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Report commissioned by Nestlé finds forced labour & human trafficking in its Thai seafood supply chain

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25 November 2015

Nestle to fight 'slave labour' in Thailand

Author: AFP

Swiss food giant Nestle vowed Tuesday to stamp out any forced labour used in its supply chain in Thailand, after a probe confirmed workers were toiling in "slave-like" conditions to catch and process fish for Nestle products. "Nestle is committed to eliminating forced labour in our seafood supply chain in Thailand," executive vice president of operations Magdi Batato said in a statement. Nestle had commissioned non-governmental organisation Verite to investigate working conditions among its suppliers of fish in Thailand following allegations they were using slave labour.The Verite report is entitled Recruitment Practices and Migrant Labor Conditions in Nestle’s Thai Shrimp Supply Chain. It concluded that forced labour and other human rights abuses were "endemic" and pose an "urgent challenge to any company sourcing seafood" in Thailand.In some cases, impoverished illegal migrants trafficked from places like Myanmar and Cambodia were tricked and "sold" to fishing vessels where they worked virtually non-stop in dire conditions, receiving little or no pay...After seeing Verite's conclusions, Nestle said it had launched a 10-point action plan, including setting up an emergency response team to quickly help individuals at risk. The plan, which Nestle said it would begin implementing immediately, also includes a programme aimed at verifying the working conditions on fishing vessels, a programme to train boat captains in best practices and a system aimed at improving the traceability of seafood ingredients used in the company's products.

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Author: AWP/AFP

« Nestlé: travail forcé avéré dans la pêche en Thaïlande, plan d'action adopté », 24 novembre 2015

Des migrants ont été soumis à du travail forcé dans le milieu de la pêche en Thaïlande, a établi dans un rapport une ONG, Vérité, qui a enquêté pour le compte de Nestlé…Cette enquête sur la chaîne d'approvisionnement a révélé que des travailleurs avaient été recrutés de manière trompeuse dans leur pays d'origine, transportés vers la Thaïlande dans des conditions inhumaines…Les travailleurs interrogés dans le cadre de cette enquête, menée pendant trois mois sur six sites de production, ont été soumis à des conditions de travail dangereuses, ont été victimes d'intimidation, de harcèlement et de violences verbales ou physiques…L'ONG a mis en évidence le manque de transparence dans la chaîne d'approvisionnement…Avec la publication de ce rapport, le groupe a adopté un plan d'action qui prévoit notamment la mise en place d'une équipe d'urgence pour les migrants et d'un programme d'audit interne pour procéder à des vérification sur les conditions de travail sur les bateaux de pêche. "Nestlé s'est engagé à éliminer le travail forcé dans notre chaîne d'approvisionnement en Thaïlande", a déclaré Magdi Batato, vice-président opérationnel au sein du groupe, cité dans un communiqué…

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24 November 2015

Nestle Finds Abuse, Forced Labor by Thai Seafood Suppliers

Author: Chris Blake, Bloomberg

Migrant workers toiling in Thailand’s seafood industry to supply global companies such as Nestle SA are subjected to hazardous, exploitative and degrading conditions in which some fishermen are even sold to other boat captains, a report commissioned by the company found. The report conducted by Verite on behalf of Geneva-based Nestle and released Monday found “indicators of forced labor, trafficking, and child labor to be present among sea-based and land-based workers.” The findings, which are consistent with the non-government group’s previous research on Thailand’s fishing industry, “present an urgent challenge to any company sourcing seafood.”...“Nestle is committed to eliminating forced labor in our seafood supply chain in Thailand, working alongside other stakeholders to tackle this serious and complex issue," Magdi Batato, executive vice president of operations at the company, said in a statement. “This will be neither a quick nor an easy endeavor, but we look forward to making significant progress in the months ahead.”

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23 November 2015

A Verité Assessment of Recruitment Practices and Migrant Labor Conditions in Nestlé’s Thai Shrimp Supply Chain

Author: Verité

Seeking to better understand the risks of forced labor and human trafficking in the Thai seafood industry, Nestlé contracted Verité to conduct a focused investigation of six production sites in Thailand—three shrimp farms (one in Mahachai and two in Surat Thani), two ports of origin (Ranong Fish Port and Mahachai Fish Port), and one docked fishing boat (in Ranong Fish Port). These sites were identified by a third-party supply chain mapping consultant as being linked with the fishmeal (or fish feed) used as feed input in farms producing whole prawns for Nestlé. Verité assessed these and a number of other worksites in the same supply chain. The three-month assessment focused on forced labor and trafficking risks in the recruitment, hiring, employment and living conditions of foreign migrant workers in the targeted vessel-to-marketplace shrimp and fishmeal supply chain of one of Nestlé’s key suppliers.

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