Mickey North Rizza, Sourcing Guest Editorial | December 11, 2015

Nestlé recently shocked the international business community with a candid confession that the public doesn’t often hear: Forced labor was lurking in its supply chain.

After a year-long investigation, Nestlé uncovered migrant workers throughout Thailand’s seafood industry who are lured into employment with false promises and forced to catch fish that eventually end up in the company’s food supply chains.

Unfortunately, while the decision to go public with its discovery is surprising, the finding isn’t.

The United Nation’s International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates three out of every 1,000 people worldwide are trapped in some form of forced labor and that there are 11.7 million slaves in the Asia-Pacific region alone, a key sourcing hub for many global businesses, especially those in the apparel and textile industries…

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