- Auditors completing their annual report continue to find evidence of child labour on Ivory Coast farms supplying Nestlé.
- Consumer Group Joins Michigan Resident in Demanding Nestlé Stop Bottling Michigan’s Clean Water
- Part 1: Child labour on Nestlé farms: chocolate giant's problems continue
- Part 2: Michigan residents take aim at Gov. Snyder’s close ties to Nestlé
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Part 1: Child labour on Nestlé farms: chocolate giant's problems continue
Joe Sandler Clarke, Guardian
KitKat chocolate bar made by Nestle Photograph: Roger Tooth
Wednesday, 2 September, 2015 | Children younger than 15 continue to work at cocoa farms connected to Nestlé, more than a decade after the food company promised to end the use of child labour in its supply chain.
A new report by the Fair Labor Association (FLA), commissioned by Nestlé, saw researchers visit 260 farms used by the company in Ivory Coast from September to December 2014. The researchers found 56 workers under the age of 18, of which 27 were under 15.
Joe Sandler Clarke is a content coordinator on the Global Development Professionals Network. He also freelances for Vice and Times Higher Education.
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Part 2: Michigan residents take aim at Gov. Snyder’s close ties to Nestlé
Petition: Consumer Group Joins Michigan Resident in Demanding Nestlé Stop Bottling Michigan’s Clean Water
Roz Edward, Michigan Chronicle
Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Rachel Lovejoy for this contribution.
January 27: Michigan Gov Rick Snyder speaks to media regarding the status of the Flint water crisis on January 27, 2016 at Flint City Hall in Flint, Michigan. A federal state of emergency has been declared in Flint related to the city's water becoming contaminated. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Feb 10, 2016 | As the Flint water crisis worsens, Matt Zandstra, a father from Wyoming, Michigan resident is partnering with SumOfUs, a global consumer group, to call out Governor Snyder for his close ties to Nestlé, a multinational corporation that bottles more than 200 gallons of clean Michigan water each minute.
The petition draws attention to the fact that Flint’s mostly poor and black residents do not have access to safe drinking water, while at the same time Nestlé is the largest owner of private water sources in the state. SumOfUs notes that Deb Muchmore, the head spokesperson for Nestlé Michigan, is married to Governor Snyder’s chief of staff – who oversaw the defunding of Flint’s water sources.
Roz Edward, National Content Director, Michigan Chronicle
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