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Child Labour in Chocolate Industry

Submitted by on March 25, 2010 – 11:23 am2 Comments

fairtrade-chocolateChild Labour in the Chocolate Industry

Recent media in Denmark, Germany and now the UK have brought to the public’s attention the true horror and extent of child labour within the cocoa trade.  Children as young as 7 years old working long hours to harvest and process cocoa.

In the BBC Panorama programme, aired 24th March 2010 at 9pm, Chocolate – the Bitter Truth, Panorama reporter Paul Kenyon investigates the use of child labour in the cocoa industry and how this produce reaches the UK.

So how can you be sure that the chocolate you enjoy so much has  not arrived in your hands, at the cost of a child’s liberty, education or well-being?

Well, this is part of what the Fairtrade Organisation has been striving for – and by buying Fairtrade products you at least know that the supply chain has been audited against international Fairtrade Standards

The Fairtrade standards for producer organizations prohibit child labour – work that is hazardous, exploitative or that undermines a child’s education or his/her emotional and physical health.  The system might not be infallible but it is working towards improvement along with governments,  child welfare organizations, traders and farmers’ groups. 

The Fairtrade Labelling Organisation (FLO),who  set the  international Fairtrade Standards, have made this detailed statement about child labour in the cocoa industry. The FairTrade Foundation (UK Fairtrade organisation) have made also made statement about these issues and invite you to have your say. Tackling child labour in the chocolate industry

Suma sells a wide range of Fairtrade cocoa and chocolate products – there is no excuse not to buy Fairtrade.

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  • beth kelly says:

    i have never heard of this website before but ever since i wathched paul kenyons the bitter truth i have not had a single piece of chocolate that is not fairtrade!
    i am not even an adult yet but i feel very strong about how they treat the little african children it isnt right!
    and believe me if i could i would stop everything that is happening to them

    yours sincerely
    miss b kelly

  • Danny says:

    Well said Miss Kelly.

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