Are you sure that no child worked for your Easter chocolate?

The investigation of the organization Be Slavery Free will enable you to know more about the ethics of the companies which market chocolate in the whole world.

On April 4, the Dispatches media revealed on Twitter a video in which ten-year-old children worked for hours in the production of cocoa beans for the Cadbury company, using knives, carrying heavy loads, and of course by missing school.

This video, viewed 1,5 million times, was shot in Ghana by journalists who filmed undercover. But this drama touches 1,56 million children in Ghana and Ivory Coast. However, it is in West Africa that 75% of the world's cocoa is produced.

So, are you sure that none of them worked in the making of your Easter chocolates?

Be Slavery Free, a coalition of organizations working to end modern slavery, will help you see more clearly, thanks to its investigation entitled The 2022 Chocolate Dashboard. She analyzes the ethics of companies that market chocolate, according to several criteria, and in particular child labor.

For this annual study, 38 of the largest chocolate companies in the world were interviewed. In terms of child labor, 7 of them have obtained a green egg and are therefore considered industry leaders in this area. These are Beyond Good, Alter Eco, Tony's Chocolonely, Whittaker's, Ferrero (with Nutella, Kinder and Ferrero Rocher), Nestlé and Lindt.

Among the bad students to whom the survey attributed a red egg, are for example Unilever (and therefore Ben and Jerry's) or Kellogg's.

According to Fuzz Kitto, co-director of Be Slavery Free, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana "are not the only countries where children are exposed to child labor in cocoa".
“Unfortunately, similar issues have also been reported in other countries like Brazil and other parts of West Africa. »

She claims that “serious action to make a difference in West African cocoa has only really been addressed in the last 8-10 years”. “Progress is finally being made, even if it has taken time, and there is still a long way to go,” she continues.

Fuzz Kitto, however, underlines “a huge step forward”, with the child labor monitoring and remediation programs (CLMRS).

“For this year's chocolate scorecard, we asked companies: does the company have a policy for the prevention, monitoring and remediation of child labour, hazardous child labor and the worst forms child labor (slavery and human trafficking)? (or similar program)? 97% said they had done so or were in situations where the problem was handled in another way. This has been a huge step forward, as Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation Programs (CLMRS) have only become the norm in the last three years. Previously, CLMRS were rare. »

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