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ETHICAL CONSUMERISM

perils of unsustainable palm oil, but allows visitors to scan their favourite products to see how they fare. Since setting up their shop many brands have switched (or have committed to switch) to sustainable palm oil. For example, one of Australia’s most loved brands, Arnott’s, have recently made this change. Likewise, big brand chocolate companies are feeling the pressure to make positive changes: Chocolate maker Ferrero has pledged to eradicate slavery from farms where it sources its cocoa by 2020, as part of a growing movement by the multi-billion dollar [chocolate] industry to clean up its supply chains. The Italian company, which produces Ferrero Rocher chocolates, Nutella spread and Kinder eggs, follows Nestle and Hershey as the third major chocolate manufacturer to announce new antislavery moves since September. It says it will eradicate child labor and forced adult labor from cocoa plantations it uses by 2020, verified by “independent and credible” third parties. Also, it says it will publish a more detailed progress report this summer and promises improved communication to customers. Up to 75 per cent of the world’s cocoa beans are grown in small farms in West Africa. In the Ivory Coast alone, there are an estimated 200,000 children working the fields, many against their will, to create chocolate enjoyed around the world. Many of the children don’t even know what chocolate is.

In the Ivory Coast alone, there are an estimated

We’re still a long way off ethical food practices in both the palm oil and chocolate industries – and, to be frank, the fact that big name chocolate brands knowingly contribute to slavery and are only approaching an end to it now thanks to growing public pressure doesn’t sway me towards their product. However, ethical soap box aside, the current changes being made to the palm oil and chocolate industries (however slow they’ve been in coming) are a hugely positive thing, and are paving the way for a better, brighter future.

200,000 children working the fields, many against their will, to create chocolate enjoyed around the world.

‘From little things, big things grow.’ To find out more about the Zoos Victoria Zoopermarket, click here. Chocolate lovers may want to check out their favourite brands here.

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Welcome to Edition 5 of AM-UNITY Magazine! In this issue we focus on Indigenous rights, refugee rights, and gender equity & diversity. Insid...

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Welcome to Edition 5 of AM-UNITY Magazine! In this issue we focus on Indigenous rights, refugee rights, and gender equity & diversity. Insid...

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