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Submitted To. Prof S.k Bose
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It specifically addresses the cocoa beans grown on farms in West Africa. and in some cases. and who shares in the moral responsibility for the slavery occurring in the chocolate industry. which make up close to half of the world’’ chocolate. enslavement of young males This case discusses the various ethical issues. whether the slavery is viewed as absolutely wrong or relatively wrong.INTRODUCTION The case “ lavery in the Chocolate Industry”discusses labor S exploitation in the chocolate industry. however. especially the Ivory Coast and Ghana. . The cocoa farmers of these nations. s often rely on slaves to harvest their beans.
The decline was dictated by the global forces over which farmers had no control. There is another systemic issue relates to the legal aspect of slavery in the chocolate industry. corporate and individual ethical issues raised by this case? Firstly. Actually. Open borders. farmers turned to slavery to try to cut labor cost for their survival in this situation. cocoa bean prices had declined. With low prices. Between 1996 and 2000. a shortage of enforcement officers. from the point of systemic ethical issue. economic systems should be taken into consideration. slavery on farms is illegal in the Ivory Coast but the law is rarely enforced. . and the willingness of local officials to accept bribes from members of the slave trade all contribute to the problem.What are the systemic.
U.corporate ethical issue raised by the case.S.Secondly. They also agreed to establish a system of certification. Because there are 1 million cocoa farms. Representative Eliot Engel. the members of the Chocolate Manufacturers Association and the World Cocoa Foundation. But the problem is.S. So middlemen aware of the slavery labor problem. After the media attention and anti slavery group activities. Middlemen who grind and process cocoa beans they acquire from the Ivory Coast and sell the product to manufacturers. . most of them family farms and they located in remote rural regions. Senator Tom Harkin and U. together with several human rights groups and the Ivory Coast. they can not control over anything. signed Memorandum of Cooperation.
Lastly. Cocoa farmers are at the center of the issue. Also it is immorally wrong to take someone unwillingly. Consumers should not ignore it. company names and continues to consumer their products. there are some individual ethical issues in the case. they contribute the continuation of the slavery in chocolate industry. it is illegal to use child slavery labor. . Because. The second issue is the consumers who knows the problem. because with every chocolate they buy.
if one happens to live in a society (like ours) that disapproves of slavery? I think the answer varies in culture to culture. sold and forced into harvesting.. Children are kidnapped. They should have a right to choose their lifestyle. or is it only relatively wrong. . is the kind of child slavery discussed in this case absolutely wrong no matter what. there is no way to accept child slavery. But in my opinion. From my point of view. They should have education and then contribute the country’s economy and welfare.e. I think child labor is absolutely wrong. Farmers are beating them. i.In your view. Regardless of the society one may live in. children should not be used for labor.
shares in the moral responsibility for the slavery occurring in the chocolate industry. distributors. Mars. American chocolate companies. consumers and people who know the situation. African government do not control over the rules. Nestle and Kraft foods? Distributors like Archer Daniels Midland Co. Barry Callebaut. African farmers use child slavery labor. . African governments. Middlemen buys cocoa beans from farmers who use slavery labor. and Cargill Inc? Consumers like you and I who know about the situation but continue to purchase tainted chocolate? What we believe.Who shares in the moral responsibility for the slavery occurring in the chocolate industry: African farmers? African governments? American chocolate companies like Hershey. . African Farmers.
.Contd… American chocolate companies know farmers use slavery labor and they continue to work them. we are also morally responsible for the child slavery labor. all actors in the industry are responsible. If we know the company names and continue to buy chocolate from them. As a result.
Chocolate… With Love .