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 Hershey’s Trust: Stop Exploiting Children to Grow Cocoa Beans
  • Petitioned Hershey's Chocolate

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Hershey's Chocolate
Hershey School Trustees

Hershey’s Trust: Stop Exploiting Children to Grow Cocoa Beans

    1. Jasper Perry-Anderson
    2. Petition by

      Jasper Perry-Anderson

      Philadelphia, PA

October 2012


From Petition Creator Jasper Perry-Anderson: Hershey's Chocolate has committed to ethically sourcing (through independent certification) the cocoa for all of their products by 2020. Though Hershey's has not announced specifically which certifications will be used or set incremental benchmarks, this is a huge step forward and I am very glad that they have done so.

Approximately 1.7 million children work in horrible, dangerous conditions in the West African cocoa industry. While many chocolate companies have committed to guaranteeing that their suppliers do not use child slave labor, Hershey’s refuses to release information about its supply chain or purchase cocoa only from ethical suppliers except in two product lines, Bliss and Dagoba. Because of this, Hershey’s can’t guarantee that the cocoa in most of their chocolate was not harvested by kids, who frequently don’t get enough to eat, don’t have access to medicine, and can’t get an education.

The Raise the Bar Hershey’s campaign has sent a petition to Hershey’s Board of Directors asking them to responsibly source cocoa from independently certified suppliers who comply with international labor rights standards. Hershey’s failed to respond, so this petition will go to the Milton Hershey School Trust, who owns a large part of Hershey’s Chocolate Company, as well.

Valentines Day is a huge money-maker in the chocolate industry and a great opportunity for us to make a difference.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25,000 signatures
    2. Another Multinational Corporation Abusing Workers Rights

      Jasper Perry-Anderson
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you saying that the situation with Hershey's Chocolate is wrong. Their lack of attention to the conditions of people who work growing cocoa may be causing hundreds of thousands of children in Western Africa to be exploited by cocoa farms. Thanks for speaking against that. Another petition here asks Whole Foods, a major buyer of Hershey's products, to join other stores in standing against Hershey's practice.

      Also, I thought you might be interested in another petition asking a major corporation to take action to change the awful conditions of workers in their supply chain. Nintendo, an electronics manufacture, has done almost nothing to help the people, mainly in Congo, who mine minerals used in electronics. The following petition asks Nintendo to ensure that its suppliers don't violently force people, including children, to work.

    3. Reached 20,000 signatures
    4. Hershey's Will Use Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa in Bliss Line

      Jasper Perry-Anderson
      Petition Organizer

      Hershey's has agreed to source cocoa from Rainforest Alliance certified farms for one line of their chocolate, called Bliss. Rainforest Alliance means that products are fairly environmentally sustainable, treat workers fairly well, and have safe working conditions. This is a great step that many of Hershey's competitors have taken, but the rest of the cocoa Hershey's buys should be responsibly sourced too.

    5. Reached 5 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Brinezza Gutierrez VOORSCHOTEN, NETHERLANDS
      • almost 2 years ago


    • Sarah Tiers CRESTONE, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      Children are meant to be nurtured, not exploited. Peace and Love, Sarah Tiers

    • Ann McDonald HOUSTON, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      I believe we should help not exploit

    • Erika Saunders BRUNSWICK, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      These children have human rights don't they? what child deserves to be a slave? He has the right to play!

    • rosemary rannes SALEM, NH
      • about 2 years ago

      Hershey stop exploiting children to grow cocoa beans!

      Exploitation of children = NO SALES!


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