Nestlé admits slave labour risk on Brazil coffee plantations

Coffee workers are transported to a plantation in Santo Antônio do Amparo, Minas Gerais, in July 2015.

Coffee workers are transported to a plantation in Santo Antônio do Amparo, Minas Gerais, in July 2015. Photograph: Lilo Clareto/DanWatch

Nestlé and Jacobs Douwe Egberts say beans from Brazilian plantations using slave labour may have ended up in their coffee

Two of the world’s biggest coffee companies, Nestlé and Jacobs Douwe Egberts, admit that beans from Brazilian plantations using slave labour may have ended up in their coffee because they do not know the names of all the plantations that supply them.

People trafficked to work for little or no pay, and forced to live on rubbish heaps and drink water alongside animals, may have worked on plantations that supply the two companies, according to the media and research centre DanWatch.

The Denmark-based group claims that human rights abuses are rampant across Brazil’s lucrative coffee industry, with hundreds of workers rescued from slavery-like conditions every year.

Continua. Fonte: The Guardian

 

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