Nestlé to probe child labour on Ivory Coast cocoa farms

2011-11-28 11:15

Vevey, Switzerland – The world’s biggest food company, Nestlé, says it will work with a non-profit group to investigate child labour on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast that supply its factories.

Little has changed in the decade since the Swiss company and other major chocolate makers signed a US-brokered international agreement in September 2001 to rid their supply chains of child labourers.

Now, Nestlé says it is joining the Fair Labour Association, a group that evolved out of a US presidential task force in the Bill Clinton White House, to probe cocoa fields that supply its products.

The Fair Labour Association says its audit will be independent, with unannounced visits to a sampling of farms. The results will be made public in spring 2012.

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