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Is Nestlé’s CLMRS contributing to the reduction of child labor in its cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire?

Publication date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2020

A new Fair Labor Association report shares the results of a detailed evaluation of the Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS) implemented by Nestlé in its cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire.

The evaluation, conducted as part of the 2018-2019 due diligence cycle during March and April of 2019, included the collection of primary information to assess whether the cocoa farmers, workers, and their families have benefited from the CLMRS interventions based on their perception of whether and how the interventions are impacting child labor.

The FLA report, “Is Nestlé’s CLMRS contributing to the reduction of child labor in its cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire?,” is based on three sources: primary data from field observations and in-person interviews with a representative sample of cooperatives and communities in 2019; the FLA’s Independent External Monitoring (IEM) reports (2013 – 2017); and secondary data from Nestlé’s CLMRS (2012 – 2019).

The FLA assessment confirmed the collection and management of relevant data on child labor in the households of cocoa producers via Nestlé’s CLMRS. Further, the report offers insights on the interventions embedded in the CLMRS, such as activities to raise awareness of child labor; efforts to encourage children’s participation in school; community-based programs that increase access to adult workers during peak periods; and income-generating activities for women to supplement family incomes.

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