Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Further Reading

From field to fork: The value of England's local food webs” 
Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), June 2012

This report shows that local food offers a great opportunity to support vibrant town centres and the countryside but that the role of local food is being undermined by the dominance of superstores, supermarkets and multiple retailers. CPRE said the report presents a "fundamental challenge" to superstores and the damage they are doing to local food webs.

A Strange Case -Violations of Workers’ Freedom of Association in the United States by European Multinational Corporations
Human Rights Watch, September 2010 

Tesco is a case study in this 130-page report which details ways in which some European multinational firms have carried out aggressive campaigns to keep workers in the United States from organizing and bargaining, violating international standards and, often, US labor laws. For the Tesco case study please see pages 77-94. 

Tesco's finest tea - produced in far from finest conditions?
IUF, July 2009
In June 2009, an experienced team of IUF researchers investigated living and working conditions on the large Talup plantation in Assam, India which IUF understands to supply tea for Tesco's Finest blends. The plantation management clearly failed to apply even the minimum requirements of the Indian Plantation Labour Act of 1951. Read more here.

The Two Faces of Tesco
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, June 2008

This report by the US union UFCW compares how Tesco operates at home in the United Kingdom and how it does business in the U.S.

Sweet, healthy and juicy... so why are pineapples leaving a bitter taste?
Observer Food Monthly, November 2006

Joanna Blythman's article for the Observer Food Monthly magazine reports on the costs of Costa Rica's pineapple harvest on workers' health.

The case for breaking up Wal-Mart
Barry C Lynn, Harper's Magazine, July 2006

Wal-Mart's massive growth has begun to disrupt America's entire retail economy, forcing companies large and small to adapt to its ruthless practices if they want to do business. Is it time to bring in the government to break up the mega chain?

The Tesco Takeover 
Friends of the Earth, June 2006

This report sets out the price paid for Tesco's success by farmers, workers, town centres and the environment.

Calling the shots: how supermarkets get their way in planning decisions
Friends of the Earth, January 2006

This briefing looks at some of the strong-arm tactics used by supermarkets in their attempts to gain planning permission such as supermarkets pressurising councillors, stores constructed beyond planning permission boundaries, supermarket chains hording land banks, and councillors and planners finding it increasingly difficult to voice their concerns or refuse applications from supermarkets because of their overweening power.

ASDA Wal-Mart: The Alternative Report
War on Want/ GMB, September 2005

This report looks at Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer. It has built its global empire of supermarkets on an image of 'always low prices' which has taken a toll on its employees

Race to the top - evaluation report
International Institute for Environment and Development, November 2004

How are supermarkets performing in their promotion of a greener and fairer food system? Are they sourcing food from wherever it can be produced at the lowest cost with the lowest ethical, environmental, animal welfare and labour standards? Or are they competing on social, environmental and ethical performance - a 'race to the top'?

The new landless labourers
elicity Lawrence, The Guardian, May 2003

This article looks at the way our food has become dependent on hidden army of illegal workers, both British and foreign.

Food Webs
Caroline Cranbrook, May 2002

A report for CPRE by Caroline Cranbrook on local food networks in East Suffolk, which demonstrates the importance of local shops and services to rural communities. It reveals the complex web of interconnection between local producers and farmers and local shops.