Nestle Says Proposed Mandatory Reporting Rules For Slavery Could Cost Too Much | Sustainable Procurement News |

Nestle, owner of more than 2000 brands in 189 countries, has told a senate committee that Australia's proposed mandatory reporting requirements could add "cost and time" to businesses and suppliers "which will need to be borne somewhere". Nestle has addressed its own issues with slavery among its suppliers after hiring the nonprofit Verite to investigate its sites in Thailand, the Herald noted. Verite found vulnerable workers from Cambodia and Mynamar had been lured to Thailand, often under false pretences, and forced to work in dangerous and violent conditions. Nestle has also acknowledged issues with child labour in its cocoa supply chain and spoken strongly against the practice. On July 1 it implemented a new responsible sourcing standard with mandatory requirements of suppliers relating to pay rates, working hours and workers' ages.