Cocoa beans

Child Labour Behind Swedish Chocolate?

New alarming reports from the business investigating organisation Swedwatch claim that much of the chocolate in Swedish shops could come from farms where children are forced to work subjected to dangerous chemicals.

According to Swedwatch, conditions are very poor on the cocoa farms in Ghana and the Ivory Coast, where the majority of cocoa used by Swedish chocolate companies originates.

Three years ago the organisation published a report on the farms and has now followed up. Despite there being an international initiative to improve conditions by only buying cocoa guaranteed not to have been produced using child labour – delays have meant that very little has changed.

According to Kristina Bjurling of Swedwatch, Swedish Chocolate manufacturers still have no control over the farms they buy from. (RM)

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