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 rate chocolate companies on their progress in Programs and Certification removing human trafficking from their supply chains.

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.
In 2013/14, 2.03 million children were found in hazardous work in cocoa production in both [Cote d’lvoire & Ghana] combined.
— Tulane University
 
(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