July 6 is World Chocolate Day — perhaps one of the best holidays of the year if you love chocolate as much as I do. The unfortunate reality is that many of the world’s top chocolate companies utilize child labor in their production. (click here for more) This includes major companies like Dove, Nestle, Toblerone. These companies do express intent on purifying their production and supply chains. But, there are many better companies that do not utilize child or slave labor.
Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as picking out “organic” chocolate. There are amazing guides that can help you discern which chocolate is ethical, and which companies sell “blood chocolate.” (Here’s a great one.)
But because we at Food for the Hungry know you care about ending child labor as much as we do, we wanted to make deciphering who to buy chocolate from a little easier by just telling you who does it right. (You can read more about our efforts to eradicate child labor here.)
So, here are 5 companies to buy from instead in honor of World Chocolate Day!
Ritual’s website says their goal “is to revive the focus on quality. In doing this, we also aim to support the people who grow our raw ingredients, the planet, and all of its inhabitants.”
This is a personal favorite, and should definitely be available in your local grocery store. Their website says, “We’re passionate about chocolate. And making the world a better place. As a company rooted in cocoa, our mission is to help create a beautiful, compassionate and enduring world by responsibly making delicious and inspiring products for everyone.”
In addition to being Fair Trade, Alter Eco also focuses on sustainability and reforestation. Their website says: “Our company operates on four pillars of sustainability: sourcing using Fair Trade principles, producing only organic and non-GMO foods, creating minimal waste by working towards 100 percent compostable packaging and in-setting carbon emissions by means of large-scale reforestation programs in the cooperatives that produce its crops. As part of our effort to become a carbon negative company, we calculate our full carbon footprint each year and plant trees within our farmer’s fields to compensate for those emissions.”
In addition to the cutest packaging and a very fun name, Eat Your Hat has a great perspective on chocolate production. Their website says: “Every one of us has the power to elevate others through the food we eat” and “We make ridiculously delicious things out of ethical ingredients that make people happier and keep the environment in good shape – tasting all the more glorious for it.”
This company is committed to fair trade and was the first American-made chocolate using fully traceable Fairtrade beans from West Africa. Their website says, “Choosing our chocolate is one way you can honor farmers and support sustainable farming practices. We pay a social premium for our ingredients to ensure that farmers are supported and species are protected.” But not only that, they also give back! 10% of their net profits are donated annually to current 10% GiveBack Partners. They guarantee each partner a minimum annual donation of $10,000 and is free to use the funds on projects they deem most important. Over the past three years alone, they have generated over $1.3 million, meaning that each chocolate purchase “adds up to big support that helps wildlife thrive.”
Then, as you enjoy your chocolate, consider helping end child labor by giving today! Click here to give now.
Happy World Chocolate Day!