Does Nestlé have forced labour in its seafood supply chain?
What challenges do you and other companies face when sourcing seafood ingredients in Thailand for food and petcare products?
Unfortunately, no company sourcing seafood ingredients from Thailand can guarantee that it has completely removed forced labour practices or human rights abuses from its supply chain, due to the widespread nature of these issues.
Nonetheless, Nestlé launched an Action Plan (pdf, 650Kb) in 2015 to tackle unacceptable practices, and we are now confident that seafood products from problematic Thai fishing vessels is not entering our supply chain. We will continue to update you on our progress.
What are the key measures in your seafood Action Plan?
We’re continuing to roll-out the Action Plan with our suppliers and other partners. Its key measures include:
- Co-ordinating the establishment of a response team to help protect fishing labourers at risk in Thailand.
- Launching a grievance mechanism to allow workers to anonymously report abuses.
- Putting in place a verification programme for fishing vessels that assesses working and living conditions.
- Training for boat owners and captains on minimum standards, and improved traceability to ensure better oversight of where our supplies are coming from.
Read more in our latest December 2017 update (pdf, 500Kb) on the plan.
What progress have you made to tackle forced labour?
In March 2016, we reported that 99% of the seafood ingredients sourced in Thailand for Nestlé Purina brands is traceable to a fishing vessel or farm. This improved level of traceability is thanks to the stricter enforcement of regulations by the Thai government and good cooperation from our suppliers. Two years after the launch of the Action Plan, we published a further update on progress (pdf, 500Kb).
Will you end commercial relationships with suppliers if they fail to take sufficient action?
Our approach with suppliers is to work with them to address issues in ingredient sourcing. For seafood in Thailand, Nestlé and its suppliers are committed to taking action on the issues highlighted by the Verité report. Through our Action Plan and Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Standard we are ensuring that minimum standards are adhered to and we are publically reporting on progress. This includes adding new business requirements into our relationships with suppliers in Thailand.