Nestlé states that it regularly re-prioritizes areas for labor rights due diligence based on information from human rights impact assessments, certification and verification schemes, engagement with NGOs and civil society, and third-party resources. The company discloses it has worked with the Danish Institute for Human Rights to conduct human rights impact assessments and with Verité to assess recruitment practices in its supply chains in Thailand. Additionally, the company discloses that it has worked with palm oil suppliers, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, and the Forest Trust to assess labor risks in its upstream supply chains in Indonesia. It also discloses labor risks identified across supply chain tiers, including forced labor risks.
Nestlé states that it seeks to improve working conditions and to eradicate forced labor amongst vulnerable rural workers by improving farmers' and workers' understanding of the benefits of improved working conditions through its "Rural Development Framework". It refers to activities such as educational measures, capacity building, and enhancing dialogue between workers and their representatives. Topics of these interventions include human rights, labor rights, and living wages.
In addition to its audit program which applies to first-tier suppliers, Nestlé states that the Fair Labor Association conducts audits on hazelnut gardens and selected cocoa-growing cooperatives in Côte d'Ivoire in its supply chains. It also discloses that, in 2017, a third party had undertaken audits of 10% of the vessels in its upstream seafood supply chains in Thailand.