As we know, Easter is just around the corner, which means chocolate sales are on the rise. This year, World Vision is urging Australians to consider the plight of exploited child workers as we bite into our chocolate eggs in a few days time.
A recent report by World Vision has found that child labour and trafficked labour are still prevalent in cocoa production industries throughout West Africa.
Unfortunately, only 3 per cent of the world’s global chocolate supply is ethically certified to have been harvested without the use of forced or trafficked child labour.
To combat this issue, World Vision suggests that Australian chocolate companies should pay a small levy of 2 cents per every $10 chocolate sale.
The money raised from this levy could also be used to train cocoa farmers in more sustainable practices.
To talk more about this report, we were joined by World Vision CEO Tim Costello. He told us about the failure of the Harkin-Engel Protocol.