From the Experts: Child Labor and the Cocoa Industry
Child Labor / Chocolate / Cocoa / Expert Perspectives

From the Experts: Child Labor and the Cocoa Industry

Edward Millard, the Rainforest Alliance’s director of sustainable landscapes, reflects on the causes of child labor in the West African cocoa industry and the tools necessary to combat it. [vimeo 63765459] The Rainforest Alliance believes that independent certification programs, like Rainforest Alliance Certified™, are central to delivering solutions to economic, environmental and social issues that are … Continue reading

Africa / Child Labor / Cocoa / Expert Perspectives / Impacts / Pesticides and Agrochemicals / Rainforest Alliance / Worker Rights / Worker Safety

Good News for Cocoa and the Global Food System

Eric Servat, senior manager of the Rainforest Alliance’s cocoa program, talks about the growth and challenges of our cocoa work. While Halloween is the peak time for chocolate news in the US, the holidays are  our peak chocolate eating season.   Any chocolate enjoyed in the US is likely to contain cocoa grown in Côte d’Ivoire, the … Continue reading

Agriculture / Child Labor / Expert Perspectives

Children on Farms: A Photo Essay

Taking a short sabbatical from on-the-ground assignments, Rainforest Alliance trainer and auditor Noah Jackson tackles some of the issues surrounding child labor with a compelling photo essay. Every year around Halloween, I receive emails about cocoa and child labor – some coming from friends living as far away as Uganda and the Philippines. Since most … Continue reading