May 24, 2021. The International Coca Initiative has revised its definitions. While the Initiative is a major step by global chocolate and cocoa manufacturers, the Society points out that the scheme only covers 25% of the production of cacao beans in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and the Republic of Ghana, who together export 55% of the world's cacao beans.
"Thus, over 40% of world's cacao bean production may be tainted by child labor and slavery," the Society said.
We carried a story recently on a police raid which rescued 68 children.
The children are trafficked from the Republic of Burkina Faso and the Republic of Mali to work for farmers. They work long hours harvesting cacao beans from the cacao trees on the plantations. Many children and adults are slaves within the Society's rather restrictive definition of a slave.
"This means that at least some chocolate and cocoa manufacturers are profiting from slave labor and child labor," the Society's Secretary said today.
The Society has called on global manufacturers to expand the scheme.