Global Citizen is a community of people like you

People who want to learn about and take action on the world’s biggest challenges. Extreme poverty ends with you.

Food & Hunger

The good chocolate guide

Brought to you by: World Vision

Flickr: Magic Madzik

World Vision’s No Child For Sale Campaign aims to decrease the number of children whose futures are compromised or lost because they are forced to work in dangerous jobs. The Good Chocolate Guide celebrates many of the companies offering ethical chocolate--chocolate that aims to keep children out of dangerous work.

These products are easily found through many Canadian retailers. Make a delicious and ethical choice because chocolate shouldn’t hurt children. Check these chocolates out! 

1) Alter Eco

Fair Trade Certified

good choc-Alter Eco.png

All of the alter eco’s cocoa beans are plucked from organic trees in the peruvian Amazon and ecuadorian coast. Together with alter eco, you are changing the world, one delicious bite at a time.

2) Belvas

Fair Trade Certified

good choc-belvas.png

Using fair trade certified ingredients, this belgian chocolatier produces belgian chocolates and truffles of the highest quality.

3) Cadbury 

Fair Trade Certified

good choc cadbury.png

If you are looking for a dairy milk bar that tastes good and feel good at the same time, look for these fair trade certified flavors. Cadbury Dairy Milk, Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly Mint, and Cadbury Milk Bubbly White.

4) Camino

Fair Trade Certified

good choc camino.png

Camino chocolates, sugar, and coffee are made from quality ingredients, grown by family farmers in Central and South America, and Southeast Asia.

5) Carrefour de Solidarite Internationale

Fair Trade Certified

good choc carrerfour.png

Carrefour de Solidarite Internationale partnered with a local small business, choco-la, to launch the first fair trade certified bar in 2007 and now have other tasty flavours.

6) Chocolove 

Fair Trade USA Certified

good choc chocolove.png

Chocolove has a continuing commitment to social and ethical responsibility. As such, they make and sell three flavors of organically grown and fair trade USA chocolate bars.  

7) Coconut Secret

Fair Trade Certified Ingredients

good choc coconutsecret.png

A magical fusion of single-origin fair trade chocolate ingredients with toasted coconut and low glycemic coconut crystals.

8) Cote d’Or 

Rainforest Alliance Certified

good choc cotedor.png

All Cote d’Or chocolates are made with cocoa from rainforest alliance certified farms.

9) Dagoba 

Rainforest Alliance Certified

good choc dagoba.png

Dagoba’s mission is to craft deeply satisfying chocolate in a socially responsible way.

10) Denman Island 

Fair Trade Certified

good choc denmanisland.png

Denman Island chocolate donates 1% of gross income to local groups that support environmental conservation.

11) Divine 

Fair Trade Certified

good choc divine.png

Divine is the only fair trade certified company that is owned by its cocoa farmers. It gives them a share of profit and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry.

12) Endangered Species Chocolate

Rainforest Alliance Certified

good choc endangeredspecies.png

On top of sourcing cocoa from rainforest alliance certified cacao farms, Endangered Species chocolate also donates 10% of net profits to organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation, and humanitarian efforts.

13) Equal Exchange 

Fairly Traded

good choc equalexchange.png

Equal exchange chocolates are certified using only the purest ingredients, grown with care by small farmer co-ops, which the company believes are the heart and soul of the fair trade movement.

14) Ethiquable

Fair Trade Certified

good choc ethiquable.png

Since 2011, Ethiquable has adopted a fair trade approach with French producers, with most of their chocolate being fair trade certified.

15) Galerie Au Chocolat 

Fair Trade Certified

good choc galerieauchocolat.png

Galerie Au Chocolat’s mission is to use the finest ingredients from the most reputable suppliers and produce quality chocolates that are truly second to none.

16) Green & Black’s

Fair Trade Certified

good choc greenandblacks.png

From the very first batch of Green & Black’s Maya gold bar in 1994, and every batch since, their cocoa has been source directly from the farmers, giving them a fair price for their crop.

17) Ikea 

Utz Certified

good choc ikea.png

Ikea has always strongly believed in protecting children. In the year 2000, they developed a child labour code of conduct with the advice from the International Labour Organization.

18) Just Us! 

Fair Trade Certified

good choc justus.png

Just Us! Started with a real passion for social justice. Going beyond providing moral support and emergency aid for Latin America, they resolved to pay a fair price for their high quality coffee so their communities could control their own destinies. Now they offer fair trade certified chocolate as well.

19) Justin’s 

Rainforest Alliance Certified

good choc justins.png

Justin’s milk chocolate and dark chocolate peanut butter cups are both organic and rainforest alliance certified.

20) Lily’s

Fair Trade Certified

good choc lilys.png

Lily’s stevia-sweetened chocolate only uses the finest, all-natural, non-gmo ingredients, including genuine, fair trade certified cocoa.

21) Oxfam Fairtrade 

Fair Trade Certified

good choc oxfam.png

Oxfam Fairtrade brings you a world of quality fair trade products.

22) Tcho

Fair Trade Certified Ingredients

good choc tcho.png

Tcho partners with growers and coops and transfers knowledge about growing and fermentation to enable farmers to become premium producers and create a relationship of mutual self-interest that goes beyond fair trade.

23) The Good Bean

Fair Trade Certified

good choc thegoodbean.png

The good bean fruit and no-nut chocolate berry bar is packed with whole roasted chickpeas, chunks of fair trade chocolate, and a tangy mix of blueberries, cranberries, and cherries.

24) Theo

Fair For Life Certified

good choc theo.png

Theo is proud to be the first organic and fair trade bean-to-bar chocolate factory in North America.

25) Theobroma

Fair Trade Certified

good choc theobroma.png

Theobroma has made it their mission to support the fair trade movement and currently has 11 chocolate bars that are fair trade certified.

26) Zazubean

Fair For Life Certified

good choc zazubean.png

All of Zazubean’s chocolate is dark to maximize health properties, certified organic to ensure our food and planet is kept safe and also certified fair trade, ensuring that all people connected to the product have been treated with dignity and respect


So, what to look for when buying ethical chocolate?

Good choc symbols.png
Look for these symbols on chocolate! To use any of these certifications, a company must work with a third party certifier to prevent and address child labour. They have been independently verified to meet credible Fair Trade International Certified , Fair Trade USA Certified , Rainforest Alliance Certified , UTZ Certified , and Fair For Life Certified standards. 

Learn more about the "bitter truth about chocolate" in World Vision's new report, "A Matter of Taste: The Impact of Certification Systemshere.


The views expressed here are not necessarily those of each of the partners of Global Citizen. 

Conversation