Alter Eco: fighting slavery one chocolate bar at a time.
Our partner Alter Eco knows business, and they are fighting poverty. With their chocolate bars (not to mention a host of other delicious foods), they are excelling at both.
Cocoa farmers are often forced to sell their beans to a middleman for prices lower than the cost of production, sending them into severe debt. The farmers are then unable to care for their crops, which results in low quality and even lower prices.
Through direct relationships with the farmers that grow their ingredients, Alter Eco is increasing the livelihoods of communities and reducing vulnerability around the world. They pay 10-30 percent more than the market price for the ingredients they buy, providing a stable source of income for farmers.
Reducing poverty is key in the fight against human trafficking. Poverty creates vulnerability, and vulnerability creates a cycle of exploitation. Because of Alter Eco’s impact, 5,300 farmers are employed and able to provide a life for their families. Alter Eco is devoted to scalable solutions to poverty, and it works. We’re proud to stand beside them.
Alter Eco is certainly blazing the trail, but they are joined by many other Fair Trade chocolate companies fighting global vulnerability. This week on Causes, we’ll examine the cocoa industry and those companies rebelling against the status quo. Let’s associate our actions with the fate of those producing our goods. Take the pledge to use your consumer power to fight slavery, and join the conversation.