Documentary on Child Labour reveals Nestlé’s hollow claims

‘Invisible Hands’: Film Review

Courtesy of First Run Features

“……In the Indonesian rain forest, workers who are saddled with unmeetable harvest quotas bring their children to help harvest palm oil. Since these kids aren’t officially employed, they don’t get the protective gear real employees should; they’re exposed to hazardous pesticides and the like as they work for an agriculture company that supplies Unilever, Nestle and the makers of just about every candy your child ate on Halloween. When Tandon goes to ask Nestle PR head Christian Frutiger about this, he says the company has no knowledge of its suppliers’ human rights violations. But violations don’t seem nearly as rare as Frutiger claims, and the company’s professed ignorance makes its website’s boasts of “responsible sourcing” look like a feel-good lie.

The filmmaker interviews children who’ve been working since the age of six, highlights a couple of other activists trying to end their labor (including the colorful Anas Aremeyaw Anas, a Ghanaian investigative journalist who always wears disguises) and meets some of the grown-ups who oversee teams of kids. Then she goes on some stings of her own…”

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