Added: 22 November 2011
CAOBISCO, the association of the chocolate, biscuit and confectionery industries of Europe, condemns the use of unlawful child labour and take the concerns about working conditions in hazelnut orchards in Turkey very seriously. CAOBISCO is in close contact with the Turkish government and supply chain partners and will continue to stimulate constructive dialogue, build awareness of the improvements that need to be made and will keep pressing for effective implementation and concrete results in the long term.
The proper legal and policy framework is in place in Turkey including the relevant International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions. CAOBISCO and its members together with major exporters and buyers support the long-lasting, legitimate and comprehensive approach directed and executed by the Turkish government:
CAOBISCO and its members together with major exporters and buyers
CAOBISCO has developped industry-wide Responsible Sourcing Guidelines which encourage and support all members to:
Most hazelnuts are grown on small family holdings of around two hectares in size. Turkey is the principal producer accounting for approximately 65% of the global supply. There are around 320,000 orchards in Turkey alone and at harvest time they rely on seasonal migrant labour to pick the crop. In short 8 Million people depend directly or indirectly on hazelnuts. CAOBISCO members do not source directly from these farms but from a small number of suppliers who obtain the nuts via a chain of middlemen.