According to investigators as part of Channel 4 's Dispatches, children were found working up to six days a week picking beans and shifting heavy loads to weighing areas in Guatemala. Coffee brand Nespresso does not publicly list its supplier farms, however the programme said it found information about suppliers in Guatemala, where the investigation took place.
Clearly this board and this company still have work to do.
George said of the matter: “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.
"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."
He added to Deadline news: “I would hope that this reporter will continue to investigate these conditions and report accurately if they do not improve.
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George Clooney said he is 'surprised and saddened' to learn of the founding after an investigation (Image: GETTY)
George Clooney has been in partnership with Nespresso since 2013 (Image: GETTY)
“The check and balance of good corporate responsibility lies not just with the company itself but also independent journalists like Mr. Barnett [Anthony Barnett] to hold everyone’s promise to account.”
Investigators were given access to some of the remote farms in Guatemala, which is the world’s 10th largest coffee producer.
Reports say they saw children working eight-hour days for less than £5 up to six days a week
The company’s chief executive Guillaume Le Cunff has said child labour “has no place in our supply chain.”
George Clooney said 'work will be done' to investigate the case further (Image: GETTY)