Chocolate Boxes


Ethical shopping guide to boxes of chocolates, from Ethical Consumer

Ethical shopping guide to boxes of chocolates, from Ethical Consumer


This is a product guide from Ethical Consumer, the UK's leading alternative consumer organisation. Since 1989 we've been researching and recording the social and environmental records of companies, and making the results available to you in a simple format.

The report includes:

  • ethical and environmental ratings for 28 boxes of chocolates
  • Best Buy recommendations
  • child labour in the cocoa industry

 

See also our guide to Bars of chocolate.

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Best Buys

as of Dec 2014

 

As our ratings are constantly updated, it is possible that company ratings on the score table may have changed since this report was written.

 

Best Buys are the Fairtrade and/or organic certified products from

  • Seed & Bean,
  • Booja Booja,
  • Cocoa Loco,
  • Divine 
  • Montezuma.

 

All Cocoa Loco and Seed & Bean products are Fairtrade and organic.

All Divine chocolate is Fairtrade and all Booja Booja truffles are organic and vegan.

Montezuma makes some organic and vegan chocolate.

 


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Image: Divine Chocolate

 


Image: Booja Booja

 


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Slaves to chocolate

 

Child slave labour is still an issue in chocolate production, but some smaller companies are raising the bar on ethics.

 

Box of chocolates 

 

The real cocoa crisis

 

The year 2020 is significant in the world of chocolate: it is the year by which the industry has committed to a 70% decrease in the amount of cocoa being produced with the worst forms of child labour (including child slave labour) in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana – producers of more than half of the world’s cocoa. It is a target which has been weakened and pushed back an outrageous fifteen years since the industry first promised to deal with the issue in 2001. And with the demand for sustainably sourced cocoa predicted to reach 50% of supply by 2020,4 it will equate to little more than what the market will demand anyway, should the target be met.

Anti-slavery campaign group STOP THE TRAFFIK present an overview of the current situation in our guide to Chocolate Bars.

The encouraging news is that the top of the score table above is filled with smaller, more ethical companies, which counter the mainstream trend through the development of genuinely responsibly-sourced chocolate.

 


 

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