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Godiva: Protect cocoa workers and West African children by going Fair Trade

Godiva, child labor is bad for your image. (and for kids.)

Compared to Hershey and Mars, Godiva may appear to be a small, artisanal chocolate company—but this is far from the case. In 2007, Godiva was acquired by Yıldız Holding, a major food manufacturer in Turkey that owns 65 companies. Ülker, Yıldız's largest brand, produces 25 different chocolate products. 

Godiva and Ülker share in their failure to protect vulnerable workers at the beginning of their supply chains.  While other high-end chocolate companies use third-party certification to ensure that their products aren't tainted with child slave labor and the exploitation of cocoa-producing communities, Godiva and Ülker do not.  

Godiva insists that it requires its suppliers "to be in compliance with labor laws," and donates some of its growing profits to organizations providing charitable work in cocoa-producing nations, but these efforts are no substitute for building a fair supply chain.  Ülker prides itself on its commitments to children’s arts and sports programs in Turkey, but again, this does not do any good for children in West Africa. No West African child should be forced to endure grueling cocoa-field labor for low or no pay so that other children can enjoy chocolate.

Please sign our letter to Godiva and Ülker, and their parent company, Yıldız Holding, asking them to purchase cocoa beans that have been made without child labor.   

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