Soft Commodity Trading
Benefitting from Misery?
Switzerland is a central trading hub for agricultural commodities such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, or grains and globally significant agricultural commodity traders are based or have important operations here. The sector is highly concentrated with few powerful companies controlling production, trade, and processing making many companies global value chain managers. The risks inherent to this sector, such as human rights violations or corruption, place a responsibility on Switzerland and its traders to ensure human rights are respected in all business operations. To that end, regulation of the commodity trading sector is long overdue.