The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company, commonly called Hershey's, is the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America and increasingly elsewhere throughout the world.
The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company, commonly called Hershey's, is the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America and increasingly elsewhere throughout the world.
Change USA Gymnastics Leadership in Wake of Sex Abuse Scandal
Please sign our petition to protect children from sexual abuse. In March of 2017 we appeared on CBS 60 Minutes and told the nation our very personal stories of physical, emotional and sexual abuse inflicted upon us by USA Gymnastics and their former National Team Doctor Larry Nassar. Since then more than 140 girls and women have come forward to report alleged incidents of sexual abuse that are strikingly similar to ours. The current leadership of USA Gymnastics failed in its responsibility to protect child athletes from sexual predators and failed to alert authorities to reports of sexual abuse as required by law. Olympic level gymnastics has become a big business funded by some of America’s largest corporations and overseen by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Change is being made in the leadership in major companies when sex abuse survivors step forward and say, “#Metoo,” but this hasn’t happened yet in USA Gymnastics. USA Gymnastics Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley have focused their attention on money and medals while USA Gymnastics is attempting to cover up the largest child sex abuse scandal in the history of sports. They must be replaced by people who will put the health and safety of athletes first. Please sign this petition now. Demand a leadership change at USA Gymnastics. Jamie Dantzscher - 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Artistic Gymnastic Jessica Howard - 3 Time National Champion, Rhythmic Gymnastics Jeanette Antolin - Former USA National Team Member, Artistic Gymnastics This petition will be delivered to: United States Olympic Committee USA Gymnastics Procter & Gamble AT&T Under Armour Hershey’s NBC Sports United Airlines
Hershey’s Trust: Stop Exploiting Children to Grow Cocoa Beans
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.
Remove the "Navajo" Collection from Stores!
Urban Outfitters “Navajo Collection” clothing and accessories is not only culturally offensive but also illegal. I find these items to be culturally offensive. Not just to the Navajo people, but to all people of color who find themselves starting at cheap, vulgar, knockoffs of ideas, dress, and culture that are a way of life. Despite the offensiveness of their line of products, Urban Outfitters has refused to remove these items from their stores or websites!Did I mention this is also illegal? The Federal Trade Commission Act and Federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, "prohibits misrepresentation in marketing of Indian arts and crafts produced within the United States" and states the following: "It is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian Tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization, resident within the United States." None of the items on their website or in their stores are made by Native peoples. Nor do any proceeds go to the betterment of the Navajo Nation. No Navajo people were apparently consulted about this line of offensive material either.Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Urban Outfitters has sold offensive products. In January 2004, Urban Outfitters offends Jewish people for selling a T-shirt that says “Everyone Loves a Jewish Girl” surrounded by dollar signs, perpetuating a negative stereotype of Jews. The company discontinued the shirt after a complaint from the Anti-Defamation League. In January 2007, Urban Outfitters pulls kaffiyehs from stores after a blogger criticized the retailer’s decision to label the garment an “anti-war woven scarf.” According to the New York Times, the blogger posted photos of terrorists wearing the tasseled scarves, and the company pulled them from stores with the explanation, “Due to the sensitive nature of this item, we will no longer offer it for sale. We apologize if we offended anyone, this was by no means our intention.”I am deeply distressed by your company’s mass marketed collection of distasteful and racially demeaning apparel and décor. I take personal offense to the blatant racism and perverted cultural appropriation your store features this season as “fashion.” I find the actions of Urban Outfitters and indeed society's desire for Native cultural genocide despicable. So tell Urban Outfitters that it is NOT okay to blatantly disrespect Native cultures and perpetuate bias, stereotypes, and discrimination in this country and call for them to dismantle this line immediately!For More Information on Sasha Houston Brown and her open letter to Urban Outfitters please go to: http://www.racialicious.com/2011/10/10/an-open-letter-to-urban-outfitters-on-columbus-day/
Save thousands of dogs’ lives: #GetXylitolOut of your sugar-free gums
