By 2020: NESCAFÉ to monitor and improve labour rights in at least two coffee sourcing countries
April 20, 2021
We have established intensive monitoring, engagement and remediation programs for labor rights in Mexico and the Philippines.
While COVID-19 created some challenges, we continued our programs, working with Certificadora de Productos Sostenibles [CPS] in Mexico and with Catholic Relief Services in the Philippines.
During 2020 in Mexico, our partner Verité carried out renewed labor rights training for our farmers, our agronomist team and our local partner CPS. CPS then surveyed 232 medium-to-large farms [more than 10 hectares] in the states of Chiapas and Veracruz. Out of this total, 19 were found to be hiring minors [those under 18 years old as per Mexican law]. All were formally notified and committed to take immediate corrective actions. These actions were followed up closely by our local team.
As part of the 2020 survey, CPS revisited the four farms that were found to be hiring minors in 2019 and had then agreed to take corrective actions. There was no hiring of minors observed on these four farms.
We believe that we have made significant progress in tackling unacceptable child labor practices on coffee farms in Mexico, and we will continue these efforts until the practices are eradicated.
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
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