|Nestlé, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, and Illy, and Articulation of Rural Employees of the State of Minas Gerais (ADERE-MG).|
|Supporting NCP(s)||Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, United States|
|Description||Specific instance notified by the Articulation of Rural Employees of the State of Minas Gerais (ADERE-MG) concerning the alleged non-observance of the Guidelines by Nestlé, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, and Illy.|
|Theme(s)||Disclosure, Employment and industrial relations, General policies, Human rights|
|Date||21 Aug 2018|
|Industry sector||Agriculture, forestry and fishing|
In August 2018, the Brazilian NCP received a specific instance from the Articulation of Rural Employees of the State of Minas Gerais (ADERE-MG), an association of several unions of rural employees, including the largest union of rural employees in Minas Gerais, the Union of Rural Employees of the Southern Region of Minas Gerais.
The submission alleges that the multinationals Nestlé, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, and Illy did not comply with OECD Guidelines in relation to labour and human rights at coffee plantations in the South of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
The submission also claims that there were violations of the OECD Guidelines in relation to supply chain due diligence. The allegations point to the actual or potential existence of work that is analogous to slavery in the coffee supply chains of the aforementioned companies, originating from the farms of Minas Gerais.
On 12 September 2018, the Brazilian NCP accepted the specific instance for further examination. The involved multinationals were notified and invited to provide responses to the submission. The handling of this specific instance is ongoing.