VICTORY! A bitter surprise inside Hershey’s chocolates

Wow.  After more than 50,000 people (including you!) signed a petition calling on Hershey to make sure its chocolates aren’t made with forced and child labor, the confection giant has announced the debut of its first Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolate line, called Bliss. It’s awesome – all of Hershey’s Bliss chocolates will be environmentally sustainable as well as child labor- and forced labor-free!

This is a huge step. In fact, it’s the first step that Hershey has made to go fair trade, a decade after it committed verbally to fighting labor abuses and trafficking in the cocoa industry.

But as 8th grader Jasper Perry-Anderson inHershey,Pennsylvaniaknows, there’s lots of work left to do – hundreds of thousands of children continue to labor inWest Africain the cocoa industry, under hazardous conditions and sometimes even in slavery.

So Jasper started a petition calling on the Hershey Company’s largest shareholder, the Milton Hershey School Trust, to push for more progress. Click here to sign Jasper’s petition calling on the Milton Hershey School Trust to lead efforts to make all of Hershey’s chocolates 100% child labor- and forced labor-free.

The Milton Hershey School Trust was created by Milton Hershey in 1909 to serve disenfranchised children in the Hershey, Pennsylvania community, and says it aims to preserve Milton’s values of vision and caring. So Jasper wants the trust to stay true to its mission by pushing for more of Hershey’s chocolate lines to go fair trade.

“It’s a great first step that a small fraction of Hershey’s chocolate is now ethically sourced,” Jasper says. “So I hope Hershey’s will continue to help kids in need in Ghanaand Coted’Ivoire, as well as in Hershey, Pennsylvania.”

Click here to sign Jasper’s email calling on the Milton Hershey School Trust to make sure the Hershey company transitions to 100% fair trade chocolate.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

– Amanda and the Change.org team

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