Child labour

Our commitment: Eliminate child labour in key commodities

Our commitment: Eliminate child labour in key commodities

Our objective

By 2015 – Complete action plans to reduce child labour in our cocoa, hazelnut and vanilla supply chains, 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), our Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS) identifies the extent of child labour in our cocoa supply chain, and helps to understand root causes and develop appropriate measures in response.

By the end of 2014, the system covered 22 cocoa co-operatives, helping us to identify multiple cases of child labour in our supply chain and deploy remediation actions. 12 458 farmers and 35 736 community members have been sensitised to child labour as part of the CLMRS. In 2014, the FLA published the results of its first audit of our cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire, highlighting where we need to do more to meet the FLA Code of Conduct. For specific details of the progress we have made through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, see Roll out the Nestlé Cocoa Plan with cocoa farmers.

The Nestlé Responsible Sourcing of Vanilla Strategy guides work to tackle child labour in Madagascar’s vanilla industry, through investments in infrastructure such as schools and providing technical assistance, which have continued in 2014.

Our perspective

Our ambition is to eliminate all forms of child labour from our supply chain, while respecting family situations and the legitimate need for rural development. We believe in being open and transparent about the use of child labour in our supply chain and how we address it. We need to work with others, first to identify where child labour is a problem and then to tackle its root causes. We introduced our CLMRS in 2013, following FLA recommendations. The underlying causes behind child labour are complex, and the majority of child labour in our supply chain occurs within the family unit.

Tackling the issues will require industry, NGOs, governments and local authorities to work together with communities. Nestlé is responding in a variety of ways, from investing in schools to working with authorities to improve access to birth certificates and supporting women to secure better personal incomes.

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