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24 June 2001

Chocolate giant 'shocked' over slave-labor reports

Author: Bob Fernandez, Knight Ridder Newspapers, in Seattle Times

Hershey Foods, the nation's largest chocolate-maker, is "shocked" and "deeply concerned" that its products, such as Hershey's Kisses, Nuggets, chocolate bars and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, may be tainted by child slave labor, a company official said.

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11 December 2001

The Chocolate Industry: Slavery Lurking Behind the Sweetness

Author: Global Exchange, Global Exchange Newsletter, Winter 2002

The industry says it will have a program for eliminating child labor in place by July 2004. With child slaves continuing to suffer, this is an outrage...GX [Global Exchange] is launching a campaign targeting the two biggest US chocolate corporations -...

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10 February 2002

Consumers force chocolate industry to takes steps to stop slave production

Author: Paul Pellizzari, Straight Goods [Canada]

Are those steps enough? What consumers ought to know and can do [refers to Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire; Hershey's, Nestle, M&M/Mars, La Siembra, Just Us]

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14 February 2002

See's urged to shun cocoa from child labor

Author: Frank Green, San Diego Union-Tribune

...Global Exchange, a San Francisco-based human-rights organization, will stage demonstrations today at two See's stores in San Diego and 29 of the company's outlets elsewhere to protest the use of child labor in the cocoa-farming industry. The...

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9 May 2002

Chocolate makers sued for lead content of products [USA]

Author: Reuters

An environmental group yesterday sued chocolate companies including Hershey and Mars for not disclosing the amount of toxic metals such as lead that are in their products, as required under California law...the American Environmental Safety Institute...

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14 February 2003

Bittersweet Chocolate

Author: Caroline Tiger, Salon.com

The most recent survey of conditions on West African cocoa farms...estimated that nearly 300,000 children work in dangerous conditions on cocoa farms in the four countries surveyed -- Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon...Despite committing...

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24 October 2003

Cocoa industry and partners ready to aid West African farmers

Author: U.N. Development Programme

A pioneering partnership [comprising UNDP, Conservation International and the World Cocoa Foundation] is forging plans to help farmers in West Africa, beginning in Ghana, adopt environmentally-friendly techniques to enable them to sustain cocoa...

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18 November 2003

Chocolate Group Trying to Find New Mold

Author: Reuters

The leading U.S. chocolate industry group [Chocolate Manufacturers Association] is trying to reinvent itself while tackling thorny issues on child labor in West African cocoa producing nations, according to the head of the trade association. [refers...

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1 January 2004

Codes of conduct: New report examines their effectiveness & points to need for greater U.S. government support

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1 January 2004

[PDF] full report: "Promoting International Worker Rights through Private Voluntary Initiatives: Public Relations or Public Policy?" - A Report to the U.S. Dept. of State

Author: Elliot J. Schrage, commissioned by University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR)

[refers to soccer ball companies Adidas, Brine, Franklin, Mitre, Mizuno, Moltex Sporting Goods, Nike, Reebok, Saga Sports, Umbro; coffee industry companies Kraft (part of Altria), Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Sara Lee, Starbucks; toy-related...

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