Nestle failing on child labor abuse
June 30 , 2012
The food company Nestle has been accused of failing to carry out checks on child labor and other abuses in its cocoa supply chain.
A report by the Fair Labor Association (FLA), an independent auditor, found "multiple serious violations" of the company's own supplier code.
The code includes clauses on child labor, safety and working hours.
Injuries caused by machetes, which are used to harvest cocoa pods, have also been reported.
Earlier reports suggest that 1.8 million children in West Africa are at risk.
After increasing pressure, Nestle commissioned the FLA to map its cocoa supply chain in Cote D’Ivoire, where almost half the world's cocoa comes from.
Nestle has said it will prepare a detailed plan to resolve the issue.