DID YOU KNOW boys as young as 10 yrs old, in Cote D'Ivoire, are trafficked from neighbouring countries to pick and harvest Cocoa beans?

We think all chocolate companies have a responsibility to seriously address the key issues that contribute to children being trafficked to work on cocoa farms and prevent the physical, emotional and sexual abuse these children are subjected to. Large global chocolate companies hold a lot of power within the industry, much more so than the cocoa farmers, workers and co-ops on the ground in places like Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa where they grow a large proportion of the world’s cocoa.

We are campaigning for the big global chocolate companies, to use their influence for positive change and ensure they are contributing to a sustainable industry that doesn’t rely on exploitation, harm and violence towards children.

Read more about STOP THE TRAFFIK's chocolate box, which is used to show the progress of chocolate companies in removing human trafficking from their supply chains.

This is a unique report

'A Matter of Taste' examines what the six biggest chocolate companies and the three certifiers are doing to prevent and end human trafficking and child labour in the cocoa farms of West Africa. Never before have these questions been asked or the businesses compared on what they are doing.


What Mondelez (Cadbury) says .......

Mondelēz International welcomes the release of the report ‘A Matter of Taste’ and the visibility it brings to the critical issue of child labor as well as to the significant progress achieved towards making the cocoa supply chain sustainable. Our $400 million Cocoa Life program invests directly in cocoa communities and has already reached 92,000 farmers. We are pleased that Stop The Traffik recognizes that Cocoa Life tackles the root causes of child labor and adopts a community-led development approach. We value our ongoing dialogue with Stop The Traffik and will continue to seek their opinion as we strengthen our approach to tackling child labor based on recommendations from human rights consultancy Embode.
Smallholders and their workers harvest more than 90% of the global cocoa production.
West Africa is the source of more than 90% of cocoa consumed in Europe.
‘To get to sustainable we’ve got to triple or quadruple the income. That’s the harsh reality of what is needed to get to a living income.’
— Barry Parkin (Chairperson WCF and Mars Global Procurement)
(In 2013/14 ) The numbers of children working in cocoa production, doing child labor in cocoa production, and doing hazardous work in cocoa production grew by 59%, 48%, and 46% respectively.
— Tulane University

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Know what these symbols mean

When buying chocolate your choice is your voice. Click on the symbols below to find out what certifiers and businesses are doing.


Chocolate companies

Supermarkets and Department Stores





Ask Darrell Lea to use cocoa that is independently certified, not involved in human trafficking or slave labour in all chocolate products as soon as possible. Tell them you will give preference to purchasing chocolate that is certified to be free of trafficked labour.




To understand more about the chocolate industry and find out what we're asking chocolate companies to do and why read the following reports.



Host a Chocolate Fondue party and raise awareness amongst your friends and community and raise some money for STOP THE TRAFFIK in the process. Download our organiser’s pack here.