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July 14, 2014

Child labour in Turkish hazelnut harvesting

The campaign Stop Child Labour – School is the best place to work expresses its serious concern about child and underpaid labour in Turkish hazelnut harvesting. Dutch TV news magazine EenVandaag on the 19th of October broadcasted a feature story showing that children – from around 8 years of age – are working around 11 hours a day in hazelnut harvesting. Turkey is producing around 75% of all hazelnuts in the world.

In open letters to Ferrero, Verkade and Royal Wessanen - companies using Turkish hazelnuts in their products - Stop Child Labour is urging them to eliminate child labour from their supply chain and ensure that adults are paid a decent wage. Companies who are likely to import hazelnuts from Turkey but thus far refused to say where they are grown, are asked to be transparent about their origin and take similar action on child labour and decent work. Among these companies are Unilever, Mars, Nestlé, Kraft and Ahold.

More information:

India Committee of the Netherlands - June 16, 2012