Video: Nestlé publicises gender work in Ivory Coast

Friday, 11 July, 2014

A very quick one we trawled through out feeds this morning - a Nestlé video on helping Côte d’Ivoire’s women in cocoa-growing communities, from where the company gets much of its chocolate.

Nestlé has pledged to increase efforts to improve the lives of these women, producing what Sandra Martinez, Nestlé’s Senior Vice-President for Global Confectionery, introduced as an “action plan for women in Côte d’Ivoire cocoa communities.”

The plan itself is also downloadable in full here, and follows a publication by the Fair Labor Association assessing women’s roles in the supply chain in cocoa communities.

The action plan covers training sessions on gender issues for all the co-operatives in the country that are part of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan; income-generating initiatives designed to increase women’s income and enable them to pay for their children's education; and the creation of local women’s associations to provide support and assistance.