In June 2016 Unilever received a middle rating for its Supply Chain Management from Ethical Consumer.
It scored a rudimentary rating for its supply chain policy, only had rudimentary stakeholder engagement, reasonable auditing & reporting and rudimentary discussion of difficult issues.
An investigation by the BBC in September 2015 found dangerous and degrading living and working conditions on tea plantations which supplied several of Britain's biggest tea companies, including Unilever (which produces PG Tips and Lipton).
The BBC investigation in Assam, north-east India, described workers living in broken houses with terrible sanitation. It was claimed that many families had no toilets and said they have no choice but to use the ground amongst the tea bushes.
Living and working conditions were so bad, and wages so low, that tea workers and their families were left malnourished and vulnerable to fatal illnesses, the report said. There was also a disregard for health and safety, with workers spraying chemicals without protection, and on some estates, child labour being used.