Every other major chocolate company has taken steps to make sure that their cocoa is not harvested by children, but Ferrero and Lindt refuse to sell fairly traded chocolate.
Morgan Rayner, a childcare worker in Australia, has started a petition on calling on Ferrero and Lindt to take immediate steps to make sure no child labor is involved in making their chocolate.
There may be as many as 2 million children working in cocoa farms in West Africa, where 70% of the world’s cocoa is farmed.
The movement to end child slavery in the chocolate industry is growing fast. Nestle, Mars, and Cadbury have released products that are certified as child labor free. Just a few months ago, Hershey introduced its first independently certified child labor-free chocolate bar after hearing from more than 54,000 people via a petition started on Change.org.
Lindt and Ferrero are the last major brands still holding out. They’re under pressure to make sure their products aren’t produced by children.
Easter is one of the most profitable times of the year for chocolate companies; they’ll be more sensitive than ever to consumer pressure. Click here to tell Lindt and Ferrero to introduce chocolate that’s free from child slave labor now.