The pressure is mounting and the supermarkets are paying attention. Join us in giving this one last push – #NotInMyTrolley!

Big brands are still profiting from child labour in palm oil plantations. It’s time to take the pressure up a level by focusing on three of their biggest clients in Australia – Woolworths, Coles and Aldi.

We’ve found child labour at the root of palm oil production in Dettol, Pringles in China, Breeze and Rexona. We want to know if KitKat, Smarties, Birds Eye, Dove, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences and Oral B products – to name just a few – also contain child labour.

Children as young as eight are doing back-breaking and dangerous work on these palm oil plantations, all while the brands we know so well turn a pretty profit in the billions.

The big brand companies are feeling the pressure but are not yet convinced. It’s time to step up the pressure by going hard on Australia’s largest supermarkets.

Woolworths, Coles and Aldi stock many of these household brands, essentially green-lighting child labour and worker’s rights abuses.

It’s time Woolworths, Coles and Aldi stood up for what’s right and customers are vital in making that happen. If customers are unhappy, supermarkets will act in order to protect their own reputation and profits.

Following our campaign targeting the manufacturers of these products, Coles and Aldi have met with Amnesty to discuss our concerns. They listened to what we had to say and expressed their own concern but have not yet committed to taking the actions needed to end child labour. Amnesty have not yet been able to meet face to face with Woolworths but have had initial phone conversations with them to express our concerns.

Tell Woolworths, Coles and Aldi to pressure big brand companies to stop profiting from child labour and be leaders on human rights now.

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Dear Woolworths, Coles and Aldi,

I want to know that products I buy from your store do not contain child labour.

I am a consumer who is seriously concerned that you do not have adequate human rights safeguards in place when purchasing products from big brand companies like Nestle, Unilever and Procter & Gamble.

I am particularly concerned about products using palm oil from Wilmar’s palm oil plantations, as Amnesty International has uncovered child labour and worker’s rights abuses on Wilmar plantations.

Amnesty has traced Wilmar’s palm oil to these products:

  • Dettol
  • Pringles in China
  • Breeze
  • Rexona

I want to know if these products also contain child labour:

  • Nestle: KitKat, Smarties
  • Unilever:  Birds Eye, Dove, Cup a Soup, Flora Margarine, Magnum, Surf, Vaseline
  • Procter & Gamble: Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Olay, Oral B, Pantene Pro-V.

I am calling on Woolworths, Coles and Aldi to publicly commit to:

  • introducing a policy to check all suppliers’ products for severe labour abuses.
  • asking all suppliers to be publicly transparent about products that contain palm oil and if so, asking which country it is sourced from and if it is connected to Wilmar’s Indonesian operations.
  • asking suppliers to commit to taking steps to identify and address child labour, and other workers’ rights abuses, as identified in our report.
  • introducing a policy to require transparency of supply chains for all products.

These actions will help assure me that my money is not going to companies profiting from human rights abuses. It will also help pressure these companies you buy products from to be transparent about where they source their palm oil from.

I hope you will be a leader for human rights and safeguard against child labour stocked on your shelves.


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