YOU DON'T HAVE TO EAT THIS CHOCOLATE FOR IT TO MAKE YOU FEEL SICK.
Over a third of the cocoa that makes the world's chocolate comes from the Ivory Coast, Africa. It's highly likely that the beans that make your favourite chocolate bar come from here.
Thousands of boys as young as 10yrs old, from the Cote D'Ivoire and neighbouring countries, are trafficked to pick and harvest these beans. Their freedom is taken and they are forced to work long hours on the cocoa plantations without receiving any money for their work. They are beaten and work in dangerous conditions using machetes to open the cocoa beans.
Victor, trafficked from Mali says:
"Tell your children that they have bought something that I suffered to make. When they are eating chocolate they are eating my ï¬‚esh"
"We want traffik free chocolate!"
Since 2007, STOP THE TRAFFIK have been raising awareness about this issue and together with activists from around the world we've been campaigning to the chocolate industry to say "We want traffik-free Chocolate".
Join our campaign and enjoy chocolate without the bitter aftertaste. The first step is to change your buying habits. Look for labels like Fair-Trade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ certified. We believe that certification through credible, independent standards bodies such as Fairtrade, UTZ Certified, and Rainforest Alliance, is a key step in eradicating childtrafficking in the chocolate industry. So, buy certified chocolate and campaign for change!
Together we're changing an industry
We have already seen change, bowing to STOP THE TRAFFIK's campaign and consumer power, five major chocolate manufacturers (Verkade, Swiss Noir, Cadbury, Nestlé and Mars) now supply us with certified chocolate bars.
However, there is still more to be done. We will not stop until trafficking has been eliminated from all chocolate supply chains and every bar is traffik-free.
Want to know more?
Chocolate Campaign Info Sheet
Since 2006 STOP THE TRAFFIK's campaign message hasn't changed. We want ingredients like violence and exploitation taken out of the chocolate. Find out more about what we're asking chocolate companies to do and why.
Cocoa Barometer 2012
Want to know more about the cocoa industry? The Cocoa Barometer 2012 provides an overview of the current sustainability developments in the cocoa sector providing information about the issues facing the cocoa industry, the lives of cocoa farmers, cocoa production and global demand.
The Cocoa Barometer 2012 is a joint initiative by the VOICE Network (Stop The Traffik, FNV Bondgenoten, Südwind-Institut, Berne Declaration, Oxfam Wereldwinkels, Oxfam Novib), Solidaridad, and Hivos.