Human rights

Our commitment: Assess and address human rights impacts in our operations and supply chain

 

By 2016 – Continue to participate in multi-stakeholder efforts to identify further solutions and implement collaborative actions to address the issue of forced labor in Thailand’s seafood supply chain.

Our Progress

We have to make sure that respect for human rights remains at the forefront of Nestlé’s business, by continually reviewing, monitoring and addressing the human rights risks of our activities. By upholding international human rights standards, and continuous and consistent application of our own policies, which are aligned with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Nestlé can make a positive impact on all our stakeholders.

Nestlé operates with a fundamental respect for the rights of the people we employ, do business with or otherwise interact with. This respect is at the core of Nestlé’s Corporate Business Principles and aligned with the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework. We have identified 11 salient issues (those human rights at risk of the most severe impact) for us to address, including child labor, safety and health, living wage, workers’ accommodation and access to basic needs, water and sanitation and other important areas.

Given increasing concern about labor and human rights abuses in the seafood supply chain, and our commitment to eliminate such practices, Nestlé published in 2015 a comprehensive Action Plan on seafood sourced from Thailand. It contains a series of actions designed to help protect workers from abuses, improve working conditions and tackle unacceptable practices including juvenile and teenage working. As part of our efforts, we joined the Shrimp Sustainable Supply Chain Task Force and partnered with Issara Institute to identify and implement solutions to address these issues.