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As a chocolate consumer, I am deeply concerned about labor rights abuses in the cocoa industry. Forced labor, trafficking and child labor continue on West Africa's cocoa farms... Please sign the petition, only for US, sorry!


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alicia m (97)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 11:11 pm
but maybe the non US people can send an email or letter, gracias!

Mary Riley (987)
Monday March 21, 2011, 12:16 am
I sign something like this every year. The only way to really stop the abusive behavior is to stop buying chocolate. Not just you and I, but everyone we know and everyone they know x100.

Marta Away (55)
Monday March 21, 2011, 10:53 am
Thanks Alicia. I signed it without problem.

Anna M (112)
Monday March 21, 2011, 11:05 am
Already signed, thanks Alicia, for making this into a news story! Hug! :)

Anna M (112)
Monday March 21, 2011, 11:08 am
Mary Riley is right, we can just refuse to buy their chocolate until they do something about this issue. $$$ talks--probably more so than our petition signatures. Luckily, I'm not a chocolate lover anyway, but I never buy Hershey's-- I do get Trader Joe's fair trade dark chocolate on occasion. :-)

linda b (186)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 1:50 am
Alicia anyone can sign it, signed and noted thanks Alicia.

alicia m (97)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 10:37 am
but I can't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1????????????? thank you everyone!

Damaris C (147)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 11:26 am
Thanks Alicia.
I couldn't sign either.

I don't buy Hersheys. I prefer Mars or Cadbury.


alicia m (97)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:01 pm
yo solo compro de comercio justo! en casa de Intermon Oxfam y por ahí busco marcas con el sello!

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bj. shaw (61)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 9:01 pm
signed and noted

Regina P (65)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 8:35 am
Noted & signed. Thanks for the article

Ian Donelson (149)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 11:38 am
Signed and Noted.

Emily B (0)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 1:05 pm
Done, thank you

Debra Van Way (12)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 1:45 pm
Signed and noted. Thank.

Natividad P (104)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 1:57 pm
Noted and signed. Thank you Alicia

donald Baumgartner (6)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 2:28 pm

Jane H (139)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 2:48 pm
Ty for the opportunity to sign this petition.

Alice B (241)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 4:41 pm
NOTED & SIGNED. Frankly most USA people are overweight & need to eat a lot less candy. However, if you are going to eat chocolate be sure it's FAIR TRADE, ORGANIC [ergo non-GMO], and DARK CHOCOLATE. That way you aren't bankrolling the Big Dairy industry that tortures animals, toxifies the water table, pollutes gigantic stretches of the environment with manure "lakes", and sends infected/sick/suffering animals into the Big Meat industry for 'processing' into "food" using a sea of antibacterial chemicals - to make up for the filth and misery the dairy animals 'live' in while on extreme drugs to make huge amounts of tainted milk.

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 4:51 pm
Big corporations don't care how their product got to them as long as they are making big profits.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 5:15 pm
Thanks, signed

Joy M (167)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 6:03 pm
Sorry.. could not sign...

Glamour Girlcat (32)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 7:55 pm
Fair Trade Chocolate tastes best. Mmmm!

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 10:49 pm
noted and signed

Colleen L (3)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 1:34 am
Signed. Thanks Alicia

patricia lasek (317)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 4:22 am
Signed. Thanks for the post Alicia. I stopped buying Hershey and other fake chocolate years ago. Only buy fair trade, organic dark chocolate. Yum!

alicia m (97)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 5:31 am
thank you to all! you are fantastic!

Thursday March 24, 2011, 8:16 am

Andrea Connelly (94)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 8:44 am
Done, and thanks.

Warren Webber (26)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 10:14 am
That's the kind of chocolate that's not good for you.

Jennifer M (78)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 11:50 am
Signed and noted. Thanks!

Lilo Prinz (23)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 1:19 pm

Elvira S (82)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 2:34 pm
Large corporations care little about how they treat the environment, their workers or how their product affects the consumers health, the bottom line is PROFIT. The only way to influence companies such as Herschey, is to not buy their product and to let them know this. Get enough people not buying their chocolate and they will change.

