We cannot ignore the fact that there is as much slavery in the world today, as there was before, or perhaps more. Last year people around the world spent hundreds of millions of dollars on Easter chocolate. This year it will be the same amount, or even more. We know that companies will produce what we ask for. This Easter, let’s use our buying power and purchase slavery-free chocolate. We can make a difference to the world. We can make a difference to the lives of the enslaved children who are forced to pick the cocoa beans used in the production of a lot of chocolate.
The 2016 Brigidine Congregational Forum called all Brigidine Sisters to commit “to the purchase of Fair Trade and other products which promote social and environmental well-being” . We invite our associates, colleagues and partners in ministry to join us in this action this Easter.
The good news is that more and more groups and individual people are leading the way in demanding slavery-free supply chains, including in the production of chocolate. Don’t leave it up to the big companies. This Easter buy and eat only slavery-free Easter eggs and chocolate.
Look for one of these three symbols on the chocolate wrapper and make a difference. Convert to slavery-free!