Stop Human Trafficking Project
Slave Free Chocolate Campaign
The purpose of this campaign is to bring awareness of the use of child and slave labor in the production of most chocolate. NCJW’s Stop Human Trafficking Project has purchased fairly traded Equal Exchange organic chocolates. Equal Exchange, founded in 1986, is dedicated to a food system that empowers farmers and consumer, supports small farmer co-ops and uses sustainable farming methods.
In purchasing these slave-free chocolates, you will be shopping consciously, promoting principled food systems, and denying financial support to the major chocolate companies who oppress children and use slaves in their supply chain.
We have dark chocolate caramel crunch with sea salt and dark chocolate with almonds, among other flavors, available for sale to raise funds for Family Shalom's projects. The Equal Exchange slave free Fair Trade chocolate is $3.50 a bar. A few bars tied with a ribbon make a nice sweet gift. All proceeds benefit the Family Shalom project to end human trafficking.
The West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is the leading supplier of cocoa, accounting for more than 40% of global production. Low cocoa prices and thus the need for lower labor costs drive farmers to employ children as a means to survive. The U.S. Department of State estimates that more than 109,000 children in Cote d’Ivoire’s cocoa industry work under “the worst forms of child labor,” and that some 10,000 are victims of human trafficking or enslavement. (International Labor Rights Forum)
Fortunately, the public has a choice to help stop slave labor by making conscious choices of what they buy. There are chocolates and other products like coffee and tea which carry a Fair Trade or fairly traded certification. They have been scrutinized by third party evaluators who attest to safe and healthy working conditions, adequate compensation, fair labor practices, and other safety standards.