Buy Slavery-Free Chocolate
Presently children as young as 12 years old are picking cocoa in West Africa to make the chocolate we eat. Some of these children are trafficked. Most are forced to pick cocoa from an early age for minimal or no wages, for long hours, in dangerous working conditions, without any possibility of attending school. Most of these children have never tasted chocolate.
Five years ago Australian supermarkets did not have any Easter chocolate certified as slavery-free, but in 2013 there were at least six slavery-free Easter eggs and rabbits available. Products available in 2013 were:
- Divine eggs (milk & dark)
- Green & Black eggs (milk & dark)
- Chocolatier eggs (milk & dark)
- Chocolatier (3 rabbits boxed with 3 tiny eggs)
- Cadbury dairy milk eggs
- Oxfam chocolates – a large range of chocolate bars
It is hoped that in 2014 Haighs will have a slavery-free product. If you know of other slave-free products available for Easter 2014, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can help to work against child slavery. Download a booklet to assist in promoting slavery-free chocolate this Easter here.
What You Can Do
These are some actions we can recommend to people for the Easter fair trade chocolate campaign
- Click here to watch an Oxfam two and a half minute clip on Youtube called 45,000 reasons to swap to fairtrade chocolate
- Download this webpage at the ABC 4 Corners site on Chocolate: the Bitter Truth
- View Chocolate: the Bitter Truth here.
- The Good Chocolate Guide to Australia can be downloaded here.
- The comprehensive 2012 Global Barometer, a joint initiative by the VOICE network at can be viewed here.
- The World Vision website resources called Chocolate’s bitter taste can be viewed here.