Nestlé have taken a combined approach of certification and investment in local cocoa communities. The Nestlé Cocoa Plan focuses on increasing farmer yield as well as child protection, through the construction of schools in areas where access to educational facilities is limited.
The Nestlé Cocoa Plan is externally verified via certification. In Côte d’Ivoire 76% of Nestlé Cocoa Plan cocoa beans are certified by UTZ and 12% by Fairtrade. In Ghana 100% are certified by UTZ.
Nestlé makes the case that certification is not enough and that further approaches are needed to improve livelihoods and drive rural development. Thus, they devised the Nestlé Rural Development Framework, a policy document on developing sustainable producer communities.
100% of Australian and New Zealand manufactured chocolate bars and beverage Milo are certified with UTZ.
1. The most comprehensive Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System with independent impact assessments by the Fair Labor Association (FLA). FLA reports are publicly available.
2. The most transparent company at actively reporting the number of children found in the worst forms of child labour and trafficking.
3. Focus on education and keeping children in school to minimise exploitation.
1. Emphasis on local input into community development projects in the start-up of the programmes has been limited. However, through CocoaAction Nestlé are starting to incorporate local voices by drawing up ten community action plans in 2016.
2. No commitment date for 100% certification world-wide has been given. (100% of Australian, New Zealand and UK produced products are certified.)
For more information on the Nestlé Cocoa Plan see the full report at: www.stopthetraffik.com.au/chocreport/