Generic Criteria Food & Beverages - Labour Policy Question NEW 2

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Does the brand use socially certified sugar for all its products?

  • Dutch Question: Gebruikt het merk uitsluitend sociaal-gecertificeerde suiker voor al zijn producten?
  • German version: Verarbeitet der Markenhersteller ausschließlich sozial zertifizierten Zucker für alle Produkte der Marke?


The production of sugar is not always sustainable. According to WWF and Fairfood, cane sugar production also causes a range of social issues, such as low prices, child labour and development problems as it is difficult for farmers in developing countries to compete. Also, jobs in the sugar cane production are among the most hazardous in the agricultural industry. An example in the WWF report mentions the case of the northwest of Brazil where sugarcane workers have the lowest life expectancy of any group and their children the highest infant mortality rate.

To improve the sustainability of sugarcane production on the mainstream level, there is the multi-stakeholder Better Sugarcane Initiative, where businesses and NGO's work together to set a standard and as a second step to certify 'sustainable' sugar cane. The project is comparable to the soy and palm oil sectors, where the first 'certified' sustainable palm oil is available on the market. Also Fairtrade sugar is already available.

Ranking Guidelines

You can reward a ‘Yes’ to a company that reports:

- that all sugar is processed for its products is socially certified,
- and / or sources its sugar from low risk countries.

Answering Guidelines


  • [Brand] uses sugar socially certified sugar according to [__*] for its products only.
  • [Brand] uses sugar socially certified sugar according to [__*], and from low risk production countries, namely [__*], for its products only.
  • [Brand] only sells 100% Fairtrade products, meaning that also the sugar is Fairtrade certified.
  • [Brand] claims that sugar is only sourced from low risk production countries.


  • [Brand] explicitly says not to use socially certified sugar.


  • [Brand] aims to (e.g. decrease social inequalities or working conditions in the sugar sector), but does not provide any clear results for using socially certified sugar.
  • [Brand] does not communicate any policy on using socially certified sugar. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices.

-* You can pick the topic that applies to 'your' brand.

Note: when linking to a downloadable source document, please refer to the page(s) where to find the respective information with: (see link, page [..]).

Optional, but only for ? Answers, feel free to write at the end of a remark: Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices.