- Day Against Child Labour June 1, 2021
Almost one in ten of all children worldwide are in child labour. They are working to harvest the cocoa for the chocolate we eat, to mine the minerals that go into our electronic devices and jewellery and to pick the cotton that goes into our garments. Especially during this International Year to Eliminate Child Labour ...
- Slavery-Free Sports Balls May 6, 2021
Kick the old sport balls and go slavery-free.
Catholic Mission and ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) joined forces this week to shine a spotlight on slavery-free sports balls in schools.
Catholic Mission visited St John’s Primary School in Mitcham, Victoria, to acknowledge the school’s participation in the 2020 Socktober Campaign. Socktober is an innovative ...
- Fashion Supply Chains April 24, 2021
On 24th April 2013 the eight-story Rana Plaza building outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people and injuring thousands of others. In 2021 there is a 1 in 4 chance that a cotton t-shirt you purchase is tainted by forced labour. Around the world, exploitation and forced labour are rife in fashion supply chains. In the ...
- March Against Chocolate Production April 8, 2021
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 ...
- Easter Chocolate Scorecard March 17, 2021
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 ...
- Partnering with SVHA March 9, 2021
To honour St Josephine Bakhita Day (Feb 8th) this year, the Advocates for Change at St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA in Melbourne chose to set up a week long window display for the passing public to view from the street.
The awareness-raising display featured ACRATH’s work in advocating against all forms of Modern Slavery. Particularly poignant ...
- Child Slaves vs Cocoa Companies February 18, 2021
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 ...
- Easter Chocolate Campaign February 16, 2021
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 child labour. Buying ...
- February Campaigns February 1, 2021
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 know ...
- Help for Shopping Ethically January 25, 2021
Did you know that the clothes you are wearing could be tainted by slavery? Our consumer choices can increase the demand for slavery or by making ethical choices we can help eliminate slavery. Wanting to make ethical choices when you shop but not sure how to go about it? There is help.
Good on You is ...
- Involve the Young in Activism December 9, 2020
Jess Brady wants young people to get the message about human trafficking so they become life long advocates of change.
“I was late to the party on this one. Even though I had always been involved in social justice, the issues around human trafficking and modern day slavery weren’t on my radar,” said Jess, a Project ...
- Latest ACRATH News September 16, 2020
In the September issue of ACRATH News you can read about ACRATH’s new Forced Marriage Video Presentation which was launched in August. The Australian Federal Police participated in the launch and explored the issues facing local authorities working to combat forced marriage. Other stories include:
ETIKO Fairtrade clothing and JINTA sports equipment is offering ACRATH readers a discount. Work ...
- September Action September 1, 2020
During the month of September talk with 5 – 6 others about the possibility of setting up a Social Justice Group in your parish to keep before parishioners the call of the Scriptures and the Church’s social teaching to act justly. In your Social Justice group hold a discussion about how to ethically produced tea, ...
- August Actions Against Modern Slavery August 1, 2020
Did you know that Australia has a Modern Slavery Act. The Act was passed by the Australia Parliament in November 2018. Under the Act companies with an annual revenue of more than $100 million must prepare annual statements for the Department of Home Affairs, setting out their actions to assess and address modern slavery risks ...
- Action for May May 2, 2020
The St Vincent’s Health Australia(SVHA) – ACRATH Human Trafficking Project is highlighted on the May page of the 2020 ACRATH Calendar. The Project has two main objectives:
To increase the recognition and support of victims of human trafficking who seek healthcare at SVHA.
To explore and investigate the supply chain of services and goods used by SVHA ...
- Make Easter 2020 Fairest of All April 7, 2020
Yes, Easter 2020 is surely going to be one to remember. But let’s make it count. “Make 2020 the Easter when we as a community send shockwaves through supermarkets because the product most in demand was – slavery-free chocolate,” said ACRATH Executive Officer Christine Carolan.
Carolan encouraged people to use their money this Holy Week ...
