Pepsi says will try to make sure suppliers uphold land rights

martes 18 de marzo de 2014 10:13 GYT

* Pepsi pledge follows similar action by Coca-Cola

* Oxfam campaigning directed at top 10 food and drink firms

* Land rights are sensitive subject in sugar-grower Brazil

* Pepsi ranked 4th in Oxfam survey of responsible brands

March 18 (Reuters) - PepsiCo, the world's No. 3 food and beverage company, committed on Tuesday to take steps to stop illegal land seizures by suppliers of raw materials such as sugar and palm oil as it tries to improve social and environmental standards.

The pledge follows a similar commitment by Coca-Cola last year and comes in response to a campaign by development group Oxfam that is pushing top food and drink companies to improve ethical standards among suppliers in poor countries.

The industry has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years over sourcing of raw materials, attracting criticism on issues ranging from child labour on cocoa farms to the impact of palm oil plantations on rain forests.

PepsiCo said in a statement it had worked with Oxfam and other external experts on a new policy to prevent suppliers displacing any legitimate landowners.

As demanded by Oxfam, PepsiCo also gave details about the amount of soy, palm oil and cane sugar it buys and the main countries that it sources those raw ingredients from, including Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mexico, India and Thailand.   Continuación...