Food Politics + Justice Hershey Bar

Published on July 3rd, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

0

Is Hershey’s Ditching Slave Labor?

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on RedditShare on TumblrTweet about this on Twitter

Hershey's and Child Slavery

Conventional chocolate is often pretty wretched from an ethical standpoint. Like we’ve talked about before, chocolate production is often linked to child slavery. Thanks to public outcry, Hershey’s is looking to change that, but does that mean that all Hershey’s chocolate will be slavery-free?

A human rights campaign – Raise the Barpressured the chocolate giant to stop using forced labor and child labor, and the company is responding by addressing its supply chains in Mexico and in Africa. They’ve pledged to use only Rainforest Alliance certified chocolate in their Bliss Chocolates by the end of this year.

Hershey’s also owns Dagoba, and they are already using Rainforest Alliance certified chocolate there. This is definitely a big step forward for human rights, but Dagoba and Bliss are just two small parts of Hershey’s chocolate empire. The company has not announced any plans to address the supply chain for its other products. That means the classic Hershey Bar and Hershey’s Kisses will still use questionably-produced chocolate along with all of Hershey’s other products that are not Dagoba or Bliss.

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by mhiguera



Keep up with the latest sustainable food news by signing up for our free newsletter. CLICK HERE to sign up!



Get social!
Use the buttons to connect with EDB on some of your favorite social networks!

Tags: , , , , , , ,


About the Author

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



Comments are closed.

Back to Top ↑