Would you buy chocolate from a company if you knew that company knowingly obtained its chocolate from suppliers that used child labor?
Some consumers in California say no. So they’re suing Mars, Nestlé and Hershey for failing to disclose that their suppliers rely on child laborers.
It’s once again the season of ghosts, goblins and candy. Lots and lots of candy. Nearly $2 billion worth of it. For most of the world's kids, Halloween is fun. But for the more than 2 million children who work long hours, under hazardous conditions, to make all that money for Big Candy, Halloween—and almost every other day of the year—is a real horror show.
The chocolate industry has a long history or exploiting children, and a bad track record when it comes to fixing the problem. That’s not news. What may surprise you is that the problem is getting worse, not better, according to a recent study.
How do we end the cycle of child slavery in chocolate production? By boycotting the companies that allow it. And by demanding fair prices for farmers.