It’s hard to believe that the holidays are already upon us! In all of our celebrating we must not forget those who are often used in slave labor to make the products we will be purchasing to give to our loved ones or place on our dinner tables. It feels and often is nearly impossible to find items that are made completely without slave labor. Yet, we can start in one simple area…chocolate.
According to the World Cocoa Foundation we consume 3 million tons of cocoa beans annually…68% of which is sourced from Africa, 17% from Asia/Oceania and 15% from Americas (Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia). Simply put, that’s a lot of chocolate sourced on the backs of children, men and women who are paid nearly nothing (if anything) and live in horrible conditions, they are modern day slaves for our sweet tooth.
So during this upcoming holiday season, let’s take a step in the right direction of ending human trafficking and slavery and purchase our chocolate from companies who are sustainably sourcing their cocoa beans, using transparency in their supply chains, working to empower and create positive change in the communities they are sourcing from. Here are some companies that are doing just that:
Divine Chocolate Co.
The Endangered Species
You can also do a search on “Slave Free Chocolate,” for more options and don’t forget coffee too!
What ideas do you have to help fight slavery this holiday? What are your favorite fair trade products? Share with us!