REVERSE TRICK OR TREATING CARDS
We are happy to provide Reverse Trick or Treating Cards that you can print out and hand out with your Halloween Candy. Unfortunately, this website platform won't let us simply attach the documents, but if you email us using the form below we will be happy to attach the documents (one for the front side and one for the back) in our reply to you.
Educate your local grocer
As more and more people are becoming aware of the situation they may be asking their local grocer which of the chocolate they sell is slave free. Often employees at these stores are unaware of the problem and don't know how to direct the customers. Download the the following form and give it to the manager and ask them to but it in the break room.
EMAIL THE LIST OF ETHICAL SUPPLIERS TO YOUR FAVORITE CHOCOLATE COMPANY
Unfortunately there isn't enough ethically grown cocoa to supply every chocolate company. That said, there is enough for the small chocolatiers to purchase. If this movement got to the point where it was embarrassing NOT to be on the list of Ethical Suppliers, the chocolatiers would then put pressure on their suppliers to step things up. Companies like Cargill and Archer Daniel Midlands supply the bulk of the cocoa. Let's give them customer service problems. That will help!
Organize a letter writing campaign
Remember that this problem is tied to something you as a consumer buy. This means that you have a lot of power, your voice counts! Engage your class, organization, your just yourself to send some emails to the candy companies. Here is an letter already written out with the links to the contact pages of the candy companies:
Dear (fill in the name )
I am (student, consumer, etc.) writing from (your school, your town etc.) where I recently learned that cocoa production tied to the Worst Forms of Child Labor and Forced Child Labor in the cocoa farms of Ghana and The Ivory Coast.
Being one of the companies that signed the Harkin-Engel Protocol in 2001, we know that you are not only aware of the problem but promised to remedy the situation to avoid legislation. According to the 4th and Final Tulane Reprot you have vastly missed the original goals that our Congress worked so hard at negotiating with you.
As a consumer we can vote with out dollar, vote with our voice and vote with advocacy and that is exactly what (we, I) (are, am) doing. (We, I) (are, am) spreading the world and only buying ethically sourced chocolate.
Donate to C.R.E.E.R.-Africa
C.R.E.E.R-Africa is a transitional center located in the heart of the cocoa growing regions of Cote D'Ivoire. Children who have escaped trafficking/slavery situations end up as street children. Most often, they don't speak the local language and have no resources or even and idea of how to get back home. C.R.E.E.R. takes in these children and works with the local authorities to help get these kids back home and in a position where they can't be trafficked again. C.R.E.E.R is privately funded by people like you. It is a great place to donate to. C.R.E.E.R.-Africa Donate.
Lesson Plan for Middle and High School Students By Marty Schmidt of HKIS
When students reflect on their time in Humanities I in Action, they frequently recall the first day of class. Grade nine students are incredibly open to new impressions on their first day of high school, so our teaching team has tried a new opening day activity the last two years that is not only a valuable lesson on its own, but also represents in microcosm our approach to their learning and growth throughout the year.
For some years we have used the issue of slave-produced chocolate. Because many students are practically addicted to chocolate, this issue resonates with them. The shadow side of chocolate production encourages them to think more deeply about their consumption patterns. In moving this topic into the initial activity of the year, we designed an activity around a central question of our first semester of study, “Is ignorance bliss?”
You can find the rest of the lesson on his site: Martin Schmidt in Asia