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Hershey's Fair Trade Announcement is Bliss

Chocolate Jesus. Image via Wiki Commons,
Chocolate Jesus. Image via Wiki Commons,

We missed this announcement last week, but it’s good news and so it’s worth going back a few days for!

There was good news for ethical chocolate lovers last week when Hershey’s announced a number of measures to promote ethical practices in its chocolate production.

As anti-trafficking organization Not For Sale reported:

The leading US chocolate producer has announced it will release a new version of Hershey’s Bliss brand, which will be 100% made from Rain Forest Alliance-certified farms mostly in Ivory Coast and Ghana.

Hershey’s has also pledged $10 million to educate West African cocoa farmers on improving their trade and combating child labor.

Child labor is still rife in West Africa, where 70% of the world’s cocoa is grown, and many children who are forced to work in the industry have been trafficked into their jobs. It’s good to see as influential a producer as Hershey’s taking its commitment to justice and ethical practices seriously. We look forward to trying the new Hershey’s Bliss bar soon!

Jack Palmer is a communications assistant at Sojourners. Follow Jack on Twitter @JackPalmer88.

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