Oxfam releases results of study of companies

Oxfam releases results of study of companies

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ATLANTA -

The international relief agency Oxfam has released results of an 18-month study of the world's largest food and beverage companies in an effort to combat hunger.

Oxfam shared improvements those companies could make outside the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta on Tuesday.

The study focused on the policies and practices of those top companies including Atlanta-based Coke.

Oxfam urges them to do more to support people in developing countries.

"There are many things that Coca-Cola can do, so through the products they purchase from a lot of farmers around the world and in particular, we are concerned about the smallest farmers, the poorest farmers in the world, many of whom are women," said Jonathan Scanlon of Oxfam-America.

Oxfam rated the companies on factors such as equality for women, workers, water, climate change and transparency.

Other companies in the top 10 include General Mills, PepsiCo, Kellogg, Nestle and Mars.

In response to the study, Coca-Cola released a statement saying, "The Coca-Cola Company is committed to implementing practices throughout our supply chain that advance our sustainable agriculture strategy and support our commitment to build more sustainable communities. We believe in creating economic opportunities for women and smallholder farmers as well as stewarding water and other natural resources within the more than 200 countries in which we operate.
 
As part of The Coca-Cola Company's commitment to transparent, more sustainable and responsible business practices, we welcome a continuous dialogue with Oxfam that enables us to identify and address global challenges collaboratively."

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