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Hershey Pledges $10 million to fight Child Labor

February 15, 2012 | by Social Media



By: David Ariosto
   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 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.