Bonnie B (103)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 4:33 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Alicia. Indeed, the only way is to stop buying their products. Maybe write a letter directly to the company to tell them of your boycott. It's too bad, I've seen a biography of the original Hershey and he seemed to be very fair and concerned about his workers, especially during the Great Depression. Guess his descendants haven't followed in his foot steps.

Marian D (57)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 4:37 pm

Jacqueline Fonseca (29)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 4:43 pm
I just showed this movie/documentary on Sunday.... It was done really well, and I'm glad that I can get the word out! I'm allergic to chocolate, but I don't buy any of the products from these companies! Gladly signed!

Jacqueline Fonseca (29)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 4:45 pm
I found the documentary through Green America

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 6:28 pm

A Weber (27)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 10:15 pm
Thanks for the post.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Friday March 25, 2011, 3:37 am
action taken

Krasimira B (175)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 9:34 am

Rose B (141)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 11:32 pm
Thanks Alicia

Thursday March 31, 2011, 6:57 am
Signed and noted, thanks!

alicia m (97)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 4:27 am
thank you very much to all!!!!!!!!!!!!! you are great! sois la caña!

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 2:29 am
Signed. Thank you for posting.

alicia m (97)
Sunday August 28, 2011, 1:22 am
please sign:


alicia m (97)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 10:51 pm
Hundreds of thousands of children continue to work in hazardous conditions on cocoa farms in West Africa. Some are victims of forced labor or trafficking.

Join in by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and asking your neighbors to join you in telling Hershey to "raise the bar."

posted before in Slavery Today group! gracias

alicia m (97)
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 11:30 pm
Dear Green America Member,

I owe you a special thank you. It’s been one year since we first called on you to join us in telling Hershey to Raise the Bar, and you have stepped up, in BIG way.

Together, we have exposed Hershey's dirty secrets, calling out the company’s use of the worst forms of child labor in its chocolate.

More than 50,000 of you have signed petitions to the CEO of Hershey
More than 2,500 of you hosted film screenings of the Dark Side of Chocolate in your communities,
Thousands of you have called the Hershey customer service line requesting a Fair Trade Hershey bar, or posted a Fair Trade message on Hershey's Facebook page,
And a countless number of you have shifted to supporting Fair Trade chocolate companies, voting with your dollars for a better world.

Other companies have read our original report on Hershey's practices and have increased their commitment to Fair Trade – but still no commitment from Hershey.

So today we released our second alternative corporate social responsibility report for the Hershey Company: STILL Time to Raise the Bar: The REAL CSR report for The Hershey Company [PDF]. In this report we highlight Hershey’s ongoing failure to trace its supply chain and stop child labor. We also call out Hershey as the laggard in the industry—being the only major chocolate company that has failed to adopt ANY third party certifications for its cocoa.

Monday, September 19th will mark the ten-year anniversary of the signing of the Harkin-Engel Protocol—an agreement signed by the country’s largest chocolate companies, including Hershey, to put an end to forced child labor on cocoa farms by 2005. Now, six years later, Hershey is still dragging its feet and hundreds of thousands of children continue to work long, grueling hours in the cocoa fields of West Africa, according to a report funded by the US Department of Labor.

Bottom line: We have to keep the pressure on Hershey. As chocolate-lovers and consumers, we have the power to change Hershey. Let Hershey know you will not tolerate chocolate made at the expense of children!

Send an e-mail to Hershey executives

Read our NEW report [PDF] to learn about Hershey’s failure to take action on child labor.

Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, for a fairer world.

Alisa Gravitz,
Executive Director,
Green America

alicia m (97)
Monday September 19, 2011, 10:48 pm
please sign


alicia m (97)
Saturday September 24, 2011, 1:26 am


alicia m (97)
Monday October 3, 2011, 4:33 am
Good News!! 1:16 PM

Maltesers to go Fairtrade in UK and Ireland in 2012! The fairer way to enjoy chocolate

STOP THE TRAFFIK welcomes the exciting announcement this week that Mars leading brand, Maltesers, will become Fairtrade next year. This comes a week after STOP THE TRAFFIK launched our new campaign - The 10 Campaign- highlighting the lack of industry commitment to sourcing Traffik Free chocolate.

