A choice that makes the difference

CHOCOLATE CHOICE

WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO MAKE CORPORATIONS  STOP USING CHILD LABOUR IN THE PRODUCTION OF CHOCOLATE?

The very large chocolate makers (annual 2019 sales in billions of US dollars):  

Mars Wrigley (18), 

Ferrero Group (13), 

Mondelēz (12), 

Meiji (10), 

Hershey (8), and 

Nestlé (8) 

These companies generate almost 70 billion dollars each year – and growing – knowingly buy cacao – the key ingredient in chocolate – from farms and or wholesalers who use child labour.

How profitable is this set-up?  Imagine running a business where your labour costs came from unpaid child labour.  Your key cost or overhead – labour – costs you nothing.  Profitable!

Now, imagine companies having those kinds of profits and someone:  the children, the poverty-stricken parents, and organizations trying to end child labour/slavery in the production of chocolate, asking those companies to stop using child labour.  Do you think that they’ll give up those profits to free children from this unthinkable labour?  Even though they have promised to, again and again, for twenty years?!  No, they will not.

These companies and others who use child labour to produce chocolate can be successful ONLY if we keep buying their chocolate.

So, what will it take for these companies to stop using child labour?  We are the answer.  You and me!  We decide that we are not going to buy their chocolate ever again.

Instead, we search for small – usually – direct-trade craft chocolatiers who do not use child or any forced labour in making their marvellous chocolate.  One way to find out who they are is to go to chocolatechoice.ca/no-slavery-chocolate for a list of those who agree with you that this is the best way sell and buy chocolate.

What will it take? 

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