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ICI, which promotes child protection in cocoa growing, will help establish a monitoring system in Cargill's cocoa supply chain to identify and protect children.
The announcement comes in the wake of last month's decision by the US Supreme Court that Nestlé, ADM and Cargill could be held accountable for aiding and abetting child slavery in the 1990s. The court allowed a class action lawsuit, initiated in 2005 by three former child slaves, to proceed in the US.
The system, named Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS), will be embedded in the monitoring and evaluation programme for the Cargill Cocoa Promise, the company’s sustainability programme, and will be piloted in eight farmer cooperatives in Cote d’Ivoire this year.
The joint model aims to reach nearly 7,000 cocoa farming households to help Cargill identify and understand incidences of child labour so that appropriate remediation can take place.
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