Children Love Easter eggs. Except the ones who are forced to make them.
Did you know that children are forced to pick cocoa beans to make our chocolate? 70% of the world’s cocoa is sourced from West Africa where boys as young as ten are trafficked to work in dangerous conditions harvesting cocoa beans. Around 1.8 million children are used in West Africa’s cocoa industry. Most of these children are subject to the worst forms of child labour and thousands are victims of trafficking and enslavement. This means that child slavery could have occurred in the making of our Easter eggs.
The good news is progress has been made! People like you have raised their voices and companies have listened! Cadbury, Mars, Nestle, Ferrero, Lindt and Hershey have all responded to consumers and have agreed to work towards ensuring they supply traffik-free chocolate. This shows that speaking up can make an incredible difference!
Did you struggle to find ethically certified Easter Eggs this Easter? Or were you pleasantly surprised to find that Aldi and Haigh's had stocked only Easter products certified against the use of child labour? We want to continue to ask Coles and Woolworths to stock more traffik-free Easter Eggs next year. We also want to continue to thank Haigh's and Aldi for their good work!
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