Cocoa & Child Labor

We believe that child labor has no place in our supply chain, and are firmly committed to taking action to eradicate unacceptable practices in line with our commitments in the Nestlé Corporate Business Principles and the Nestlé Supplier Code.

In February 2012, Nestlé became the first company in the food industry to partner with the Fair Labor Association (FLA), a non-profit initiative that works with companies to improve working conditions in supply chains. We invited the FLA to examine our cocoa supply from Côte d’Ivoire, and their comprehensive report was issued in June 2012. The report found that child labor is still a reality on cocoa farms in Côte d’Ivoire and has its roots in a combination of factors.

We support the 11 recommendations the FLA has made to Nestlé and other members of the cocoa industry. We will involve communities in Côte d’Ivoire in an effort to prevent the use of child labor in cocoa-growing areas by raising awareness and training people to identify children at risk. This initiative builds upon existing efforts to develop a more sustainable cocoa supply through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.

In November 2013, CNN Presenter Richard Quest accompanied Nestlé Executive Vice President Jose Lopez of Nestlé to West Africa for a documentary “Cocoa-nomics.”  You can learn more online.