The bad news is that food giant Nestlé found slavery in its supply chain (that is, slavery was being used by one or more of its suppliers, or possibly a supplier to a supplier). The good news is that they’ve disclosed it. The two questions raised by the article below: 1) Will they now do enough to clean up their suppliers’ labour practices, and 2) is this a smokescreen for the company’s resistance to cleaning up other parts of its business?
LINK: Nestlé admits slavery in Thailand while fighting child labour lawsuit in Ivory Coast (by Annie Kelly for The Guardian)
It’s hard to think of an issue that you would less like your company to be associated with than modern slavery. Yet last November Nestlé, the world’s largest foodmaker and one of the most recognisable household brands, went public with the news it had found forced labour in its supply chains in Thailand and that its customers were buying products tainted with the blood and sweat of poor, unpaid and abused migrant workers.
By independently disclosing that Nestlé customers had unwittingly bought products contaminated by the very worst labour abuses, the company said it was moving into a new era of self-policing of its own supply chains…
What do you think?
I think it is good to disclose it so how steps will be taken to improve the process. Being corporately social responsible is essential to protecting your overall brand. They need to follow up on this and keep their consumers and stakeholders in the loop as to what they will do to improve this.