I've heard that children work on cocoa farms - is this true?
Cocoa is grown on smallholding farms and at certain times of the year such as harvest the whole family may work together, similar to what happens on family farms all over the world. We believe that children have a right to be in school and we consider it unacceptable for children to be working when they have the opportunity to be in formal education. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) (an agency of the United Nations) recognises that a child may help out on the family farm for a few hours a week after school or at the weekend – but it is obviously unacceptable for a child to be ‘doing work that is damaging to his or her mental, physical, and emotional development’ (ILO).
Over many years we have established close links with the communities where our cocoa comes from. And we have been working with farmers to help increase their cocoa productivity so that they can have a decent livelihood and afford to support their families and children, including their children’s education...