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What’s behind the brands?

by Lies Craeynest, Oxfam’s EU climate change & food security expert

Food is power, in Europe and around the world. As one of the largest importers of food in the world as well as home to some of the most influential food companies, the industry in the European Union touches upon the lives of millions of people in many, often underplayed ways.
It might not come as a surprise, therefore, that with this power, companies such as Unilever, Mondelez and Nestle have the potential to change not just the practices of their own business, but set the standard for the way in which the rest of the industry approaches major global development challenges such as climate change, land rights and water scarcity.
This is why a year ago today Oxfam introduced “Behind the Brands”, a unique project aimed at influencing the “Big 10” global food companies into adopting more ethical practices. By […]

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