In our second installment of the “Hard Labor” series, the worldwide problem is how the Finnish food storage chain identified violations of human rights in Italy, the work of which brings the product into the world’s supermarket shelves.
In order that Oxfam can review the supply chain for its Italian tomatoes, S Group, Finland’s largest food retailer. It was found that many food items are gradually isolated from their production costs and contribute indirectly to the exploitation of migrant workers by low prices.
The story explores watersheds of the sales at the very beginning of the supply chain by growing the buying power of retail groups. It also stresses the role of organized crime and outlines measures taken to address this issue by certain food producers, stakeholders, and charities.
It’s a very complicated topic, but, as with the chocolate production discussed in the first article of the series, one simple conclusion is that it will almost certainly be appropriate for consumers to pay more to solve these problems.
Click here to read the accompanying podcast, which discusses the shortcomings in the social audits used by various leading companies in their supply chains.
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