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Hazelnut Project in Turkey

Piloting Strategies to Reduce Child Labor in the Hazelnut Harvest

Around the world there are more than 160 million children working, primarily in the agriculture sector.
 
As an organization with more than a decade of experience in the agriculture sector, the Fair Labor Association led a 31-month-long pilot program focused on reducing child labor for an at-risk and in-demand commodity: hazelnuts sourced from Turkey. Turkey is the world’s largest producer and exporter of hazelnuts, repsresenting about 70 percent and 82 percent of the world’s production and exports of hazelnuts.
 
The pilot, made possible through the support of the U.S. Department of Labor's International Labor Affairs Bureau (USDOL-ILAB) and three FLA-affiliated companies -- Nestlé, Olam, and Balsu -- tested implementation of USDA guidelines on best practices for eliminating child and forced labor in agricultural supply chains. Under this pilot, the stakeholders are united to combat the use of child labor and support ethical recruitment practices in the farming and production of hazelnuts in Turkey.
 
The FLA helped to develop the U.S. Department of Agriculture Guidelines for Eliminating Child and Forced Labor in Agricultural Supply Chains, and through the implementation of the pilot the FLA and its partners developed and executed sustainable solutions for addressing child labor, such as providing safe spaces for children as an alternative to work and training workers, farmers, labor contractors, and company staff on child labor issues.

ABOUT THIS WORK

 An explanation of the FLA’s hazelnut Project in Turkey and its program partners.

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REPORTS

 Original FLA reporting on the hazelnut supply chain in Turkey.

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MEDIA

 Photos, videos, and stories from the project.

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Latest Updates

Self-Assessment Tool: Prevention and Management of Child and Forced Labor Risks

Publication date: 
Friday, October 26, 2018
Report type: 
Hazelnut Project in TurkeyReports
FLA developed a comprehensive yet user-friendly and easy-to-use self-assessment tool for companies with agricultural supply chains to apply the USDA Guidelines as part of their social compliance, sustainability or human rights due diligence programs.

Documentary: FLA Project to Mitigate Child Labor and Support Ethical Recruitment in Agriculture

Publication date: 
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Report type: 
Hazelnut Project in TurkeyMedia
In this documentary, farm workers, labor contractors, farmers, manufacturers, government officials, and migrant children offer their perspectives on the FLA's pilot project implementing USDA guidelines for improving agricultural supply chains and on the situation for migrant hazelnut harvesters in Turkey.

Lessons Learned During the FLA's Pilot Project in Turkey

Publication date: 
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Report type: 
Hazelnut Project in TurkeyReports
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).

A Conversation With Nestle: Improving Conditions in the Hazelnut Sector

Publication date: 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Report type: 
Hazelnut Project in TurkeyMedia
“Responsible sourcing is a cornerstone of our approach to the sustainable development of our business. It is also an essential part of our relationship with the farmers and producers we depend on for our supply of raw materials,” says Hanna Jager, Global Responsible Sourcing Leader for Nestlé.

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