All major manufacturers - Mondelez (Cadbury), Nestlé, Mars, Ferrero, Haigh's, Lindt and others - have committed to using cocoa that will give long-term sustainability to the cocoa growing industry, as well as protecting children from the worst forms of child labour and human trafficking .
The commitment by companies varies in timing, to reach fully sustainably sourced cocoa, but it is one that all major manufacturers have publicly made. This will include locally produced chocolate provided for Easter products.
Head of the Confectionery Sector at the Australian Industry Group, Tim Piper, said: "The largest Australian chocolate manufacturers are committed to a long-term, improved, cocoa growing outlook.
"Industry is playing a major role and is collaborating with Government, NGOs, communities and families to accelerate our collective efforts to achieve reductions in child labour.
"Some companies such as Nestlé have already moved to totally certified cocoa in their Australian retail chocolate products, while all other majors have committed to either full certification or sustainability and support in the near term.
"It is in the best interests of both the cocoa growers and their communities and the Australian chocolate industry for us to strongly advocate against slavery and to help create a long-term and successful cocoa growing industry.
"Chocolate consumption is growing both in Australia and around the world and the very best position is for a more efficient and prosperous cocoa growing sector in all nations, especially those in Africa.
"The Australian chocolate industry has been transparent and encourages the public to note the extraordinary action the industry has been taking to modernise, improve and support African communities, growers and children," Mr Piper said.
Further comment: Tim Piper 0411 430 301