22 February, 2017

Make Easter 

This Easter, join us in calling on the world’s biggest chocolate producers and companies to pay their cocoa farmers a living income.

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The majority of the world’s cocoa comes from the West African nations of Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. But global demand for cheap cocoa is forcing the farmers in these nations to lower production costs, in order to avoid selling their produce at a loss…

The result has been the use of many child labourers, including children who have been trafficked.

It is currently estimated that the West African cocoa industry uses more than 2 million child labourers. On some cocoa farms in rural parts of Cote d’Ivoire, children as young as 8 are trafficked to harvest cocoa beans in dangerous conditions. Instead of attending school, child labourers work 12-hour days on cocoa farms.

In conversation with cocoa farmers, Be Slavery Free (formerly Stop the Traffik) have found that one of the key drivers associated with the use of trafficked and child labour is the low price that farmers receive for their cocoa beans. In 2017, the global minimum price of cocoa dropped by 40%. Even before this drop, key industry experts were saying that farmers needed to receive 3-4 times what they were receiving for their crop in order to provide for themselves and their families (earn what we call a ‘living income’). Though cocoa prices have begun rising again, farmers are still vulnerable to price changes.

In the midst of this volatility, none of the 6 major chocolate companies have adequately committed to ensuring their cocoa farmers receive a living income.

But we can help change that!

One way we can take action to tackle child labour this Easter is to speak out. Call on chocolate companies to do all they can to ensure that the farmers producing their cocoa are paid a living income.

Spread the word

The good news is progress is being made.

Australian campaigners have probably been the most successful in convincing chocolate companies to stamp out slavery in their supply chains.

Since 2008, Baptist World Aid Australia and Be Slavery Free have campaigned every major chocolate producer in the country. People like you have raised their voices and, as a result, Cadbury, Mars, Nestle, Ferrero, Lindt and Hershey have all agreed to work towards ensuring that their chocolate is traffik-free.

But we want to see all major Australian retailers working towards making the same commitment. And we want to see more done to ensure that farmers are being paid a living wage.

Join us as we thank stores that are stocking certified chocolates, and call on the world’s biggest chocolate producers and companies to pay cocoa farmers a living income.

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