The Chocolate War
American human rights lawyer, Terrence Collingsworth has worked tirelessly for 13 years to hold Nestlé and Cargill accountable for their crimes against children in Africa, who are subject to trafficking and slavery in order to provide the cheapest cocoa possible.
Two years ago Collingsworth managed to have the American Supreme Court to accept a case against the two companies. Ever since Nestlé and Cargill have tried to prevent this from happening by making one appeal after the other, which have all been dismissed. Now the case will end in Supreme Court.
Meanwhile Collingsworth is travelling to Mali and Ivory Coast to find more evidence for the court case. This investigation leads him to highly profiled programmes like The First Lady Centre build and paid for by the US and the EU. The centre’s aim is to rescue children from trafficking and slavery, give them housing and education – and finally bring them back to their parents, but the centre has never been used and is completely empty of children.
This film show how these mega-companies are so powerful that they are above the law; not only in Africa, but also in the Western democracies, where companies like Nestlé and Cargill will hire 1000$ an hour- lawyers to keep them in the “grey zone” so they do not have to change their code of conduct.