Fair Trade Chocolate for Easter
It is estimated 70 percent of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa. The most recent figures estimate that 1.8 million children in West Africa are involved in the industry and some are forced or trafficked.
The Fair Trade Easter Campaign aims to contribute to the broader global FAIRTRADE movement by advocating for the purchasing, sales and consumption of ethically produced chocolate at Easter time. This campaign builds on the global campaigns in recent years that have seen several well-known chocolate manufacturers, including Cadbury and Nestle, use ethically sourced chocolate. By buying cocoa beans that are certified FAIR TRADE, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ Certified, these chocolate producers ensure there is no forced labour or trafficked labour on cocoa plantations.
The Fair Trade Easter Chocolate Campaign is led by a coalition of organisations involved in FAIRTRADE and the issue of human trafficking:
- Good Shepherd Australia NZ
- Justice & International Mission – Uniting Church
- Melbourne Catholic Commission for Justice,
- Development & Peace
- Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst
- STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia
How can you help?
- Invite people to buy and eat FAIRTRADE chocolate during Easter.
- Talk to five people you know about Fair Trade chocolate.
- Run a Fair Trade chocolate raffle or event during Lent in the lead up to Easter.
- Join the FAIRTRADE campaign to ensure all chocolate processed in Australia is ethically produced – SEND campaign postcards/letters to encourage more companies to produce Fair Trade chocolate.
- Register Your Event
Visit the Slavery Free Chocolate Campaign Facebook page for more information.