From the Nestlé website: Nestlé’s mission is to enhance consumers’ lives by offering tastier and healthier food and beverage choices for all stages of life and at any time of the day. True to our values and principles we also Create Shared Value through sustainable growth and a commitment to environmental sustainability and compliance along every step of the value chain. Nestlé’s promise is Good Food, Good Life.

Since 2013, the FLA annually conducts monitoring visits in Nestlé’s traced cocoa supply chain in Ivory Coast. Independent External Monitoring (IEM) covers a growing portion of the cocoa supply chain served by the Nestlé Cocoa Plan (NCP), which represents 30 percent of its total cocoa supply chain as of mid-2016 as reported by Nestlé.  In 2015, the FLA conducted IEMs in four cooperatives that were never assessed before, and also Independent External Verification (IEV) in two cooperatives that were previously assessed in 2013.

For this report, the FLA worked with one of Nestlé's tier-1 suppliers to identify an appropriate tier-2 supplier for an assessment of working conditions at farms outside of the "Nestlé Cocoa Plan."  Assessors visited farms in four communities, interviewing farmers, farmworkers, and supply chain intermediaries.  This report describes the structure of the supply chain they found, and working conditions at the farms.

In July 2014, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) published the report "Assessing Women's Roles in Nestlé's Ivory Coast Supply Chain."  This report articulated 17 specific recommendations to Nestlé and the Ivorian government to raise the status of women in the Nestlé supply chain, and to improve conditions for women in cocoa-producing areas of the Ivory Coast.

In August 2015, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) conducted independent assessments in the Turkish hazelnut supply chain shared by three FLA affiliates – Nestlé, and its two strategic first-tier suppliers, Balsu and Olam Progida which together account for 100 percent of Nestlé’s hazelnut volume in Turkey.

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) today announced a cooperative agreement of $4.87 million to the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to pilot test the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s "Guidelines for Eliminating Child and Forced Labor in Agricultural Supply Chains" over the next 28 months.  The FLA will partner with three companies affiliated with the FLA – Nestlé, Olam-Prodiga and Balsu – in applying the guidelines to their hazelnut supply chain in Turkey.   “We are excited to...
On November 26, representatives from Solidaridad Côte d’Ivoire, Union des Grandes Entreprises Industrielles de Côte d’Ivoire, Association des Femmes Productrices de Café-Cacao du Sud-Bandama, Cargill, UCDG, the World Cocoa Foundation and others joined FLA, Nestlé and FLA’s Global Forum for Sustainable Supply Chains in Abidjan for a meeting to review Nestlé’s progress in implementing its Action Plan and to offer feedback and recommendations for moving forward. Nestlé reported on progress thus far, which has included: Training of...
This is a guest post by Piera Waibel, Global Manager for FLA’s agriculture program. The World Cocoa Foundation organized the 22nd Partnership Meeting & Roundtable Sessions in collaboration with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO on October 24-25, 2012 in Zurich. I participated in a panel discussion on “Lessons on Addressing Child Labor from Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana” along with Emmanuel Opuku, Deputy Director of the Ghana Cocoa Board; Darrell High from Nestlé; and Nick Weatherill from the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI). The panel...
FLA maps complete cocoa sourcing process in Ivory Coast for the first time Geneva, Switzerland – A sweeping, independent investigation by the Fair Labor Association mapped Nestlé’s cocoa supply chain from its headquarters to the farms in Ivory Coast and identified numerous violations of its labor code, especially with regard to child labor. Following FLA’s investigation, Nestlé agreed to build a system to monitor for child labor, forced labor and health and safety risks during the entire crop cycle, not just the harvest, while investing in alternatives for...

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Since 2013, the FLA annually conducts monitoring visits in Nestlé’s traced cocoa supply chain in Ivory Coast. Independent External Monitoring (IEM) covers a growing portion of the cocoa supply chain served by the Nestlé Cocoa Plan (NCP), which represents 30 percent of its total cocoa supply chain as of mid-2016 as reported by Nestlé.  In 2015, the FLA conducted IEMs in four cooperatives that were never assessed before, and also Independent External Verification (IEV) in two cooperatives that were previously assessed in 2013.

For this report, the FLA worked with one of Nestlé's tier-1 suppliers to identify an appropriate tier-2 supplier for an assessment of working conditions at farms outside of the "Nestlé Cocoa Plan."  Assessors visited farms in four communities, interviewing farmers, farmworkers, and supply chain intermediaries.  This report describes the structure of the supply chain they found, and working conditions at the farms.

In July 2014, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) published the report "Assessing Women's Roles in Nestlé's Ivory Coast Supply Chain."  This report articulated 17 specific recommendations to Nestlé and the Ivorian government to raise the status of women in the Nestlé supply chain, and to improve conditions for women in cocoa-producing areas of the Ivory Coast.

In August 2015, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) conducted independent assessments in the Turkish hazelnut supply chain shared by three FLA affiliates – Nestlé, and its two strategic first-tier suppliers, Balsu and Olam Progida which together account for 100 percent of Nestlé’s hazelnut volume in Turkey.

The FLA annually conducts independent assessments of a sample of each affiliated company’s supply chains. For Nestlé in Ivory Coast, the FLA has been monitoring since 2013 a growing portion of its cocoa supply served by the Nestlé Cocoa Plan (NCP). As of mid-2015, the NCP represented around 25 percent of Nestlé’s total cocoa supply chain.

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