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Nepalese Protesters Demand End to Child Labor

June 5, 2013 | by Matt

Agence France-Presse
The Jakarta Globe
June 4, 2013

Even with heavy monsoon rains, about 100 individuals, including former child laborers took bravery marched through Nepal on June 4, 2013, calling for an end to child enslavement. This traditional practice in the Himalayan culture, is an unfortunate decision that impoverished families have to make, selling their daughters into lifelong bondage. This protest was motivated by the death of a 12-year old girl in late March. To read the full article, click here.

Pilot areas selected for anti-child labor drive

May 16, 2013 | by Matt

Sarwell Q. Meniano 
May 13, 2013
Business World Online

Tacloban City, Leyte, and Northern Samar in the Philippines will all be pilot sites for the Depart of Labor & Employment’s (DoLE) program to eliminate child labor. Exequiel R. Sarcauga of the DoLE stated that the program aims to stop at least 75% of child labor, of which a large majority are involved in hazardous work.  The program is scheduled to launch just before the start of the new school year, tentative dates are between June and July of 2013. To read more, click here. 

Hershey’s Announcement

October 11, 2012 | by Social Media

On October 3rd, 2012 Hershey announced that it will move its chocolate to 100% certification by 2020. Hershey joined its rival, Mars, with this 2020 certification plan. Though the company remains vague about which certifications its plan includes, the “Raise the Bar, Hershey” Campaign urges Hershey to go 100% Fair Trade with incremental benchmarks. Fair Trade is the most rigorous certification for identifying and remediating the Worst Forms of Child Labor. Click here to read the Campaign’s statement regarding this announcement. HRRC has supported International Labor Rights Forum throughout this campaign.

Hershey Pledges $10 million to fight Child Labor

February 15, 2012 | by Social Media

 

 

By: David Ariosto
   CNN
   January 31, 2012
The Hershey chocolate company has pledged $10 million dollars for the next 5 years, to educate West African cocoa farmers on how to improve practices and combat child labor. The company’s pledge is said to be a “welcome first step toward accountability.” Later this year, a new version of Hershey’s Bliss brand will be available for purchase – made entirely from Rainforest Alliance-certified farms in West Africa. Read the full story here.

Child slavery and Chocolate

January 26, 2012 | by Social Media

By: David McKenzie and Brent Swails
CNN

CNN reporters investigate the harsh realities present in the chocolate industry, discovering that child labor, trafficking and slavery are the tools that produce the treat that so many take for granted. UNICEF estimates that on farms across the Ivory Coast, where almost 40% of the world’s cocoa is produced, nearly half a million children are put to work. Click here for the full article and videos.