Established in 1865 in Newcastle, NSW. Became a wholly-owned subsidiary of US food giant Campbell Soup Company in 1997. In 2018 Campbell announced plans to sell off its international operations, including Arnott's.
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|Arnott's Biscuits Ltd|
This company received a score of 9 out of a possible total of 9 in the WWF Palm Oil Buyers' Scorecard 2016, which rates companies on what they are - and aren't - doing to prevent the negative environmental and social impacts of palm oil production.
[Source 2016][More on Palm Oil]
This company won an award in 2014 from the Australian Packaging Covenant, for demonstrating their commitment to environmental sustainability by performing 'above and beyond' in their efforts to minimise waste. This company achieved the highest overall score in their category, large food company.
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Signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant, a voluntary agreement to encourage waste minimisation.
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Arnott's announced on 29 Oct 2010 that it will source ethical cocoa that has not been made with the use of child labour for all of its chocolate-based products, including the iconic Tim Tam biscuit, after being the target of a public campaign by World Vision earlier in the year.
[Source 2010][More on Workers Rights]
Named and shamed in the 2015 CHOICE Shonky Awards for the "school canteen - meets amber guidelines" claim emblazoned on packs of Arnott's Tiny Teddies. Arnott's did the approving all on its own, despite the fact that Tiny Teddies wouldn't pass the National Healthy School Canteen guidelines.
[Source 2015][More on Irresponsible Marketing]
Named and shamed in the 2014 CHOICE Shonky Awards. Arnott's peanut butter flavoured Tim Tam earned an award, because, according to Choice, it contained no peanuts (with paprika being a surprising inclusion) and because the pack contained fewer biscuits and weighed 35g less, despite maintaining the same price and package size.
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Brands owned by this company were rated 'green' in Greenpeace's 2011 Truefood Guide, signifying a clear policy on excluding GM-derived ingredients, including oils derived from GM crops, and animal products from animals fed on GM crops.
[Source 2011][More on Genetic Engineering]
This company is a signatory to the Responsible Children's Marketing Initiative (RCMI), which is managed by the Australian Food & Grocery Council and covers products found in retail outlets. Companies that have signed up to the initiative commit to: only advertising healthier choices to children and encouraging a healthy lifestyle through good diet and physical activity; not paying for or seeking product placement television programs, editorial content or interactive games aimed at children, unless the product is a healthier choice; not advertising and marketing to children in Australian schools unless they are asked to by those schools.
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This company has Corporate Social Responsibility claims on its website in the areas of limiting emissions to the water, air and land, and the efficient use of resources. Also available are policy statements regarding sustainable palm oil and sustainable cocoa.
[Source 2015][More on Sustainability Reporting]
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The Forest 500 identifies, ranks, and tracks the governments, companies and financial institutions worldwide that together could virtually eradicate tropical deforestation. Rankings are based on their public policies and commitments and potential impacts on tropical forests in the context of forest risk commodities (palm oil, soya, beef, leather, timber, and pulp and paper). This company received a score of 4/5.
[Source 2016][More on Forests]
In their 2017 report 'Feeding Ourselves Thirsty', Ceres looks at how food sector companies are responding to water risks. 42 companies were assessed on a 0-100 point basis across four categories of water management: governance and strategy, direct operations, manufacturing supply chain and agricultural supply chain. This company received a score of 50/100.
[Source 2017][More on Habitats]
This company has products rated RED in the Centre for Food Safety's True Food Shopper's Guide (USA). Products on the RED list contain ingredients that come from the most common GE crops (corn, soy, canola, cotton). Companies with products on this list have confirmed that their products may have or are likely to be made with GE ingredients, or have not denied using GE foods when given the opportunity to do so.
