Juneteenth & Why It Matters

Juneteenth is a day of remembrance and celebration, but it is also a day we need. We need to be reminded of what was so we can be renewed in our resolve to fight for better tomorrows for all Americans and the pursuit of true freedom and equality.… Read More Juneteenth & Why It Matters

Wearing Justice: Confronting the Problems of Fast Fashion  

Back in May, I began working on a post about slavery in supply chains. I hoped to cover three big offenders, chocolate, phones, and fashion, and quickly realized I had been overly ambitious in that hope. (The resulting post can be found here, covering only chocolate.) In preparation for that post, before throwing in the… Read More Wearing Justice: Confronting the Problems of Fast Fashion  

Chocolate’s Impact on Modern Slavery

Most of the world’s cocoa beans come from West Africa, specifically Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. In 2015, Tulane University released a report that estimated that over 2 million children were involved in “hazardous work” in the cocoa industry in that region. Not all child labor is technically “slavery,” but “hazardous work” is one of the worst forms of child labor as outlined by the ILO. Exploitation is exploitation, and our duty to be conscientious consumers remains the same whatever form it takes.… Read More Chocolate’s Impact on Modern Slavery