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Get Child Labor Out of Your Chocolates
Our chocolate scorecard helps you
shop for child-labor-free cocoa.
The State Department's 2010 Trafficking in Persons report, describes children being traded as labor for West African cocoa plantations. A September 30, 2010 report from Tulane University reports that most child slaves on cocoa plantation remain "unreached."
And the 2010 documentary "The Dark Side of Chocolate" takes you undercover to expose the the working conditions on conventional West African cocoa plantations, all in the service of our desire for chocolate.
What can you do to support chocolate companies that are working to ensure a fair supply chain?
Our scorecard ranks the chocolate companies, and gives you the story behind the many certification labels, such as the Fair Trade label and the IMO Fair for Life label (the best choices), as well labels from the Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, and the organic label. Some chocolate companies, like Hershey's, use no label.
More Ways to Take Action on Child Labor in Chocolate
Take our action and send a message to Hershey's demanding better from their supply chain.
Post a comment at Hershey's Facebook page.
Join our campaign to "Fair Trade Your Supermarket."
Host a home screening of the film "The Dark Side of Chocolate."
Place our chocolate editorial in your local newspaper, or post it to your own Web site or blog.