[Source 2013][More on Genetic Engineering]
This 2010 Greenpeace report documents Sinar Mas repeatedly breaking industry guidelines, Indonesian law and its own public statements, and razing rainforests to the ground in its race to produce palm oil. Some international companies, including Kraft, Nestle and Unilever, have stopped buying palm oil from Sinar Mas following these revelations. However Campbell Soup Company, listed as customers of Sinar Mas' palm oil division in June 2009, have not yet made a similar commitment. [Listed under Information due to age of report]
[Source 2010][More on Palm Oil]
Friends of the Earth's 2014 report "Tiny Ingredients, Big Risks" names this company as one of over 200 transnational food companies engaged in nanotechnology research and development, and on their way to commercializing products. New studies are adding to a growing body of scientific evidence indicating nanomaterials may be toxic to humans and the environment.
[Source 2014][More on Product Safety]
In Jan 2016 Campbell broke ranks with the rest of the US food industry when it announced its support for mandatory federal labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients. The company says it will label its products on its own if a national standard is not set. Cambell has fought state-level GMO-labeling initiatives in the past.
[Source 2016][More on Genetic Engineering]
EWG's 2015 report "BPA in Canned Food" analyzed 252 canned food brands to find out which ones are still using BPA (bisphenol A), a synthetic estrogen found in the epoxy coatings of food cans which has been linked to many health problems. This company was amongst the 'Uncertain Players' for not making it clear whether they were using BPA in their cans. However in March 2016 Campbell's announced it would phase out the use of BPA in all of it's canned soups by mid-2017 (http://bit.ly/1WYM2KD).
[Source 2015][More on Product Safety]
In August 2012 this company received praise from the Humane Society for announcing that it will eliminate gestation crates - small cages used to confine breeding pigs - from its pork supply chains by 2017, and will reach the goal no later than 2022.
[Source 2012][More on Factory Farming]
This company is a member of the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), who represents more than 90 of USA's leading plant-based food companies. The PBFA's mission is to promote the plant-based foods industry by removing obstacles to a fair and competitive marketplace for alternatives to animal ingredients and products.
[Source 2018][More on Animal Rights]
This company has Corporate Social Responsibility claims on its website.
[Source 2015][More on Sustainability Reporting]
Since 1953, the Campbell Soup Foundation has provided financial support to local champions that inspire positive change in communities throughout the United States where Campbell Soup Company employees live and work, particularly in the company's home town of Camden, New Jersey.
[Source 2015][More on Finance]
This company is a member of How2Recycle. The How2Recycle Label is a voluntary, standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. It involves a coalition of forward thinking brands who want their packaging to be recycled and are empowering consumers through smart packaging labels. Companies must be a member of the program to use the How2Recycle Label.
[Source 2017][More on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives]
This company is a member of The Sustainability Consortium, an organization of diverse global participants that work collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability. They develop transparent methodologies, tools, and strategies to drive a new generation of products and supply networks that address environmental, social, and economic imperatives.
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This company is a Bronze Member of the Sustainable Brands Network, the leading peer to peer, learning and networking group designed to support brands in meeting their sustainability goals and ultimately become those leaders of the next sustainable economy.
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The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) requires companies operating in California to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chains. KnowTheChain.org has examined this company's disclosure statement and concluded that it addresses the majority of SB 657 requirements. Follow the link to see this company's disclosure statement.
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The Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) is a global initiative that evaluates the world's largest food and beverage manufacturers on their policies, practices and performance related to undernutrition and obesity. Of the 22 companies ranked this company came 12th.
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This company received a score of 56.7/100 in the Newsweek Green Ranking 2017, which ranks the world's largest publicly traded companies on eight indicators covering energy, greenhouse gases, water, waste, fines and penalties, linking executive pay to sustainability targets, board-level committee oversight of environmental issues and third-party audits. Ranking methodology by Corporate Knights and HIP Investor.
