Slavery is a problem in the cocoa industry
"With Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire producing around three quarters of the world’s cocoa, it is believed that hundreds of thousands of children are working illegally in the plantations across these two countries alone."August 2009, Interpol media release.
- Read about the extent of slavery in the cocoa industry in West Africa
- Read Aly Diabate's story
- Join the Trade Aid slave free chocolate group on Facebook
The question Trade Aid is encouraging chocolate lovers to ask is as simple as this:
Q: Do you know if there is slavery in your chocolate? No ifs, buts or maybes - YES or NO?
Write, phone or email a chocolate maker using these contacts to find out:
- Cadburys New Zealand
Phone: 0800 223 2879
Mail: Cadbury Ltd, Freepost 577, PO Box 890, Dunedin
- Whittaker J H & Sons Ltd
Phone: (04) 237 5021
Fax: (04) 237 4743
Mail: Whittaker J H & Sons Ltd, Mohuia Cre Elsdon, Porirua
- Nestle New Zealand Limited
Phone: 0800 830 840
Mail: Consumer Services Department, PO Box 1784, Auckland 1015
Phone: 0800 RICHFIELDS
Fax (03) 365-0869
Mail: PO Box 11111, Christchurch
When you receive a reply from the chocolate makers let us know what they had to say!
Trade Aid's chocolate is fair trade and tastes great.
Photo: Children from Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana
- a fair trade cocoa co-operative (c) FTAANZ