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Godiva: Protect cocoa workers and West African children by going Fair Trade

Godiva, child labor is bad for your image. (and for kids.)

Godiva's chocolate bunnies likely contain a dark secret: forced child labor.

More than 60% of the world's cocoa, including Godiva's, is sourced from West Africa, where the US Department of Labor has reported forced child labor on cocoa farms in Cote D'Ivoire and Nigeria. Unlike other major chocolate companies, Godiva has not made a commitment to trace its cocoa supply chain and work with a third-party to ensure it has not been harvested by child workers.

Recently, Godiva announced that it is committed to sustainable sourcing of 100% of its cocoa supply by 2020. However, it is unclear what concrete steps the company is taking and what its plans are for banning child labor. While we applaud Godiva for taking an interest in sustainability there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Many fair trade chocolate companies have sourced directly from cocoa farmers for years, ensuring fair payments, safe working conditions, and no child labor. Godiva can easily join these companies.

Taking action now, as Godiva explores its sourcing options, is critical. Join us in sending Godiva a message this Easter, to show love for farmers, and especially children, by going fair trade.

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