According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) child labour is 'Work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development'.
We believe that child labour has no place in our supply chain.
However, child labour in cocoa is a widespread and challenging issue, driven by multiple factors. Solutions must take into account these cultural, economic and social considerations. This is what the Nestlé Cocoa Plan aims to provide. With the ICI, we have introduced a Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS) to help address this complex issue.
Key achievements to date:
- 51%: Reduction in child labour in our supply chain over a three-year period
- 67,245: 5-17 year olds currently being monitored by the Nestlé Cocoa Plan CLMRS with scale-up continuing
- 6,346: Number of children being helped to date by the Nestlé Cocoa Plan CLMRS
The Tackling Child Labour report looks, for the first time, at the effectiveness of efforts made by Nestlé and the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) to tackle the problem of child labour.
Read more in our 2017 Tackling Child Labour report.