- Easter Shopping Guide 2020 April 7, 2020
Australia-based Be Slavery Free is urging Australian consumers to make a difference this Easter and buy chocolate eggs from companies that are addressing human rights and environmental concerns. Be Slavery Free has joined forces with USA based Mighty Earth and Green America to publish an Easter scorecard, analysing 13 major chocolate companies and 8 cocoa suppliers ...
- Actions for April April 1, 2020
Are your Easter eggs slavery-free? Before purchasing your Easter eggs this year reflect on the words of Pope Francis:
“It is not possible to remain indifferent before the knowledge thathuman beings are bought and sold like goods!”
Many children in West Africa are enslaved to pick cocoa beans, a key ingredient of chocolate. Follow the example of ...
- ACRATH Newsletter March 2020 March 12, 2020
The first ACRATH Newsletter for 2020 is now available. If you want to to know how to have a slavery-free Easter then this newsletter is a must for you to read. You can also find out how to have a slavery-free staffroom, school or workplace.
You can support the work of ACRATH by participating ...
- Sweet and Bitter Chocolate March 10, 2020
The Sweet and often Bitter truth
about Easter Chocolate
One indisputable truth. Chocolate is delicious. We know this
because at Easter Australians spend millions of dollars buying hundreds of
kilograms of chocolate to eat and give away.
Another indisputable truth is that the cost of some
chocolate is a child’s education, and sometimes his or her freedom. That’s
because much of our ...
- Catholic schools lead push to eliminate slavery February 14, 2020
A Make your school slavery-free resource kit was launched in Melbourne yesterday (Thursday February 13) to help students, teachers and staff eliminate slavery from Catholic schools. Archbishop Peter Comensoli and Brigidine Sister Louise Cleary, a co-founder of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) launched the Make your school slavery-free resource kit at ...
- February Focus February 1, 2020
During February ACRATH invites you to mark the World Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. 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 ...
- Human Rights Day 2019 December 10, 2019
Human Rights Day, observed each year on 10th December, marks the anniversary of the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In his 2019 message to mark this day the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres states:
This year, on Human Rights Day, we celebrate the role of young people in bringing human ...
- December Action December 2, 2019
In December our thoughts turn to Christmas and gift giving. This year why not seek out gifts that are ethically produced so that your gift giving is not tainted by slavery. For more information on ethical purchasing click here.
Perhaps you might consider giving the gift of freedom this Christmas. Your donation to organisations such as ...
- Make Your School Slavery-free October 24, 2019
Coffee anyone? Make mine slavery-free please
ACRATH, in collaboration with Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) and the Archdiocese of Melbourne, has developed a Resource Kit to help schools, workplaces, parishes and homes, transition to a slavery-free environment by creating a slavery-free staffroom/kitchen. The kit explains ‘how to’ transition to new products, includes awareness raising resources, and a ‘where to buy’ slavery ...
- Creating Slavery-free Staffrooms in Melbourne August 29, 2019
Throughout 2019 ACRATH’s Rosie Hoban has worked with Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) and the Archdiocese of Melbourne, supporting the development of a Resource Kit to help schools and offices begin the transition to a slavery-free environment by creating a slavery-free staffroom. The kit guides the transitioning to new products, includes awareness raising resources, and an ...
- Fairtrade Fortnight Marked in Melbourne August 8, 2019
To mark Fairtrade Fortnight the Archdiocese of Melbourne Office for Justice and Peace (OJP) joined with ACRATH to hold a Fairtrade morning tea to raise awareness about modern day slavery. OJP and ACRATH are founding members of the Victoria-Tasmania Catholic Modern Slavery Taskforce, intending to ensure that policies, practices and procurements of the four dioceses in ...
- Actions for May May 7, 2019
During this month of May let us take time to recall the plight of those who have experienced slavery and exploitation in Australia. From the 1860s thousands of Pacific Islanders were brought to Australia to work on plantations in Queensland on cotton or sugar plantations, often by force or trickery. The practice became known as blackbirding. ...
- May the Power of the Cocoa Bean Story Continue Long after Easter April 12, 2019
Champion School – St Thomas More’s Primary School Canberra
Sonja Mingay, School Chaplain at St Thomas More’s Primary School in Canberra, hopes the story of slavery-free chocolate will be remembered long after Easter. Sonja worked with the school community last year and during term 1 to understand the importance of buying ethically sourced chocolate and what ...
- Are Your Easter Eggs Slavery-free? April 11, 2019
Still looking to purchase your Easter Eggs for 2019? Did you know that not all eggs are slavery-free?
You will enjoy your Easter Eggs even more if you know that the eggs you purchase are free of child slavery and help farmers to earn a living wage. ACRATH and Be Slavery Free have been campaigning for ...
- Action for April March 31, 2019
As part of Easter reflections in your parish or community, arrange a reflection time at which people are invited to consider Pope Francis’ words – “It is not possible to remain indifferent before the knowledge that human beings are bought and sold like goods!” What challenge or invitation to life does this offer you? You ...
- February Action February 1, 2019
Easter eggs are already in the shops so now is the time to begin preparing for a slavery-free Easter. As the Modern Slavery Act comes into force in Australia we as consumers need to be aware of whether there is slavery in the supply chain of the goods we purchase. Talk with your friends, work ...
- November Activity October 31, 2018
You have the power to help bring about an end to human trafficking and slavery. As consumers we make choices. Become informed about the existence of slavery in the supply chain of various products so that you can make ethical consumer choices. Behind the Barcode, a resource from Baptist World Aid, can assist you in this regard.
- Enjoying Darrell Lea Chocolate April 16, 2018
Thank You Darrell Lea
When Victorian ACRATH members gathered recently for their monthly meeting they delighted in the recent announcement from Darrell Lea that they are committed to sourcing their cocoa from sustainable sources.
ACRATH has been engaged in campaigning for this issue for many years. We strive to use our consumer choices to send a ...
- Choose Slavery-Free this Easter March 14, 2018
How Do I know Which Easter Egg to Purchase?
For many years now ACRATH has joined with STOP THE TRAFFIK in asking chocolate companies to place certification labels on their products as a message to consumers that steps have been taken to address child labour and trafficking in their supply chains and for that certification to ...
- Slavery Free Easter Chocolate February 5, 2018
Is Your Easter Egg Slavery Free?
In 2015, Pope Francis said that
“every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always
a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”
Thousands of children in West Africa pick cocoa beans that are used in chocolate production. Most of the children don’t know what the cocoa beans are ...
- We Are Part of the Problem November 29, 2017
Buying Good and Services is a Moral Choice
In an article recently written by ACRATH member Sr Margaret Ng, we are reminded that because of our consumer habits we are part of the problem when it comes to the existence of slavery in our world today. We are constantly demanding cheaper goods and service. She challenges us ...
- Uzbekistan Cotton Update November 23, 2017
Decline in the Use of Forced Labour
Over a number of years ACRATH has joined with other organisation in campaigning against the use of child and forced labour in the Uzbekistan Cotton Industry. It seems our efforts are bearing fruit. Human Rights Watch has reported:
“President Shavkat Mirziyoyev addressed forced labor in his speech to the UN ...
- Rana Plaza Anniversary April 25, 2017
Four Years on Has Anything Changed?
Who could forget the scenes of devastation that we saw on 24th April 2013 when the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed killing over 1,000 garment workers? Now four years on what has changed? The New Daily reports that after the tragedy 200 international apparel brands and retailers from about 20 ...
- The Problem with Chocolate April 15, 2017
Sr Sarah Puls speaks about Slavery in the Cocoa Industry
In a recent interview aired on ABC Radio National ACRATH member, Sr Sarah Puls sgs, spoke on the link between chocolate and child slavery. Sarah explained that most of the chocolate we eat in Australia comes from West Africa. People in this area are at risk of exploitation because ...
- A Matter of Taste March 31, 2017
Help Drive the Demand for Traffik-free Chocolate
Since the more recent media exposé of the traffcking of children and child labour on cocoa farms in 2000, the chocolate industry has been trying to address the issue, albeit sometimes slowly. All of the major chocolate manufacturing companies now have a Code of Conduct – a promise to protect the environment and the human rights and ...
- What comes First? the Child or the Egg March 22, 2017
Your Choice is Your Voice
STOP THE TRAFFIK is a coalition of NGOs working against human trafficking and slavery. ACRATH is an active member of this coalition. For ten years STOP THE TRAFFIK has been asking chocolate companies and stores to take action in their supply chain to prevent and end the trafficking of children to produce the ...
- Looking for Slavery-Free Easter Eggs? March 18, 2017
Help Spread the Word
If you know where you can buy Easter Eggs certified free from child slavery tell your family and friends. Consumer demand can make a big impact on both the producer and the retailer of a product. In past years some people have found it difficult to find Slavery-free Easter Eggs so we ...
- #BeBoldForChange March 8, 2017
International Women’s Day 2017
The theme for International Women’s Day in 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. This day invites us to celebrate the achievements of women and to be bold in taking steps to promote gender parity.
Did you know that according to the UNODC 2016 Global Trafficking in Person Report 71% of all trafficking victims are women or ...
- Slavery-free Easter February 28, 2017
Will Your Easter Eggs Be Slavery-free?
In 2015, Pope Francis said that “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”
Cocoa is a key ingredient of chocolate. Much of the chocolate sold in Australia is made using cocoa beans picked by children, many of ...
- Slavery in Supply Chains October 13, 2016
Do You Know Where Your Clothes Come From?
Walk Free has produced this video clip to inform consumers about the power they have to make a difference. Demanding cheaper goods can fuel the demand for slave labour. What choices will you make in the future?
- Fair Trade Fortnight 6-22 May May 8, 2016
Why Support Fairtrade?
When you choose Fairtrade certified products you’re voting with your dollars for a fairer global marketplace free of child labour and the exploitation of vulnerable people. Fair Trade Fortnight is an annual, nationwide celebration of all things fair trade & the difference that choosing fair makes for millions of farmers & workers in developing countries. ...
- ACRATH Campaigning in Adelaide April 30, 2016
Young People Visiting Supermarkets and Dessert Bars
Young ACRATH member, Francesca, tells of young people in Adelaide raising awareness about child slavery in the cocoa industry. They have been encouraging supermarkets and dessert bars to sell chocolate produced with Fairtrade cocoa.
- Backwards NOT Forwards April 28, 2016
Modelez Reduction in Certified Cocoa Products
Thousands of boys as young as 10 yrs old, from the Cote D’Ivoire and neighbouring countries, are trafficked to pick and harvest Cocoa beans? We believe chocolate companies have a responsibility to seriously address the key issues that contribute to children being trafficked to work on cocoa farms and prevent the ...
- Revolution in the Fashion Industry April 21, 2016
Three Years On From Rana Plaza
It’s time to reform the fashion industry! Did you know that many of the people who make our clothes work in shameful and dangerous conditions for very low pay? Three years ago on 24 April 2013, the clothing industry’s worst industrial disaster occurred. Fast facts:
The Rana Plaza, an eight-storey building, constructed on ...
- 2016 Australian Fashion Report April 21, 2016
The Truth Behind the Barcode
Baptist World Aid Australia have released the third edition of the Australian Fashion Report. In a media release to introduce the report it is noted that “when it comes to the efforts of the Australian fashion industry, we’re continuing to see even more progress!” The report covers 87 companies representing over 300 ...
- Consumers Urged to Rethink Electronic Purchases February 25, 2016
2016 Ethical Electronics Guide
The 2016 Electronics Industry Trends report released by Baptist World Aid and Not For Sale shows the electronics industry has not made sufficient progress in implementing steps to protect workers.
“Forced labour, child labour and exploitation remain as significant problems in the supply chain of the electronics Industry. This is the most valuable ...
- Will Your Easter be #traffikfree February 25, 2016
The Good Egg Guide
In Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, children are still trafficked and forced to harvest cocoa in order to supply our loved Easter eggs. Look for Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ labeled products. The label tells us steps have been taken to prevent and disrupt this abuse.
Want to know which eggs are #traffikfree in shopping ...
- Your School, Parish and Community Can Help End Slavery February 9, 2016
Make Your Easter Chocolate Slavery Free – Please!
“Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”
(Pope France 2015)
School students and parish communities are being urged to eat only slavery-free chocolate this Easter and not buy Easter eggs and chocolate that might have been ...
- Slavery and Forced Labour in the Seafood Production January 10, 2016
Advocating for Slavery Free Seafood
Reports that have identified slavery and forced labour in the Seafood production and processing in Thailand and SE Asia are alarming. Australian law makes it illegal for any Australian company to engage in any financial transaction involving a slave, regardless of where it occurs in the world.
The work of Coles, Woolworths and ...
- Are your Clothes Ethical? August 9, 2015
Two Years After the Rana Plaza Collapse
In April 2013 the Rana Plaza factory collapse resulted in the death of over 1,100 workers with thousands of others maimed for life. Following the collapse unions, non-profit organisations and industry groups developed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Eight of Australia’s top 10 Fashion companies have committed ...
- Teaching Resource on Fair Trade July 16, 2015
Year 9 Geography at Kildare College
Year 9 Kildare College students have been studying the impact Fair Trade can have on people in developing countries; in particular they explored what this means for the cocoa farmers around the world. During the unit students were posed the question ’Should supermarkets stock only Fair Trade chocolate?’
The classes created ...
- Fair Food for Australia June 24, 2015
Support the Fair Food Agreement
Many of you will be aware that some workers, particularly those coming into Australia on a range of visas, are working in conditions that are unjust. This issue was highlighted in a recent edition of the ABC’s Four Corners program, Slaving Away. Find the Four Corners program here.
Governments, unions and justice organisation, including ...
- Fair Trade Fortnight, 8-22 May May 10, 2015
You Can Make a Difference
Buying Fairtrade products means supporting better working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers in developing countries. Farmers then have more control over their lives and can decide how to invest in their future. When you buy Fairtrade products you can be confident that the product has been produced according to ...
- Australian Fashion Report 2015 May 5, 2015
Behind the Bar Code
The Australian Fashion Report recently released by Baptist World Aid points to the increased risk of child and forced labour in the garment industry because most local companies are unable to trace or fail to monitor their supply chains.
Gershon Nimbalker co-author of the report said while there had been improvements at the final ...
- Still Looking for #Traffikfree Easter Eggs? March 30, 2015
Make Sure Your Easter Egg is Not Made with Traffiked Labour
Perhaps you are finding it difficult to find #Traffikfree Easter Eggs. Tell your local supermarket that you want more #Traffikfree products next year before the 2016 orders are placed.
Why buy #Traffikfree products? Children who have never tasted chocolate are enslaved on cocoa farms in Ivory ...
- Advocating for Certified Easter Eggs March 26, 2015
ACRATH and STOP THE TRAFFIK Collaborate for #Traffikfree Easter
Over recent weeks many ACRATH members have been distributing postcards to Coles and Woolworths asking for them to increase their supply of certified Easter Eggs in 2016. We invite you to take the same message to the supermarkets. Your efforts could help to bring about an end ...
- Take Action This Easter March 25, 2015
Let’s get their attention!
Make a quick call to your local supermarket, urge them to double their certified Easter products in 2016 and help us make chocolate Traffik- Free.
Why purchase certified products? When you buy certified chocolate you support farmers and workers to improve their lives and their communities. The certification means that the ingredients in ...
- Thinking About Which Easter Egg to Buy? March 18, 2015
Make Your Easter #Traffikfree
Download the Good Egg Guide. It will give you and your family a large selection of Certified Easter Eggs to choose from!
