Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


There Is Nothing Magical About Child Labour

There Is Nothing Magical About Child Labour

As Tim Burton releases his new film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in NZ on September 8, US chocolate makers miss a deadline for putting an end to child labour on cocoa farms in Western Africa.

Ironically in complete contrast to the happy chocolately image that the Tim Burton film portrays of the chocolate process, the reality of the process involved with the 1,850 Wonka bars, made by Nestle for use in the film, is not such a happy story.

Nestle purchases a portion of its cocoa from the Ivory Coast, where the US State Department’s year 2000 Human Rights Report acknowledged that some 15,000 children between the ages of 9 and 12 have been sold into forced labour on cotton, coffee and cocoa plantations in recent years. The Ivory Coast is said to provide 43% of America’s cocoa and the export of cocoa amounts to 40% of the Ivory Coast’s total export earnings.

The films release comes at a pivotal moment in the discussion about the real chocolate industry’s response to child slavery on cocoa farms. In the US, July 1st 2005 marked the final deadline for the industry’s voluntary protocol on child slavery. “After four years of foot dragging, the chocolate industry has failed to live up to its commitments under the protocol and once again the possibility of binding legislation by Congress for all chocolate to carry slave labour-free labelling, is on the table” says Andrea Buffa, Global Exchange spokesperson.

The Wonka bars were axed in the UK two years ago following poor sales but with the release of the newest version of Charlie and the Chocolate factory, Nestle’s 5 million pound (NZ$13m) promotional blitz has brought the poor selling chocolate bars into the New Zealand market place.

In addition to the 1,850 real Wonka bars provided, Nestle have been heavily involved in the film’s production, helping to create elements such as the chocolate river in Willy Wonka’s factory.

Its not all bad however - Chocolate can be as sweet as Willy Wonka makes it out to be – but the answer lies in purchasing chocolate which comes with a exploitation free guarantee. Look out for Fairtrade chocolate which carries the FLO label – your guarantee that slave labour was not used in the making of your chocolate.

Fairtrade chocolate can be bought at all Trade Aid shops and from retailers listed at www.tradeaid.org.nz.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election