Our commitment: Eliminate child labour in key categories
Nestlé opposes all forms of child exploitation. We are committed to preventing and eliminating child labour in our supply chain, working with stakeholders to develop and implement meaningful solutions. We conduct comprehensive monitoring, implement remediation activities and provide targeted support to local communities.
By 2015: Complete action plans to reduce child labour in our cocoa, hazelnut and vanilla supply chains, with 60 000 farmers trained on child labour practices, 60 schools built or renovated, and 80% of co-operatives covered by a child labour monitoring and remediation system (100% by 2016).
By 2018: Child labour risk assessment done for all 12 high-priority categories of raw ingredients and responsible sourcing strategies deployed to monitor and mitigate occurrences of child labour.
Our Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS) identifies child labour in our cocoa supply chain, helping us understand root causes and develop appropriate responses. By the end of 2015, the system covered 40 cocoa co-operatives (50% of those supplying us), while 44 617 farmers and 120 067 community members had been made aware of child labour. All vanilla and hazelnut co-operatives were also covered.
In 2015, we maintained our commitment to fight child labour as a member of the International Labour Organization’s Child Labour Platform, and continued to implement action plans focused on categories and countries with a higher risk of child labour issues.
In September 2016, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) released its annual assessment of Nestlé’s cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire. The independent external monitoring report highlights progress in child labour remediation and summarizes the progress found during previous assessments in 2013 and 2014.