Buying Chocolate at Halloween

Love it or hate it, Halloween certainly has picked up momentum in Australia. As chocolate sales go through the roof, here is a stark reminder that as Halloween is celebrated it could be at the cost of child labour in cocoa fields in places such as West Africa! How do you know if your Halloween…

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Buying Ethically for Mum

Join ACRATH and stand with the women (and mothers) who make our clothes and pick a lot of the produce used in our food and drink.  ACRATH has three gift suggestions for your mother this Mother’s Day that treat all mothers with love. Take your mother out for a Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance coffee. If…

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Chocolate Scorecard Rankings

What is your favourite brand of chocolate? How does it rank on the 2022 Chocolate Scorecrad? Easter Eggs may have disappeared from supermaarket shelves but chocolate is enjoyed all year round. It is therefore important that we are aware of what is in the chocolate we purchase. As consumers we need to demand choclate that…

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2022 Chocolate Scorecard

The 2022 Chocolate Scorecard is out now! The biggest names in chocolate and cocoa have been evaluated and ranked on how they are tackling the big issues in the industry like child labour, pesticides, and deforestation. Find out who are the good eggs, and who is rotten, at www.chocolatescorecard.com. The 2022 Chocolate Scorecard Good Egg…

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Slavery-Free Easter Eggs

As Easter is fast approaching, ACRATH is calling for everyone to consider the ethical dimensions of their purchases; we ask you to make sure your Easter chocolate is slavery-free. As Pope Francis says: “Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act” ACRATH…

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Cocoa Slavery

Slavery has existed in the cocoa industry for centuries. In our time slavery in the cocoa industry predominantly impacts on children who are trafficked and treated as disposable commodities. In 2001 cocoa buyers and chocolate manufacturers, via the Harkin Engel Protocol, made a commitment to end the worst forms of child slavery by 2005. Now,…

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March Against Chocolate Production

Students from Sacred Heart Girls College at Oakleigh hit the pavement in the days leading up to Easter to raise awareness about slavery-free chocolate. As part the College’s campaign to highlight the cruelty and injustice of chocolate produced using forced and child labour, a large group of students marched around the College in protest of this…

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Easter Chocolate Scorecard

Make Easter 2021 a slavery-free Easter. The 2021 Easter Chocolate Scorecard is now available. Chocolate sales peak at Easter. Did you know that your Easter Chocolate purchases could be fueling the demand for child labour? Have a look at the scorecard when considering what to buy. You might also like to buy at ALDI and…

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Name Your Change for 2021

Let’s Make One Change in 2021, the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour Name your change at ACRATH’s Slavery-free Easter Chocolate Zoom Morning Tea. Join us on Thursday 4 March 2021 from 10:30-11am (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney time). Bring a cuppa and join in so we can inspire each other to make a change…

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Child Slaves vs Cocoa Companies

A federal class action lawsuit has been filed in the US Federal Court on behalf of eight Malian young men who were trafficked as children and forced to harvest cocoa in Cote D’Ivoire. The Defendant companies are Nestle, Cargill, Mars, Mondel?z, Hershey, Barry Callebaut and Olam. These companies had signed the Harkin-Engel Protocol in 2005…

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Easter Chocolate Campaign

ACRATH launches Slavery-free Easter Chocolate Campaign It’s time to name your change in 2021 ACRATH’s Slavery-free Easter Chocolate Campaign kicks off tomorrow – Ash Wednesday. ACRATH is asking people to name their ‘chocolate change’ in Lent and stick to it beyond Easter. “There’s so much we can do in 2021 to help eliminate slavery or…

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February Campaigns

It is not too early to begin the campaign for a slavery-free Easter. Gather a few others to help organize an slavery-free Easter chocolate campaign in your parish, school and community. Use parish and school bulletins and social media  to invite others to join the slavery-free Easter campaign. Post feedback to suppliers’ websites letting them…

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