Friday, 27 January 2012

INTA Committee demands action against child labour in cocoa production

According to the Parliament's International Trade Committee (INTA), given that the EU is the biggest consumer of chocolate it must take responsibility for sustainability of the cocoa sector. MEPs recommended the Parliament to give its consent to a new International Cocoa Agreement and adopted a resolution calling for action against the use of child labour in the sector.
Rapporteur Vital Moreira (S&D, PT) stressed that as they believed that this was a serious issue that could not be overlooked, they "decided to raise the issue by means of a resolution" .
The resolution, to be voted by Parliament's plenary in March, acknowledges the pressure on producers to keep labour costs down, but calls on cocoa traders, EU policy makers and consumers to share responsibility in addressing child labour. MEPs say a holistic framework is needed to ensure fair and sustainable trade.

Source: European Parliament