Nestlé investigates child labour

Swiss food giant Nestlé says it will work with a non-profit group to investigate alleged child labour on Ivory Coast cocoa farms where it sources supplies.

This content was published on November 28, 2011 - 14:00 and agencies

Nestlé announced on Monday it was joining the Fair Labor Association (FLA), a United States group that formed as part of a presidential task force during the Clinton administration.

Little has changed since Nestlé, along with other global chocolate producers, signed a US-brokered deal to eliminate child labour in 2001.

The FLA said it would conduct an independent audit with unannounced visits to some of the farms in question. The results will be published in spring 2012.

With its headquarters in Vevey in western Switzerland, Nestlé had sales of SFr107.9 billion ($114.3 billion) in 2010, with organic growth of 6.2 per cent.

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