The Truth behind the Chocolate Industry

Slavery in the chocolate trade

Your Chocolate Was Probably Made by Child Slavery, but a Dutch Company Aims to Change That…

In our modern-day society, it’s hard to believe that child slavery still exists, and furthermore, that many people unintentionally help perpetuate this archaic and inhumane practice. I’m certainly a culprit, along with anyone else who’s indulged in a Hershey’s bar or a gold foil-wrapped Ferrero Rocher chocolate in their lifetime.

The two biggest producers in the world—Ivory Coast and Ghana—account for roughly 60-70 percent of the global cocoa supply. According to Tulane University’s 2013/2014 survey of child labor in this area, over 2.3 million children were working in cocoa production and 2 million children were involved in hazardous work in cocoa production in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana combined. Even more troubling is the fact that the total number of children subject to child labor saw a 21 percent increase over the previous survey from five years earlier. As of 2015, over 90 percent of the estimated 2.3 million children working in Ghana on the cocoa plantations are working as slaves.

The chocolate industry has yet to make any significant strides to end child slavery, and the problem has arguably gotten worse. While the future of the chocolate industry’s commitment to producing slave-free chocolate may seem bleak, there is hope. Amsterdam-based Tony’s Chocolonely is on a mission to change the industry by making 100 percent slave-free the norm in the chocolate industry.

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