Lots of people would like to pretend that all cocoa is grown without the use of child labour – it is the 21st century, after all – but they’re just kidding themselves. The problem is real, and in the West of Africa, where most of the world’s cocoa is grown, it is a long-established, and sadly highly profitable business.
So, when it came to sourcing organic cocoa beans for our chocolate bars, we turned straight to São Tomé e Príncipe; a small island off the west coast of Africa which, by dint of its remoteness, is incredibly tricky for slavers to travel to. It’s an island beset by great poverty but with a historic reputation for rejecting child slavery.
We work with a local cooperative which is committed to educating the children of São Tomé. And because the organic beans in our bars are sourced directly from this cooperative, you can rest much easier knowing that your purchase is helping encourage others in the cooperative to convert to organic farming, earning additional, reliable income for their outstanding cocoa.
Oh – and another reason. Sao Tome cocoa is some of the finest in the world.