Malaysia: Report finds child labour, forced labour & migrant worker abuses at Nestlé palm oil suppliers; Includes comment from Nestlé

Author: Swissinfo.ch, Published on: 20 September 2019

"Nestlé criticised over migrant palm oil workers in Malaysia", 17 September 2019

 A Swiss NGO has criticised...Nestlé for buying palm oil from Malaysian suppliers who it claims exploit workers, including children, on plantations where forced labour is widespread...

...Swiss firms import one-third of their palm oil needs from Malaysia, much of which comes from Sabah...There most of the difficult and dangerous work on plantations is carried out by Indonesian migrant workers...

...The NGO says Nestlé buys large quantities of palm oil from Sabah, including from the factories that process palm oil from the plantations it investigated....

...“As a result, Nestlé and other food companies benefit from low wages and poor working conditions on the ground, which are at the root of child labour,” the NGO said...The authors of the report urge Nestlé to act on their findings to ensure its suppliers and business partners in Sabah offer legal employment contracts and do not employ children...

...A Nestlé spokesman told swissinfo.ch: "Human rights abuses and child labor have no place in our supply chain. We were informed of the allegations by Solidar Switzerland. We are in contact with them and wish to establish the facts in this matter. If the allegations are true, we will take decisive action."...

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