- 70% of the worlds cocoa comes from the Ivory Coast in Africa.
- More than 600,000 children who live in this region work on cocoa fields
- 284,000 children work in dangerous conditions
- In Cote d’Ivoire on the Ivory coast 40-50% of children between 5 and 14 years of age work full time.
- 15,000 are captured, beaten, forced to work, underfed and not paid.
- Many of these children are trafficked from other African countries like Mali.
- Major chocolate companies know this but still buy from the criminals who run these plantations.
Unless you shop at Whole Foods or another natural food store, you are not likely to find many Fair Trade Certified items. However, here are a few Chocolates you can find and a few you should stay away from.
NOT Fair Trade Certified:
- Nestle (except Kit Kats in the UK)
- Mars Company
Fair Trade Certified:
So next time you grab for a Hersheys bar, think again, and grab something Fair Trade Certified.
To learn more about Fair Trade Certified, click here.
To learn more about Fair Trade Chocolate and find out where our facts are cited from, click here.