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A recent report from the international charity and agency Oxfam has revealed that the ‘big 10’ global food and drink companies together emit more greenhouse gases than the Nordic countries. Moreover, these companies would represent the 25th most polluting country in the world if considered together.

The companies considered in the analysis are the world’s most famous household brands: Associated British Foods, Coca-Cola, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg, Mars, Mondelez International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever.

This report strongly criticizes the behavior of these companies in relation to their climate change policies. In this way, the report warns that companies will face financial ruin unless they use their influence and size to significantly address the strong impact of the current climate crisis.

Data show that these companies represent the main cause of greenhouse emissions, emitting more than Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland’s annual total of 250 million tons of greenhouse gases, the report says.

The international charity and agency Oxfam stresses that despite these companies have the concrete possibility to reduce their emissions by 80 million tons by 2020, they have not settled appropriate measures to face the problems that climate change provokes to the sustained supply of ingredients needed for their products, damaging their economic and the need to feed a growing population.

The report has outlined that Kellogg and General Mills represent the worst companies due to their policies on climate change, stressing the urgency to establish adequate measure in order to drive the sector towards more responsible policies and practices, and setting targets to cut emissions from their supply chains at the same time.

Experts consider that climate change is strictly connected to environmental events such as storms, floods, droughts and shifting weather patterns that can strongly damage food supplies and put pressure on prices, increasing the current degree of hunger and poverty. Following this, the report forecasts that climate change could lead to alarming consequences, such as the rise of prices up to 44% in 15 years.

In response to the report, Kellogg and General Mills have highlighted their commitment about stronger environmental policies, in order to cut emissions by 15–20% at their manufacturing facilities by 2015, achieving a production that is environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable. In line with that, the companies recognize that climate change represent one the most important issue to face, and the urgency to undertake strategies to positively influencing climate policy in the long run.


The gLAWcal Team

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

(source: The Guardian)