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Child labor still issue on Ivory Coast cocoa farms

Child labor still issue on Ivory Coast cocoa farms

A labor organization says children continue to work in hazardous conditions on farms that supply cocoa to Nestle in Ivory Coast, the world's largest cocoa producer, but that the multinational company is taking concrete steps to root out the practice.
The Fair Labor Association, an international group that evolved out of a U.S. presidential task force in the Clinton White House, said Friday that industry efforts to put an end to child labor in Ivory Coast have been stalled by a recent civil war.
An FLA investigation, which began in January, followed an announcement that Nestle was partnering with the non-profit to probe the cocoa fields that supply its products. It was the first time a food company has joined FLA, which used the same approach with sweatshops when big-name apparel and shoe manufacturers wanted to overcome criticism over child labor in their operations.


Updated : 2021-05-10 01:51 GMT+08:00