Guatemala: Child labour found at coffee farms supplying to Nespresso; Includes company comments

Author: Zoe Drewett, Metro, Published on: 27 February 2020

"Nespresso exposed for using child labour at coffee farms", 26 February 2020

An undercover probe has discovered child labour at farms linked to coffee giant Nespresso.

Dispatches filmed children working eight-hour days for less than £5 up to six days a week carrying out heavy manual labour...

Swiss coffee brand Nespresso... previously claimed its beans come from ethical sources and does not publicly list its supplier farms...

[T]he company said it is ‘extremely concerned’ by the allegations and is making ‘significant efforts to address child labour and protect the children in the coffee farming communities we work with... Nespresso has a ‘zero tolerance’ of child labour, it said, and has immediately stopped working with farms in Guatemala while it investigates.

The company’s chief executive... said: ‘We work with Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade International to reinforce good working practices and fair treatment of workers... In fact, all of the farms in the cooperatives in this region of Guatemala are Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade certified...

Dispatches said it was given access to Nespresso supplier farms in remote regions of Guatemala... and found children working at all of them...

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Related companies: Nespresso (part of Nestlé)