Oxfam International has criticised ten of the world’s largest food makers – including Nestle, PepsiCo and Danone – for “not doing nearly enough” to help tackle climate change.

In a newly-released report, Standing on the Sidelines, the charity named and shamed food and drink companies for failing to address carbon emissions in their own supply chains. Food manufacturers in Oxfam’s “big ten” encompass the likes of Unilever, General Mills, Mars, Mondelez International, Kellogg and Associated British Foods.

“For the food and beverage industry, climate change is a major threat. For millions of people, it means more extreme weather and greater hunger. The Big 10 companies are significant contributors to this crisis, yet they are not doing nearly enough to help tackle it,” Oxfam insisted.

The charity called on the “big ten” to “face up to the scale of greenhouse gas emissions produced through their supply chains, and address the deforestation and unsustainable land-use practices they allow to happen”.

It urged food manufactures to set new emissions targets and “step off the sidelines” to press for climate action from other industries and governments.

None of the companies named in the Oxfam report responded immediately to just-food’s requests for comment.

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