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2018 Food & Beverage

Nestlé S.A. (SWX:NESN)

Nestlé S.A. (Nestlé), the world's largest food company whose products include chocolate, confectionery, and coffee, among others, ranks fifth out of 38 companies, disclosing more information on its forced labor policies and practices than its peers across all themes. Compared to 2016, the company improved by disclosing the list of its palm oil suppliers, a requirement for suppliers not to use "production targets or performance indicators that lead to forced labour or work above reasonable limits", and a collaboration with the Issara Institute, which provides workers in its Thai seafood supply chains access to grievance mechanisms. Notably, the company achieved the highest scores on themes of traceability and risk assessment, as well as monitoring, and it has strong and specific commitments to addressing forced labor in place. KnowTheChain identified three allegations of forced labor in the company's supply chains. The company discloses public responses to the allegations, and steps taken to address forced labor risks going forward. However, it did not disclose remedy outcomes for workers. Additional steps the company could take to address forced labor risks in its supply chains include strengthening its disclosure and practices on the themes of purchasing practices, worker voice, and remedy.

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OUT OF 100

2018

  • Commitment and Governance

    81

  • Traceability and Risk Assessment

    94

  • Purchasing Practices

    53

  • Recruitment

    45

  • Worker Voice

    26

  • Monitoring

    65

  • Remedy

    44