Letter of the Month: President’s Choice CocoaPosted: October 20, 2011
President’s Choice Customer Relations
1 President’s Choice Circle
Brampton ON L6Y 5S5
To Whom It May Concern:
I have recently been alarmed to learn of the use of child labour and even slavery in the processing of cocoa, especially in Ivory Coast. I understand that major chocolate producers purchase cocoa at commodity exchanges where Ivory Coast cocoa is mixed with cocoa from other sources.
I would like your assurance that President’s Choice doesn’t distribute chocolate made from cocoa produced by child slaves. I understand that it is difficult to be sure of the provenance of a commodity like cocoa. However, I will no longer purchase chocolate from companies who do not take responsibility for the production of the cocoa they use, and who cannot assure me that their chocolate was not made by child slaves.
Two hundred years ago my ancestors in England gave up sugar to protest the slave trade – I can surely do the same with chocolate now.
I look forward to hearing from you on this important matter.