A Slave-Free Nestlé?
Nestlé announced Monday that they will be working with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to investigate the working conditions of cocoa farms that supply their chocolate. Along with child labor in general, they will examine the allegations that many such children have been forced onto the plantations through trafficking.
Nestlé’s press release brags that they are the first food company to work with the FLA. I’m sincerely glad they’re clear: this has nothing to do with corporate interest in child slavery. This is about beating out Hershey – a company infamously apathetic about slavery in their supply chain. And that is not a bad thing at all.
Corporations care about money – that’s what corporations do. The market wants slave-free, responsible cacao farming; Nestlé wants the market.Regardless of how their investigation plays out, or what they do with the information they receive, there’s reason to celebrate: when Nestlé says they care about this issue, what they are really saying is that YOU do. And that is a beautiful thing.