How has Nestlé improved its seafood sourcing?
We source some seafood ingredients such as tuna and shrimp from Thailand, for our food and petcare products. Nestlé is working hard to stop forced labor and ensure responsible labor practices, after media reports of issues on some fishing boats linked to our supply chain.
In 2015, we launched an Action Plan (pdf, 650Kb) to tackle unacceptable practices. Although we cannot provide guarantees, we are confident that seafood from problematic fishing vessels do not enter our supply chain.
We’re continuing to roll out the Action Plan with our suppliers and other partners. Key measures include:
- Response team to help protect fishing labourers at risk in Thailand.
- Grievance mechanism to allow workers to anonymously report abuses.
- Verification program for fishing vessels to assesses working and living conditions.
- Training for boat owners and captains on minimum standards, improved traceability to ensure better oversight of where supplies come from.
Our December 2017 update (pdf, 500Kb) shows the progress we’ve made. For example, in 2017 we achieved 99% traceability back to registered vessels for wild caught tuna, and 99% traceability for farmed shrimp.
We ensured that our Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Standard (pdf, 2Mb) principles were written into commercial relationships, and banned transshipments – where seafood is moved between vessels so they can stay at sea for longer.