Kraft Cadbury: Make all your fundraising chocolate Fairtrade Certified
The Cadbury fundraising webpage shows the Fairtrade Logo (http://www.fundraising.com.au/) however of the 24 products offered only 2 are Fairtrade Certified. Given that these fundraisers are often used to benefit children centred organisations and groups then the use of Blood Chocolate is a complete hypocrisy.
We the undersigned besiege Kraft Cadbury to make all fundraising chocolate Fairtrade Certified or remove those that are not from the range.
Tulane University in New Orleans, recently carried out a comprehensive investigation into the cocoa trade in West Africa. They estimate that a staggering 1.8 million children work in "cocoa-related activities" in the Ivory Coast and Ghana and that a minuscule number of them are paid for their work.Karen Coleman: Chocolate's dark side leaves bitter taste in mouth, see full article.
With the fears that the multi-billion dollar cocoa industry may have consigned the Harkin-Engel Protocol to the dustbin of history there seems to be no end to the suffering of the poor children working in about two million cocoa farms in West Africa For seven years, the world was fooled. Promises of great expectations by an industry that thrives on the sweat of poor African kid labourers have amounted to nothing. Reports of recent investigations have also indicated that the self-acclaimed and much flaunted efforts by the multi-billion dollar cocoa industry are simply a ruse. By Olaolu Olusina. See full article.
Cases often involve acts of physical violence, such as being whipped for working slowly or trying to escape. There have also been cases documented where children and adults were locked in at night to prevent them from escaping. Former cocoa slave Aly Diabate told reporters: “The beatings were a part of my life. I had seen others who tried to escape. When they tried they were severely beaten.” Drissa, a recently freed cocoa slave who had never even tasted chocolate, experienced similar circumstances and when asked what he would tell the people who eat chocolate made from slave labor, he replied that the people enjoyed something that he suffered to make, adding: “When people eat chocolate they are eating my flesh.” See full article