The Tony Chocolonely bars are unequally divided since 2012. We made this decision as we find it nonsensical to produce equally divided chocolate bars when the chocolate industry is perpetuating social inequality in the world.
Tony’s definition of slavery is: every form of forced labour (modern slavery) and/or labour that is not paid. Every form of illegal child labour is included in this definition.
In Ghana and Ivery Coast, there are just about 2,5 million farms where cocoa is being farmed. About 2,26 million children work on these farms. Of all those 2,26 million kids, about 90% has to do illegal and dangerous labour.
It is estimated that right now, about 30.000 children and adults are victims of human trafficking, being forced to work in the worst form of modern slavery in West-Africa. They have to do dangerous and hard work without getting paid. Children are sometimes stolen away from their parents and set to work. They do not go to school.
There are different reasons why children are set to work. When the parents are very poor the children have to work so the family can earn enough money to be able to eat. There are also children who don’t have any parents anymore. Sometimes, the parents have debts with their boss. The boss then forces their children to work as well until the debt is paid.
Tony’s Chocolonely actually has its origins in the television program ‘Keuringsdienst van Waarde’. This Dutch television program wants to explore whether manufacturers tell consumers the truth. Different presenters do their research and ask a lot of questions to reveal the real truth. One of the presenters is Teun van de Keuken. In the episode on chocolate, journalists revealed some of the dark secrets behind the production of our food and goods. Making television about the chocolate slavery was a great start. Teun van Keuken thought of something odd: by turning himself in and hoping to be sentenced as a chocolate criminal, the chocolate slavery could be ended.