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.