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As many of us are enjoying chocolate bunnies - and chocolate covered Matzoh! - we have an even bigger hunt for you! Have you ever tried to track where in the world your Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs or Hershey chocolate bunnies have been?
From cocoa fields in West Africa, to processing facilities in Europe to manufacturing plants in Latin America, chances are that your chocolate holiday products have been passed through the hands of many workers to end up in your basket. Click here to find out more.
Along the way, your chocolate egg probably rolled into some bitter working conditions such as trafficking, forced labor, child labor and violations of workers' right to organize for their rights. Hershey specifically has lagged behind its competitors in agreeing to trace the path its products have taken around the world and ensuring that the workers who produce its products were treated fairly.
This holiday season, let's tell Hershey to end the hunt and give up the goods! This Spring, we don't want to be in the dark any longer.
I’m very concerned about the continued use of abusive child labor, forced labor and trafficking in West Africa’s cocoa industry. I’m also concerned about how Hershey treats the factory workers that make its candy.
For years, consumers, advocates and workers have been asking Hershey to be transparent about your supply chain to the level of the cocoa you use and to provide assurances to consumers that labor rights protections are implemented all the way down. Unfortunately, your competitors are winning the race!
Will you increase transparency in your supply chain and commit to ensuring the protection of worker rights? I don’t want to be in the dark any longer!