FDBusiness.com

Nestlé Tackling Child Labour in Cocoa Farming

 Breaking News
  • Lactalis Expands in Infant Nutrition With €740 Million Acquisition Lactalis Group, the international dairy group based in Laval, France, is acquiring the Nutritional business of Aspen Pharmacare for €739.8 million (R12.9 billion). The business being acquired supplies a wide range of infant nutritional and growing-up milk products across both the premium and value segments. It manufactures and markets well established quality brands, including S-26, [...]...
  • Thatchers Cider to Invest £14 Million in New Cider Mill Thatchers Cider, the family owned English cider producer, is to invest £14 million in a new cider mill at its Myrtle Farm site in Somerset to meet growing demand for its products. The company has applied for planning permission and, if granted, the new mill would come on stream in 2019. “This investment is about our [...]...
  • Coca-Cola Great Britain Teams Up With Premier League Premier League and Coca-Cola Great Britain have announced a new three-and-a-half-year partnership, starting in January 2019. It is the first sponsorship Coca-Cola Great Britain will activate across multiple brands within its portfolio, showcasing a range of drinks including sparkling soft drinks, water and fruit-based drinks, with low and no-sugar options. The partnership will see Coca-Cola work [...]...
  • Barry Callebaut Completes $30 Million Capacity Expansion in North America Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has announced the completion of several expansion investments in three of its North American facilities located in St Hyacinthe, Quebec; Chatham, Ontario; and St Albans, Vermont. The investments amount to close to US$30 million and are in line with previously announced plans. Recent investments [...]...
  • Strong First Half From Hilton Food Group Hilton Food Group, the UK-based leading specialist international food packing business, has reported a 25.0% increase in turnover to £863.6 million and by 24.5% on a constant currency basis for the 28 weeks to 15 July 2018. Volumes increased by 12.7% reflecting growth in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Operating profit for the first half [...]...

Nestlé Tackling Child Labour in Cocoa Farming

Nestlé Tackling Child Labour in Cocoa Farming
August 18
12:54 2014

Nestlé is helping hundreds of children whom it has found to be working on the Côte d’Ivoire cocoa farms where it sources the cocoa for its chocolate. For two years the company, with its partner the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), has been raising awareness of the child labour issue in the country’s cocoa-growing communities, and helping children working on cocoa farms get back to school.

Nestlé is providing cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire with the practical support and means to get their children into the classroom,” says Sandra Martinez, the head of the company’s global Chocolate and Confectionery business. “Identifying exactly what is happening, and where, represents an important first step to resolving the issue of child labour in cocoa farming.”

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) has published its first report on Nestlé’s cocoa supply chain since the company joined the organisation, highlighting areas where the company needs to do more to meet the FLA code.

Their assessment is helping to ensure the effectiveness of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan which seeks to improve the lives of cocoa farmers and their communities, addressing child labour while improving productivity and ensuring the flow of good quality, sustainable cocoa.

The FLA‘s report suggests that more targeted help is needed for children at risk.

Nestlé also has its own system to monitor and map where children are working, or at risk of working on cocoa farms. In each cocoa community, liaison officers are chosen by the residents themselves and trained by Nestlé’s partner, the ICI. The officers are able to recognise the family situations in which children are more likely to work on farms.

This “monitoring and remediation” scheme is already operating in 10 of the 57 farmer cooperatives which supply the company with cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire and it will cover them all by the end of 2016.

Nestlé and the ICI have begun taking steps to help the children identified as being at risk of child labour, or carrying out hazardous tasks. Already, 639 are being helped and efforts to reach others are under way.

The company has helped more than 200 children obtain the birth certificates they need to enroll in school and is providing school kits and uniforms to their families.

In the Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa communities, women are more likely to seek to send their children to school, so Nestlé is piloting projects to enable mothers of children at risk of working on cocoa farms to generate their own, independent income – for example, by growing and selling cassava. Cassava-growing can generate enough income to cover the cost of enrolling two children in school per household.

The company is also looking at creating apprenticeship schemes and vocational training and literacy courses for children above school age.

It is also setting up groups who will be employed by villages to undertake high-risk activities, such as cutting trees and spraying crops, reducing the risk that these sorts of tasks are taken on by children.

“As a company, we are doing all we can but we acknowledge that, as long as children work on cocoa farms, there will always be more to do,” says Sandra Martinez.

About Author

mike

mike

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • September 25, 2018PPMA Show 2018
  • September 27, 2018Int'l Fruit Show (eurofruit)
  • September 30, 2018Trade Fair for Butchers, Caterers and Meat Industry (Meat Expo)
  • October 1, 2018Poznan International Fair
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements