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INTERVIEW-Cocoa users must help fight child labour - Ivory Coast

Reuters
04/07/2006

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In mid-2005, the Washington-based International Labor Rights Fund filed a lawsuit in a U.S. court against three companies -- Nestle , Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill -- it says share responsibility in the trafficking, torture and forced labour of children who cultivate cocoa in Ivory Coast.

The three companies have contested the case.

N'Djore said one of the major factors behind the use of child labour by cocoa farmers was non-attendance at school... 

Selling out or buying in?

Boston Globe
04/05/2006

By Dara O'Rourke

FIRST MY socially responsible ice cream. Then my local, earth-conscious juice. Then my hip, alternative, throwback sneakers. Then my daughter's organic yogurt. Then my wife's animal-friendly cosmetics. Now it's the one toothpaste I believed in . . . if it makes any sense to believe in a toothpaste.

'Transparency' sought about cocoa suppliers Shareholder seeks info on Hershey suppliers

The Patriot-News
04/02/2006

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...Ivory Coast is the world's largest producer of cocoa beans. Its 600,000 farms provide about 40 percent of the worldwide supply.

Bama Athreya, deputy director of the International Labor Rights Fund and a Global Exchange board member, said the Mali children were brought to Ivory Coast under false pretenses, were not paid and couldn't leave... 

Athreya said it would be "extremely unusual" if Hershey were not using one or all three of these companies as suppliers... 

 

Wal-Mart Begins Quest for Generals in P.R. War

New York Times
03/30/2006

By Michael Barbaro

Wanted: two people to help defend the nation's largest retailer against critics. Requirements: plenty of experience managing a crisis.

Wal-Mart Stores has begun circulating two senior-level job postings — both in public relations — and if the language used to describe the positions is any indication, the giant discount retailer is on the P.R. equivalent of war footing.

Wal-Mart Begins Quest for Generals in P.R. War

New York Times
03/30/2006

By Michael Barbaro

Wanted: two people to help defend the nation's largest retailer against critics. Requirements: plenty of experience managing a crisis.

Wal-Mart Stores has begun circulating two senior-level job postings — both in public relations — and if the language used to describe the positions is any indication, the giant discount retailer is on the P.R. equivalent of war footing.

Wal-Mart Steps Up Surprise Inspections of Foreign Factories

Associated Press
03/29/2006

By Marcus Kabel

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is increasing surprise inspections at thousands of foreign factories where it buys clothes, toys, shoes and other products as it expands efforts to make sure its suppliers uphold labor and environmental standards.

Wal-Mart expects unannounced inspections to make up 30 percent of all inspections this year, up from 20 percent last year and 8 percent in 2004, said Beth Keck, director of international corporate affairs for the world's largest retailer.

Wal-Mart steps up surprise inspections of foreign factories

Associated Press
03/29/2006

By Marcus Kabel

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is increasing surprise inspections at thousands of foreign factories where it buys clothes, toys, shoes and other products as it expands efforts to make sure its suppliers uphold labor and environmental standards.

Wal-Mart expects unannounced inspections to make up 30 percent of all inspections this year, up from 20 percent last year and 8 percent in 2004, said Beth Keck, director of international corporate affairs for the world's largest retailer.

Liberia; Thanks U.S., But...

The Analyst (AllAfrica)
03/28/2006

THE LIBERIAN EMBASSY in Washington D.C. last week dispatched a communication highlighting that the President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, had signed a proclamation to reinstate duty-free trade benefits for the Republic of Liberia. The communication

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