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Stop Child Slave Labor In West Africa

On Jun 11, 2013, at 4:41 PM, Sam Tompkins-Jenkins


This petition is for Nestle to sign onto the United Nations Global Compact, which is a company that helps promote awareness of human rights for business, as well as giving businesses practical solutions, knowledge, and the tools in which to do so.

    Nestle is a global company that has been around since 1866.  Nestle brands range from baby foods, water, chocolate, dairy, etc… Nestle receives their chocolate from cocoa farms primarily in Ivory Coast, which is located in West Africa.  A 43% Majority of the Ivory Coast cocoa farmers uses child slave labor to be able to make a profit.  Child slave labor has been going on for years and over 600,000 children have been working on cocoa farms, out of 2 million cocoa farmers.  While President Clinton was in office, he put together an international task force called the  “Fair Labor Association” in effort to stop child slave labor. Due to a recent civil war in West Africa, the plan has been stalled in Ivory Coast.  There are no current local laws that prohibit children from working in fair and safe conditions.  Having children forced to work in horrible and treacherous conditions prevents them from being able to receive any education, which increases poverty in these countries. I believe that fair trade and human rights is what any large company or corporation should go by.


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