Lindt and Ferrero: End child slave labour in your chocolate this Easter #childslavery
  • Petitioned Thomas Linemayr

This petition was delivered to:

CEO Lindt USA
Thomas Linemayr
CEO Lindt Canada
Rudy Blatter
Lindt CFO, Head of Finance, Administration, Procurement, Operations
Dieter Weisskopf
Ferrero
Ferrero UK
Ferrero Australia
CEO Lindt Australia
Stephen Loane

Lindt and Ferrero: End child slave labour in your chocolate this Easter #childslavery

    1. Morgan Rayner
    2. Petition by

      Morgan Rayner

      Australia

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May 2012

Victory

Wow! 110,000 people signed Morgan's petition to end child labour in Lindt and Ferrero's chocolate supply chain. And it got an incredible response from the companies: they both committed to have their supply chains "100% audited" by 2020.

Every time I see a Lindt bunny or a Ferrero Rocher, I think of my brother Edward. He’s nine years old, and he loves Easter. This Sunday, he’ll spend the day hunting for eggs, blissfully unaware that child slaves might have produced his favourite treats.

These children are sometimes only 7 or 8 years old. They’re fed barely enough to survive, often not paid a single cent, and they’re not allowed to go home -- if they try to escape from their isolated farms in West Africa, they’re brutally beaten by their captors.

Edward doesn’t have the faintest idea that such misery exists -- but I do. And I can’t accept that while almost every other major brand has introduced at least one product that's guaranteed to be made without the involvement of child slaves, Lindt and Ferrero refuse to do the same [1].

I’m calling on both companies to immediately commit to introducing products made without the involvement of child slaves.

Global brands like Nestle, Mars and Cadbury have already introduced products made from ethical cocoa, but Lindt and Ferrero are hoping to get away with doing nothing. By refusing to join the growing movement towards ethical cocoa, they’re hampering progress towards ending the terrible treatment of thousands of children -- many even younger than my little brother. There is absolutely no excuse for this.

Easter is just days away, and they’re both counting on huge sales to boost their profits. But we can use this time to send them a message -- we won’t allow them to avoid their responsibilities.

Please sign the petition help make sure Lindt and Ferrero take action to end any involvement of child slave labour in their supply chains.

If you want to get in touch with Lindt and Ferrero directly, you can post on their Facebook pages:

Ferrero: http://on.fb.me/HfC0BX

Lindt: http://on.fb.me/HpFFYw 

Or Tweet @FerreroFans and @Lindt. Thanks!

 

[1] Scorecard of different chocolate companies by World Vision. More information:

CNN report on child labour and trafficking in the cocoa industry.

Detailed World Vision report on how different chocolate companies approach the issue.

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    • Loyd Harp CUSHING, OK
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm a bit baffled as to why this is a "victory." Child slavery has been an issue for years, decades even. And they're committing to be audited by 2020?!? 7 more years of slavery is not okay!

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    • Elaine Winchester LOWER HUTT, NEW ZEALAND
      • over 2 years ago

      because children are our future and deserve respect

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    • Linda Livingston SEQUIM, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      Lindt has been my FAVORITE chocolate for years, but I won't buy you anymore. Not until you wake up. You can't hide what you do anymore.

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    • jasmine joseph PRINCE GEORGE, AUSTRIA
      • over 2 years ago

      child labor is a mojor problem that people should not turn a blind eye to- for those who do or even support these companies you might as well be the one beating the children

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    • Jena Levasseur ASHEVILLE, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      I will not ever buy from your company again knowing that you are so unethical. Why is your chocolate so overpriced if you use such unfair trade practices?

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