You may already know that much of the chocolate we enjoy in Australia may be tainted by forced, child or trafficked labourers. It’s a sad reality that others suffer for the treats we enjoy.
In the years World Vision has been campaigning on this issue, we have seen some positive changes. Increasingly Australian consumers are finding out about this, and making changes to the treats they buy. Many global chocolate companies have now made a commitment to eradicating the practice from their cocoa supply chains – and a few now offer some ethically certified chocolate bars.
But there is still more to be done. Here is how:
1. Read our Chocolate Scorecard (Pdf) to compare the progress different chocolate companies are making.
2. Read the truth about Chocolate’s Bitter Taste (Pdf) - and then share it with others!
3 Buy ethical chocolate. Use the Ethical Shopping Guide to help you.
4. Send a letter to your favourite chocolate company, asking them to do more to end this exploitation.
5. Make your own Ethical Easter Eggs! Melt ethical chocolate in the microwave; pour it into Easter egg moulds; set in the fridge; wrap – and serve! An instant perfect Easter gift!
Help end exploitation in your Easter chocolate!