We are deeply concerned by the incidents documented in the Dispatches programme. We explicitly prohibit child labour in our operations and have been working relentlessly to take a stand against this, making significant efforts through our Cocoa Life programme to improve the protection of children in the communities where we source cocoa, including in Ghana. We strongly refute any allegation that Mondelēz benefits from child labour.
The welfare of the children and families featured is our primary concern and we commit to investigating further so we can provide any support needed. As part of our Cocoa Life programme, we have Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation Systems in place in Ghana which means community members and NGO partners are trained and ready to provide assistance to vulnerable children, and once identified, we can help to address any cases of child labour.
But to do this, we need the production team to share the additional information we have requested - such as dates, names and locations - so that we can act with the urgency required. With this information we can use the tools at our disposal to investigate and, if validated, work with the proper authorities to help the children.
Mondelēz International does not tolerate any form of retaliation and we communicate that to our supply chain partners. We have notified the authorities in Ghana of the allegations contained in the film and engaged our partners on the ground (Child Rights International, is our implementing partner in Ghana for CLMRS) to redouble their efforts, including through the Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System.