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TODAY is the day to ask Hershey to end child labor and trafficking in the cocoa fields!

If EACH ONE OF YOU takes just 5 minutes to take action, together, we will flood Hershey’s with thousands of calls and emails, and we will make a difference.

Please speak out in solidarity with youth, concerned consumers, human rights advocate Kerry Kennedy, and NY State United Teachers Secretary-Treasurer Lee Cutler rallying with Global Exchange and our campaign partners at the Hershey Store in NYC’s Times Square today, as part of our Raise the Bar Hershey Campaign.

  1. Call Hershey (details below)
  2. Sign the petition to Hershey here
  3. Forward this email to at least 10 more people
  4. Tweet: Today is Raise the bar on #Hershey rally! Use hashtag #HersheyGoFair to follow along. http://ow.ly/5czq2 #fairtrade via @gxfairtrade

You can also follow the rally on twitter at #HersheyGoFair.

Almost ten years after companies like Hershey committed to ending child labor, forced labor and trafficking in their supply chains, these abuses continue in West Africa.  Hershey is currently lagging behind its competitors in using cocoa that has been certified by independent third parties to comply with international labor rights standards.  World Day Against Child Labor is this weekend, and we’re calling on Hershey to do more to stop these abuses by committing to sourcing Fair Trade cocoa. 

How to call:

Dial: +1-800-468-1714, Option "0" Back-up number: 717-534-4200. 

Suggested Call-in Script: 

"Hi, my name is ___ and I’m calling from ___. I am a huge fan of [insert your favorite HERSHEY candy here]*. I’m calling today because I want Hershey to raise the bar for responsible cocoa sourcing and commit to begin using Fair Trade Certified cocoa for my favorite chocolate. Ten years after Hershey committed to ending child labor, forced labor and trafficking in its cocoa, the abuses continue and Hershey needs to do more to end this exploitation. While I cannot be in New York City today, I support those who are rallying outside the Hershey store in Times Square. Thank you for your time!"

If you are not a fan of Hershey’s chocolate, you can

  • leave out the sentence about your favorite candy bar
  • say “my family member’s favorite bar is___”
  • say “I used to like___, but I am discouraged from eating it since it’s not Fair Trade“

Before you call, you may want to review our consumer’s report in which we address the issues in their supply chain and how they can change them here.

For more information on the campaign, please visit www.globalexchange.org/cocoa

If you are looking for more summer fun, participate in We Want More From Our S’mores by making delicious Fair Trade s’mores and registering them online.

Got this email after the National Day of Action June 8?  Please go ahead and take the action anyway.

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