Brazil: Conectas & union ADERE-MG file OECD complaint accusing 6 companies of forced labour in their supply chains
On 21 August, Conectas and ADERE-MG filed a complaint to to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development accusing Nestlé, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts and Illy of failing to ensure that their coffee is sourced from Brazilian farms that are free from forced labour. In 2016, reports by the NGOs Reporter Brasil and Danwatch demonstrated that suppliers of the mentioned companies had been involved with modern slavery. ADERE and Conectas reached out to the six coffee brands. The complainants assert that some of the companies responded but none publicized their supplier list, nor indicated measures adopted to ensure remedy for victims and correct norms and policies in view of past flaws.