Hershey Is Now Certifiably Something

Long time readers of this blog know that I’ve been after chocolate companies for years, ever since finding out their supply chains often take advantage of child slave labor on some West African farms. Hershey has been particularly unresponsive to campaigns calling for reform – up until now. After years of staying silent on the … Continue reading

Victoria’s Secret and the Fairness of Fair Trade

If there’s anything in this world that grosses me out, it’s slavery and the word “panties.” Maybe that’s why I’ve avoided discussing the recent news that a Fairtrade-certified cotton distributor allegedly sold products tainted with forced child labor to the lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret. (Oh yeah, I also hate the word “tainted.”) No one has … Continue reading

A Slave-Free Nestlé?

I’m following up Thanksgiving by eating extra chocolate. And that’s because I have some good news, chocolate lovers! Nestlé announced Monday that they will be working with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to investigate the working conditions of cocoa farms that supply their chocolate. Along with child labor in general, they will examine the allegations … Continue reading

A Slave-Free Halloween (Without Breaking the Bank or Being a Jerk)

I am really excited about not celebrating Halloween this year. Even though it’s tempting to go the DC route and put in a lot of effort to make the perfect Mitt Romney costume or dress up as the Health Care Reform Bill, I will instead be chilling out over some apple cider and enjoying the … Continue reading

Let Africa’s Children Be Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and to celebrate it slave-free, you might want to plan ahead. Here are a few ways to support the abolitionist movement this February: Get Hershey to do the right thing. This year a lot of anti-trafficking organizations are fighting the chocolate industry by focusing their attention on Hershey. Hershey continues … Continue reading

Slave-Free Trick-or-Treat Resources

Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes, by Meringue Bake Shop Are you considering going slave-free this Halloween? Plenty of local health food stores, and even many regular supermarkets sell small squares of fairly traded chocolate that you can hand out to sweet-toothed kids. If you do plan to pass out slave-free chocolate this year at Halloween, consider including … Continue reading

Faith-Based and Slave-Free

Many churches, temples and other faith-based organizations serve coffee, tea and cocoa to their attendants. Increasingly these groups want to see their consumer choices reflect a heart for justice and compassion, so many are turning to Fair Trade and other ethically grown products. Why the switch? Cocoa farms in West Africa grow most of the … Continue reading

Consumerism and the Marginalized

Yesterday a fellow blogger made it to WordPress’ “Freshly Pressed” page with a post on Fairtrade and how it does very little good for the world except alleviate guilt. I first want to offer some publicity to the piece because it is a thought-provoking write-up about a controversial topic that we’ve recently discussed on this … Continue reading

Tea for Two Billion

With almost two billion people in the world living in extreme poverty, any highly sought-after commodity has the power to hurt and the power to heal. As one such commodity, tea can provide a generous income, a chance for education, a spiritual ritual, and affordable medicinal help for the world’s poorest communities. But tea can … Continue reading

Tea: Debt and Migration

Who knew that a regular job producing a commodity the entire world consumes could lead to so much insecurity? Many women across the globe pick tea leaves in an effort to feed their families and provide education to their children. Despite the rain-or-shine, labor-intensive duties and low pay, the job provides income and, in many … Continue reading

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