Supply Chain Innovation


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.

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...


2015-2017 Independent External Monitoring and Independent External Verification Reports of Shared Hazelnut Supply Chain in Turkey: Nestle, Balsu, and Olam

2015-2017 Nesté Independent External Monitoring Reports and Independent External Verification Reports of Cocoa Supply Chain in Côte d’Ivoire.

A new Fair Labor Association report shares the results of a detailed evaluation of the Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS) implemented by Nestlé in its cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire.

The evaluation, conducted as part of the 2018-2019 due diligence cycle during March and April of 2019, included the collection of primary information to assess whether the cocoa farmers, workers, and their families have benefited from the CLMRS interventions based on their perception of whether and how the interventions are impacting child labor.

The FLA outlines the findings of research to test interventions designed to protect workers in the supply chains of three affiliates. The evaluation, called a social impact assessment, included interventions executed by Nestlé and its two suppliers, Balsu and Olam, in the hazelnut supply chain in Turkey and identified the most effective at upholding workers’ rights.

The Fair Labor Association commissioned this study to explore the relationship between the procurement price and working conditions in hazelnut production in Turkey (with a special focus on child labor and forced labor), and review different actors’ roles in the supply chain, as part of the project “Piloting the USDA Guidelines for Eliminating Child Labor and Forced Labor in the Hazelnut Supply Chain in Turkey”.