[Source 2017][More on Sustainability Reporting]
OpenSecrets.org tracks the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives. Follow link to see this company's record of political donations, lobbying, outside spending and more.
|Company Structure||Wholly-owned subsidiary|
|Revenue||$1 billion in 2014|
|# Employees||5,200 in 2014|
|Company Ranking||399 in top 2000 Australian companies|
|Address||Level 1, 24 George St, North Strathfield, NSW, 2137, Australia|
|Phone||02 8767 7555|
|Fax||02 8767 7500|
|Freecall||1800 24 24 92|
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Arnott's pays $51,000 for alleged misleading claims about Shapes
23rd Nov 2015 — Arnott's Biscuits Ltd (Arnott's) has paid penalties totalling $51,000 following the issue of five infringement notices by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission relating to representations made by Arnott's about its Shapes Light & Crispy product. Arnott's also provided a court enforceable undertaking to the ACCC.
Arnott's represented on the packs of four varieties of Shapes Light & Crispy and a multipack between October 2014 and July 2015 that Shapes Light & Crispy contained '75% less saturated fat' than Arnott's' original Shapes biscuits, when in fact it contained approximately 60 per cent less saturated fat than original Shapes.
In making the '75% less saturated fat' representation, Arnott's was actually comparing its Shapes Light & Crispy product not to original Shapes but to potato chips cooked in 100% palm oil. This was included in a fine print disclaimer at the bottom of the packs. However, even if potato chips had been an appropriate comparison for the saturated fat content of Shapes Light & Crispy, the ACCC notes that since only around 20 per cent of potato chips sold in Australia are cooked in palm oil, the representation may still have been misleading.
'Consumers should be able to trust the claims that businesses make to sell their products. Small print disclaimers cannot correct false or misleading representations which are made in a prominent way in advertising or on packaging,' ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.
'Businesses must ensure that any comparison claims they make are accurate and based on meaningful comparisons for consumers. This is particularly the case regarding claims that involve healthier eating.'
'Truth in advertising, particularly where misleading claims are made by large businesses, is a priority enforcement area for the ACCC,' Mr Sims said. [source]
Choice Shonky Awards for 2015
7th Oct 2015 — THE nation`s leading consumer group Choice has asked the ACCC to investigate Kleenex, Arnott`s, Ikea and the maker of laundry balls which supposedly use infra-red rays to clean but are less effective than water.
The four referred to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission were today named among the biggest losers from more than 400 nominations in the tenth annual Choice `Shonky` product awards.
Kleenex was bestowed the `Gold Shonky` for its flushable cleanings cloths for kids, which were promoted as disintegrating like toilet paper ... but don`t.
`It`s very concerning, that one in particular,` ACCC deputy chairwoman and head of product safety Delia Rickard told News Corp Australia after watching a video of a Choice test in which the wipes failed to disintegrate after 20 hours of simulated flushing.
The maker of Kleenex, Kimberly-Clark Australia, said its products met global guidelines for `flushability`. However, the company recommended no more than two wipes be flushed at any one time.
`We are aware of some localised concerns from some regional water authorities and we, along with other makers of wipes products, have been proactively engaging with the Water Services Association of Australia,` a Kimberly-Clark spokeswoman said.
`It is clear business still needs to sharpen up its act,` said Choice CEO Alan Kirkland. `We hope the Shonkys encourage consumers to look critically at the goods and services they use, question poor service, hidden costs and the fine print beneath claims that seem too good to be true.` [source]
Arnott's ensure Tim Tams are free from child labour
29th Oct 2010 — Arnott's announced that it will source ethical cocoa that has not been made with the use of child labour for all of its chocolate-based products, including the iconic Tim Tam biscuit, after being the target of a public campaign by World Vision earlier this year (2010). [source]
The Real McCoy Snackfood Co buys Arnotts snack foods
28th Apr 2008 — (FOREIGN >> AUST) A consortium of investors lead by The Real McCoy Snackfood Co purchased the snack foods business of Campbells/Arnotts in May 2008. The combined businesses was renamed 'Snack Brands Australia'. The deal brings several brands back to Australian ownership, including Kettle Chips, Thins, Cheezels, CCs, French Fries & Samboy. [source]