Child labour

Our commitment:
Eliminate child labour in key commodities (cocoa, hazelnuts, vanilla)

Our objectives

Addressing child labour in Côte d’Ivoire
Helping hand: A teacher gives a lesson at a new school in Goboué in Lakota, Côte d'Ivoire. The school was built by Nestlé and its Cocoa Plan partners in 2013.

By 2015 – Completed action plans for cocoa, hazelnuts and vanilla, with 60 000 farmers trained on child work/labour practices; 60 schools built or renovated; and 80% of co-ops covered by a child labour monitoring and remediation system (100% by 2016).

Our progress

Working with the Fair Labor Association (FLA), we are implementing action plans that focus on commodities and countries where there is a higher risk of child labour. Our cocoa and hazelnut plans are being implemented in two countries.

Our perspective

Today, around 168 million children across the world are forced to work. We share the view that individually a company cannot solve the problems around labour standards in the agricultural sector. Effective, long-term solutions require a multi-stakeholder approach that includes industry, government and NGOs. Our ambition remains to prevent and eliminate all forms of child labour from our supply chain, while respecting family situations and the legitimate need for rural development. We are affiliates of the FLA and in 2013, acting upon its recommendations, have worked with the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) to introduce a monitoring and remediation system that addresses incidences of child labour.

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