Twenty years ago, eight leading chocolate companies signed the Harkin- Engel protocol as a pledge to eliminate forced child on cocoa farms in West Africa.
Entering into this voluntary agreement to prevent legislation requiring a certification of child-labour free chocolate, the companies began working together on an issue that had been brought into the public domain by the BBC in 2000 and followed up in numerous articles on working conditions in the farms producing the key ingredient for one of the world’s favourite foods.
1Equality for Women starts with chocolate. Oxfam media briefing 26th February, 2013
3Greenhouse Gas Protocol. 2011. Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard