Human trafficking and exploitation remain bitter hidden ingredients in the chocolate that we eat. Thousands of boys as young as 10 yrs old, from the Cote D’Ivoire and neighbouring countries, continue to be trafficked to pick and harvest cocoa beans that are used to create our favourite chocolate treats. Their freedom is taken and they are forced to work long hours in dangerous conditions on the cocoa plantations without receiving any money for their work.
Mondeléz International are the largest chocolate company in the world (owners of the Cadbury, Milka and Toblerone brands to name just a few!) Mondeléz have a critical role to play in bringing an end to the injustice of child slavery. Mondeléz have already made financial commitments to tackling child labour through their Cocoa Life plan, these plans don’t go far enough. This problem is urgent, their solutions are slow.
ACRATH invites you to join the STOP THE TRAFFIK campaign urging Mondeléz International to:
- Certify their entire chocolate range
- Increase their financial investment – Commit at least 1% of pre-tax profits to implementing programmes to eliminate the use of trafficked child labour
- Make transparent the details of how your Cocoa Life investment will be spent.
Click here to take action.