Hershey, Wrigley, and Mondelēz, Your sugar-free gums are injuring & killing thousands of dogs each year. A simple change on your part can help put a stop to this. Every year, all around the world, thousands of dogs are sickened and killed when they eat xylitol-containing sugar free gum. Below are just a few of the recent news accounts about dogs that were unfortunate enough to have a run-in with a xylitol-containing gum: “Popular ingredient in diet food causes dog deaths and illnesses” (June 2, 2017) “Woman warns pet owners after dog nearly killed by sugar-free gum” (May 17, 2017) “Warning after dog poisoned with chewing gum in Halfway” (April 16, 2017) “Dog almost dies after eating five packets of chewing gum” (April 13, 2017) “Dog suffers seizures after eating 52 pieces of gum” (Feb 20, 2017) While your gums are obviously not intended for (or marketed to) dogs, dogs are never-the-less being sickened and killed by your gums on a daily basis. In 2016, the FDA released an updated warning about xylitol and dogs. As a result of this warning, and the many newspaper and blog articles about the danger, awareness has increased in recent years. Many more people now know that while it may be good for their teeth, and therefore have a place in gums, xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. Sadly though, this increased awareness seems to have done little to stem the rising tide of xylitol poisoning cases in dogs, most of which arise from dogs eating xylitol-containing gum. Clearly, something more needs to be done. To truly protect dogs everywhere, we need you to stop using xylitol in your gums. We even believe there to be a safe, comparable, and proven replacement. Xylitol’s sugar alcohol “cousin,” erythritol, has been shown to be both non-toxic to dogs and better at protecting teeth. Chronic (1-year) Oral Toxicity Study of Erythritol in Dogs – Regulatory Toxicology Pharmacology, 1996 Oct;24(2 Pt 2):S254-60 Erythritol Is More Effective Than Xylitol and Sorbitol in Managing Oral Health Endpoints – International Journal of Dentistry, 2016 More studies & information about erythritol can be found here While we have just recently learned of erythritol, you are no doubt already aware of it and even know how to use it in gums (given the numerous erythritol-related patents held by your companies, as well as erythritol’s use in a few gums already available in other countries). While looking into erythritol, we also found that recent technologic advances have even helped to decrease production time, increase production yields, and drop the price of erythritol. It would appear that there really are no good reasons for you not to make the switch, and several thousand for you to. Hershey, Wrigley, and Mondelēz, you are multinational companies that collectively dominate the sugar-free gum market. We suspect—and truly hope—that your wish is to help your customers protect their teeth without unnecessarily endangering their dogs in the process. So we are asking you to #GetXylitolOut of your gums. All of us, and all of our dogs, are counting on you to make this important change. Thank you in advance, Preventive Vet and dog lovers everywhere
Bring back the Peach Jolly Ranchers!
This is the problem - I just dug through an entire bag of Jolly Ranchers, and all I found was this: Cherry, Watermelon, Green Apple, Grape, and Blue Raspberry. Blue Raspberry? Is that even a real thing? Question - WHERE is the PEACH? Older readers may remember the glory that was the Peach Jolly Rancher (and the Peach Jolly Rancher Stix!). Alas, as things stand now, younger readers will never know this joy. My daughter has done some research that indicates Peach was discontinued in favor of Grape. While I'm not directly threatening legal action should Peach not soon reappear, I do think it's possible that my fellow peach-lovers and I have suffered some form of discrimination. I have people looking into it. Whoever can make this happen - Hershey, class action lawyers, God - please do so! A quick search of the web will show that I'm not alone here. And if anything can bridge the political divide our nation now faces, it is surely the peachy hard candy of my youth that still haunts my dreams. I don't care if they cause cancer, balding, or anal seepage. Please bring them back.
Bring Back Hershey's Chocolate Milk Mix Powder
It may seem silly to some but for many years (early as the 60's) Hershey made a powdered chocolate milk mix (you're probably thinking of Nesquick now and why don't we just drink that or Hershey's syrup) and it was truly the best! It was a childhood staple for so many growing up and when we reached 2009/2010 we all discovered that it was being discontinued. People ran to their local stores to buy as many as they could when they realized it was disappearing, full expired canisters can be found on eBay occasionally but they are usually very expensive or very expired, sometimes both. So if its so great why not just drink chocolate milk, use Hershey's syrup or buy Nesquick right? Many used it for more than just chocolate milk, its delicious flavor was used in hot chocolate, ice cream, fudge, sandwiches, frosting, milkshakes & malts, and more! Nothing else has the same flavor or produces the same childhood memories. Sign the petition and help us tell Hershey's just how much we want to see the return of this delicious mix!
