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World Vision Australia reports that child labour, trafficking persists in cocoa industry, recommends "sustainability levy", ethical certification of supply chains

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20 April 2011

Exploitative child labour still taints Aussie Easter eggs

Author: World Vision Australia

[A new report by World Vision Australia] recommends that the chocolate industry adopt a ‘sustainability levy’ on cocoa that will amount to about 0.2 percent of global chocolate sales...Evidence listed in the report shows that child labour and, more disturbingly, the worst forms of child and trafficked labour are still rife in cocoa production in West Africa...World Vision recognises that some of the big chocolate companies have committed to phasing in the use of ethically certified cocoa, with Cadbury offering one Fairtrade Certified Easter egg for the first time this year..."Our report shows only 1-3 percent of global cocoa supply is ethically certified today," [World Vision CEO] Costello said. "In addition to ethically certifying their cocoa, big chocolate companies need to pay a fair price to farmers for their cocoa and invest in farmer training and monitoring programs."

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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 address labour exploitation and create a more ethical and sustainable cocoa industry. As more consumers increasingly demand not only chocolate free from child labour and human trafficking, but a cocoa industry that respects, values and adequately recognises their dependency on and rewards the hard work of farmers at the start of the supply chain, the report makes recommendations on what can be done in the next decade to achieve these aspirations. [refers to Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, Barry Callebaut, Petra Foods, Blommers, Kraft (Cadbury), Mars, Nestle, Hershey, Ferrero, Green & Black (part of Cadbury), Divine Chocolate, Arnott, Armajaro, Unilever, Lindt, Haigh’s Chocolates, Coles, Woolworths]

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Article
13 September 2010

U.S., industry pledge millions to end child labor in cocoa harvests

Author: Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers [USA]

The U.S. government and the chocolate industry pledged $17 million on Monday to help end child labor - some of it forced and dangerous - in [Ivory Coast and Ghana] where much of the world's cocoa is grown. "If there's one thing people around the world share in common it's our love of chocolate. But it is a bitter reality that the main ingredient in chocolate, cocoa, is produced largely by child labor," said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa...The new initiative will rely on Ghana and Ivory Coast for enforcement. It doesn't include any certification program to assure people who buy chocolate that it isn't produced by children...[Hershey has] issued its first corporate social responsibility report...Critics said the Hershey report failed to show it's making any progress on child labor.

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13 September 2010

[PDF] Hershey's Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2009

Author: Hershey

This report describes our performance on key economic, social, and environmental issues—our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)...[in] 2009...We understand that achieving progress in social responsibility requires commitment and accountability, driven by continuous company improvement...[T]his is our first reporting effort...Through this report and the development of a CSR strategy, we are seeking to better understand issues of concern to our company and our stakeholders and to improve both our performance and future reporting.

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1 September 2010

[PDF] Time to raise the bar: The Real Corporate Social Responsibility for the Hershey Company

Author: Global Exchange, Green America, International Labor Rights Forum, Oasis USA

…[H]alfway across the globe, there is a dark side to Hershey. In West Africa, where Hershey sources much of its cocoa, the scene is one of child labor, trafficking, and forced labor... On September 13, 2010, the Hershey Company released its first ever Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, yet failed to offer any real solutions to issues of forced and child labor that persist in its supply chain. This report is an alternative CSR report for the Hershey Company...[also refers to Ahold, Alter Eco, Archer Daniels Midland, Barry Callebaut, Ben & Jerrys (part of Unilever), Blommer Chocolate Company, Cadbury (part of Kraft), Cargill, Chocolat Frey, Cloetta Fazer, Divine Chocolate, ECOM, ED&F Man, Equal Exchange, Green & Blacks (part of Cadbury/Kraft), Heinz, Kraft Foods, Ludwig Schokolade GMBH, Mars, Nestle, Olam, Starbucks, Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates, Unilever]

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