George Clooney has pledged that 'work will be done' after Channel 4's Dispatches uncovered child labour at farms linked to the Nespresso coffee he advertises.
The 58-year-old actor is thought to earn £31million as part of his brand partnership with Nespresso. But their methods of retrieving the coffee beans has come under fire in a new episode of Dispatches.
While Nespresso don’t openly list their suppliers, the brand have previously claimed its beans come from “ethical sources”. But, Channel 4’s latest investigation suggests otherwise.
Having found information about their Guatemala plantation, reporters went to investigate and filmed youngsters working eight-hour days for less than £5.
As well as being the face of the stylish brand, George sits on Nespresso’s Sustainability Advisory Board and vowed more needed to be done to address the issue.
“I was surprised and saddened to see this story. Clearly this board and this company still have work to do. And that work will be done,” he said.
“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.”
Noting the importance of Dispatches reporters like Anthony Barnett, who headed up this investigation, George said he hoped Anthony “will continue to investigate these conditions and report accurately if they do not improve.
“The check and balance of good corporate responsibility lies not just with the company itself but also independent journalists like Mr Barnett to hold everyone’s promise to account.”
Guillaume Le Cunff, Nespresso’s Chief Executive, also responded to the investigation and said a thorough investigation has been launched into the issue.
“It is unacceptable. Where there are claims that our high standards are not met, we act immediately,” he said. “In this case, we’ve launched a thorough investigation to find out which farms were filmed and whether they supply Nespresso. We will not resume purchases of coffee from farms in this area until the investigation is closed.”