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Our ambition is to improve the livelihoods of people throughout our global value chain

The inequality challenge

Income inequality can stifle economic growth and affect people’s health, wellbeing and access to opportunities. It can also impact the resilience of corporate value chains.

We’re helping people in our value chain to enhance their livelihoods – strengthening their economic resilience, as well as the resilience of our business.

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Our livelihoods ambition

We want to help the people who grow, make and sell our products have a decent livelihood, including by earning a living wage – so they can afford the essentials of daily life and have work that’s secure, dignified and fair.

Our short-term goals aim to deliver long-term impact. We’re working with smallholder farmers to improve their livelihoods and agricultural practices.

We’re also encouraging our suppliers to sign our Living Wage Promise, kickstarting the journey to pay their employees a living wage. And we’re helping small businesses in our retail value chain grow.

Our goals

  • Smallholder farmers

    Help 250,000 smallholder farmers in our supply chain access livelihoods programmes by 2026

  • Living wage

    Suppliers representing 50% of our procurement spend to sign the Living Wage Promise by 2026

  • SME growth

    Help 2.5 million SMEs in our retail value chain grow their business by 2026

A two-pronged approach

The systemic barriers to decent livelihoods need collective action. We are partnering with others to drive systems change.

For smallholders, we will certify our key crops through certification partners and invest in programmes to drive income growth and regenerative agriculture. We’ll help build our suppliers’ capability to identify and begin closing their wage gaps. And we’ll provide small retailers with access to tools and training to help them grow.

Through local and global coalitions, we’re pressing for commitments on higher farmer incomes and regenerative agriculture. We’re also pushing for private sector action and government policy shifts, levelling the playing field for living wages.

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Our Climate Transition Action Plan

Our Climate Transition Action Plan, updated in 2024, sets out our actions to lower our emissions by 2030.

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