Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) offers a list and a guide for buying slavery-free chocolate easter eggs.
Consumer demand can make an impact on both the producer and the retailer of the product. In 2015, Pope Francis said that “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”
Cocoa is a key ingredient of chocolate. Much of the chocolate sold in Australia is made using cocoa beans picked by children, many of whom have been enslaved, or forced to work in exploitative conditions. The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) estimates that there are 1.5 million children working in the cocoa sector in West Africa.
You can find slavery-free Easter chocolates by looking for the following symbols on the packaging: