Nothing announces Spring quite like a chocolate Easter bunny or egg. It is good to know that there is a way to see which chocolate companies are supplying their products in an ethical and sustainable manner and those that are not. Five organizations that include Be Slavery Free (Australia and The Netherlands), Green America, INKOTA, Mighty Earth, and National Wildlife Federation have compiled an insightful Easter scorecard that illustrates how chocolate companies rank on various sustainability issues. According to the methodology, “the companies selected ranged from the largest cocoa traders and chocolate manufacturers in the industry to smaller innovative companies.” The sustainability issues covered are: human rights due diligence, transparency and traceability, living income, child labor, deforestation and climate, and agroforestry. In short, “each company received an ‘egg score’ for each individual category; those egg scores were compiled to determine a final ‘bunny score.'” The score key:
The Good Egg Awards go to Alter Eco, Whittaker’s, and Tony’s Chocolonely for the greatest improvement in sustainable policies. Chocolats Halba AG also scores well, receiving all green eggs and one yellow for Living Income. The Rotten Egg Award went to Storck (Werther’s, Toffifay, Merci) for lack of transparency and worst-in-class policies. Those that also rank at the bottom of the list include Morinaga Dars, Meiji, and Itochu. You can see the full scorecard here.
Image of Score Key credit: Be Slavery Free