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