Cosi Restaurants: Stop Child Labor, Use Fair Trade Chocolate to Make Your S'Mores
  • Petitioned Steve Scrima

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Steve Scrima
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Paul Bower
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Cosi Restaurants: Stop Child Labor, Use Fair Trade Chocolate to Make Your S'Mores

    1. Petition by

      International Labor Rights Forum

While cocoa is sourced from several regions around the world, West Africa is the largest producer, making up 70% of the world’s cocoa.  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.  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.

The Payson Center at Tulane University, in its 2009 Assessment of Child Labor in the Cocoa Supply Chain in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, found that children are frequently involved in weeding, plucking cocoa pods, gathering and heaping cocoa pods, and other cocoa growing activities. They also reported that 15 percent of children surveyed reported forced or involuntary work in the past twelve months. In addition, they found that 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.

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.

S'Mores are a symbol of the fun and freedom of summer for children, and that freedom should extend to all children, everywhere. It's time Cosi switched to Fair Trade chocolate for their s'mores.

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. New blog post!

      Check out a new post about Cosi's silence in response to inquiries from fans of the restaurant chain about child labor in its chocolate s'mores. Keep posting on Cosi's facebook wall (http://www.facebook.com/getcosi) in support of Fair Trade cocoa!

    3. Cosi's Silent in Response to Facebook Fans' Concerns about Child Labor

      For much of last week, fans of the restaurant chain Cosi took over the company's Facebook page asking for Fair Trade chocolate from the restaurant they love. With child labor, forced labor and trafficking continuing to be widespread in West Africa's...

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Take Action on Facebook Today!

      Supporters have completely taken over Cosi's Facebook wall today calling on the company to switch to Fair Trade cocoa! Check out this link to find out how you can join the action. It just takes a minute!

    6. Tell Cosi: "Life Should Be Delicious" For African Kids, Too

      Cosi, a sandwich and salad-centric restaurant chain, serves a special summer treat: a table-sized s'mores kit that includes a bar of Hershey's chocolate. But the rampant abuse in the cocoa industry has ethical chocolate activists writing on the...

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. There has been no response from Cosi yet to our messages about Fair Trade chocolate. Keep signing and ask your friends to join you!

    9. Reached 100 signatures
    10. Cosi Restaurants: Life Should be Delicious for Workers Too

      As summer approaches, many chocolate fans are looking forward to enjoying s'mores. At Così restaurants, located in 18 states, the District of Columbia and several spots in the United Arab Emirates, customers can enjoy these toasty treats throughout...

    11. Reached 5 signatures

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    • Niq Bullock WASHINGTON, DC
      • almost 3 years ago

      What I want for myself, I want for others: a fair wage, and protection of children from harmful working conditions on cocoa farms.

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    • gloria adams TUCSON, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      this practice is disgusting to put it mildly. as a teacher in AZ for 25 years, i did what i could to stop it even here in AZ! I know what the punishment should be for men caught abusing children - and it would stop immediately!!

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    • Joanne Sgrignoli HARRISBURG, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      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. It's time Cosi switches to Fair Trade chocolate.

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    • avra cohen NEW YORK, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      Instead of "Blood" chocolate tainted by slavery, please offer us Fairtrade chocolate with a heart! Fairtrade = Freedom.

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    • Katie Myszka BERKELEY, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Support fair trade chocolate, it's tasty.

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