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Hazelnut Project in Turkey

Companies and NGOs Partnered With Turkish Government Officials to Reduce Child Labor

Publication date: 
Monday, June 18, 2018
Report type: 
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"Hazelnuts are the most important product, especially in the Black Sea region. When harvesting them [it's vital] that we consider how we can do it in better conditions. We shouldn't pick this product at the expense of other people's quality of life," says Nurcan Önder, Director General of Labor for the Ministry of Labor and Social Security in Turkey.

Migrant Workers in Turkey Describe Their Lives During the Hazelnut Harvest

Publication date: 
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Report type: 
Hazelnut Project in TurkeyMedia
Migrant farmworkers discuss their work to harvest hazelnuts, returning year after year, some since childhood, along with their families. In partnership with the US Department of Labor and the Ministry of Labor and Social Security in Turkey, the Fair Labor Association, Nestlé, Balsu, and Olam have been working to create safe spaces for children in the hazelnut harvest and improve conditions for workers.

A Conversation with Balsu and Olam, Suppliers to Nestle in Turkey

Publication date: 
Monday, May 7, 2018
Report type: 
Hazelnut Project in TurkeyMedia
Collaboration between multiple stakeholders was a key part of the success of the pilot program for addressing the systemic labor problems within the Turkish hazelnut supply chain. Balsu and Olam, two of Nestlé's main suppliers and FLA affiliated companies, worked with local farmers, laborers, Turkish ministry officials, and CSOs to learn about the issue of child labor, educate migrant families about their rights, and build ethical recruitment practices.

Occupational Health, Safety, and Risk Groups in Hazelnut Production

Publication date: 
Monday, April 2, 2018
Report type: 
Hazelnut Project in TurkeyReports
Hazelnut production in Turkey takes place mostly in family-owned small- scale orchards, where traditional labor-intensive techniques remain in place and labor relations are informal. Especially during the harvest, laborers work long hours without social security benefits under severe conditions like extreme heat, on steep and slippery terrain, usually seven days a week.

Institutional Survey Baseline Report; Hazelnut Supply Chains in Turkey

Publication date: 
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Report type: 
Hazelnut Project in TurkeyReports
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.

Hazelnut Workers in Turkey: Demographic Profiling; Duzce, Ordu, and Sakarya, 2016

Publication date: 
Friday, September 29, 2017
Report type: 
Hazelnut Project in TurkeyReports
The worker demographic profiling report presented here was produced to support the work of the project “Partnership to Reduce Child Labor and Forced Labor in Imported Agricultural Products: Piloting the USDA Guidelines in the Hazelnut Supply Chain in Turkey,” conducted by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) as part of its cooperative agreement with the US Department of Labor.

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