George Clooney's Nespresso coffee beans picked by child laborers, new report claims
Clooney shared he was extremely saddened after young children were seen working eight-hour days on plantations for less than £5
Actor George Clooney has pledged that 'work will be done' after an investigation discovered that child labor farms have links to the Nespresso coffee brand he advertises.
Clooney who has reportedly earned around £31million ($33 million) being the brand ambassador of the company. He shared that he was extremely saddened after young children were seen working eight-hour days on plantations for less than £5. The probe by Channel 4's Dispatches, shows the kids picking up beans and then shifting heavy loads in Guatemala.
While Nespresso does not publicly list its supplier farms, Dispatches said that it had managed to find information about suppliers in Guatemala, which is the world's 10th largest coffee producer. As per reports, they were given farms located in remote areas and young children were seen working on all of them.
The coffee brand had previously claimed that its beans come from ethical sources. As reported by Daily Mail, Clooney shared, "I was surprised and saddened to see this story. Clearly this board and this company still have work to do. And that work will be done. Having grown up working on a tobacco farm from the time I was 12, I'm uniquely aware of the complex issues regarding farming and child labor."
Clooney shared that he hoped Dispatches reporter Anthony Barnett who had revealed the information "will continue to investigate these conditions and report accurately if they do not improve". 'The check and balance of good corporate responsibility lies not just with the company itself but also independent journalists like Mr Barnett to hold everyone's promise to account," he added.
Nespresso chief executive Guillaume Le Cunff had insisted that it had a "zero tolerance of child labor" and promised to look into the matter. "It is unacceptable. Where there are claims that our high standards are not met, we act immediately. In this case, we've launched a thorough investigation to find out which farms were filmed and whether they supply Nespresso. We will not resume purchases of coffee from farms in this area until the investigation is closed," he revealed.