Be a Good Egg this Easter
8 April 2017 | General Interest
As more and more Australians hopefully choose to buy slavery-free Easter eggs this year, both shoppers and the Federal Government are being urged to broaden their focus and shine a light on the supply chain of many of the goods that we buy every day.
The Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) assembly, held in Sydney recently challenged its members and the wider population to delve more deeply into issues of forced labour and slavery in the supply chain of the goods which are sold, and even produced, in Australia.
Presently children as young as 12 years old are picking cocoa in West Africa to make the chocolate we eat. Some of these children 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.
In the past decade a great deal has changed on our supermarket shelves. Some big successes are:
- 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.
- ALDI stocked a wide range of UTZ certified Easter chocolate in 2016.
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 the report on our ACRATH website: A Matter of Taste.
What You Can Do?
Buy and eat only slavery free choclate. To buy slavery free Easter choclate look for any of these certification labels on the wrappers: FAIRTRADE, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