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Make Valentine’s a sweet, Fair Trade day

February 5th, 2011

Hershey’s Kisses don’t have such a huggable reputation this Valentine’s Day with the campaign to get a commitment from Hershey on child labor still unresolved. The U.S. candy maker has not responded to calls from human rights activists for assurances that Hershey’s cocoa bean suppliers in West Africa are not exploiting child labor. (Read more about this issue.)

So let’s find some sweets and Valentine Day treats that are ethically and fairly produced. The best way to assure that you’re supporting the right labor practices is to buy Fair Trade products. Unfortunately, your Main Street grocery and nearby Big Box chain store may not offer much in the way of Fair Trade.

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Don’t let Halloween mask unfair labor practices

October 22nd, 2010

If you want to act on your concern for the environment and human rights this Halloween, give treats that come from reputable local or Fair Trade vendors.

That could mean foregoing some familiar brands.

Hershey’s, under fire for some time over allegations that it fails to ensure its cocoa sources treat labor fairly, came out dead last this week on the “Get Child Labor Out of Your Chocolates Scorecard” by Green America.

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