child labor

General Mills Works To Make the Cocoa Sector More Sustainable

(3BL Media/Justmeans) The cocoa industry has a dirty secret. Child labor is way too common in West Africa. Over 70 percent of the global cocoa supply comes from two West African countries: the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Farmers supplying companies with the chocolate they use in their products receive little for the cocoa. That means they are unable to hire laborers to harvest the crop, and child labor is widely used as a result.

Chocolate and Cocoa Companies Sign On To CocoaAction Program

Chocolate is incredibly popular. In the U.S. alone, chocolate sales reached $10.3 billion in 2013. Chocolate comes from cocoa which is grown on trees in countries on the equator. Most of the world’s cocoa supply comes from just two West African countries, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Both countries are the world’s top cocoa-producing countries, supplying over 55 percent of the world’s cocoa.
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