Nestle, a popular producer of just about every food under the sun including Crunch bars, Hot Pockets, Lean Cuisine, Cookie Crisp, and many more, has recently been involved in a child-labor scandal. While this may come as a shock to some, the news is not so surprising to those whom have been witnessing the effects of child labor for some time now.
By essentially using children as slaves, nestle was (allegedly) able to obtain the cheapest cocoa in the region. Cutting cost at extreme measures is not something new to huge corporations like Nestle. In 2009, Shell Corp. was involved in a lawsuit settlement regarding the hiring of troops and other forces to execute villagers and activists who protested the building of a pipeline in Nigeria. The settlement was reached after Shell claimed the money ($15.5 million) was to aid in “process of reconciliation.” for those that were effected.
For the record, that is pocket change for a company that size, and Nestle will most likely attempt to pay-off anyone who will keep their mouth shut who’s involved in the case regarding child labor.
In the meantime, be sure to do your part in letting Nestle know it’s NOT okay to use children as slave labor for profit by boycotting their products. A simple action like this will raise more questions and cause shares to drop. Sometimes money is the only way to get the attention of myopic beings as Nestle.