Dear Lindt and Sprungli,
This is 2020 and since 2001 you have been talking about removing child labour from your supply chain - that will soon be 20 years! We recognise efforts have been made and that your chocolate company program is making some progress.
Now it is time to put it all together!
We recognise your traceability capacity and your projects with the Lindt Foundation and the work with International Cocoa Initiative in child labour and forced labour as well as your on-ground program staff in Ghana.
We are asking for your commitment to a CLMRS (Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System) on 100% of your sourcing farms in West Africa to be brought in as soon as possible. We recognise what you have been doing with this as a part of your Cocoa Program and are asking you to speed up the rolling out of this to 100% of your farms as soon as possible and increase the number of days of the local liaison / child monitoring people.
We also believe a commitment to paying a price for the cocoa above the
- Government Living Income Differential (LID) and
- the regular certification premiums,
will be a key step to prevent child labour and forced labour abuse.
We look forward to you publishing robust commitments around these matters.
Thank you in anticipation