Harry Potter’s Ivory Coast child slavery chocolate

This video says about itself:

The Dark Side of Chocolate is a 2010 documentary film about the exploitation and slavetrading of African children to harvest chocolate still occurring nearly ten years after the cocoa industry pledged to end it. Cocoa plantations in Ghana and the Ivory Coast provide 80% of the world with chocolate, according to CorpWatch. Chocolate producers around the world have been pressured to “verify that their chocolate is not the product of child labor or slavery. In 2000, BBC aired Slavery: A Global Investigation which brought the issue of child labor in the cooca industry to light. In 2001, the Chocolate Manufacturers Association and its members signed a document that prohibited child trafficking and labor in the cocoa industry after 2008. Despite this effort, numerous children are still forced to work on cocoa plantations in Africa.

From Bob Fertik in the USA:

When children around the world buy Harry Potter chocolates, they could be supporting child slavery in the Ivory Coast.

Warner Bros. supplier Behr’s Chocolates scored 1 out of 48 possible measures to ensure their operations are slavery-free. Outraged consumers have asked Warner Bros. what steps are being taken to ensure their Harry Potter Chocolates are free of slave labor – but Warner Bros. has refused to respond. We’re heading into the busiest time of the year for Warner Bros. theme parks – that’s why taking a stand right now will make a big impact.

Please tell Warner Bros. to make sure Harry Potter chocolates are slavery-free.

Thanks for all you do!

Bob Fertik

Walk Free: The Movement to End Modern Slavery

Dear Activist,

Harry Potter chocolate

The only guilt from eating chocolate should be the calories, right? Unfortunately, with each tasty bite, you could unknowingly be supporting slave labor in the Ivory Coast, where children as young as 7 are forced to work long hours and beaten if they work too slow. Some are sold for as little as a couple of dollars, deceived and trapped into a life of slavery (1).

While many chocolate brands have made public commitments to find the best solution, we’re singling out Warner Bros. because:

  • An independent investigation (2) into their supplier Behrs Chocolates’ led to a failing score of 1 out of 48 possible measures to ensure their operations were slavery-free;
  • Warner Bros. dismissed the findings of the investigation, simply stating that they were ‘satisfied’ that fair labour practices were being used in the production of their chocolates.
  • Given the conflicting information, outraged consumers asked Warner Bros. what steps were taken to ensure there was no slavery in Harry Potter Chocolates. Warner Bros. refused to respond.

Right now, we’re heading into one of the busiest times of the year for Warner Bros. theme parks. Children excited to experience the world of Harry Potter will be asking their parents to buy these chocolates. That’s why taking a stand right now will make a big impact.

Ask Warner Bros. what steps they’re taking to ensure Harry Potter chocolates are slavery free.

As consumers, we deserve to know that the products we buy are free from the taint of modern slavery. If corporate giants like Warner Bros. refuse to be open and accountable, we just don’t know.

Thank you for joining me in taking action.


(1) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/946952.stm
(2) http://thehpalliance.org/i/campaigns/nihn/behr-scorecard.pdf

Walk Free is a movement of people everywhere, fighting to end one of the world’s greatest evils: Modern slavery.

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