Are cocoa farmers slaves?

Both children and adults are enslaved on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast and Ghana. A study found that in Ghana, 23% of surveyed cocoa laborers reported having performed work without compensation.

How many slaves are in the cocoa industry?

You may be surprised to learn that modern slavery impacts an estimated 45.8 million people worldwide. Specifically, in the cocoa industry, there are almost two million children working illegally on farms in West Africa, according to Ben Greensmith, Tony’s Chocolonely’s UK Country Manager.

Does slavery still exist in the chocolate industry?

Over 60% of the world’s cocoa comes from two countries in West Africa – Ghana and the Ivory Coast. According the Global Slavery Index 2018 thousands of children today are trafficked and forced to work on the cocoa farms.

How many chocolate slaves are there?

According to the 2018 Cocoa Barometer, there are as many as 2 million child laborers in West Africa alone, many of whom were kidnapped and forced into the servitude of the chocolate industry. Smugglers are paid to traffic children from countries like Mali and Guinea into the Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Algeria.

Does chocolate use child labour?

During the 2018/19 cocoa-growing season, research commissioned by the U.S Department of Labor was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago in these two countries and found that 1.48 million children are engaged in hazardous work on cocoa farms including working with sharp tools and agricultural chemicals and …

Is Dove chocolate fair trade?

Cadbury Dairy Milk bars are now Fair Trade and Dove Dark Chocolate and Hershey’s Dagoba bars are Rainforest Alliance certified.

What chocolate does not use slavery?

Dutch chocolate brand Tony’s Chocolonely claims to be made without slave labor. Chocolate is a huge global industry, but cocoa beans, which are used to make chocolate, are grown by some of the poorest people on the planet, in plantations that can hide the worst forms of child labor.