Where does our chocolate come from?
Wonder where the cocoa in your chocolate comes from? And how it is produced? We could ask similar questions about clothing and electronics, however, the consumption of chocolate in Australia is also on a steady rise. Did you know that almost three-quarters of the pods for the key ingredient, cocoa butter, is harvested in the west African countries of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana? Harvesting relies on child labour, and with that comes slavery and human trafficking. When global supply chains lack transparency, we consumers are implicated in this slavery.
The Brennan Program, in partnership with Anti-Slavery Australia, is proud to present a film screening followed by a panel discussion with representatives of chocolate companies, legal experts and activists for change. We will look at the response from the chocolate companies and the emergence of soft (and some hard) law.
Fuzz Kitto is National Co-director of STOP THE TRAFFIK Australian Coalition and co-author of A Matter of Taste Chocolate Report. For the last 8 years he has been involved in researching and campaigning with Chocolate companies to help prevent, disrupt and abolish slavery in the cocoa growing in West Africa. Frequently visiting Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire (where around 65% of the world’s cocoa is grown) he talks with Farmers, Farmer Associations and Coops, NGO’s and Chocolate Company programs on the ground. He has attended numerous World Cocoa Conferences recently speaking at the last one in April in Berlin. He is also a member of The Voice Network, an International advocacy group of NGO’s which recently won the award of recognition by the WCC for contributions of Civil Society to sustainability in the Chocolate Industry.
Professor Jennifer Burn
Jennifer Burn is Director of Anti-Slavery Australia and Professor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Anti-Slavery Australia is the only university based law and research centre in Australia dedicated to advancing the rights of people who have experienced human trafficking and extreme forms of exploitation by providing access to legal advice and representation for trafficked and enslaved people in Australia. Anti-Slavery Australia also promotes and provides leading research, education and advocacy supporting the dissemination of information about human rights abuses affecting trafficked, enslaved and exploited people; as well as advocating for changes to laws and policies to improve the protection of the rights of people who have been trafficked.
Jennifer Burn is a member of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery, a frequent media commentator and a practicing lawyer and migration agent. She convenes a subject within the UTS Law Faculty, ‘The Law of Human Trafficking and Slavery’.
Professor Paul Redmond
Paul Redmond is the Sir Gerard Brennan Professor in the Faculty of Law at UTS. He researches the responsibility of business enterprises for adverse human rights impacts of their operations and value chain relationships. He is a member of government, professional and academic bodies concerned with reforms in this area.