...George Clooney has said he is "Surprised and saddened" by the alleged discovery of child labour on farms used by coffee giant Nespresso, the brand for which he has long served as ambassador.
...The Oscar-winning actor and director, who during school holidays worked on his own family's tobacco farm in Kentucky, vowed that "Work will be done" to improve conditions after a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary, due to air next week, filmed children picking coffee beans and hauling sacks on six Guatemalan farms believed to supply Nespresso.
..."Having grown up working on a tobacco farm from the time I was 12, I'm uniquely aware of the complex issues regarding farming and child labour," said Clooney in a statement.
...Despite numerous corporate-led and third-party audit visits to Nespresso's coffee farms in Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Uganda and other supplying countries, only two cases of child labour were reported in 2019, according to Nespresso.
...In his statement, Clooney, who has been the public face of the coffee company for the past 14 years and sits on Nespresso's sustainability advisory board alongside the NGO Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade International, and the Fair Labour Association, said he was "Enormously proud of the success of efforts" in "Improv[ing] the lives and livelihoods of farmers all around the world".
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