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Breaking News From our Raise the Bar, Hershey! Campaign


Breaking news from our Raise the Bar, Hershey! Campaign:

Hershey announced today that it will move its chocolate to 100% certification by 2020, though the company remains vague on which certifications, and on incremental benchmarks.

Nonetheless, we welcome this announcement and urge Hershey to reveal its plan for moving all its product lines to certified cocoa by its 2020 deadline. We also want to emphasize that not all certifications are equal, especially when it comes to addressing the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the West African cocoa sector.

Here’s our statement.

Thank you again for your support in this campaign. Please consider making a donation here to ILRF’s ongoing work to end child labor and other abusive labor practices.

Many thanks,

Sean & the Raise the Bar, Hershey! Coalition

Coalition members include Global Exchange, Green America, and International Labor Rights Forum.

Having Chocolate at a Fair Cause


Many people love chocolate but know so little of the ways it is made, which is not practiced justly.

Recently, people have been turning into organic diets due to health reasons of course, but how about organic and Fair Trade foods like chocolate?

For Ten Thousand Villages in Pasadena, a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe, chocolate is their “most popular food item.”

Since chocolate appeals to lots of people in the United States where 46 percent of Americans say they cannot live without chocolate (SERRV) try to make a difference with a taste of Fair Trade chocolate.

“Chocolate does better than coffee,” said Sam Bills, store manager. “Four to five percent of all sales are from chocolate,” which is actually “good” for Ten Thousand Villages.

Getting to know the difference between conventional and Fair Trade chocolate is essential.

Having Fair Trade chocolate from some of the top cooperatives in Equal Exchange, Divine Chocolate and Theo Chocolate plus the customer service from its volunteer working personnel puts Ten Thousand Villages at top in retail stores where these chocolates can be found.

A Snickers bar for example, costs about $1.59 compared to a Divine Chocolate bar that could cost up to $3.95.

As there is a big difference in price, there also is a big difference in the way it tastes to the way it is made to the way it impacts producers, the most important people in this cycle.

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New DVD on Fair Trade Available!


fair trade los angeleswe wanted to provide you with another chance to learn about an exciting educational resource Partners for Just Trade (PJT) has produced. In honor of Fair Trade month, PJT is releasing the DVD, A Thousand Fibers: Binding Together through Fair Trade.

The goal of the DVD is triple-fold: to broaden individuals’ knowledge about Fair Trade while heightening awareness of, and increasing demand for Fair Trade. The DVD can be used as a standalong tool or along with our Bible Study on Fair Trade. If you would be interested in receiving a complimentary copy of the DVD, please fill out the form here.

You can view a trailer of the DVD here.

As a conference attendee, we know that you support Fair Trade and through your congregations, publications and media channels, you inspire interest in this exciting movement. We would like to request that if you like our DVD, you consider posting a review or promoting it on your website, in your newsletter, or various social media channels to help us get the word out.

We appreciate your consideration and thank you for helping to grow the Fair Trade movement!

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Carrie Hawthorne
Executive Director

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PJT is a non-profit, Fair Trade organization selling products from Peru, Cameroon and Nicaragua. PJT is a screened member of the Fair Trade Federation and Green America Business Network.

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South Pasadena In The News


fair trade in south pasadenaParishioners from across the San Gabriel region of the Los Angeles Archdiocese gathered at Holy Family Catholic Church on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the official launch of the Creation Sustainability Ministry, a new program aimed at helping parishes “go green.”

Following Sunday afternoon’s services, which were led by San Gabriel region Bishop Gabino Zavala and included State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge), Holy Family hosted a gathering in its parish hall to share information about the environmental program.

At the Fair Trade South Pasadena booth, volunteer Annie Hughes passed out brochures and fliers detailing the group’s upcoming events and the fair trade movement in general.

Though she’s not a member of the Holy Family Church, Hughes said reaching out to Holy Family parishioners is en effective way to inform the community at large. “Holy Family is so connected and lot of education comes out of the churches,” she said.

Fair Trade South Pasadena’s messages seemed to resonate with parishioners, Hughes said. “[Fair trade] is a human rights issue and I think that’s something that people just connect to,” she said. “I think people of faith are looking for ways to live their faith that is connected to their every day life.”

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Signed Into Law TODAY: The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010‏


I’m pleased to report that The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) was signed into law today by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger!  (See the Governor’s press release attached.)

This means that starting January 1, 2012, major apparel and manufacturing companies doing business in California must publicly disclose on their website the policies they have in place to ensure that their supply chains are free of slavery and trafficking, including the extent to which they use 3rd-party verification, conduct independent unannounced audits, and maintain internal accountability for employees and contractors that fail to meet company standards.

Thanks so much for signing on to the letter and demonstrating to the Governor the value of transparency and disclosure, the critical need to protect human rights, and the importance of robust monitoring and reporting systems in global supply chains.

Please be sure to mention this new law to any major retailer and manufacturer that you engage or evaluate and incorporate its requests into your ongoing dialogues and engagements with companies. As you know, there are many initiatives that provide helpful tools to assist companies, such as Responsible Sourcing Network (, Social Accountability International (, The Global Reporting Initiative (, Global e-Sustainability Initiative (, and Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (, to name a few.

We applaud the bill’s author, California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), and also express appreciation to Chris Miller with Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET – and founder Julia Ormond, former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Against Slavery and Human Trafficking, for their tireless work as an organizational sponsor of the bill. ASSET will be issuing a press release tomorrow.

Please call with any questions and thanks again for your support!


Julie Tanner
Assistant Director of Socially Responsible Investing
Christian Brothers Investment Services, Inc.
Direct: 212-503-1947
Main: 800-592-8890
Fax:  212-490-6092

Kay Buck, Executive Director
Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
5042 Wilshire Blvd #586 · Los Angeles, California 90036
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