As summer is winding down and everyone is gearing up for their Labor Day barbeques, here is one last reminder to make sure that your S’mores are Fair Trade. ILRF has been working with Global Exchange and other organizations to promote Fair Trade S’mores all summer long.
Many of the cocoa farms in Cote d’Ivoire, the world’s largest cocoa exporter, are notorious for their use of forced child labor. According to the U.S. Department of State, about 109,000 children are used on Cote d’Ivoire’s cocoa farms and 10,000 of these children are victims of human trafficking or enslavement. Not only are these children subject to abuse and harsh and dangerous working conditions, they also lose their chance to gain an education. In a country like Cote d’Ivoire, where over 50% of the population is illiterate, this lack of education will have serious repercussions for the nation’s development and future well-being.