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.

Every summer, tens of thousands of seasonal workers migrate to agriculture production areas across Turkey. A majority of these workers are from the southeastern Turkey and they travel as family groups moving from crop to crop for six to eight months each year. Often, the children work alongside their migrant parents, contributing to the household income, but at the expense of their personal development.

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...


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”.

As part of the annual assessment of its affiliate members, the FLA conducted monitoring visits in Nestlé’s traced cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire. The FLA Independent External Monitoring program covers a growing portion of Nestlé’s cocoa supply chain served by the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, which represents about 35 percent of its total cocoa supply chain as of end 2017.

In August 2017, 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.

This report tells the story of Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company, and its two hazelnut suppliers in Turkey, Olam and Balsu, as they pilot-tested the United States Department of Agriculture Guidelines for Eliminating Child Labor and Forced Labor in Agricultural Supply Chains (USDA Guidelines) in Turkey’s hazelnut supply chain.  This project was a partnership between the three companies and the Fair Labor Association (FLA), funded by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL).