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Beware: Is There Child Slavery in Your Chocolate?

In Nieuws, Producten, Shopping by Arianna Ardia-Wenink

US Uncut published a handy guide to make us aware and to help avoid buying chocolate products by child slaves. More of these products are available in the Netherlands so we want to spread the word here as well. Mars, Nestle, Godiva, Kraft, so tempting. But….

We spend an incredible big amount on chocolate and eat kilos of chocolate a year. Here is al ist to help you to avoid to choose the ones made by child slavery.

Last September in the States, a lawsuit was filed against eight companies – including Hershey, Mars, and Nestle – alleging that the companies were duping consumers into “unwittingly” funding the child slave labor trade in West Africa, home to two-thirds of the world’s cacao beans.

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Worker ages range from 11-16 (sometimes younger). They are trapped in isolated farms, where they work 80 to 100 hours a week. The film Slavery: A Global Investigation spoke with freed children who reported that they were often beaten with fists and belts and whips.

The beatings were a part of my life,” Aly Diabate, a freed slave, told reporters. “Anytime they loaded you with bags (of cocoa beans) and you fell while carrying them, nobody helped you. Instead they beat you and beat you until you picked it up again.”

Seven chocolate companies that benefit from child slave labor

To help you avoid supporting slavery, here are seven chocolate companies that benefit from child slave labor:

Hershey

Mars

Nestle

ADM Cocoa

Godiva

Fowler’s Chocolate

Kraft

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Legislation nearly passed in 2001 in which the FDA would implement “slave free” labeling on the packaging. Before the legislation made it to a vote, the chocolate industry – including Nestle, Hershey, and Mars – used its corporate money to stop it by “promising” to self-regulate and end child slavery in their businesses by 2005. This deadline has repeatedly been pushed back, with the current goal now at 2020.

Meanwhile, the number of children working in the cocoa industry has increased by 51 percent from 2009 to 2014.

As one freed boy put it: “They enjoy something I suffered to make; I worked hard for them but saw no benefit. They are eating my flesh.”

More socially conscious chocolate companies that avoid suffering of child labour

Here is a list of more socially conscious companies who have made a point to avoid profiting off the suffering of child labor:

Clif Bar

Green and Black’s

Koppers Chocolate

L.A. Burdick Chocolates

Denman Island Chocolate

Gardners Candie

Montezuma’s Chocolates

Newman’s Own Organics

Kailua Candy Company

Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company

Rapunzel Pure Organics

The Endangered Species Chocolate Company

Cloud Nine

[Source: US Uncut]

Wij voegen aan de lijst van US Uncut dit eerlijk chocolademerk toe: het Nederlandse Tony’s Chocolonely. Lees ook ons artikel Tony Chocolonely, eerlijk chocolademerk met ‘n belangrijke noot.

Arianna Ardia-Wenink

Afkomstig uit Florence, ben ik me steeds meer een mug gaan voelen. In mijn vrije tijd vind ik het vooral leuk en lekker om uit eten te gaan, wijn te proeven en culinaire events te bezoeken. Ik hou ook heel veel van koken en mijn gasten te verwennen en te verrassen. Met de Italiaanse keuken natuurlijk, maar niet alleen. Ik kan uren over eten praten en ik vind het leuk om culinair nieuws en mijn ervaringen met jullie te delen.