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Slavery in the Chocolate Industry case study
Transcript of Slavery in the Chocolate Industry case study
1. What are the systemic, corporate, and individual ethical issues raised in this case?
2. In your view, is the kind of child slavery discussed in this case absolutely wrong no matter, or is it only relatively wrong? Explain your view and why you hold it.
3. Who shares in the moral responsibility for slavery occurring in the chocolate industry?
4. Consider the bell that Representative Engle and Senator Harkin attempted to enact into a law, but never became a law because of the lobbying efforts of the chocolate companies. What does this incident show about the view that “to be ethical it is enough for business people to follow the law”?
It is wrong to perceive the law and ethics as identical.
Noor ul Huda
In our point of view, this kind of work slavery is absolutely wrong no matter where it is practiced. The fact that this kind of slavery is being enforced on children makes the matter even worse.
The case "Slavery in the Chocolate Industry" discusses labor exploitation in the chocolate industry. It specifically addresses the cocoa beans grown on farms in West Africa, especially the Ivory Coast and Ghana, which make up close to half of the world's chocolate. The cocoa farmers of these nations, rely on slaves to harvest their beans, and in some cases, enslavement of young males.
The plight of the enslaved children was first widely publicized at the turn of the twenty first century when a British television company took videos of slave boys working on Ivory Cost farms and made a documentary . In September 2000, this documentary was broadcast
In 2001, HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT estimated that about 15000 children from the neighboring nations of Benin, Mali and Togo had been sold into slavery to labor on Ivory Coast farms.
The other organizations which took active part in raising voice against this act of slavery throughout the years till 2010 were:
International Labor Organization (ILO)
The New York Times
British Broadcast Channel (BBC)
45 % of the chocolate we consume in the United States and in the rest of the world is made from cocoa beans grown and harvested on farms in the Ivory Coast, few realize that a portion of the Ivory Coast cocoa beans that goes into the chocolate we eat was grown and harvested by slaves children.
In 2002, the Chocolate Manufacturers Associations and the World Cocoa Foundation along with major producers signed an agreement to establish a system of certification to certify use of "slave free" cocoa beans