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Stores Call on Hershey to Commit to Ethically-Sourced Cocoa

WholeFoods Magazine
08/28/2012

Hershey, PA—A coalition of independent natural food stores and co-ops, along with several human rights and consumer groups, has sent an open letter to The Hershey Company, urging it to make a substantially larger commitment to relying upon ethically-sourced, Fair Trade cocoa for its chocolate products. The letter comes in the context of reports that illegal and often forced child labor is a major issue with overseas cocoa production.

Coalition hits Hershey with questions about ethically sourced cocoa products

The Patriot-News
08/24/2012

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Saying child labor is still rampant on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast, 41 grocer cooperatives and natural-food retailers on Thursday demanded that The Hershey Co. commit to ethically sourced cocoa produced under fair-labor standards.

The letter, unveiled in an advertisement on PennLive.com, imitates the iconic brown Hershey bar wrapper, but with the word “Heresy” instead of “Hershey.”

El Lado Oscuro y Amargo del Chocolate

Voces de Nuestro Mundo
10/26/2011

According to the International Labor Organization, around 215 million children worldwide are forced to work under terrible conditions. These kids work in different types of industries. On this edition of Voces, we examine how while the chocolate industry earns record profits, children face abusive labor conditions in cocoa production farms. Here with us to talk about child labor is Judy Gearhart, Executive Director with the International Labor Rights Forum.

Vietnam: Torture, Forced Labor in Drug Detention

Human Rights Watch
09/07/2011

Companies, Donors Should Press Government to Close Centers

(Bangkok) ­– People detained by the police in Vietnam for using drugs are held without due process for years, forced to work for little or no pay, and suffer torture and physical violence, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Government-run drug detention centers, mandated to “treat” and ”rehabilitate” drug users, are little more than forced labor camps where drug users work six days a week processing cashews, sewing garments, or manufacturing other items.

Truth Tour Shines Light On Walmart Worker Conditions

Progress Illinois
04/20/2011

As Walmart looks to continue its expansion in Chicago, a worker truth tour makes a stop in Chicago to shed light on how the retailer treats some of its employees along various stops on the supply chain.

 

"I was complaining about roaches and the smell. But when I heard her story, I was like 'what am I complaining about?'" said Robert J. Hines, Jr., a former Walmart factory employee at yesterday's media event for the kick off of the "Sweatshop, Warehouse, Walmart: A Worker Truth Tour."

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