Chocolate Scores

Some of the chocolate companies have made some real changes to how they do business. The ILRF, an international workers’ organization, ranked US companies on how much they were part of the problem, or part of the solution. The link below is to the PDF file.

ChocolateScorecard09

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2 Responses to Chocolate Scores

  1. Kathleen says:

    Hey — I have a possible bit of optimism to share! While looking in vain for a really concise explanation of this issue that I could print on a business card, I found a web site that reported the following:

    During 2009 Cadbury Australia announced its Dairy Milk chocolate in Australia will be Fairtrade certified by Easter 2010 and Mars announced that all their chocolate products would be switched to Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa over a 10 year period, commencing in 2010.
    from Catalyst, an advocacy program for churches in Australia

    As far as I can tell, this good news is only about chocolate being sold in Australia, but it shows that a few companies have in fact changed in response to pressure from advocacy groups and consumers.

    • esidener says:

      Hi Kathleen! It is good news, and the Cadbury Dairy Milk bar is Fairtrade certified in not just Australia, but according to the company website, Britain, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada! Cadbury was purchased last year by Kraft, which has stated that they will continue the Fairtrade programs, but they have not said anything about expanding the programs to other chocolate bars. In the U.S. Cadbury is made and distributed by Hershey’s, which does not have any fairly traded options.

      I would be curious to know about these companies’ decisions. Did advocacy groups succeed in campaigning to get changes made?


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