A coalition accuses The Hershey Co. of refusing to commit to buying cocoa produced without child or forced labor
By STEVE SNYDER
At the height of the Halloween candy-buying season, The Hershey Co. is being accused by a coalition of environmental and human-rights groups of refusing to commit to buying cocoa produced without child labor or forced labor.
Hershey is vigorously defending its cocoa-purchasing practices.
According to Change.org, more than 30,000 consumers have signed an online petition protesting Hershey’s policies.
“A decade ago, Hershey signed an agreement to help fight child slavery and other abuses in the cocoa industry,” Elizabeth O’Connell, a member of the Raise the Bar, Hershey! Coalition, said in a news release. “Yet it has done far less than other chocolate companies to address these abuses.” Read more