The programs of Certification bodies (Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance /UTZ) and chocolate companies are all contributing to a better egg – but they are not there yet. You know these Easter products by the following certification markings – so look for them when you are buying chocolate this Easter
Fairtrade standards prohibit forced labour, child labour, and discrimination. If child labour is detected in a supply chain, Fairtrade immediatelyenacts its child protection policy and implements remediation efforst.
UTZ and Rainforest Alliance have merged. Their standards prohibit the use of forced labour, child labour, and discrimination. Farmers have the right to organise.
Cocoa Horizons is Barry Callebaut's scheme for improving farmer yields and well-being. They have a public aim to end child labour in their supply chains. It is used by Darrell Lea, Kmart, Target and David Jones own branded products.
Cocoa Life (Mondelez - Cadbury) This is Mondelez certification plus program. Mondelez still uses Flocert(Fairtrade's standard and auditing scheme) and adds five pillars of communnity development and prevention of child labout.
Ferrero uses certified cocoa but does not add any logos on their products.
Cocoa Plan (Nestle) uses the Rainforest Alliance/UTZ certification labels together with their own Cocoa Plan Logo. This has a robust scheme for child labour monitoring and remediation. They also have a focus on school education for children.
Mars uses mainly Rainforest Alliance certification program and has launched their Sustainable in a Generation Plan, focussing on certification, child labour, schools and better wellbeing for Cocoa Farmers and their incomes.
Cocoa Farming Program, is Lindt's program where they have 'bean to bar' traceability and on the ground staff to monitor for child labour. This program is independently verified by the Forrest Trust and they source almost all of their cocoa from Ghana.
At the moment around 6% of the cost of a chocolate bar is returned to the farmer. This is not enough money for a farmer and their family to have basic housing, food and health care, water and sanitation, health care and allow them to send their children to school, and for small unforeseen expenses. This is called a living income.
For the production of our chocolate these are the steps in the supply chain. It highlights the need of more money to be paid to the farmer families. The biggest cause of slavery is poverty and a decent income to the farmer is not just about doing justice, but it helps prevent injustice. It is not the complete answer, but it is a big contributor to the answer.
Say thank you by ordering thank you cards to give to the shops and supermarkets where you find certified and program marked chocolate products www.stopthetraffik.com.au/shop