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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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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Spotlight on Hershey, 2 Years Later

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Exactly two years ago, Hershey announced it would source only ethically certified cocoa by 2020. This announcement came after years of pressure on Hershey to prevent child labor on West African cocoa farms from Green America members and our allies Two years later, we’re checking on Hershey’s progress and on how these commitments have impacted cocoa growing communities. But first, […]

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8 years is a long time…

In light of Hershey’s announcement last week, to go 100% Certified by 2020, a lot of our members have raised concerns about this timeline.  Why so long?  Especially since we have known since at least the year 2000 about the problem of the worst forms of child labor on cocoa farms in Ghana and Ivory Coast, and the industry has already missed so many promised deadlines to address the issue. While the announcement was an important step for Hershey to take, especially the acknowledgment that child labor is an issue in its supply chain, the announcement alone does not translate into progress.  Hershey has not in fact changed any of its sourcing policies yet, so it does not mean we can all go out and stock up on Kisses and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

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


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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Valentine’s Day in Hershey


Very early, and not quite yet bright, we jumped in the car and headed north…for Hershey, PA.  At 9:00am we met Jasper Perry-Anderson, a Philadelphia eighth grader who created an online petition encouraging the company to increase its commitment to ethically sourced cocoa to prevent abusive child labor on the cocoa farms from where it sources. In just two weeks, […]

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Hershey melts… a little


For the first time ever, Hershey is accepting responsibility for the problems in its cocoa supply chain — but only for one product in its vast line of chocolate.  This baby-step by the biggest chocolate company in the US has renewed the call for the chocolate giant to go Fair Trade.   Take action here, and learn more below:   On […]

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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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