Traffik-free Chocolate

Despite improvements in the chocolate industry, human trafficking remains an ongoing and deep seated problem.

What's the issue?

Low wages and hard labour make cocoa harvesting unattractive to adults. Children are used to fulfil the demand for labour. It is estimated that over 2.1 million children in West Africa alone are employed on cocoa plantations, performing the backbreaking and hazardous job of harvesting cocoa beans.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) defines child labour as:

…work that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children; and interferes with their schooling by depriving them of the opportunity to attend school; by obliging them to leave school prematurely; or by requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work.

The worst form of child labour is one that uses the child as a slave and often involves them being trafficking and trapped into child debt bondage. This means the child had to work to pay off their debt, a dream which is always out of their grasp.

When you buy a product, you essentially endorse it and everything that went into producing it. We believe that certification through credible, independent standards bodies such as Fairtrade, UTZ Certified, and Rainforest Alliance, is a key step in eradicating child trafficking in the chocolate industry.

Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified ethical certification logos

Although Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, and UTZ are not flawless, certification does mean your chocolate will be more ethical. In conjunction with our Chocolate Box buying certified can make a big difference.

The Chocolate Box

Find out about the six steps that are necessary to create traffik-free chocolate and see how the five biggest global chocolate companies line up.

Open the Box

Certified chocolate

Every time you buy chocolate you are voting with your wallet, make a stand for the kind of world you want to live in.

Buy Certified

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Your donations are vital to enabling us to combat human trafficking. Together we'll stop it.

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