Criticism of Wilmar continues: Amnesty International finds labour violations

 West Kalimantan 
Boy collecting Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB) in an oil palm plantation. Sanggau, West Kalimantan. November 2005. | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Wakx [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] - flickr

Whether Nestlé, Unilever, Procter & Gamble or Kellogg’s, palm oil is included in almost all branded products. Behind it is often one name: Wilmar, an agrarian company and leading palm oil producer. Especially in Indonesia, the Group operates through a subsidiary and has been implicated in forced labor, discrimination, low-income and child labor, as Amnesty International reported in a report from 2016.   ... →

Nestlé, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland: child slavery in Cote D’Ivor case

As Facing Finance reported in January of this year, six former child slaves who had been trafficked from Mali to Cote D’Ivoire filed a suit against Nestlé, Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill, alleging they were forced to harvest cocoa.

After first filing their case against Nestle, Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland in 2005, the former child slaves faced a protracted legal onslaught.   ... →

British American Tobacco: Human Rights Violations in Bangladesh

Recently Facing Finance published the results of a study by Human Rights Watch on the working conditions occurring on Indonesian tobacco plantations.

Now the Swedish organization, Swedwatch, reports on similar incidents of environmental and human rights violations this time in Bangladesh. According to the study entitled “Smokescreen in the supply chain”, the suppliers of British American Tobacco (BAT) in Bangladesh are responsible for serious violations of human rights, including widespread child labour, significant health and safety issues and also over-indebtedness of workers.   ... →

Child labour in Mexican Agriculture on the Agenda

In some countries it is better known and researched that children are used as cheap labour. Cases like the cocoa plantations of Nestlé’s suppliers in Côte d’Ivoire, or in cobalt mining in the DRC are abundantly known. Now a report by the DPA newschannel on child labour in Mexico is bringing the wider issue into focus.   ... →

Neue Vorwürfe gegen Samsung: Kinderarbeit in Zulieferfabrik entdeckt

 The Samsung booth display at CES 2009 | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Ben Franske [GNU Free Documentation Licence] - Wikimedia Commons

Erneut schwere Vorwürfe gegen Samsung: Bei einem Zulieferer des Elektronikherstellers müssen Kinder unter ausbeuterischen Bedingungen arbeiten, bis zu 11 Stunden am Tag, teilweise unbezahlt. Das wirft die US-amerikanische Organisation China Labour Watch dem Elektronikriesen in einem neuen Bericht vor. Die neuen Anschuldigungen könnten dem Unternehmen schwer zu Schaden kommen.

Im Juni dieses Jahres sendete die Organisation China Labour Watch einen Ermittler in die chinesische Fabrik Shinyang Electronics, die für Samsung produziert.   ... →

Press Release: New Study by terre des hommes and SüDWIND on Forced Child Labour.

Osnabrück/ Siegburg, 6 June 2014: Forced labour, similar to slavery, of adults and children is a very lucrative and profitable business generating about 150 billion US in profits annually. According to international estimates, worldwide approximately 21 million people are victims of forced labour, including 5.5 million children. Most of the people affected by forced labour live in India, however, proportionally most forced labourers live in Mauritania, Haiti, Nepal, India and Pakistan.   ... →