Be a good egg this Easter

The annual Easter egg hunt is approaching, but did you know that chocolate has a dark side? Children as young as 12 years old are picking cocoa in West Africa to make the chocolate we eat. and some of these youngsters are trafficked.  Most are forced to pick cocoa from an early age for minimal or no wages, for long hours, in dangerous working conditions, without any possibility of attending school.  Most of these children have never tasted chocolate and they never will.

Chocolate eaters around the world have made a difference already. A decade ago, slavery-free chocolate was hard to find in our shops. Some successes are:

  • ALDI stock a wide range of UTZ certified Easter chocolate.
  • Cadbury dairy milk chocolate bars made in Australia have been certified Fairtrade.
  • All Mars bars made in Australia are now certified RAINFOREST ALLIANCE
  • All Nestle chocolate made in Australia and New Zealand is now UTZ certified.
  • Haighs source 70% of their cocoa from UTZ certified farms. Their Easter range is 100% certified.

For more information about slavery-free chocolate landmarks, the slavery-free certification program, the need for a living wage for cocoa farmers and the treatment of children in chocolate production, read A Matter of Taste.