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Strengthening Sustainability When the Stakes Are High

How Hershey's strategy drives change for cocoa-growing environments and cocoa-farming communities.
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The Hershey Company — which has achieved a commitment to source 100% certified and sustainable cocoa by 2020 — has been committed since 2018 to no new deforestation in its global cocoa supply chain. It is committed to tackling child labor issues by supporting the implementation of Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation Systems (CLMRS)* coverage to 100% of its sourcing in Ivory Coast and Ghana, a high-risk area, by 2025.

Business & Human Rights Summit: New Speakers Confirmed

Announcing the UN Global Compact Network UK’s flagship Business & Human Rights Summit: 2 days with 800+ CEOs, business leaders, heads of sustainability, investors, & NGOs.
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March 11, 2021 /3BL Media/ - We invite you to participate in the UN Global Compact Network UK’s flagship Business & Human Rights Summit. The summit will be taking place 30-31 March 2021, and is generously supported by Marshalls plc.  

Innovative Ways We're Addressing the Root Causes of Child Labor

TAWIAH AGYARKO-KWARTENG, Sustainable Sourcing Representative, West Africa
Summary: 
  • Our Cocoa For Good strategy is at the heart of our sustainable cocoa work
  • Driving social and economic benefits, with the help of our partners, helps eliminate child labor
  • Together, we’re working to keep children in school and away from dangerous activities
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  • Our Cocoa For Good strategy is at the heart of our sustainable cocoa work
  • Driving social and economic benefits, with the help of our partners, helps eliminate child labor
  • Together, we’re working to keep children in school and away from dangerous activities

Responsible Mica and Minerals Initiatives Collaborate to End Child Labor and Improve Working Conditions

Organizations to Leverage Respective Strengths for Mica Supply Chains Globally
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PARIS & ALEXANDRIA, October 9, 2019 /3BL Media/– The Responsible Mica Initiative and the Responsible Minerals Initiative, an Initiative of the Responsible Business Alliance, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work toward ending the use of child labor and to improve working conditions in mica industry supply chains globally. 

How to Eliminate Child Labor, Farm by Farm, on a Global Scale

by Miguel Coleta, Director Sustainability, Philip Morris International
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The scene plays out in farming communities all around the world: Children working alongside their parents, harvesting crops or performing other manual labor to help the family business. For some families, the work is tradition. For others, it’s an economic necessity.

General Mills Works to Make the Cocoa Sector More Sustainable

by Gina-Marie Cheeseman
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The cocoa industry has a dirty secret. Child labor is way too common in West Africa. Over 70 percent of the global cocoa supply comes from two West African countries: the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Farmers supplying companies with the chocolate they use in their products receive little for the cocoa. That means they are unable to hire laborers to harvest the crop, and child labor is widely used as a result. A Tulane University report found that in 2013 and 2014, 2.26 million children in Ghana and the Ivory Coast worked in cocoa production.

Cargill and the International Cocoa Initiative on a Journey to Improve the Lives of Children

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MINNEAPOLIS, February 8, 2017 /3BL Media/ -- Cargill, one of the world’s largest food and agriculture companies, and the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), a leader in child protection in cocoa growing, have partnered to expand their joint actions on child labour in Côte d’Ivoire. Scaling up a relationship that has been ongoing since 2002, the two organizations are now establishing a monitoring system in Cargill’s cocoa supply chain to identify and protect children, especially those involved in child labour.

Jan. 11 Is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Are Companies Listening?

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Jan. 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Are Companies Listening?

Companies that adopt comprehensive and assertive ethical sourcing practices reap many benefits, including increased consumer trust and an improved reputation. One of the most vital and visible components of any ethical sourcing program is to ensure that products do not support human trafficking and modern day slavery.

Technology Companies, China Pledge to Stop Human Rights Abuses in Cobalt Mining

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Weeks after an investigative news article detailed the extent of child labor and forced labor being used to mine cobalt – a critical ingredient in widely used batteries for cars and electronic equipment – major technology companies and industry groups are launching initiatives to stop the practice.

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