Soda Labor Conditions Question 4

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Question

Does the brand (company) purchase other ingredients (such as fruit, coffee beans, tea) from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce these additional ingredients?

  • Dutch version: Koopt het merk (bedrijf) de andere ingrediënten (zoals fruit, koffie en thee) in van plantages die zijn gecertificeerd voor bijvoorbeeld het verbod op kinderarbeid en gedwongen arbeid, en het bieden van een betere levensstandaard voor de boeren en arbeiders die de deze ingrediënten produceren?
  • German version: Bezieht der Markenhersteller Zutaten wie Früchte, Kaffee oder Tee von sozial zertifizierten Plantagen, auf denen bspw. keine Kinder, Menschen unter Zwang oder Sklaven arbeiten, ein zum Leben ausreichendes Gehalt gezahlt wird und faire Arbeitszeiten sowie Vereinigungsfreiheit zugestanden werden?

References and Guidelines

As mentioned in Soda Environmental Policy Question 2, the production of coffee, tea or fruit comes with several social sustainability issues such as insufficient income and income insecurity, corruption, unhealthy and unsafe working conditions and forced labor. Most of the ingredients mentioned above can be bought from sustainable sources, such as the coffee, tea and fruit/vegetables. However, not all fruit and or vegetables can be bought certified. Fruit that can be bought from certified sources are oranges, banana's, pineapples, coconut, mango, chili pepper and ginger (as in some beverages, chili pepper and ginger may be found) and grapes. See also Soda Environmental Policy Question 3 for more info on certified products.

Soda brands do not communicate much on socially certified ingredients yet. When they do, they do no communicate any percentages. Therefore for now, we do not target specific percentages yet. When the best practice will change for this question, we will change the question as well.

You can also positively assess this question, if a main ingredient from a brand is sourced from within low-risk countries in terms of labour conditions only, such as Rivella sourcing its milk serum from within Switzerland only, or Almdudler sourcing its alpine herbs (e.g. lemon balm, sage, gentian, elderflower and coneflower) from within Austria only.