Soda Labor Conditions Question 1

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Does the brand (company) have a policy to provide for fair labor conditions that applies to ALL own employees and those of its suppliers (including bottling companies) in low wage countries, which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace?

  • Dutch version: Heeft het merk (bedrijf) een beleid voor eerlijke arbeidsomstandigheden voor alle eigen werknemers en die van zijn toeleveranciers (inclusief bottelaars) in lage loon landen, dat minimaal de volgende standaarden bevat: geen gedwongen arbeid, geen kinderarbeid, geen discriminatie van welke aard dan ook en een veilige en hygiënische werkplek?
  • German version: Hat der Markenhersteller einen Verhaltenskodex für Zulieferer und eigene Arbeitnehmer (Code of Conduct, CoC), in dem die folgenden Standards enthalten sind: keine Zwangs- oder Sklavenarbeit, keine Kinderarbeit, keine Diskriminierung jeglicher Art sowie ein sicherer und hygienischer Arbeitsplatz?

References and Guidelines

Soda brands source their raw materials from all over the world, and many of these ingredients that go into soda, like sugar and fruits, have known human rights and labor violations issues and can be sourced from non-OECD countries (see also Soda Labor Conditions Question 3 and Soda Labor Conditions Question 4).

Generally, soda brands produce their drinks mainly locally. This means that for example, soda sold in Europe or the United States is manufactured in Europe or the U.S. And this also means that soda that is sold in China, India, or Mexico is also produced in those countries. The production takes place in factories that are owned and that are not owned (bottling companies). Non OECD countries have known human rights and labor violations issues.

Therefore we ask for brands to have a Code of Conduct that is obliged for ALL employees, including own employees, employees from suppliers, employees at bottling companies and farmers.

The standards concerning forced labor and slave (bonded) labor are based on the International Labour Organisation ILO Conventions 29 and 105. The standard concerning the minimum employment age (i.e. no child labor) is based on ILO Convention 138 and 182. The standard on no discrimination is based on ILO conventions 100 and 111 and the right to a safe and hygienic workplace is based on ILO convention 155.

Also note that if a brand produces all its products in and sources all its raw materials from OECD countries only, a CoC is not necessary.

Please note that the Code of Conduct must apply not only to a brand’s own employees but also to its suppliers. In this sector, most suppliers are the farmers who provide raw materials; therefore a CoC must apply to them as well.

Please note that a ‘Yes’ is also applicable when: all the brand products/ingredients are made in ‘low risk’ countries, see the list as defined by Made By. Or at least 30% of the production volume come from SA8000 certified factories.

Answering Guidelines

Answer Yes:
• All standards are mentioned in (brand) Code of Conduct (see page).
• All products are made in ... and sourced from …, which are low-risk countries in terms of labour conditions.

Answer No:
• [... and ... is / are] mentioned. However, [... and ... is / are not mentioned].
• [Brand] provides a Code of Conduct (CoC), but this does not apply to its suppliers.

Answer ?:
• [Brand] mentions a Code of Conduct (CoC), but does not communicate the CoC on its website.
• [Brand] provides a Code of Conduct (CoC), but suppliers are only encouraged to comply with the CoC, not obliged.
• [Brand] does not communicate any information on a Code of Conduct (CoC) on its website. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices.
• [Brand] does not communicate any information on a labor conditions policy on its website. Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices.