How people power changed the world’s biggest brands

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The Behind the Brands campaign has pressured food giants like Nestlé, Mondelez, Mars, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, General Mills and Kellogg to change their policies for people and the planet. Three years later, how far have these companies come?

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Behind the Brands Update: General Mills; the making of a climate leader

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After two months of campaigning, we are thrilled to announce that General Mills (the makers of Old El Paso and Latina past) who were once ranked last on climate change policies on our Behind the Brands scorecard has committed to become a true climate leader. How? By setting targets to reduce emissions, participate in real […]

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Climate crunch time for Kellogg

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Guest Blogger Elisa Riquier is an international intern doing a placement in the Perth Office. On World Environment Day, Oxfam supporters across the world undertook international action to tackle the biggest food companies for their impact on climate change and called on them to use their collective voices to call for stronger action on climate change. In Australia, […]

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Take Action on Climate Change

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By Clancy Moore – GROW Campaign  Coordinator When you think climate change, you might think of smoke stacks and coal mines or oceans dotted with oil platforms. You probably aren’t thinking “climate change” when you crunch on your bowl of Kellogg’s cornflakes in the morning. However, today on World Environment Day (5 June), it’s time […]

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It’s crunch time for climate change

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No company is too big to listen to its customers.  When enough of us speak out, companies listen. Last year more than 400,000 of you called on companies to do more for women in their supply chains. They listened. Then you spoke up about land grabs in companies’ supply chains. They listened. Now we need […]

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Stand for Land winners announced

267,000 actions. 1100 photos. 60 countries. 1 ask: PepsiCo and Associated British Foods – make sure your sugar doesn’t lead to land grabs! In November we partnered with photo sharing app EyeEm to ask you to Stand for Land by taking a photo of your feet in your favourite place. By standing in solidarity with […]

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Love a nice hot cup of Ovaltine or Twinings tea? But hate injustice?

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Associated British Foods (ABF), which owns brands like Twinings, Ovaltine and TipTop, are the biggest sugar producer in Africa. In the lead up to their Annual General Meeting Oxfam visited Twinings’ Australian headquarters and asked them to implement a zero tolerance approach to land grabs in its supply chains. Oxfam campaigners visited Twinings’ headquarters in […]

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It’s time to Stand for Land

After 250,000 people joined the call for Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Associated British Foods, three of the biggest players in the sugar industry to make sure the sugar in their food and drinks doesn’t lead to land grabs, Coca-Cola committed to take steps to stop land grabs in their supply chain. Now it’s time to push […]

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A Message in a Giant Bottle

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“What are you doing with that 2 meter tall bottle of Pepsi?” asked the conductor at Sydney’s Central Station this morning. After Coca-Cola’s announcement that they are taking a zero tolerance approach to land grabs – we decided to deliver a message in a bottle to Pepsi-Co asking them to do the same. Oxfam research has […]

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Joining the dots…

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Last week was an exciting week with thousands of Australians taking part in Eat Local Feed Global while across the world campaigners visited the headquarters of global food giants to demand that they do more to prevent land grabs that are kicking poor farmers off their land in order to grow sugar for popular drinks. […]

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Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Associated British Foods – what they say and what we know

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Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Associated British Foods (ABF) have had varied reactions to Oxfam’s new report exposing land grabs and conflicts in their sugar supply chains, and their need to strengthen their policies as a result. ABF came back fighting. It says it has always been scrupulous in its approach to land ownership; that Oxfam’s call […]

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Coke, Pepsi and ABF: make sure your sugar doesn’t lead to land grabs

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Too often, the sugar in your favourite food and drinks is sourced by kicking farmers and their families off their land. This leaves people homeless and hungry. But you can change this. Tell Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Associated British Foods (ABF) to make sure their sugar doesn’t lead to land grabs. The truth behind sugar: anything […]

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The countdown begins: 6 days until launch

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By Clancy Moore, GROW Campaign Coordinator On Wednesday 2 October we will launch the next phase of Behind the Brands. The details of this are top-secret until launch, but this exclusive teaser video made by one of our Design for Change volunteers gives you a sneak preview of the campaign to come. Sign up now to […]

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Escaping an unjust food system

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Viral film The Scarecrow raises awareness of the impacts of factory farming on the global food system. A three minute animated video that was released by American restaurant chain Chipotle last week has already been viewed over 5.8 million times on YouTube. The Scarecrow aims to educate people about the global food system and encourages people to […]

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Moving on up: Changing the way big brands do business

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The results are in Over 120,000 people taking action.  The world’s ten biggest food and beverage companies.  And one groundbreaking campaign. Combine these ingredients and what do you get? The beginnings of a significant shift towards a fairer food system for all. Today we are excited to announce the biggest set of changes to the […]

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World’s biggest chocolate companies melt under consumer pressure

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More sweet news today for chocolate lovers: the biggest chocolate maker in the world, Mondelez International who owns brands like Cadbury, Toblerone and Oreo, has agreed to take steps to address inequality facing women in their cocoa supply chains—thanks to pressure from customers like you. More than 100,000 people around the world joined Oxfam’s campaign, […]

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You Spoke. Mars and Nestle listened.

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Here’s an Easter treat for chocolate lovers: proof that no brand is so big it can ignore its customers. A month ago Oxfam launched Behind the Brands with a call to “change the way the food companies that make your favorite brands do business.”  In just a few weeks thousands of tweets were sent to […]

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Are women from Mars?

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Last week’s Behind The Brands initiative kicked off with a call for Mars, Mondelez International and Nestle to stop ignoring the women who are working in their cocoa supply chains. Between them, these three companies net more than $45 billion a year in confectionery sales. But throughout their cocoa supply chains – from growers to […]

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The response to Behind the Brands so far

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There has been a great response to the Behind the Brands launch on Tuesday (Feb 26). Consumers clearly care about the people behind the foods they buy. Thousands of people have taken action; the start we hope of a movement to reverse the 100-year legacy of the world’s ten largest food and beverage companies in […]

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Go behind the brands you buy

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What do Twinings, Toblerone and Twisties have in common? The same as Coca Cola,Cheerios and Cadbury’s, Milo and Vegemite. They’re all made by the ‘Big 10’ food companies, who between them make over $1bn a day. Here at Oxfam we’ve spent a good part of the past 18 months looking at how the world’s biggest […]

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