I still have a persistent image of Hershey’s as a relatively benign company. Milton Hershey started that school for orphans, right? Right. So how can they be supporting child slavery in Africa? Well, maybe that sounds a bit harsh to say they support it. It’s not like they voted for slavery. But literally, they do support slavery, since they know it is going on, and they keep on buying cocoa from people who hold children in slavery.
The International Labor Rights Forum is asking people to call Hershey’s, as part of a campaign against forced child labor in cocoa production. So consider taking a minute or two to call Hershey’s at 1-800-468-1714. They’ll be there from 9 to 4.