Tim Newman, Campaigns Director, International Labor Rights Forum
Since the post I wrote on this blog on Monday about the continued use of child labor in the chocolate industry, there have been some interesting developments in the chocolate industry.
First off, TransFair USA and Green & Black's announced this week that the organic chocolate company would shift to Fair Trade Certified cocoa for its entire product line, including for the US market. The company plans to certify 100% of its cocoa by the end of this year. The company expects that its' "commitment will mean an investment of more than $485,000 each year over the next 10 years through additional Fair Trade premiums paid to Dominican Republic cocoa farmers and their communities." This is an exciting development and we're looking forward to seeing Green & Black's chocolate with the Fair Trade Certified label soon!