George Clooney Upset Over Discovery Of Child Labour In Nespresso Farms

The alleged discovery of child labour on coffee giant Nespresso’s farms has “surprised and saddened” George Clooney.

The American superstar has been the brand ambassador for Nespresso for the past 14 years.

WHAT DID GOERGE CLOONEY SAY?

Clooney found out about the problem after children were filmed picking beans and carrying sacks in six farms in Guatemala. They were filmed for a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary. It is due to be aired next week.

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After finding out, George Clooney released a statement.

The statement said:

“Having grown up working on a tobacco farm from the time I was 12, I’m uniquely aware of the complex issues regarding farming and child labour.”

“Clearly this board and this company still have work to do. And that work will be done.”

He also said that he was proud of Nespresso’s efforts in improving the lives and livelihoods of farmers all around the world.

Additionally, he said, “The check and balance of good corporate responsibility lies not just with the company itself but also independent journalists like [Dispatches reporter Anthony] Barnett to hold everyone’s promise to account.”

HOW DID NESPRESSO RESPOND?

In response to Clooney’s statement, Nespresso had launched an investigation into its Guatemalan farms. For the duration of this investigation, it has also halted all purchases from the farms in question.

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Guillaume Le Cunff

Guillaume Le Cunff said, “Nespresso has zero tolerance of child labour.” Le Cunff is the CEO of Nespresso.

The statement released by the company also said “Any issues we uncover will be dealt with diligently and firm action will be taken. We work with Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade International to reinforce good working practices and fair treatment of workers, including education on the dangers of child labour.”

Nespresso conducts regular audits of their farms all over the world. In 2019, 2 cases of child labour were reported in their farms. These cases were the only ones reported from their farms in Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Uganda and other supplying countries. However, these cases were not from Guatemala.

These audits are corporate-led and conducted by third parties. However, coffee suppliers are given “a day or two days” advanced notice when spot checks take place, said Le Cunff.

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