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12 Sep 2012

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

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

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 for profit...In August, a coalition of forty-one independent natural food stores and co-ops called on the Hershey Company to meet the standard set by its competitors and fully commit to using ethically sourced cocoa. Unfortunately, Whole Foods and its supplier, United Natural Foods...refused to sign the coalition’s appeal...Hershey's failure to commit to purchase significant portions of ethically-sourced cocoa contrasts with the proactive commitments demonstrated by its major competitors. [Also refers to Mars, Ferrero, Nestle] [The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Whole Foods, United Natural Foods and Hershey's to respond. Responses are provided below.]