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Nestle Seeks To Get Kids Off Cocoa Farms, Into Classrooms, In Côte d'Ivoire

August 12, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé announced it is continuing efforts to reduce and eventually eliminate child labor on cocoa farms in Côte d'Ivoire, where the company sources the cocoa for its chocolate. The company hopes to get hundreds of children off the farms and into schools by providing the “practical support and means” to cocoa farmers. The first step in the process is identifying the scope of the problem, which was recently highlighted in a report on child labor code compliance issued by the Fair Labor Association. The company’s "monitoring and remediation" system currently operates in 10 of the 57 cocoa production cooperatives in Côte d'Ivoire and plans to operate in all of them by the end of 2016.
"Nestle: Tackling child labour in cocoa farming", News release, Nestlé, August 12, 2014, © Nestlé
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