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Press Release: Supreme Court will Hear Argument in Nestle Case on December 1st

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 16:10 -- admin

THE SUPREME COURT WILL HEAR ARGUMENT ON DECEMBER 1, 2020 ON REQUEST BY NESTLE and CARGILL TO GIVE CORPORATIONS LEGAL IMMUNITY FROM USING CHILD SLAVES.

HELP STOP THEM!

Contact: Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director
tc@iradvocates.org Twitter @tpcollingsworth

There is no question that young African children are harvesting cocoa for Nestle, Cargill and other large companies in Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana. The U.S. Department of Labor recently funded a study by the University of Chicago’s NORC which found that 1.6 MILLION AFRICAN CHILDREN ARE STILL harvesting cocoa.  http://iradvocates.org/news/nestle/department-labor-study-child-labor. Here are two young boys who were trafficked from Burkina Faso. Our researchers found them performing hazardous work on a cocoa plantation producing for a Cargill cooperative in Cote D’Ivoire:

In Doe v Nestle/Cargill , we sued Nestle and Cargill in 2005 on behalf of six children who were trafficked, enslaved and forced to harvest cocoa for the cocoa industry. The Court of Appeals ruled for the second time that our case should go forward, but the Supreme Court agreed to review Nestle and Cargill’s request to grant them legal immunity under international law. The argument is now set for December 1, 2020. Cargill and Nestle are arguing that corporations should be absolutely immune under international law for human rights violations. Rather than work with IRAdvocates and others to STOP CHILD SLAVERY, Nestle and Cargill want legal immunity to continue profiting from child slavery.

We need the companies to hear from consumers that their effort to legalize child slavery for corporations is outrageous, immoral, and we won’t support companies that abuse African children for profit.

Please help us by taking a few minutes to contact the companies with a direct message that African children’s lives matter and slavery was outlawed in 1865. HERE’S HOW:

CONTACT CARGILL

Cargill’s CEO Dave MacLennan put out on the company’s twitter ( @Cargill  and @CargillEMEA) and facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Cargill/): “We stand with all who have spoken up to say Black lives matter and ‘not ever again.’”
Please respond to this cynical and false assertion of solidarity by posting on the company’s facebook and twitter accounts (they do not give out the direct contacts for officers):
Cargill CEO Dave MacLennon and General Counsel Anna Richo, the Lives of African Children Matter and Slavery ended in 1865! Stop using Black child slaves to harvest your cocoa. Instead of seeking legal immunity, work with IRAdvocates and other NGOs to end child slavery and establish meaningful independent monitoring and certification systems.  


CONTACT NESTLE
Please send this message directly to the email accounts of the officers below and also post on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nestle.USA/) and twitter (@Nestle and @Nestle USA): Nestle, the Lives of African Children Matter and Slavery ended in 1865! Stop using Black child slaves to harvest your cocoa. Instead of seeking legal immunity, work with IRAdvocates and other NGOS to end child slavery and establish meaningful independent monitoring and certification systems.  
• Nestle CEO Mark Schneider: mark.schneider@nestle.com
• Nestle Executive VP Laurent Freixe: laurent.freixe@nestle.com
• Nestle USA CEO Steve Presley: steve.presley@us.nestle.com; @NestleUSA
• Nestle USA VP Molly Fogarty: molly.fogarty@us.nestle.com

PLEASE ALSO POST YOUR MESSAGES ANYWHERE THAT CAN HELP GET OUR URGENT MESSAGE OUT. THANKS VERY MUCH!