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.

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.

On June 16, 2015, a group of workers at the Karacabey factory in Turkey, owned and operated by Participating Company Nestlé, submitted a Third Party Complaint with the FLA alleging that they had been dismissed because of their union affiliation.