Can’t find certified Easter Eggs in your local supermarket? Next time you are shopping hand over an Easter leaflet to ensure your local supermarket knows how important it is to you ...
- Be a Good Egg This Easter February 22, 2015
Are you buying #traffikfree Easter Chocolate?
In the lead up to Easter 2015, support cocoa farmers and help stamp out child slavery and trafficking in the cocoa industry by buying and consuming certified Easter eggs.
Mary Appiah is a farmer who grows cocoa. The more cocoa she sells on Fairtrade terms, the more her community can benefit from ...
- Is your Easter Egg TraffikFree February 16, 2015
Help Eliminate Child Slavery in the Cocoa Industry
Easter is a time of year when a huge amount of chocolate is sold and eaten all around the world. The shocking truth is that children as young as 10 are trafficked and exploited to create chocolate. This year join us as we campaign for #TRAFFIKFREE chocolate.
Check out ...
- Do You Know Where Your Cocoa Comes From? February 10, 2015
What Will You Do About It?
Did you know that a child may have been trafficked to create your favourite chocolate bar. STOP THE TRAFFIK activists are campaigning to see an end to trafficking in the chocolate industry. For more information on how you can make a difference visit the ACRATH Campaigns page and the STOP THE ...
- Trafficking in the Tea Industry January 22, 2015
Join the Campaign
Everywhere around the world people drink tea. Tea is big business in India.Recent research has shown that the labour practices and working conditions on the tea plantations of Assam, a north-eastern state of India, are fuelling unique forms of vulnerability to human trafficking. Men, women and children are being deceived with promises of a ...
- Become a Fair Trade Community November 20, 2014
Sourcing Fair Trade & Slavery-free Products
Are there Fair Trade and slavery-free products, such as chocolate, tea and coffee, available in your school or university cafeteria, workplace staff room, parish or church? What about your kitchen pantry?
If not, why not become a Fair Trade Community!
Purchasing and consuming Fair Trade products within your community can help promote ...
- Your Voice Counts November 5, 2014
End Trafficking in the Chocolate Industry
Activists all over the world are continuing to raise their voices, together calling for an end to the use of trafficked child labour in the production of our favorite chocolate treats. The world’s largest chocolate companies have a vital role to play in ending this injustice. They must ensure that ...
- Students Support Fair Trade Chocolate August 15, 2014
St Aloysius College Adelaide
A Fair Trade Chocolate morning tea was recently held at St Aloysius College Adelaide. This was a fund raising event to raise money for the college’s social justice activities. It was also an opportunity for students to engage in the campaign to eliminate the worst forms of child labour from the chocolate ...
- Slave Free Easter in 2015 July 9, 2014
Now is the Time to Plan
ACRATH would like to thank Aldi supermarkets and Haigh’s Chocolate for making it easier to purchase ethical Easter eggs in 2014. Your sale of products which carry a certification label gives consumers confidence that the products they are buying do not have slavery in their supply chain.
ACRATH now invites al ...
- Fair Trade Communities July 7, 2014
Guidelines for School, Workplaces, Universities, Faithgroups
Support the global Fair Trade movement. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest ...
- Behind the Bar Code June 27, 2014
Electronics Industry Trends
Research conducted by international aid and development organisation Baptist World Aid Australia in conjunction with their partner Not for Sale, a U.S. anti-slavery campaign, is the second report in the Behind the Barcode series released by the organisations, stemming from a need to educate consumers to shop ethically. With mounting pressure on the ...
- Fairtrade Fortnight 3-18 May 2014 May 6, 2014
Fairtrade Fortnight is an annual, nationwide celebration of all things Fairtrade and the difference that choosing fair makes for millions of farmers and workers in developing countries. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
- Stop Trafficking! April 15, 2014
Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 4
The April 2014 issue of Stop Trafficking highlights how fair trade helps prevent human trafficking. Learn the difference between Free Trade and Fair Trade. You can also read about the ground-breaking agreement announced in March at the Vatican among representatives of major faiths. This agreement inaugurated the Global Freedom ...
