Ghirardelli Chocolate claims to make premium chocolate by carefully selecting cocoa beans of the highest quality, but real quality should not come at the cost of environmental destruction, poverty, and bitter child labor. We are demanding the company label its chocolate as certified Fair Trade.
We want Fair Trade Certified cocoa now – the only way that we can be sure that farmers and communities are getting a fair price, that no children have to work instead of going to school and that the environment is protected.
Fair Trade is the only way.
Fair Trade products are food or crafts that are produced under standards designed to end and prevent the poverty, sweatshop labor conditions, environmental degradation, etc that are endemic to the free trade "race to the bottom" that puts profits above people and the planet.
A widely recognized definition of Fair Trade is enumerated in the FINE Principles: