Turkey: Hazelnuts in Ferrero Rocher supply chain linked to child labour; Includes company comments

Author: Lorenzo Tondo, The Guardian, Published on: 1 January 2020

"Ferrero Rocher chocolates may be tainted by child labour", 20 December 2019

The hazelnuts inside millions of Ferrero Rocher chocolates... may have been picked by children working in farms in Turkey...

Ferrero acknowledged the problem of child labour in Turkey’s agricultural sector and said that they are “determined to prevent and eliminate child labour all along our supply chains”...

Interviews with child workers filmed by... WeMove Europe and the Centre for Child Rights... include children allegedly as young as 11 claiming that they are forced to work for up to 12 hours a day...

[O]her... child labourers [said] they work without contracts or adequate health and safety equipment... Farmers interviewed... claim that they sell their hazelnuts to Ferrero through intermediary companies...

Ferrero has said it aims to make its hazelnuts 100% traceable by 2020. The company says it currently traces about 49% of the hazelnuts...

WeMove Europe [said:] “Our campaign asks Ferrero to support a fair price for hazelnuts in Turkey to ensure workers get a living wage income and eliminate child labour throughout its supply chain.”

... Ferrero spokesperson said: “[Ferrero] takes ethical practices, including better employment practices within the hazelnut supply chain, very seriously..."

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