With Easter upon us, supermarket shelves are full with delicious chocolatey treats. But the challenge for us as consumers is finding a “good egg”.
Much of the world’s cocoa is harvested in West Africa, using some of the worst forms of child labour. In fact, around 95 percent of the chocolate sold today is not certified to be free from the use of forced, child or trafficked labour.
Many children and adults harvest cocoa for global consumption. Often families live in poverty and children must work to support their family. Typically adult farmers are paid poorly for the cocoa they harvest.
Children as young as six work on cocoa farms under extremely hazardous conditions: carrying heavy loads, using machetes to clear land, and inhaling harmful pesticides. In some cases, children are trafficked and forced to harvest cocoa.
What can you do?
A simple way to help is to look for these symbols on the chocolate you buy.
The most credible assurance we have against the use of forced, trafficked and child labour is when companies certify that a product is fairly traded and is made under good working conditions with fair wages. So this Easter, only buy ethically certified chocolate to help end forced, child and trafficked labour.
See how farmers are benefiting
Moli is a cocoa farmer from Vanuatu who is improving crop production and benefiting from fair trade, thanks to World Vision and supporters like you.