Independent External Monitoring of Nestlé’s Hazelnut Supply Chain in Turkey

Publication date: 
Thursday, April 10, 2014

In August 2011, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) conducted an assessment of labor and human rights conditions in Nestlé’s hazelnut supply chain in Turkey, responding to a request from Nestlé for an external investigation. Based on the results of this assessment, Nestlé developed and submitted an action plan to the FLA in February 2012.

In order to evaluate the current working conditions in Nestlé’s hazelnut supply chain and the progress made in the implementation of its action plan, the FLA conducted five unannounced independent external monitoring visits to Nestlé suppliers and hazelnuts farms in the Black Sea Region between August 12 – 30, 2013. During the monitoring visits, a team consisting of both FLA and external assessors visited 67 hazelnut gardens (farms) in Nestlé’s supply chain in the Ordu-Giresun (42 visits) and Akcakoca (25 visits) regions.

The visits included interviews with local and migrant workers and their accompanying family members, growers, and labor contractors. A total of 1,117 workers (866 in Ordu-Giresun and 251 in Akcakoca) were reported to be working in the gardens, of which 263 were interviewed (168 in Ordu-Giresun and 95 in Akcakoca). The FLA assessment included a review of Nestlé’s internal monitoring and remediation system, involving interviews with the staff of regional tier 1 suppliers and documentation review.

View the executive summary, findings and corrective action plans below.

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