Are Child Slaves Making Your Chocolate?

Are Child Slaves Making Your Chocolate?

Chocolate has become one of the biggest hot button ethical sourcing issues in the last 15 years due to the widespread use of child labour in the Western African locations that supply the majority share of the world’s cocoa.  It sounds far from home to us here in Australia, but let me share with you some staggering statistics. In July, Tulane University released a research report commissioned by the US Department of Labour on child labour in the cocoa industry, with the finding that there are still 3.73 million labourers aged 5-17 working in the cocoa fields of Cote d’Ivoire alone, an increase of 5% since the previous report commission in 2008/09.

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