Nestlé has admitted slave labour in its supply chain of other products, including cat food that sources seafood from Thailand. That the company is now also admitting to forced labour in the coffee industry is a good sign, said Aidan McQuade, director of Anti-Slavery International.

    “Finding slavery in the agricultural supply chains of global food giants isn’t surprising, even in Brazil whose government has made considerable efforts to tackle forced labour.

    “However, Nestlé’s confirmation of their purchase from the two plantations in question is more positive, indicative perhaps of a growing tendency towards greater transparency in their supply chain and more attention to human rights.”



bizurke:

I recall watching a documentary about the way coffee is purchased and sold. If I remember right all of the coffee was purchased by the large companies like Nestle' from a central point where all of the farmers bring the beans to. This would mean that no one really knows what plantation the beans came from by the time they get purchased.

The slavery is terrible but I don't think that Nestle' or any of these other large coffee companies are responsible for it so I don't think finger pointing will solve anything. This is an issue that needs to be taken care of on the ground where it's happening.


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