This announcement will directly benefit the communities that rely on the production of cocoa and reduce the demand for child trafficked labour.

STOP THE TRAFFIK first raised the issue of child trafficking in cocoa farms in 2005, and since then has mobilised thousands of activists around the world to demand more Traffik Free chocolate. In 2009 Mars announced that Galaxy would be Rainforest Alliance in response to STOP THE TRAFFIK's March on Mars campaign.

STOP THE TRAFFIK is calling for the chocolate industry to ensure that all their products are certified as Traffik Free either through Fairtrade, Rainforest alliance or UTZ.

Steve Chalke, founder of STOP THE TRAFFIK and special advisor to UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking has responded:

"Yet again, here is the evidence that consumers care deeply about where food comes from, have the power in their pocket to demand for change, and are being rewarded by another Traffik Free product. This throws light on every stakeholder who makes profit from this industry to follow Mars and take urgent action."

This latest development is fantastic news, however there are still many more chocolate bars on our shelves that are the product of child trafficking.

Please send our petition on to 10 friends and visit our website at to send a letter to your local Member of Parliament!

Thank you for your support,


alicia m (97)
Monday October 3, 2011, 4:34 am
forgot to tell that the info was first posted on Slavery Today Group! join today, gracias!

alicia m (97)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 9:27 pm
thanks Shane!
Tell Hershey's Not to Use Child Slave Labor - Please Sign. 6:20 PM

Please sign this petition asking the Hershey Company not to use slave labor.


alicia m (97)
Friday December 9, 2011, 11:28 pm
please sign , gracias


alicia m (97)
Friday December 9, 2011, 11:31 pm

alicia m (97)
Friday December 9, 2011, 11:31 pm
well sorry, tried to make clickable! and failed!

Esther Z (94)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 9:01 am
Noted and signed. Thanks, Nancy for the forward, and Alicia for posting it.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 10:32 am
Thank you for telling Hershey to support Fair Trade and stop forced, trafficked and child labor in its cocoa industry! TU
Have been boycotting Hershey ever since they shut down their Hershey PA plant and moved to Mexico.

Evelyn B (79)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 7:05 pm
Noted and Signed Tks Alicia....

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 7:15 pm

lee e (114)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 8:11 pm
thanks, noted and signed

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 8:57 pm
Thank you, dear Nancy, Action taken + noted.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 9:01 pm

Constance F (418)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 9:47 pm
Signed! Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 23, 2011, 2:07 am
Thank you for telling Hershey to support Fair Trade and stop forced, trafficked and child labor in its cocoa industry! For more background about Hershey, check out ILRF's report: Time to Raise the Bar: The Real Corporate Social Responsibility Report for the Hershey Company.

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Friday December 23, 2011, 2:07 am
TY Nancy for the fwd. and Alicia for bringing this issue to the attention, once again!
I don't care for chocolate and have a cup of JOE once in a Blue Moon.
IT IS JUST PLAIN IRRESPONSIBLE TO PURCHASE EITHER OF THESE 'PARTICULAR' ITEMS IF NOT FAIR TRADE. I don't care how "expensive' the items are. This has been a pet peeve with me forEVER.
THERE IS TOO MUCH INFORMATION available to do anything other than humane.

Sorry about the rant~ I grew up at a young age experiencing HORRORS no ADULT should even "hear". I take that and multiply it by a Billion and still feel the pain.

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Friday December 23, 2011, 2:10 am
I said "again" (and believe someone mentioned it earlier) BECAUSE THIS IS A GOOD THING. People sharing Information until CHANGE OCCURS. Once again, forgive me for being so HARSH!