- Celebrating with Ethical Easter Eggs April 4, 2014
Well Done St Monica’s Epping
Students at St Monica’s Epping in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, encouraged by their teacher, Fadi Elbarbar, responded very enthusiastically to a session on slavery free supply chains recently conducted by Joan Kennedy pbvm from ACRATH. Large copies of the Slavery-Free Chocolate for Easter flyer were displayed in each classroom.
This is St Monica’s ...
- Finding Slavery-Free Chocolates April 4, 2014
Where Should You Look?
The hunt for slavery free Easter eggs is on! In the last few weeks, slavery free campaigners have been out and about looking for ethically sound chocolate. They have reported that Aldi has large stocks of UTZ certified chocolate, including a reasonably priced pack of small eggs, while Coles is selling Fairtrade ...
- We Want Traffik Free Chocolate April 4, 2014
Message for Mondelez
Mondelez end child trafficking in your chocolate by setting a public deadline to certify your entire chocolate range. Other global chocolate companies have made a commitment to have their entire chocolate range certified by 2020. When will Mondelez make a public commitment to reduce the risk of child trafficking in their cocoa supply chains?
- Slavery-free Chocolate for Easter March 7, 2014
Buy Only Slavery-free Chocolate
The Slavery-free Chocolate for Easter campaign was recently launched in Melbourne, Victoria, with students from St Bernard’s College, Essendon and Penleigh Essendon Grammar School.
Let us not forget that even our smallest actions have the capacity to impact on the lives of others. The Slavery–free chocolate campaign is designed to free those children, ...
- Be a Good Egg This Easter February 11, 2014
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 ...
- Australia’s First Ethical Fashion Report August 27, 2013
Baptist World Aid Report Aims to Empower Consumers
The Australian Fashion Report summarises the ethical standards of the fashion industry and provides a detailed grading of the systems fashion brands have in place to protect the workers in the their supply chain from exploitation, forced labour and child labour. The report has been condensed into the ...
- Ground Zero for Slavery May 17, 2013
Something Rotten in the US Tomato Industry
Florida’s tomato farms supply 50% of all U.S. fresh tomatoes but have also been called America’s ‘ground zero for slavery.’ Countless workers are held against their will, threatened with violence and forced to haul hundreds of heavy tomato buckets a day for little to no pay. Thankfully, a new solution called ...
- Fair Trade Fortnight 4 – 19 May May 2, 2013
How Will You Celebrate Fair Trade Fortnight?
When you purchase goods carrying the Fair Trade logo you know that the product has been produced without the use of child labour or exploitative practices. When purchasing everyday products such as chocolate, coffee, tea, and cotton opt for the Fair Trade products. This will ensure that the world’s poorest ...
- Plans Not Dreams March 30, 2013
When Will All Cadbury Products Use Certified Cocoa?
In 2012 Kraft Foods Australia and New Zealand announced they would invest $400 million in making cocoa sustainable. What does this mean in practice? When will Toblerone and other Cadbury products be using cocoa certified free of trafficking and child labour? Join the campaign to ask Kraft Foods ...
- Easter Fair Trade Chocolate February 24, 2013
Why is Fair Trade Important?
Buying Fair Trade ensures no one is exploited in order to produce the good you are purchasing. Did you know that children as young as 10 years old have been trafficked to Côte d’Ivoire and are working on cocoa plantations? Many of these children have never tasted chocolate. 75% of the world’s ...
- Thank You Nestlé February 19, 2013
Time to Celebrate
ACRATH was delighted to receive the the media release from Nestlé Australia dated 19th February 2013 regarding the use of certified cocoa used in products produced in Australia. The document states “Nestlé Australia announced today that every chocolate it sells is now independently certified to ensure the cocoa is sourced and produced sustainably on ...
- Fair Trade Chocolate for Easter February 15, 2013
Why Buy Fair Trade Chocolate?
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 ...
