Dutch supermarkets fall behind on human rights policies

Albert Heijn and Jumbo could be doing better when it comes to human rights practices in their business. ๐ŸŒฟ

Oxfam Novib creates a yearly supermarket ranking based on their human rights policies for workers, small-scale farmers, and women in the supply chains. ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŒพ

German brands Aldi and Lidl in the Netherlands made good strides towards better human rights policies this year. On the other hand, PLUS needs to “get to work,” says RTL Nieuws.

Making improvements

According to Oxfam Novib, the two German supermarkets in the country made solid improvements to their policies. “It really makes a difference in corporate social responsibility,” says Charlotte Vollaard, a human rights and business expert. ๐Ÿ•Š

“Since the first ranking in 2018, supermarkets are scoring better than before. The difference is very big, especially because the Dutch supermarkets scored so poorly.”

But still, Oxfam Novib says all supermarkets can do much more to combat the exploitation of workers, farmers, and women in their practices.

Supermarket ranking results

Supermarket Lidl scored the highest on improvement, ranking 59% in Oxfam’s assessment. Aldi followed with a 49% increase. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

READ MORE | The ultimate guide to the cheapest supermarkets in the Netherlands

The Dutch supermarkets only did so much (or so little?) โ€” Albert Heijn scored 28%, and Jumbo scored 35% in overall improvements. PLUS did the worst, only ranking at 14%. ๐Ÿ˜•

No more exploitation

Ultimately, what matters most to the organisation is that “those who produce our food can earn a livable wage and are not exploited.”

Despite all the improvements, no supermarkets in the Netherlands have reached that goal yet. Vollaard says supermarkets are moving in the right direction with their human rights approach, but there is still a lot to be done.

What do you think of this supermarket ranking? Tell us in the comments!

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Katrien Nivera ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ
Katrien Nivera ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ
Third culture kid Katrien is a Philippine native living in the Netherlands to finish her master's degree in political communication. You can usually find her trying to organize everything on Notion and the sticky notes app, otherwise, sheโ€™s nose-deep in a good book or obsessing over film soundtracks and video games.


  1. The responsibility of supermarkets is to offer their customers products at the lowest price and still ensure a good profit to pay THEIR workers and shareholders! What Nivera advocates is socialism and when carried to extremes, communism. We live in The Netherlands, not a โ€œworkerโ€™s paradiseโ€ like Cuba.


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