You’ll find choco friends sinking their teeth into a delicious bite of chocolate almost everywhere across the globe. So it’s not surprising that, in addition to chocolate, most chocolate makers make humongous profits. There’s nothing wrong with making a profit of course. After all, companies would go bust without it. That’s just plain common sense. What’s not so great, however, is when profit is the result of exploitation at the beginning of the supply chain, where people live in extreme poverty.
In Ghana and the Ivory Coast, 1.56 million children work under illegal conditions because the harvest doesn’t give their parents enough income. We don’t think that’s normal.
2.5 million cocoa farming families in Ghana and the Ivory Coast produce more than 60% of the world’s cocoa. The average cocoa farmer in the Ivory Coast earns 67 euro cents a day. There’s no way you can live off that or support a family for that meagre amount, not even in West Africa.