Agricultural production is at the root of human society. As our global population increases, so too do investments in agricultural projects. But growing and sourcing responsibly means respecting workers’ and local communities’ rights, as well as mitigating environmental impacts and ecosystem disruptions. In recent years, we have seen a dramatic spike in allegations of “land grabs” and displacement of local communities by agricultural firms and the food & beverage companies that source from them. Shedding light on these global food supply chains and the human rights abuses linked to them is the first step to building responsible business practices in the agricultural sector.
In this section, learn more about:
- How agribusiness is responding to the COVID-19 global pandemic
The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s briefing note on Sugar Contracts and Their Impact on Land and Workers’ Rights
KnowTheChain’s ranking of 38 food & beverage companies
KnowThe Chain's Investor Snapshort on Forced Labour in Forestry
The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark ranking of the world’s biggest agricultural companies
- Lawsuits against food & beverage companies
Crop-specific initiatives to improve the rights of workers and local communities at the bottom of the supply chain, such as Malawi Tea 2020, IDH’s Sustainable Trade Initiative, and ICI’s International Cocoa Initiative.
And follow the latest news relating to agriculture, food, beverage, tobacco and fishing.
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