Nestle: Profit Means More Than Human Safety

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When looking at the business world and their legal environment you can say that some businesses fall short because they are not thinking of the consumer and they are probably not managing their business properly. These company are about gaining more profit. Some companies that have been known to put their profits before the people are but not limited to: Pfizer, ExxonMobil and Chevron.

While doing the research for Week 1e-Activity I came across several website articles that discussed Nestle and child slavery and/or child labor. While reading this I became appalled with what I was reading and decided to share this case with you.
Per the International Labour Organization, which is part of the UN, it is estimated that 284,000 children are working in dangerous conditions on cocoa farms in Côte d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast) in Africa, where more than 40% of the world’s chocolate comes from. In recent years it has come to light that Nestlé buys from a third party cocoa that has been picked by slave labor and child labor. It has been said that children as young as twelve years of age have been kidnapped, trafficked or coerced labor. In 2005 nonprofit organizations sued Nestlé under two federal statutes, Torture Victim Protection Act and the Alien Tort Claims Act, which allows victims of human rights abuses who do not reside in the United States to sue U.S companies for violations of international law. The suit also charged Nestlé of making false claims that the problem of child labor on cocoa farms were being resolved.
Nestlé ’s response was the following:
"Nestlé is not the owner of any plantation," says Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chief executive, exasperated after seven years of protests connecting the Swiss multinational with forced child labor in Ivory Coast. In what he calls "basically a civil war situation," he says, "there might be a lot of other human rights…...

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