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1 January 2010

[PDF] Human Trafficking and Business: Good Practices to Prevent and Combat Human Trafficking

Author: United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT)

This brochure presents an overview and introduction to human trafficking and the role that business can play in addressing it...Human trafficking is not currently well integrated into the Corporate Responsibility (CR) programmes...[a]lthough this is...

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20 April 2011
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Author: Déclaration de Berne

...l’Université de Tulane (Nouvelle-Orléans) a publié son dernier rapport sur le travail des enfants dans la production de cacao en Afrique de l’Ouest. Les résultats, affligeants, montrent que les efforts actuels consentis par l’industrie du chocolat...

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20 April 2011

Our Guilty Pleasure: Exploitative Child Labour in the Chocolate Industry – 10 Years on From the Harkin-Engel Cocoa Protocol

Author: World Vision Australia

Through the lens of World Vision Australia’s call for the elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including trafficked labour and fair prices for cocoa farmers...the report...examines global initiatives that have arisen in the last decade to...

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12 September 2011

ILO and chocolate and cocoa industry forge new partnership to combat child labour in West Africa

Author: International Labour Organization

Eight companies in the chocolate and cocoa industry – ADM, Barry Callebaut, Cargill, Ferrero, The Hershey Company, Kraft Foods, Mars...and Nestlé – have pledged US $2 million to a new Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the International Labour...

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17 January 2012

Chocolate industry responds

Author: CNN

The Harkin-Engel Protocol, a cocoa industry-wide agreement signed in 2001, was written to put an end to forced child labor in chocolate by 2005. That deadline had to be extended to 2008, and again to 2010. It's now been more than 10 years…CNN asked...

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12 September 2012

Consumer, Labor Rights Groups, Teamsters Tell Whole Foods: Don't Support Child Labor Chocolate Maker

Author: Organic Consumers Association, Intl. Labor Rights Forum, Global Exchange, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Advocates against the exploitation of children by chocolate makers initiated a campaign today calling on Whole Foods Market...to hold The Hershey Company – the manufacturer of Dagoba and Scharffenberger Chocolates – accountable for exploiting children...

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4 October 2012

Hershey stuns critics with commitment to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020

Author: Oliver Nieburg, Confectionery News [France]

The Hershey Company has surprised its critics after announcing plans to...use certified cocoa from third-party audited farms that prohibit the use of child labor and aim to increase farmer well-being...“I hadn’t expected them to do this. Until this...

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2 December 2012

[PDF] Summary report: Children’s Rights and Business Principles Forum

Author: UN Global Compact Network Belgium

This report summarizes the key themes and discussions from [the first Belgian Children’s Rights and Business Principles Forum]. Following the opening and introductions, the event was structured in two parts. The morning session, moderated by Iris Van...

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3 December 2012


Author: UN Global Compact, UNICEF, Save the Children

Both as a vulnerable group, but also as important change agents and our future, children are a key stakeholder of businesses. It is in everyone’s interest that their well being is ensured, and that the world they grow up in will be a sustainable one....

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10 December 2012

Universal education & combatting poverty key to eliminating child labour - UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown

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