Tell Ferrero to stop cocoa slavery
Ferrero bottom of ranking on child labour in West Africa
Ferrero, the company behind Nutella, Ferrero Rocher, Thorntons and Kinder eggs, is the worst-ranked company on child labour among the world's biggest chocolate corporations.
Photo credit: Manuel Alarcón
You would think the $10-billion corporation could be doing more to stop child trafficking and modern-day slavery in cocoa plantations.
Big Chocolate Scorecard
Green America’s ‘Big Chocolate Scorecard’ grades — on a scale of one to five chocolate bars — the six biggest chocolate companies: Mars, Mondelez, Nestlé, Ferrero, Hershey, and Lindt.
The results are based on what the companies are doing to address sustainability, and specifically to take on the child labour problem. Ferrero comes bottom of the scorecard.
Child labour in cocoa plantations
The majority of the world’s cocoa is grown in West Africa. The two biggest producers — Ivory Coast and Ghana — account for roughly 60% of the global cocoa supply. Ivory Coast, with 40% of the market, is the single largest producer.
More than 2 million children in Ghana and Ivory Coast work in hazardous conditions growing cocoa. Instead of going to school and enjoying their childhood, more than 2 million children work in cocoa plantations chopping with machetes and applying toxic chemicals. Some of those children are also victims of trafficking and modern-day slavery.
In 2001, after persistent media reports about child labour abuses and trafficking, the chocolate industry pledged to end the practices in Ivory Coast and Ghana by 2005. But progress has been slow.
Elizabeth Jardim, Green America:
“At the moment, no major chocolate company can guarantee their cocoa supply is not tainted by child labor”. “However, most have launched sustainability programs that attempt to address child labor in a variety of ways, largely thanks to consumer pressure.”
Put pressure on Ferrero
Ferrero is the third largest chocolate producer in the world. In November, it was revealed that the toys in its Kinder eggs were put together by Romanian families paid just 22p-an-hour for 13 hour shifts.
With the company in the global spotlight, there is a golden opportunity right now to force Ferrero's links to cocoa child labour onto the agenda.
Sign the Sum Of Us petition to tell Ferrero to act responsibly and help stop the suffering in the cocoa trade.
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