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U.S. Department of Labor to Award $8 Million in Grants to Assist Cocoa Cooperatives in Reducing Child Labor in Cocoa Supply Chain
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced its intent to award two grants of up to $4 million each to increase the number of cocoa cooperatives demonstrating a reduction of child labor in the cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
Made available through the Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), the grants will focus on improving accountability of cocoa cooperatives to monitor child labor in the cocoa supply chain, as well as increasing support to vulnerable cocoa households within cocoa cooperatives.
ILAB’s mission is to promote a fair global playing field for workers in the U.S. and around the world by enforcing trade commitments, strengthening labor standards and combating international child labor, forced labor and human trafficking. Learn more about the Department’s work on these issues.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.