Kellogg’s is silent about the deplorable conditions a new report from Oxfam alleges its workers and farm workers are facing. The company claims to be unaware of human rights abuses in its supply chain, and we don’t yet know the full extent to which workers are being abused. That's why we have to act now and demand a full review.
Shareholders are stepping up and pressuring Kellogg’s to report human rights abuses in its production processes. The annual shareholder meeting is in just 3 weeks, and if we act now we can pressure Kellogg’s to investigate and issue a full report on human rights abuses.
Shareholders have the power to hold corporations accountable through their investments, savings and pensions -- we have the power to check corporate power as consumers. If we come together, we are unstoppable.
At one of its factories in Tennessee, workers were locked out of their own jobs as the union resisted Kellogg’s push to reduce wages and cuts benefits. Likewise, Kellogg’s has been prioritizing profits over people by moving its factories from Australia to Thailand, where wages are lower and unionization is equally scarce.
Kellogg’s claims it is not aware of workers’ rights violations in its supply chain, but it's not looking either. That's why we must demand a full review.
Shareholders are speaking out against these practices -- they are worried about their long-term investments as the public learns about Kellogg’s human rights record. We can help make their case stronger by showing Kellogg’s its own customers and potential customers are appalled that it is ignoring the problem.
Kellogg’s has answered to our pressure in the past. When both SumOfUs members and shareholders demanded action, Kellogg's committing to sourcing palm oil that was deforestation and exploitation free -- a landmark commitment in the industry. We have won before, and we can win again.
For more information:
Behind the Brands: Food Justice and the Big 10 food and beverage companies, Oxfam, February 26th 2013