Boycott Nestlé – Fair Labor Association identifies forced labor and child labor in Nestlé’s chocolate production chain.

Excerpts from: Sustainable Management of Nestlé’s Cocoa Supply Chain in the Ivory Coast—Focus on Labor Standards, June 2012.  Read the full report here.

FORCED LABOR

“Forced labor is addressed in Nestlé’s supplier code, by certain codes of Tier 1 suppliers and by certified cooperatives. Several studies have established the presence of forced / bonded labor and even child slaves in the cocoa sector. According to the SSTE certification/verification study, around 12% of adult workers were indebted and; around 25% of child laborers reported some coercion from parents/extended family members to work in the farms.” (page 41)

“During this assessment we observed gaps in the worker hiring and compensation processes that increase the risk of forced labor. As mentioned with respect to the employment relationship, the documentation that migrant workers bring is kept with “brothers,” who then force the workers to work on their farms. Since these “migrant” trainees are never paid, they may feel forced (mentally coerced) to complete their training in order to seek employment at the same farm (otherwise they fear losing the time they have already served). Children and women are especially vulnerable to forced labor, as they generally depend on the household head (a métayer, farmer or worker). In the farms where the family works alongside the family head only the latter is remunerated and even if the workers in the group technically have the freedom to leave, they are bound to the group because they risk losing their wages if they leave. Forced labor is also high risk for children, especially those who have arrived from other regions and countries. According to our survey, 24% percent of the children working at farms come from outside the Ivory Coast.” (page 41)

“There are no clear objectives and indicators set for monitoring, reporting and remediation of forced labor. Most of the monitoring that occurs relates to child labor. Forced labor for adults is not even considered as an issue. At present there are no measures to check for compliance at the farm level, where this risk is probably highest. Cooperatives only track (if at all) the number of workers engaged by each farmer member without looking into the employer-employee relationship (with métayers and workers) and its effect on forced labor.” (page 41)

CHILD LABOR

“Child labor is still a reality on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast and has its roots in a combination of factors.” (page 3).

“When interviewees were asked, “Do children work on cocoa farms in your area?” of the 243 respondents, 222 (91%) confirmed that children do work on farms. (page 44).

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