This holiday season, buy chocolate from the heart. Please don’t buy chocolate that’s connected to child labor, slavery, or deforestation. Make sure you purchase chocolate only from companies that do their part to protect forests and wildlife.
We’ve pulled together rankings from different experts to give you a sense of where it’s at for some of the world’s biggest chocolate companies in terms of human rights, organic, fair trade, deforestation, and other issues.
Plus you can read up here, if you want to see some of the best guides out there, to help consumers buy the right chocolate:
This guide by Simran Sethi helps you make sense of the different labels – she walks you through what does it mean when a chocolate is “directly traded,” or “bean-to-bar,” and breaks down what various certifications like Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance entail. https://newfoodeconomy.org/conscious-eaters-chocolate-guide/
The Ethical Consumer guide investigates, scores and ranks the ethical and environmental record of 99 brands of bars of chocolate, chocolate snacks and gift chocolates. They review child labour, deforestation, shine a light on the ethics of Divine and give some Best Buys advice. https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/food-drink/shopping-guide/chocolate
If you’re in a rush and just want a quick list of good chocolate to buy, the Good Trade lists some chocolates that it recommends, which are fair trade and mostly organic https://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/fair-trade-chocolate
If you’re in the UK, you can check this out: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2007/sep/28/food
And if you’re in Australia, you’re in luck as there are two guides for you: http://fairtrade.com.au/Fairtrade-Products/Chocolate-cocoa and https://guide.ethical.org.au/guide/browse/guide/?type=126
We’ll have a full ranking of 150 companies ready later on, so stay tuned for a really comprehensive ranking coming soon!
Enjoy chocolate this holiday season that tastes good, is good for the planet, and good for people.