Addressing the root cause of child labor in coffee
High poverty rates in rural areas and a lack of school infrastructure result in a high risk of child labor in some coffee growing regions. While there are often complex socio-economic factors at play, child labor in coffee is never acceptable.
Starting in Guatemala, we’ve introduced a digital child labor monitoring and remediation system (CLMRS), having tried and tested the approach in our cocoa supply chains. It’s an incredibly helpful tool in high-risk origins that allows us to act quickly to remediate circumstances when children are at risk and eliminate unacceptable labor practices in our operations.