Plastic bottle deposit scheme in the UK to encourage recycling
Many countries have a bottle deposit scheme. This means you pay a small deposit for the bottle packaging at the shop and, if you return the bottle later, you can get that deposit money back again. It works a little bit like the 5 pence charge on plastic bags, except, in this case - you can get the money back if you recycle! I experienced this when I lived in Germany and it works for a number of reasons: 1. It encourages recycling. In 2017, of the 38 countries that have this scheme, return rates were as high as 95%. (See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxeWGVsm818) 2. It's great when you get a little money back! 3. Homeless people and anyone strapped for cash help out. Though I hate to think people are using this as their main source of income, it does work towards solving the environmental issue. People would actually come up to you and offer to recycle the bottle for you. 4. Supermarkets get customers coming back to their stores because often the bottle deposit machine is placed inside their stores. 5. It stops plastic bottles entering our oceans which is better for marine life and also for your beach holidays. So why don't we have this in the UK? I'd like to know because, Greenpeace shares, 35 million bottles get discarded every day in the UK. Please sign this petition to create change and stop waste. It's easy to be sceptical about how much a petition can really change things but: - this petition will be shared with many politicians, courtesy of Change.org - this petition will also encourage the University of Nottingham to trial and showcase how a plastic bottle deposit scheme could work for the rest of the UK. - If you want to see some examples of petitions that were successul in creating change, go to: https://www.change.org/en-GB/victories I also encourage sign Greenpeace's petition on the same topic, to create double the impact: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/s/bottle-deposit After researching the pros and cons of this scheme in other countries, I have developed a list of solutions to potential problems the UK may face when developing this scheme. Hence, this petition: 1. Does not support the collection of the bottles by any means that is not sustainable. (I.e. they must, for example, be collected by cars powered by electric made by a renewable source, or, by cycling couriers) 2. Supports including an option to give to charity on the machine. Upon every return machine there is a button which you can press which gives the money to charity instead of to yourself. For this, you don't get a reciept. They have a system like this at a university in Scotland and this lessens the amount of receipts printed. (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Se-eWJcogQ&list=WL&index=96&t=1s) 3. Supports having a receipt-free machine. Rather than a receipt, this petition supports the money coming directly from the machine to stop wasting paper. 4. Supports a policy whereby those companies which are contributing highly to plastic waste, they must account for the cost of the deposit the customer would usually pay themselves. I.e. If company wants to sell their product in a completely non biodegradable plastic, they cannot demand that the consumer pay the deposit. Then, the customers simply get extra pocket money for recycling it. For every apparent problem, there must be a way of finding a solution! I'd love to hear other people's suggestions. :) Cheers for reading!
End Chocolate Slavery
"When (you) eat chocolate, you are eating my flesh". These are the haunting words of Drissa, a former slave of the chocolate industry. The chocolate industry uses child slave labor to get it cocoa beans necessary for the chocolate. These children typically 10-14, but some are as young as 5. The children go willing to these plantations, typically located in the Ivory Coast, under the promise of money. Most of these children live in extreme poverty, so they are willing to anything for what we in the west would consider an unfair amount. The saddest thing is that they usually use that money to go to school, something we in the west consider to be a nuance. They are paid, but not only does this take years, the kids are barely paid enough for a bus ticket back to their home. They never get enough money to actually go to school, and get the education they desire. What's worse is the way they are treated. If they try to leave without the owner's permission, they are beaten. They are forced to wield dangerous tools (like machetes). They often carry 100 lb pound bags for miles, and are beaten if they go too slow. They are locked in a barn to prevent escaping. They are seldom fed, usually forced to forage for there own food or eat scraps. These children are being exploited are and lied to. All this happens while the chocolate industry sits ideally by does nothing. They have acknowledged it, and claimed they were trying to help, but that was years ago and nothings come of it yet. Even when they are directly shown footage of the enslaved children, they are still not actively trying to stop this. This is a very complex issue, but it has a very simple solution: pay for their education. These children are being exploited, but remember, the only reason they're in that situation is because they want to go to school. I feel it's only fair to have the chocolate industry pay for that schooling. This would, in theory, help break the poverty cycle that forces them to these plantations in the first place. This would help the chocolate industry as well, as doing this would paint them in much better light in the eyes of many, including me. This wouldn't hurt them much financially either, as the industry is currently worth roughly 60 billion dollars. I realize that there are other solutions that can be done, but I feel that paying for there education would be an amazing long term solution to this problem.