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About esidener

I am a dangerously creative and as yet unpublished author, middle aged former teacher with 3 wonderful kids and a pretty good wife.

Introduction

Modern global slavery. Those words might sound as if they don’t belong together. Yes, slavery is illegal throughout the world, but it still exists. Estimates of the number of slaves throughout the world vary from 12 million to 27 million. … Continue reading

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Does Hershey have a split personality?

Milton Hershey, founder of the chocolate company, used his money to start a school for orphans, now known as The Hershey School. It now more broadly serves underprivileged children. When Milton died, he left his entire fortune to the school, … Continue reading

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What makes it hard to think?

(Which might not be the best possible title for this entry. If you have a better title, suggest it in the comments section. There could be a small prize involved.) Until just a few months ago, I was blissfully unaware … Continue reading

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Hershey’s in Denial

Some months back, I emailed Hershey’s at their corporate website and asked them about slavery in their supply chain. They responded that a survey of thousands of West African cocoa plantations had not found a single instance of slavery. That … Continue reading

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Cotton, Coffee, Ideals and being Human

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. I just returned with my family from Friends General Conference Gathering, an annual Quaker event. It was energizing and inspiring, highlighted for me by a talk by George Lakey, a Quaker peace activist … Continue reading

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gratitude, and an official report

Reading about slavery makes one realize how rich our lives are. People become vulnerable to being enslaved because they are so poor, and because there are so very many poor people in the world. When we hear statistics about how … Continue reading

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Nestle – an Ethical Issue or Ten

Okay, I am generally going to avoid name calling. The chocolate companies have been too greedy (like many corporations) and have manipulated market conditions for their own benefit. (Mainly, they encouraged lots of areas to grow cocoa in order to … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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World Day against Child Labor

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 … Continue reading

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a Prayer

Lord, help me to know and follow your Will. Help me to bring slaves to freedom, and to end the oppressive institution of slavery wherever it exists in this your world. Where slavery is supported by greed, let there be … Continue reading

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