Now, we have reason to celebrate! Hershey announced that by 2020 it will transition all its chocolate products to certified cocoa sources that will address labor and environmental issues. While we welcome this announcement, the Raise the Bar, Hershey! Coalition is asking Hershey CEO John Bilbrey and other Hershey executives to detail what this commitment means.
Particularly, we are asking Hershey to specify:
The Raise the Bar, Hershey! Coalition will continue to hold Hershey accountable for the treatment of cocoa laborers, especially the youngest of them, with the smallest of voices. We will also continue to pressure major corporations, working in chocolate and other sectors to address the issues of forced labor, child labor, and human trafficking in their supply chains, as the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that roughly 6 million children work in forced labor conditions.
Please join us in thanking Hershey for this important step forward, and urge them to make a clear commitment to fair trade certification as fast as possible. Eight years may seem like nothing to a more than 120-year-old company, but it’s an excruciatingly long time for a child working on a cocoa farms through the day and night in the Ivory Coast or Ghana.
Please send Hershey an email today!
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