Past Member (0)
Friday December 23, 2011, 3:23 am

Elvina A (92)
Friday December 23, 2011, 4:46 am

Elvina A (92)
Friday December 23, 2011, 4:46 am

Carol H (229)
Friday December 23, 2011, 4:54 am
signed and noted

Süheyla C (234)
Friday December 23, 2011, 6:41 am
Noted and signed. Thanks,

Carolyn S (151)
Friday December 23, 2011, 8:25 am

Lisa N (204)
Friday December 23, 2011, 10:01 am
Thank you for telling Hershey to support Fair Trade and stop forced, trafficked and child labor in its cocoa industry! For more background about Hershey, check out ILRF's report: Time to Raise the Bar: The Real Corporate Social Responsibility Report for the Hershey Company.


Terry King (113)
Friday December 23, 2011, 10:16 am

Fran F (116)
Friday December 23, 2011, 10:51 am
Action taken! Thanks, Alicia and Nancy.

. (1)
Friday December 23, 2011, 11:20 am
Noted and signed. Thank you Alicia.

DORIS L (61)
Friday December 23, 2011, 12:29 pm

Star S. (54)
Friday December 23, 2011, 1:46 pm

. (0)
Friday December 23, 2011, 2:13 pm
message sent

Michela M (3964)
Friday December 23, 2011, 2:50 pm
SIGNED and Noted!! Thanks!! Ciao!! Michela

Tim Redfern (581)
Friday December 23, 2011, 2:51 pm
Signed, posted to Facebook and noted.
Thanks, Alicia and Nancy,

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday December 23, 2011, 3:31 pm

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Friday December 23, 2011, 4:19 pm
Thank you Nancy and Alicia...! Gladly Signed.

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Friday December 23, 2011, 4:49 pm

Anne Settanni (152)
Friday December 23, 2011, 6:43 pm
signed and noted- I went online and found information about where we can purchase fair trade chocolate-no more Hershey's for me!

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Friday December 23, 2011, 7:26 pm
noted and signed

peggy p (43)
Friday December 23, 2011, 10:10 pm
excellent and thank you so much for the article

jennifer t (41)
Saturday December 24, 2011, 1:22 am

Phyllis P (232)
Saturday December 24, 2011, 6:18 pm

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 25, 2011, 2:07 am
Thank you for telling Hershey to support Fair Trade and stop forced, trafficked and child labor in its cocoa industry! For more background about Hershey, check out ILRF's report: Time to Raise the Bar: The Real Corporate Social Responsibility Report for the Hershey Company.

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 25, 2011, 2:14 am
When there are so many ETHICAL alternatives to chocolate these days, we the consumers have really no excuse for purchasing products from unethical companies.

Ignorance and total antipathy of the consumer is the main cause as to why companies like Hershey's still thrive - which is a very sad state of affairs.

It is interesting to note that even global companies like Walmart, Nestle, etc. who have a continous track record of unacceptable levels of risk and/or sytematic human rights abuse are jumping on the fair trade band wagon.

Personally - I tend to choose the brand Green&blacks - which is the one trully fairtrade ethical chocolates around.

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 25, 2011, 2:20 am
Tell Hershey's Not to Use Slave Labor
Your signature has been delivered to: The Hershey Company

Carlene V (202)
Sunday December 25, 2011, 5:23 am
"Thank you for telling Hershey to support fair trade"

. (0)
Sunday December 25, 2011, 9:48 am

Shirley H (49)
Sunday December 25, 2011, 2:30 pm
Shirley H.

alicia m (97)
Sunday December 25, 2011, 10:05 pm
thank you to all and season's greetings for all of you!

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Sunday December 25, 2011, 11:14 pm
Children need to be in school and not out doing the dirty work for the lazy rich. Already signed.

Yvonne F (181)
Monday December 26, 2011, 1:59 am
Gladly done! Thanks for posting so I could sign!

Past Member (0)
Monday December 26, 2011, 2:59 am
Its sad that children are working in cocoa industry because of poverty and having no opportunities in live

Rose B (141)
Monday December 26, 2011, 4:14 am

Brenda Burks (1)
Monday December 26, 2011, 6:49 am
noted and signed

Past Member (0)
Monday December 26, 2011, 10:53 am
Noted & Signed

LeMoyn Salmonsen (88)
Monday December 26, 2011, 11:06 am
Done again, many petitions signed against Hershey. Hershey has had a long term Sociophaic agentda, which is why I and my family have boycoted their products for over a decade. It hasent served to slow their perpetual slave labor mentality practices, but at lease I'm not contributing.

