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Cocoa industry ‘failing to address abusive child labour’ in supply chain

The global cocoa industry has been slammed for failing to stamp out suppliers which rely on "abusive child labour". The allegations were made by the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University in its fourth annual report on Oversight of Public and Private Initiatives to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana...The report identifies the ongoing exploitation of labour rights in the cocoa sector including the worst forms of child labour, forced labour and trafficking...The report went on to criticise the lack of progress that is being made by voluntary programmes adopted by the cocoa industry to address the problems of child and forced labour in West Africa.