March 6th, 2014
04:10 PM ET

Can the chocolate industry change its ways?

Is change really happening in the cocoa fields? Is child labor actually being eradicated, is slavery in the plantations finally coming to and end and are conditions improving for workers? After watching Cocoa-nomics, CNN's investigation into the chocolate industry's supply chains, Richard Quest challenged a panel of experts. Here are the highlights of his discussion with Guy Ryder of the International Labour Organization, Nick Weatherhill of the International Cocoa Initiative, Ben Skinner of Tau Investment Management and Bryson Vogeltanz of the End It Movement.

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  1. Ken Tadaferua

    All I want to say is: God bless the CNN and God bless Richard Quest. I hope this is just the beginning of an international searchlight on the depths of hell in which the bottom of the value chain (African's small scale farmers) labour. Thank you for this wonderful expose. Perhaps another report should focus on the recklessness or unwillingness or dumbness of African leaders and governments to change the massive poverty in the continent.

    March 7, 2014 at 2:33 am | Reply
  2. adam

    Richard Quest, is still not in reality on this, why would CNN support this if the child slave still continues and the Chocolate companies know this if they stop and drive the government to make the change then it will happen, in other words stop to purchase the cocoa start tp really drive the government for change, instead of letting the corruption and slavery continue

    I work in Africa I see this all the time and CNN is not driving the change as much as you preach on your international desk it is false, wake up RICHARD QUEST and really smell the real coffee of AFRICA, I should show you the true Africa the corruption as you travel thru airports etc


    March 7, 2014 at 8:58 am | Reply
  3. Benmbarek

    Je préfére la langue francaise.merci.

    March 8, 2014 at 10:17 am | Reply
  4. bing

    Nice articles always

    March 13, 2014 at 8:16 am | Reply
  5. CNN

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    April 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  6. ifeanyi samuei onyekaonwu

    let us remember the guys who lost their life in war

    May 10, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  7. AynRiggs

    Richard, Thanks for reporting on this. I am the director of Slave Free Chocolate and we have been providing awareness on this issue since 2007. I want to bring attention to two law suits that you should cover the next time you report on this. One is Doe vs Nestle, Cargill and ADM and the other is LAMPERS vs. Hershey. Please go to our site to learn more. I believe these are top news items regarding this issue and will be happy to communicate more with you.

    April 13, 2015 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  8. Angela Mathews

    Hi. I am interested in this topic and would like to see current updates. On another note, all of the videos on this page started SIMULTANEOUSLY! You might want to remedy that. I didn't know what the hell was going on for a minute.

    October 25, 2015 at 1:52 am | Reply

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