Supply Chain Innovation


Olam International Cocoa Code d’Ivoire and Hazelnut Turkey  supply chains are assessed by the FLA.

From the Olam website:  As Olam has grown, so has our direct workforce – employed across our upstream operations in plantations, concessions and farming to our downstream processing. These employees and contractors are governed by the Olam Code of Conduct and ILO compliant labour standards.

The Fair Labor Association conducted its annual Independent External Monitoring (IEM) in a sample of Olam’s traceable cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire. The 2017 FLA IEM visits took place in four cooperatives that had never been assessed before and one cooperative that was previously assessed in 2014 for verification.  According to information provided by Olam, the company’s traceable cocoa supply chain of represents 90 percent of its entire cocoa supply chain, involving 120,000 cocoa farmers, grouped into 192 cooperatives. 

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).

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.

To document company capacity at the outset of the FLA's cooperative agreement with the US Department of Labor to pilot test USDA social sustainability guidelines in Turkey, the project team conducted a baseline survey of Nestlé, Olam-Progıda, and Balsu to assess their programs for combating child and forced labor.