Despite improvements in the chocolate industry, human trafficking remains an ongoing and deep seated problem.
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.
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.
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
Read the latest reports on how the chocolate industry is affected by human trafficking and modern slavery.
Help change the chocolate industry; every time you vote with your wallet, you are making a stand for the kind of world you want to live in.
Host your own party to raise awareness amongst friends and family of child trafficking in the chocolate industry.
Information and resources to help you celebrate a traffik free Easter.
It’s easy to think of special dates in the year to raise awareness about this issue of human trafficking in the chocolate industry.