By 2020: NESCAFÉ to monitor and improve labour rights in at least two coffee sourcing countries
April 13, 2020
NESCAFÉ worked with two NGOs, Verité and Certificadora de Productos Sustentables
[PPS], in 2019 to improve workers’ labor rights in Mexico, and partnered with coffee certifier 4C Services to conduct a scoping study in the Philippines.
PPS then visited 293 medium to large farms during harvest time to carry out specific labor rights assessments. Nine farms within, or related to, our supply chain were identified with Child Labor risks at the time of the visits. From these nine farms, we requested our suppliers to remove five from our value chain. For the remaining four, corrective actions were undertaken and followed up locally as a condition for these farms to continue supplying us coffee.
In the Philippines, 4C Services identified issues including noncompliance with local minimum wage legislation and a low level of school enrollment. We are assessing the situation and identifying root causes and potential solutions to address and rectify this.
April 15, 2019: Targeted labour rights monitoring program in one coffee sourcing country
UN Sustainable Development Goals