40. Is Your Chocolate Made by Child Slaves?

Download this episode (right click and save) Nestlé, Archer-Daniels-Midland and Cargill are being sued following allegations that the companies have been importing chocolate made by child slaves in Ivory Coast. Although we don’t yet know the outcome of the case against the major food giants, we do know forced labor continues to be a problem that draws international attention. Stories of labor violations have led to protests, brand boycotts and class action lawsuits. InTouch Client Manager John Niggl walks you through the recent supply chain issues and international attention given to child slavery in the cocoa industry. In this manufacturing podcast episode, you'll learn about:
  • The issue of child slavery in the chocolate industry;
  • The lawsuit against the major food companies; and
  • How to investigate if you are importing or consuming chocolate made by child slaves
Businesses have always tried to cut costs in a competitive market, some employing unethical measures in the process. In the case of cocoa harvesters in Ivory Coast, rising demand for a commodity and high competition forced farmers to take drastic measures to stay afloat. And if you’d prefer to read the article that covers this topic instead, check out Is Your Chocolate Made by Child Slaves?
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