Use your consumer power for good as individuals or as a church and encourage companies to do the right thing. You can start with chocolate
OUR LOVE OF CHOCOLATE
We are a nation of chocolate lovers. On average, Canadians consume almost 6.4kg of chocolate per person every year – that’s the equivalent of 160 chocolate bars.
But our chocolate is not as clean and sweet as it appears. Sixty percent of the world’s cocoa is grown in two countries – Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. It is estimated that more than 2 million children work in cocoa in these two countries, many in hazardous child labour.
YOUR ACTIONS COUNT
Major chocolate companies are aware of the issues and, to their credit, many have committed to 2020 goals of sourcing 100% ethical cocoa, and reducing the worst forms of child labour by 70%.
But to meet these goals, they need to know that consumers are watching – and are choosing justice with their consumer choices. There are two ways you can help speed the day when hazardous child labour is no longer part of our chocolate love affair.
1. SIGN THE RAISE THE BAR PETITION
Call on the global chocolate industry to stay true to their 2020 commitments, and to report back on progress. Go a step further by asking those in your church to sign the petition too.
We’ve seen the power of your voice. After thousands of Canadian’s signed our petition in March 2015, World Vision met with representatives of the world’s largest chocolate company, Mondelēz International (maker of Cadbury products), about increasing their efforts to source ethical cocoa and reduce child labour in the industry. See what we learned here.