Take action against child labour and human trafficking this Easter
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!
Let’s not contribute to child exploitation as we celebrate Jesus and thank Him for his amazing love this Easter. Instead, let’s share that love with others, including children who are forced to pick cocoa beans. You can do this by giving Easter cards to your local supermarket, asking them to stock more traffik-free Easter Eggs in 2016. We also have “Thank You” cards to give to stores which are stocking certified Easter Eggs such as Aldi and Haigh’s. Go here to order Easter cards.