Cargill: Lawsuit on child labour in Cȏte d`Ivoire

In the US, Cargill, among other cocoa processing companies, is likely to face a lawsuit over child slave labour on cocoa plantations in Cȏte d`Ivoire back in the 1990s. The plaintiffs are three men who claim they had to work 14 hours a day, 6 days a week on the plantations when they were between 12 and 14 years old. They say they were given leftover food, locked in at night and beaten by the guards1. The appeals court in San Francisco argued that the prohibition of slavery was universal and that the companies, for the sake of the cheapest costs possible, “supported the use child slavery”2.


  1. intellivoire (2014): Esclavage des enfants: Une cour a rétabli une plainte contre des sociétés opérant en Côte d’Ivoire (accessed 24.09.2014) []
  2. Bouboushian, J. (2014): 9th Circuit Digs Into Nestle Child Slavery Suit; Courthouse News Service, 5 September (accessed 24.09.2014) []
Case location
Elfenbeinküste
Cote d'Ivoire


Affected topics
  • Human and Labour Rights
Affected norms and standards Directly and indirectly (through shareholding) involved companies Indirect investors through shareholding

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