Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Conscious Cinema: The Chocolate Case

Can a globalised food system ever be truly ethical? Join us for the film screening, Q&A and chocolate tasting.

About this Event

This engaging and thoughtful documentary tells the story about the start of Tony’s Chocolonely as it tracks three Dutch journalists’ decade-long efforts to end the chocolate industry’s reliance on child labour and worker exploitation.

Affable and with a penchant for absurdist pranks, the three friends ran a TV show investigating unsafe, often unsavoury practices in the food sector. Shocked both by lack of progress on workers’ rights in cocoa plantations and public apathy towards this modern-day slavery, they embarked on a high-profile campaign to expose this reality. Their investigations uncovered serious failings, even among fairtrade producers, so they put their money where their sweet tooth was: they turned from journalists to entrepreneurs, setting out to make a “100% slave-free” chocolate bar.

The screening will be followed by a short Q&A. Joining us will be James Anderson of Tony’s Chocolonely to talk more about the company and its mission to make 100% slave free the norm in chocolate. Attendees will also be able to sample the chocolate, soon to be stocked in University of Edinburgh Cafés.

More about Tony’s impact

Fairtrade Fortnight

This event is happening as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.

The University of Edinburgh has been a Fairtrade University since 2004 and are active in Edinburgh’s Fairtrade City Group. We supported Scotland’s bid to become a Fair Trade Nation, a status that was awarded in 2013.

Find out more about fair trade at the University

Conscious Cinema

The Conscious Cinema Series is programmed in partnership with Take One Action.

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Mar 5 2020 18:00 - 20:30

Conscious Cinema: The Chocolate Case

Entry is on a first come first served basis. If you are late, we cannot guarantee your place.
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ECCI Conference Room Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation High School Yards, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