What are companies “buying policies and practices”?
Income/Wages too low to live on and labour rights not respected
With little or no bargaining power, in a market dominated by just a few buyers, suppliers and farmers are forced to accept low prices. These are repeatedly passed on in the form of low wages to workers and low prices to farmers. In these circumstances, lack of respect of labour rights is widespread.
The drive by food companies and supermarkets to meet – and dictate – modern (over)consumption patterns is potentially highly damaging to the environment.
Consumers not better off
Smaller and specialist suppliers can’t meet the volumes and price or quality demands of the European importing companies and supermarkets. Less choice of products and shopping places make consumers the victims of this vicious circle.
In this context, increasingly, companies operating in the EU realize the importance of having sustainable and fair supply chains. Certain companies have put in place best practices that other companies should be encouraged to follow.