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Indulge Responsibly

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As we prepare to celebrate Easter, it’s essential to consider the impact of our chocolate choices. By opting for slave-free chocolate, we send a powerful message to the industry that exploitation has no place in our celebrations.

Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) estimates that 50 million people globally live in slavery, with many of them working in cocoa fields. These people, some as young as 5 or 6 years old, are subjected to hazardous conditions, long hours, and often forced to forgo education. Beyond slavery, child and adult workers also face exploitation, low wages, and dangerous working environments.

Thankfully, consumer awareness and advocacy have spurred positive changes within the chocolate industry. Organizations, activists, and ethical chocolate companies have worked tirelessly to create a market for slave-free chocolate, often through certifications and transparent sourcing practices.

ACRATH’s Indulge Responsibly campaign brings together one billion responsible indulgers globally, encouraging consumers to support ethically sourced chocolate, and support companies eliminating slavery from their supply chains.

Some of the most well-known certifications include Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance, which ensure that farmers receive fair prices for their products, prohibit child labour, and promote sustainable farming practices.