Child slave labour used for eggs
WHEN you take a bite into your Easter egg on Sunday, spare a thought for the West African children as young as eight whose slave labour is responsible for producing almost 80% of the world’s cocoa for chocolate.
In an effort to stamp out exploitative child and trafficked labour in the African cocoa industry, World Vision CEO Tim Costello is calling for a levy to be imposed on Australian chocolate sales.
“The levy is likely to cost the chocolate industry in Australia about $2.5 million annually, a tiny amount compared to the $46 million they spent on advertising last year,” he said.
“I’m sure Australian consumers would be happy to see less money spent on advertising if it means they can enjoy their chocolate Easter eggs knowing they have not been tainted with the worst forms of child labour.”
A report released yesterday by World Vision recommended the chocolate industry adopt a ‘sustainability levy’ on cocoa that would amount to about 0.2% of global chocolate sales.
“Our report shows only 1-3% of global cocoa supply is ethically certified today,” Mr Costello said.
In 2009, global chocolate sales amounted to about $100 billion.
This year, confectionery giant Cadbury has introduced a fair trade-certified Easter egg.
The fair trade certification system provides farmers with the security of fair and stable prices for their produce and social premiums for investment in business and local community development.
Fair trade helps these communities through trade and not aid.
The fair trade certified Easter egg is available for $3.99 from Target, Big W Grafton, IGA and Priceline.
Since Cadbury launched its fair trade-certified Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate range last year, more than $3 million globally in fair trade premiums have been invested into Ghanaian cocoa growing communities, supporting more than 45,000 farmers and their families.
Last year, chocolate replaced coffee as Australia’s biggest selling fair trade product.
Sales of fair trade certified chocolate grew from $4.5 million in 2009 to $79 million last year.
Fair trade your chocolate
Almost 80% of the worlds cocoa used in chocolate is produced using child and slave labour in West Africa.
World Vision is calling for a “sustainability levy” to be introduced on world chocolate sales.
For the first time this year Cadbury have introduced a fair trade certified Easter egg.
It is the only fair trade certified Easter egg on the market in Australia.
Cadbury’s fair trade Easter egg costs $3.99
Cadbury’s fair trade Easter egg is available at Target, Big W Grafton, IGA and Priceline.
Cadbury also sells a variety of fair trade-certified Dairy Milk products.
“Our report shows only 1-3% of global cocoa supply is ethically certified today”
– Tim Costello, World Vision