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George Clooney 'saddened' over child labour links






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The actor George Clooney has spoken about his surprise and sadness about possible child labour at the Nespresso coffee company. Clooney is on Nespresso's sustainability advisory board. This ensures coffee is sourced from ethical farms. An undercover investigation by a TV company filmed children on six coffee plantations in Guatemala picking coffee beans and carrying sacks of coffee on their backs. The farms supply coffee beans to Nespresso.

Mr Clooney promised that, "work will be done" to stop any child labour within Nespresso. He spoke about growing up on a tobacco farm and picking tobacco in his school holidays from the age of 12. He said: "I'm uniquely aware of the complex issues regarding farming and child labour." Nespresso has launched a "thorough investigation". It said it has "zero tolerance" of child labour. It added: "We will continue to do all we can to stamp it out."

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