Aldi partners with Tony’s Chocolonely despite 1,700 child labor cases – Grocery Gazette
Aldi has teamed up with Tony’s Chocolonely to launch its first 100% responsible chocolate Easter egg, despite its recent controversy.
The Choco Changer ethical chocolate egg comes from Tony’s Chocolonely open chain and comes in two different flavours, 70% dark chocolate or salted milk caramel – priced at £4.99.
The announcement comes just in time for Fair trade fortnighta promotional campaign to raise awareness of Fairtrade products, which started on 21 February.
However, the news follows the chocolate brand’s admission to 1,700 incidents of child labor in its supply chain last year.
According to company annual report for 2020/21, 1,701 cases of child labor have been discovered on its farms in West Africa, where its cocoa comes from. The figure was up from 387, which was found in 2019/20.
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A spokesperson for Tony’s Chocolonely said Procurement management“We look for both issues in our supply chain and although we have never found any cases of modern slavery, we do find cases of child labor and report them in our annual fair report.”
“Finding cases of child labor in your supply chain means you are taking responsibility and that change is afoot, which is reflected in the reduction in the prevalence of child labor in our long-standing partner cooperatives .”
The Easter egg adds to the discount grocer’s existing range of Fairtrade products, including chocolates, flowers and wine.
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