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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 2014 Trafficking in Persons report, notes that children from Mali, Benin, Togo, and Burkina Faso are found working on cocoa farms in Cote D’Ivoire, victims of human trafficking. In 2011, Tulane University estimated that 1.8 million children are involved in harvesting cocoa in West Africa.
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 Godiva, use no label.