Petition to John P. Bilbrey
Stop Hershey's From Using Child Slaves to Harvest Cocoa
Hershey's uses child slaves (as young as 5 years old) to collect cocoa beans for their chocolate products. Over 70% of the cocoa comes from farms in countries such as The Ivory Coast and other countries in Africa where children (mostly kidnapped from their families) are forced to work long days, with no breaks, little food, while being beaten and whipped. Many children are made to climb tall trees to cut off cocoa pods with machetes and chainsaws; some children fall to the ground and die, and others lose their limbs due to chainsaw accidents. In the article titled 'Child Labor and Slavery in The Chocolate Industry' by Food Empowerment project, one child, Drissa, who managed to escape the clutches of slavery, said, "When you eat chocolate, you are eating my flesh." Any form of slavery or domestic servitude needs to be stopped, even more so perhaps when the victims are children. If people continue to buy Hershey's, the money only goes to support this company so their practices may continue. If people choose 'Fair Trade' chocolate, the money will not go to Hershey's, but to farming families so their children may go to school. Please consider signing this petition. With enough signatures, we can put pressure on Hershey's to collect cocoa beans in an ethical manner and to stop their cruelty and inhumanity towards innocent children.
Petition to Kirk Saville, John Bilbrey
Hershey: Stop Exploiting Student Guestworkers
On August 17, hundreds of student guestworkers from around the world were joined by unemployed U.S. workers and labor leaders in a factory sit-in at the Hershey Chocolate Company packing plant in Pennsylvania. The students paid $3,000-$6,000 each to come to the U.S. this summer for what they thought would be a cultural exchange program. Instead, they found themselves packing chocolates at the Hershey's plant in deeply exploitative conditions. Their demands: end the exploitation of student workers at the Hershey's plant, return the money they paid for a cultural exchange, and make these jobs living wage jobs for local Pennsylvania workers. Their story: youtube.com/watch?v=8-h8EBP0JSs Their open letter to Hershey's CEO: youtube.com/watch?v=Q1WaubnAR2o
Petition to Pamela Arway, Anthony Palmer, Tom Ridge, David Shedlarz, Kyle Newkirk, James George, Todd Camp, Kirk Saville, Andy McCormick, James Nevels
Hershey: Raise the Bar!
It has been ten years since major chocolate companies, including Hershey, committed to ending child labor, forced labor and trafficking in their cocoa supply chains, these egregious labor rights abuses continue. A decade later, hundreds of thousands of children continue to labor in hazardous conditions in West Africa, particularly in the Ivory Coast and Ghana, and the US Department of Labor has noted five West African nations whose cocoa may be tainted by forced and/or child labor. While many chocolate companies have taken steps to trace their cocoa supply chains and implement labor rights standards among their suppliers, Hershey lags behind its competitors in responsibly sourcing its cocoa. Unlike other companies, Hershey has not committed to sourcing cocoa for its main product lines that has been independently certified to comply with international labor rights standards. Tell Hershey to raise the bar and be a leader in sustainable chocolate and shift toward Fairtrade Certified cocoa! For more information and action ideas, please visit the Raise the Bar Hershey campaign. Photo credit: cakespy