Anti-Child-Labour Day is June 12th

At the Truffle Fairy, every day is Anti-Child-Labour Day as we continually do all we can to ensure that our ingredients are completely free of child labour.

Did you know that on June 12th the world joins us in observing Anti-Child-Labour Day?

The chocolate industry – unfortunately –  is one of many industries in which children are put to work in a manner defined as child labour.  According to the widely used definition, that is: children work in cocoa production in a way that deprives them of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development.

A study carried out in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana – West Africa being where the vast majority of the world’s cocoa is grown – showed that roughly 2.1 million children were working in child labour. 2 million of them (that’s over 94%!!!) were found to be in “hazardous work”, which is classified by the International Labour Organization (ILO) as falling under “Worst forms of child labour”. This is work which, by its nature and through the circumstances in which it is carried out  puts the children’s health, safety or morals at risk. Children on cocoa plantations must lift heavy loads, use dangerous tool and spray pesticides. They work long hours in stifling heat.

We at the Truffle Fairy do our part to help eradicate the practice of child labour in the production of cocoa.
How?
We are extremely careful about where we source our most important ingredient: chocolate.

Our supplier, Felchlin,  prides itself in subscribing to the philosophy of FAIR, DIRECT CACAO. By visiting plantations regularly they can ensure that the cacao they source is produced under socially acceptable working conditions as well as environmentally sustainable agricultural practices. In return for cacao beans of exceptional quality, they pay over Fairtrade prices to the producers and offer them long-term contracts. By thus engaging in enduring relationships with cocoa farmers, Felchlin is not only refusing to buy cacao produced with child labour, but simultaneously eradicating the roots of the problem.

At the Truffle Fairy, we are all about quality that can be truly enjoyed. Quality therefore not refers only to the exceptional flavours and indulgent textures of the chocolate, but also to the ethical soundness of its provenance. We say no to any child labour in our products.

Thank you for supporting us in this endeavour.