Celeb Chefs Paula Deen, Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, and Emeril, Make Fair Trade Chocolate Recipes!
  • Petitioned Charles Dougiello

This petition was delivered to:

Director of Publicity, Rachael Ray
Charles Dougiello
Manager of Publicity, Rachael Ray
Lauren Nowell
PR, Emerill
Jeff Hinson
Assistant, Bobby Flay
PR, Paula Deen
Nancy Assuncao

Celeb Chefs Paula Deen, Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, and Emeril, Make Fair Trade Chocolate Recipes!

    1. Petition by

      International Labor Rights Forum

The West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire alone grows 40% of the global supply of cocoa, with Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria being the other major producers in the region and making 70% of the world's cocoa. Cocoa farmers typically live in poverty, and, as a result, instances of forced labor, human trafficking and the worst forms of child labor are found too often on cocoa farms in West Africa. Children are frequently involved in weeding, plucking cocoa pods, gathering and heaping cocoa pods, and other cocoa growing activities. 15 percent of children surveyed reported forced or involuntary work in the past twelve months. In addition, nearly 50 percent of children working in cocoa farming in Cote d’Ivoire and over 50 percent in Ghana reported injuries from their work in the past year.

REcently, the U.S. Department of Labor List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor (http://www.dol.gov/ILAB/programs/ocft/tvpra.htm">http://www.dol.gov/ILAB/programs/ocft/tvpra.htm) found that cocoa from five West African nations was tainted by forced and/or abusive child labor.

Fair Trade chocolate, however, fights child labor and the extreme poverty and exploitation of cocoa workers by lifting farmers out of poverty, paying them a fair wage, and protecting children from harmful working conditions on cocoa farms.

Paula Deen, Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, and Emeril Lagasse are four of the most prominent celebrity chefs in America. We're asking these chefs to make recipes using Fair Trade certified chocolate. It would be a tiny effort for them, but a huge impact on the fight against child slavery in the cocoa industry.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Take action on Twitter!

      Send tweets to @rachael_ray, @Paula_Deen, @BFlay and @Emeril saying: Will you join me in supporting #cocoa farmers by making #fairtrade s'mores this summer? http://chn.ge/kEyNeD

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Bobby Flay shared some grilling recipes with the Today Show ( How about toasting Fair Trade s'mores this summer?

    5. Rachael Ray posted some yummy summer grilling recipes on Facebook. Leave a comment here asking her to grill up some Fair Trade S'mores too!

    6. Emeril once made a great recipe for Fair Trade chocolate fondue ( How about some Fair Trade s'mores this summer, Emeril?

    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. Celebrity Chefs Deen, Flay, Lagasse and Ray: Make S'mores Fair Trade

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    Reasons for signing

    • Phillipa Watson HILLMAN, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      If you didn't know it, the price we pay for chocolate would not give any hint that such shockingly cheap and nasty production methods are used. We pay the money, now pay it to the farmers please instead of pocketing the lot.

      • over 2 years ago

      Child slavery is cruel and horrible. The celebrities here should know better, please use Fair Trade certified chocalte.

    • Christine Crewe BRANTFORD, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      I need someone to help me understand, if all these chocolate companies stop buying from these cocoa farmers and only purchase from Fair Trade Chocolate, what happens to the employees from these other farmers? I guess the first thing is they are no longer abused, then what? I would think, that instead of pulling their employment from them, these companies need to be taught how to run a business without the abuse. Hersey sure is big and profitable enough that they could supply better influence. Keep the income rolling in these families and keep them eating, don't take away their only source of income, however lose the abuse.

    • Constance Franklin LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Time to be responsibile and make ethical choices. Everything you do, say and choose bears a positive or negative consequence that effects the lives of others.

    • Marilyn Toews ALTONA, MANITOBA, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      Fair Trade chocolate is organic and tastes better than any other chocolate. It especially tastes better when you know that you are not exploiting children and endorsing child slavery in the purchase of it.


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