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Hershey commits to new supplier code of conduct in response to shareholder proposal

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13 March 2007

Globalization and Child Labor: The Cause Can Also be a Cure

Author: Susan Ariel Aaronson, professor at George Washington Univ. School of Business, in YaleGlobal [USA]

In 2001, [cocoa producers, traders, suppliers, governments, unions & civil society groups] created a multi-sectoral partnership, the Cocoa Protocol, to address the conditions that perpetuate forced child labor on these cacao plantations... [US legislators] Harkin and Engel wanted to address child labor without undermining the fragile economies in question... They...understood that a collapse of this trade could exacerbate rather than address the root factors – illiteracy, poverty and lack of economic alternatives – that perpetuate exploitation in the cocoa sector... The Cocoa Protocol offers a model as to how policymakers working in collaboration with industry, unions and civil society, might address [child labour] problems in one sector... But it’s just a sector-specific start. [refers to lawsuit against Nestlé, ADM (Archer Daniels Midland), Cargill]

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8 March 2007

Chocolate Giant Commits to Responsible Supplier Code [USA]

Author: Anne Moore Odell, SocialFunds

…Hershey…is working to create a supplier code of conduct that…goes beyond just cocoa suppliers...in response to a shareholder proposal [Hershey] has agreed to create a broad-based supplier code of conduct that…will go beyond fair labor practices to include the workplace, health and safety, the environment, food safety and quality… John Long, Hershey's Vice President of Corporate Affairs [said] "… Our objective is to be successful."...

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