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Nestlé controversy at Labour Party conference

Issue No. 2019

Nestlé, the chocolate maker and Labour Party donor, is sponsoring a Christian Socialist Movement meeting at Labour’s conference.

The meeting will discuss “Is slavery history?”

David Lammy, the minister for culture, will appear with Nestlé’s head of corporate affairs, and a representative from Anti-Slavery International.

But campaigners have raised questions about Nestlé’s own record in West Africa.

“Nestlé has carelessly bought cocoa from plantations that use child slave labour,” says Bama Athreya, executive director of the International Labour Rights Fund. “We saw child slave labour on these farms.”

Nestlé’s chief executive, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, rejects “slavery” accusations, but admits, “Children are working in the Ivory Coast, without a doubt.”

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