Essay about Hershes

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The Real Corporate Social Responsibility for the Hershey Company
September 2010
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Executive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Areas for Improvement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Desired Outcomes for a Fair Hershey’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Problems at the Source. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Lack of
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hen people think of Hershey, they usually think of Hershey’s iconic chocolates—the Hershey Bar, Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups—and Hersheypark. In the United States, Hershey conjures up innocent childhood pleasures and enjoyable snacks. However, halfway across the globe, there is a dark side to Hershey. In West Africa, where Hershey sources much of its cocoa, the scene is one of child labor, trafficking, and forced labor.

Despite almost ten years of commitments from Hershey and other major chocolate companies to take responsibility for their cocoa supply chains and improve conditions for workers1, significant problems persist. Abusive child labor, trafficking, and forced labor continue to plague the West African cocoa industry. The farmers in this region, which supplies the majority of the world’s cocoa, live in poverty, while major chocolate corporations continue to amass large profits. For years, a number of smaller chocolate companies in the US have been sourcing Fair Trade Certified™ cocoa and building relationships with cocoa farmers to ensure that these farmers earn enough to support their families, invest in their futures, and send their children to school. Additionally, many of the largest global chocolate corporations are

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