources by 2020. In 2011, Mars’s cocoa purchases were certified according to Rainforest Alliance’s and UTZ Certified’s standards. The company states that it had met its 2011 goal of purchasing 10% of its total cocoa supply as certified sustainable1. In 2013, it increased its purchase to 30%, making it the largest buyer of certified cocoa in the world.2 Since 2011, at least six Mars products worldwide are labeled through the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified.3, including ...more
On November 29, 2012, over 100 workers from major fast food chains, including McDonald's, walked off their jobs in New York City, in strike for higher wages, better working conditions and the right to form a union without retaliation from their managers.1 Many workers were making the minimum wage at the time, however, many were making, and are currently making less than the minimum wage due to wage theft on the part of their employers.2 On December 5, 2013, further fast food strikes took place across ...more
In 2013, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) published research findings about animal test conducted my multinational food corporations, inlcuding Nestle. BUAV claimed that Nestle scientists investigating the anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of Goji berries, gave mice a powder based on the fruit. The animals were then injected with a chemical irritant to produce the symptoms of bowel disease before being killed and dissected.1 In response to those claims, Nestlé ensured the public that the company only used animals in tests on medical foods or when new ingredients required ...more
In 2012, McDonald’s announced that it will dicontinue the use of the controversial meat product known as boneless lean beef trimmings in its burgers 1. These trimmings, which consist of what’s left of the meat after all the choice cuts of beef are taken, are banned for human consumption in the U.K, where they are instead used for dog and chicken food. They are legal for consumption in the United States, however, where they are treated with ammonium hydroxide in order to kill off bacteria such as E. coli and make it safe for human consumption 2.
Procter & Gamble is a multinational corporation particularly active in the personal care sector. For this reason it is particularly relevant to consider P&G's stand concerning animal right and, particularly, concerning animal testing. In the early 2000s, the company was proud to inform the public of having, in the previous two decades, eliminated animal testing for 80% of their products. Also from this period are the first significant P&G investments in alternative testing methods. By the company's own admission, the main drive of this investments was the increasing consumer concerns over waste and suffering. However, P&G seemed to also benefit from ...more
Unilever is a multinational company controlling a great variety of brands operating in different sectors and markets. While some of them were originally created by Unilever, others have been acquired through the acquisition of external companies with a fully developed brand and company identity. Interestingly enough, Unilever has managed, over the years, to grant the "acquired" brands a relatively high degree of autonomy in their policies. One of the most well-known Unilever brands is probably Ben & Jerry's. Ben & Jerry's were acquired by the group in 2000 after 22 years of operation conducted aiming at benefiting all the relevant stakeholders. ...more