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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Child labour-free cocoa ‘almost impossible,’ Nestlé head says

According to a report on the cocoa trade by the International Labour Organization (read the PDF here), an estimated 200,000 children, under the age of 18, were engaged in child labour in the Ivory Coast in 2002.

But Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe’s latest comments seem to suggest that eradicating child labour is neither realistic, nor particularly helpful.

“If they have the access to good schooling, then the child labour as such, if it is helping the fathers in the field and helping with the harvesting, I don’t think this is a problem,” he said, according to Reuters. “The problem is when you use the children only for that and don’t allow them to go to school.”

See Globe & Mail Article Here

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