2016 Assessments of Olam's Cocoa Supply Chain in Ivory Coast
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
As part of the annual assessment of its affiliate members, the FLA since 2013 has conducted monitoring visits in Olam's cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire. In 2016, the FLA focused its independent external monitoring (IEM) visits on three cooperatives that had never been assessed before.
The report below summarizes FLA findings for its 2016 assessments and the company’s responses to the 2016 findings, and summarizes the progress and remaining gaps related to issues found during previous assessments in 2015. The FLA’s key findings in its 2016 assessments showed progress in many areas of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct, such as a lower rate of reported child labor cases (none reported in 2016), and increased Code and good practices awareness among farmers. The assessments also revealed persistent issues related to the age-verification process, children's exposure to chemical hazards, record-keeping for payment of certification premiums to farmers, and other issues.