Godiva: Protect cocoa workers and West African children by going Fair Trade
Godiva, the 85-year-old premium chocolatier, is a company on the rise. Acquired by the Turkish conglomorate Yildiz Holding in 2007, the company enjoyed sales of more than $500 million. This year, Godiva CEO Jim Goldman says the company is on track to achieve sales of more than $765 million, thanks in part to rapid product expansion in recent years, including new Godiva chocolate bars in supermarkets, and new Godiva-coated products like pretzels and Oreos.
But one thing that hasn't changed in recent years is Godiva's failure to protect vulnerable workers at the beginning of its supply chain. While other high-end chocolate companies use third-party certifcation to ensure that their products aren't tainted with child slave labor and the exploitation of cocoa-producing communities, Godiva does not.
The company 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 actually building a fair supply chain. For this reason, we are urging Godiva to go Fair Trade. No West African child should be forced to endure grueling cocoa-field labor for low or no pay so that American children can enjoy Godiva-coated Oreos.
Please sign our letter to Godiva telling them to go Fair Trade.
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