Past Member (0)
Monday December 26, 2011, 11:22 am
Signed; TY

. (0)
Tuesday December 27, 2011, 6:36 am
Done, thnx

Vivien Green (153)
Friday December 30, 2011, 5:58 am
Noted and signed

alicia m (97)
Thursday February 2, 2012, 10:06 pm
Hershey announced on Monday that it will begin purchasing cocoa certified by the Rainforest Alliance for its "Bliss" line of chocolates, by the end of 2012. Since the "Bliss" line is a relatively small part of Hershey's chocolate empire, this is a very small step for the Hershey company to take.

But it is a significant milestone in our work together for social justice because it represents the very first acknowledgement by Hershey management that they have a responsibility to directly address the human-rights problem in their cocoa supply chain.

With Valentine's Day (Hershey's second most-profitable holiday) approaching, it's still critical that we support the responsible 100-percent Fair Trade chocolate companies in the Green Pages, and continue to push Hershey to remove child labor from its entire product line

alicia m (97)
Thursday February 9, 2012, 12:44 am
new petition! please sign, gracias

alicia m (97)
Monday March 12, 2012, 7:39 am
Raise the Bar, Hershey!

It has been almost a decade since major chocolate companies committed to ending abusive child labor, forced labor and trafficking in their cocoa supply chains, but these abuses continue today. While many major companies have started to work with third party, independent organizations to trace their cocoa and institute labor standards among their suppliers, the Hershey Company lags behind all of its competitors in this area. Tell Hershey to Raise the Bar for responsible cocoa sourcing and begin using Fair Trade Certified cocoa!

For more background, check out our report analyzing Hershey's cocoa policies.
This action is no longer active. To view the current list of our active campaigns click here

ty everybody! all of you deserve a green star and if I can I will give you right now! bravo!

alicia m (97)
Monday March 12, 2012, 7:47 am
please visit

includes petition, gracias

alicia m (97)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 12:33 am
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alicia m (97)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 2:05 am
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alicia m (97)
Monday October 8, 2012, 8:10 am
Dear Alicia,

Breaking news from our Raise the Bar, Hershey! Campaign:

Hershey announced today that it will move its chocolate to 100% certification by 2020, though the company remains vague on which certifications, and on incremental benchmarks.

Nonetheless, we welcome this announcement and urge Hershey to reveal its plan for moving all its product lines to certified cocoa by its 2020 deadline. We also want to emphasize that not all certifications are equal, especially when it comes to addressing the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the West African cocoa sector.

Here's our statement.

Thank you again for your support in this campaign. Please consider making a donation here to ILRF's ongoing work to end child labor and other abusive labor practices.

Many thanks,

Sean & the Raise the Bar, Hershey! Coalition

Coalition members include Global Exchange, Green America, and International Labor Rights Forum.

alicia m (97)
Thursday October 25, 2012, 11:32 pm
Este es un mensaje de Jasper Perry-Anderson que ha creado la petición " Hershey’s Trust: Stop Exploiting Children to Grow Cocoa Beans" que firmaste en

Hershey's has publicly announced that it plans to purchase only independently certified cocoa by 2020! This is great news because Hershey buys huge amounts of cocoa and can therefore have a huge impact in the industry. (Hershey's was previously the worst major chocolate corporation in terms of these labor rights issues.) Though Hershey's has not specified which certifications they will require or released incremental plans, this is a great step in the fight against child and slave labor in the cocoa industry.
The Raise the Bar Campaign continues to push for Hershey's to require fair-trade certification, an excellent certification regarding how farmers are treated, and to release more information. Their website is
but I cannot figure out how to make it a link; sorry.
Thank you all for your support in calling on Hershey's to do the right thing here.

alicia m (97)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:10 am
gracias a tod@s
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