Taking a Bite Out of Child Labor

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Child Labor prevention programs in the cocoa sector have been slow to start, and insufficient. Our new “Big Chocolate” Scorecard looks in to what’s happening now.   NGOs and news outlets in the West first shined a light on the issue of child labor and extreme poverty among cocoa growing communities in West Africa in the early 2000’s. Since then, major […]

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The End of Chocolate?

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Chocolate Too Cheap to Be Sustainable. Farmers Making as Little as 50 Cents Per Day. Inadequate Responses Mounted So Far to Address Very Serious Problems.These are the findings of our new report: The Cocoa Barometer Our new report, available online at www.cocoabarometer.org, is being released as cocoa industry representatives gather in Washington at the World Cocoa Foundation conference to discuss […]

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Hershey’s Kisses Will Get A Makeover By 2016

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Hershey announced yesterday it will source enough certified and sustainable cocoa in 2016 to surpass the amount of cocoa required for the global production of four of its most popular chocolate brands including: Hershey’s Bars Kisses Kit Kat(United States only) Brookside This announcement comes a little more than a month after Hershey announced it would transition to “simpler ingredients” in its […]

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We did it! Hershey commits to certification. The fight against child labor continues.

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After more than two years of calling on Hershey to address child labor issues in its supply chain, we have big news to share—Hershey announced yesterday it will be going 100% certified by 2020.  While this commitment seemed to come out hastily and in response to pressure from Whole Foods Market, there have been thousands of individuals who joined our Raise […]

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A Sweet Day

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Yesterday was a day that I have been looking forward to for a long time.  It was the day we finally got to deliver all 100,000 petitions that the Raise the Bar, Hershey! campaign has collected to their intended recipient: John Bilbrey, CEO of Hershey. We have been collecting petitions for just over a year.  Signers are calling on the […]

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We Want More From Our S’mores

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We’re kicking off the summer camping and picnic season this July Fourth with a new way to support Fair Trade and put pressure on Hershey to clean up its supply chain. Please join us in our new “we want more from our s’mores” campaign and make all of your summertime s’mores with Fair Trade Certified™ chocolate. (Find the best companies […]

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