Washington, DC—Nov. 23 2015—Impoverished migrant workers in Thailand are lured by false promises or sold and forced to catch and process fish that ends up in the supply chains of Nestlé SA, a global food business. The unusual disclosure comes from the company itself.
In an act of self-policing, the Geneva-based food giant planned to announce the conclusions of its year-long internal investigation.
The study found virtually all U.S. and European companies buying seafood from Thailand are exposed to the same risks of abuse in their supply chains.
Nestlé 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, prawn and Purina-brand pet foods. Its findings echo those of the Associated Press in reports this year on slavery in the seafood industry, which have resulted in the rescue of more than 2,000 fishermen from it.
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