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 Post subject: Big Chocolate's Child Slavery Addiction
PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 2:24 pm 
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This is a real shockeroo..I LOVE chocolate but the supply chain has made me rethink my demand for it...READ ON!

Big Chocolate's child slavery addiction

Sorry to scare you, but on Halloween much of the chocolate Americans will hand out to trick-or-treaters will be tainted by the labor of enslaved children

Hershey's, Nestlé, and the other big chocolate companies know this. They promised nearly a decade ago to set up a system to certify that no producers in their supply chains use child labor. They gave themselves a July 2005 deadline for that, which came and went without meaningful action. A second voluntary deadline sailed by as well in 2008. There's a new deadline for voluntary action at the end of this year. Don't hold your breath

Here are three things you can do this Halloween to ensure that your chocolate isn't tainted by the exploitation of children overseas.

1.Look for chocolate from companies that do certify their supply chains, via labels such the Fair Trade label and the IMO Fair for Life label. My non-profit organization, Green America, offers a scorecard that explains these labels in detail, and ranks chocolate companies.

2.Contact conventional chocolate companies like Hershey's--call them, write to them, write on their Facebook pages--and tell them you expect them to prove their supply chains aren't tainted by child labor and slave labor.

3.Contact your representatives in Congress. If after a decade the chocolate companies can't monitor their own supply chains, we need to go back to the drawing board, and demand by law that slave-produced chocolate doesn't belong on the shelves of stores in the USA.
The people who produce the raw materials for our chocolate treats deserve fair wages and safe working conditions. African children shouldn't have to suffer unspeakable horrors so that our children can have a happy Halloween


"Behind every great fortune lies a great crime."
Honore de Balzac

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That other party, they work for people who don't need help.
That's all there is to it."

~Harry S. Truman

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