Nestlé exec: ‘Human rights abuses have no place in our supply chain’

The food company recently disclosed the results of a study that reported forced and inhumane labor practices by its Thai seafood distributor.

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On Monday, the food giant disclosed the results of a commissioned study by the nonprofit organization Verite. Its report revealed that almost all organizations in the United States and Europe that buy seafood from Thailand run the risk of worker abuse in their supply chains.

Business Insider explained that pressure from news media outlets led Nestlé to hire Verite for the investigation:

Nestle SA, among the biggest food companies in the world, launched the investigation in December 2014, after reports from news outlets and nongovernmental organizations tied brutal and largely unregulated working conditions to their shrimp, prawns and Purina brand pet foods. Its findings echo those of The Associated Press in reports this year on slavery in the seafood industry that have resulted in the rescue of more than 2,000 fishermen.

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