- Cocoa Barometer 2012 December 14, 2012
Sustainability Developments in the Cocoa Sector
“It is necessary that the sustainability debate in cocoa goes beyond productivity…. Insufficient income to pay workers, coupled with a shortage of workers in rural areas, forces farmers to rely on unpaid workers. Many of these are family-members, and often work excessive hours, directly increasing the risk of (worst forms ...
- The Cost of Human Clothes December 14, 2012
This Song Saved My Life
MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and Canadian rock band Simple Plan, in partnership with USAID and Walk Free, have released a music video that dramatically highlights the dangers and impact of human trafficking.
Produced for the track “This Song Saved My Life” from the album “Get Your Heart On!,” the powerful ...
- Stop Trafficking! December 13, 2012
Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 10 No 12
The December issue of Stop Trafficking provides an overview on human trafficking, highlights films on human trafficking and outlines the benefits of Fair Trade shopping. It also looks at child sexual exploitation as a form of human trafficking.
Download the December issue here.
- ACRATH Newsletter December 2012 November 29, 2012
Latest ACRATH News
The summer edition of ACRATH News was released this week. Items of interest include: a reminder to look for FairTrade Christmas gifts, human trafficking in New Zealand, a visit to the Australian Institute of Criminology, combating child sexual exploitation on-line, Freedom Sunday, campaigns and news from Western Australia and a prayer resource.
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- Traffik-Free Toblerone? November 28, 2012
Campaigning for Toblerone Free from Child-Slavery
Since September we’ve been asking Mondelez (previously Kraft) to take action to ensure their chocolate is free from child trafficking starting with Toblerone. On the 19th November they announced plans to invest $400m into cocoa farming communities. This is a great step forward. But we need to know more. We’re ...
- Edmund Rice Centre Fair Trade Research October 5, 2012
Progress and Challenges in the International Fight Against Child Labour in the Soccer Industry
After more than a decade of international action on the issue of child labour, millions of children around the world are still employed in conditions which violate their basic human rights. Whilst great improvements have been seen due to a number of ...
- ACRATH Newsletter June 2012 June 18, 2012
Latest ACRATH News
The latest issue of ACRATH News reports on a workshop organised by ACRATH Victoria entitled ‘Understanding and Addressing the Demand Side of Sex Trafficking’ which was led by Professor Bob Pease, Chair of Social Work at Deakin University. Other articles include Building on Asia-Pacific Networks and Fairtrade Update.
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- Fair Trade Fortnight 5 – 20 May 2012 May 6, 2012
Your Purchase Can Make a Difference
Fair Trade Fortnight gives each of us the opportunity to celebrate the life-changing difference our fair trade choice makes for millions of developing country farmers, producers, their families and communities. Buying Fair Trade is your guarantee that the product was not produced used human trafficking, forced labour or child slavery. ...
- Is your Easter Egg Slavery Free March 27, 2012
FAIRTRADE Easter Eggs
Much of the world’s chocolate is produced using cocoa beans that have been harvested by trafficked children or forced labour. The West African countries of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are two of the largest producers and exporters of cocoa in the world. The most recent figures estimate that 1.8 million children in West ...
- COTTON ON Committed to Corporate Social Responsibilities December 16, 2011
Working to Maintain Acceptable Working Conditions and Trade Practices
Jacqui Hennessy, Group Risk Manager of Cotton On says, “The Cotton on Group is very much aware of the issue of forced child labour and other humanitarian exploitation in Uzbekistan and around the globe.
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- Fair Trade Fortnight 7-22 May 2011 May 8, 2011
Help people avoid being trafficked into slavery.
Products with the Fair Trade logo have been made without the use of slave labour. Meaningful employment means a person has a regular income, is able to have more control over their life and so is less vulnerable to being trafficked. When you purchase Fair Trade goods you are ...
- Fair Trade Easter Eggs Campaign March 29, 2011
The campaign, an initiative of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) asks people to buy FAIRTRADE chocolate for Easter to help stop the trafficking of children into West African cocoa plantations. This will send a message to chocolate producers who do not use FAIRTRADE chocolate.
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