After chocking revelations that hundreds of thousands of children are being forced to harvest cocoa beans under abusive conditions companies pledged to address the practice. But 10 years lated, labour advocated say the chocolate industry doesn't have much to show for itself on this issue.
An independent investigation into Nestlé's cocoa supply chain has found numerous children labor violations and kickstarted an ambitious plan to eventually eradicate forced labor and child labor in its production cycle.The study was carried out by the Fair Labor Association with Nestlé's support. "Our investigation of Nestlé's cocoa supply chain represents the first time a multinational chocolate producer has allowed its procurement system to be completely traced and assessed. For too long child labor in cocoa production has been everybody's problem and therefore nobody's responsibility," said FLA President Auret van Heerden.
It means Nestlé is the first chocolate-maker to comprehensively map its cocoa supply chain – and can work on identifying problems areas, training and educating workers and taking action against child labor violations.