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Take Action: Celebrate International Women's Day By Taking a Stand for the Women Who Grow and Pick Cocoa


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JL
- 659 days ago - behindthebrands.org
Mars, Mondelez, and Nestlé buy more than 30% of the cocoa grown worldwide. But throughout their supply chains women are getting a raw deal.



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JL A. (276)
Friday March 8, 2013, 2:17 pm
At Oxfam, we're celebrating by helping get equal pay, equal rights and equal treatment for women working on cocoa farms – and I hope you'll join us.

Here's what's going on: Chocolate is a $100 billion industry – but most cocoa farmers live on less than $2 a day. And the women working on cocoa farms have it the hardest.

Women on cocoa farms get less training than men – and they get paid less (if they get paid at all!). Compared to men, women cocoa farmers struggle to get loans and rarely get to own the land they farm, even if they work the same plot their entire lives.

That's where you come in. The big chocolate companies employ millions of people in poor countries – and consumers like you and me have a powerful influence on their behavior.

Celebrate International Women's Day with ACTION: Tell Mars, Mondelez and Nestlé to respect the women who grow and pick their cocoa >>

Today, we're honoring women like Olga Adou, a cocoa farmer in Côte d’Ivoire who is beating the odds.

Olga understands the struggles women cocoa farmers face. She started a cocoa cooperative to support fellow farmers – helping them get training to improve their skills, access tools like fertilizers to strengthen their cocoa crop, and more. Olga is doing her part to change the way women cocoa farmers are treated – and she wants the big chocolate companies to start doing theirs.

Mars, Mondelez and Nestlé are the big companies that make Oreos, M&M's and Crunch. They can change their policies to help ensure that women cocoa farmers like Olga are treated equally – but they need to hear from consumers like you.

As Olga told us: "We want these conditions to get better. With international pressure, things will start to change."

Stand up with Olga. Tell Mars, Mondelez and Nestlé: Women working on cocoa farms deserve better >>

Thanks for taking action with us.

Sincerely,

Vicky Rateau, GROW Campaign Manager
Oxfam America
 

Elizabeth O. (88)
Friday March 8, 2013, 2:48 pm
Signed.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:09 pm

We are talking about Nestle Corporation if was any larger it would own the entire world and damn near owns all food on the planet now. We are asking them, the corporation that also owns almost all water rights on the globe to respect human rights in any capacity? I would bet the corporate gods at Nestle will laugh about these petitions as they have all such efforts in the past. But....

Thank you for taking action Kit.

Together, we’re standing up for women working on cocoa farms and pushing the big chocolate companies to put policies in place so women have equal pay, fairer treatment, opportunities for training, the chance to own the land they work, and more.
 

JL A. (276)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:11 pm
The history of the company has not been all that stellar in responsiveness it is true Kit. You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Terry V. (30)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:14 pm
S&N THANKS!!!
 

Kathy B. (103)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:17 pm
I agree with Kit, but it never hurts to let any mega-corp let them know how you feel about them. It's a small joy I take, harassing them.
 

JL A. (276)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:18 pm
You are welcome Terry! You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last day.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:52 pm
IT still sounds like slave labour still No wonder these large companies can make so much money and its from the misery of others There should be laws against this All companies wherever their workers are in the world should have to pay fair wages etc


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JL A. (276)
Friday March 8, 2013, 5:20 pm
You are welcome Carol. You cannot currently send a star to Carol because you have done so within the last day.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Friday March 8, 2013, 6:27 pm
Thank you for taking action Angelika. Thx JL ! I certainly agree with Kit, yet for this date this is a perfect and logical follow up to the previous action I had posted.
 

Pat B. (355)
Friday March 8, 2013, 6:31 pm
Thank you, J. L. for this. Signed.
 

Joy Wong (76)
Friday March 8, 2013, 6:53 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Friday March 8, 2013, 8:06 pm
Noted, signed, twittered and google shared. I celebrate all women today and I think each and every woman is unique and beautiful in her own way and the world would not survive without us. We all have much to offer and by taking this action, we are empowering more women to take a stand and fight tor what is rightfully theirs. Thank you J.L.
 

JL A. (276)
Friday March 8, 2013, 8:47 pm
You are welcome Tamara. Thanks for sharing. Beautifully said. You cannot currently send a star to Tamara because you have done so within the last day.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (395)
Friday March 8, 2013, 8:55 pm
N&S
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday March 8, 2013, 8:57 pm

SPAM flagged
 

JL A. (276)
Friday March 8, 2013, 9:01 pm
Thanks Kit--I'd done it earlier.
You cannot currently send a star to Giana because you have done so within the last day.
 

John B. (122)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 5:19 am
Thanks J.L. for the link. I have boycotted all three of these companies for several yeas now because of their purchasing procedures. Signed and noted.
 

Jim Phillips (3202)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 6:46 am
Oxfam petition signed.

I don't purchase any products made by Nestle Corp.

Ty, JL.
.
 

JL A. (276)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 7:23 am
You are welcome Jim.You cannot currently send a star to Jim because you have done so within the last day.
 

alicia m. (100)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 11:41 am
noted, gracias, signed
 

JL A. (276)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 12:28 pm
You are welcome Alicia. You cannot currently send a star to alicia because you have done so within the last day.
 
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