70% of the world’s cocoa is sourced from West Africa. The region’s cocoa industry uses around 1.8 million children. Most of these children are subject to the worst forms of child labour and thousands are victims of trafficking and enslavement.
In 2001, chocolate companies recognised the problem and signed on to the Harken-Engel Protocol, which promised to completely eradicate slavery on the cocoa farms by 2005. But more than ten years on, the promise is far from being met and too little has been done to address the problem.
Our attention has now turned to Mondelez. We are asking them to take action to ensure that their cocoa is traffic free.