One important consensus emerged during the pandemic: Businesses have a duty to think beyond profit maximization. The leading supermarkets in the US need to face up to this responsibility to do better; they have the power to transform how people work, what consumers buy, and how the supply chain operates.
A new Oxfam report illustrates how the pandemic is deepening the divide between winners and losers in the global food supply chain. Huge supermarket chains are delivering billions to shareholders and executives, while their workers are facing financial precarity and exposure to potentially fatal disease.
Grocery workers are on the front line of our fight with COVID-19. Supermarkets must safeguard their lives and livelihoods.