Child labor is an issue of great concern in cocoa farming communities and across the entire cocoa and chocolate industry.While we recognize that children around the world may help out on the family farm, Barry Callebaut strongly condemns forced labor, slavery, human trafficking, and all practices that exploit children or expose them to harmful or hazardous conditions.
Tackling the root causes of child labor
In our direct sourcing programs, we offer farmers training in good agricultural practices to increase yields, income and livelihoods; child labor sensitization is an integral part of this curriculum. All our partner cooperatives have signed the child labor charter. In collaboration with the International Cocoa Initiative, we have developed tools and training modules to raise awareness of child labor issues among producers.