Is the Chocolate You Eat Child Slavery Free?

Isolated Chocolate Bar on a Mirror inside the Wrapper

Harkin Engel Protocol – Ten Years On

Monday 19th September 2011 marks the tenth anniversay of the signing of the Harkin-Engel Protocol.  The chocolate industry signed up to a six-point road map to eliminate the worst forms of child labour in the production of cocoa in the West African countries of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana by 2005.  Research conducted by Turlane University, in the US, between 2006 and 2011 found the industry had failed to fully implement any of the six promised areas of action.

The US Department of State has recently estimated that more than 109,000 children in Cote d’Ivoire’s cocoa industry work under “the worst forms of child labor”, and that some 10,000 are victims of human trafficking or enslavement.

Is the chocolate you eat child slavery free?  Follow the Links below to learn more.

Harkin-Engel Protocol

Stop the Traffic Chocolate Campaign

The Dark Side of Chocolate

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