Nestle has announced that KitKat will become the first global chocolate brand to make all its products with sustainably sourced cocoa in order to reduce child labour.
The chocolate industry faces allegations of child labour in the supply of raw materials. It is reported that a random visit to 200 farms in the Ivory Coast that supply Nestle found four children under 15 working in cocoa fields.
By the first quarter of 2016, all KitKat bars will be made with cocoa accredited by independent third parties.
CapeTalk’s Kieno Kammies spoke to Ian Donald Nestle Chairman and MD who says Nestle is doing everything in its power to eliminate child labour.
It is not something to eradicate overnight. We have been working on a process over the years to eliminate child labour completely— Ian Donald Nestle Chairman and MD
According to Donald, Nestle has been educating the farmers in Ivory Coast on human rights issues and what child labour means. So far they’ve managed to educate about 22 cooperatives and by the end of 2016 they hoping to have covered all 60 cooperatives they working with.
Listen to the full conversation below: