Category Archives: Action

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.

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
Office: (213) 365-1906 x101 · Fax: (213) 365-5257
Email:, · Website:

Make the White House a Fair Trade Zone


From TransFair USA:

Fair Trade in the White House
A movement is building online of citizens inspired by the presidential campaign.  They are are submitting “Ideas for Change in America” – suggestions for ways that President-Elect Obama might best change America

One idea that has risen to the top is to “Declare the White House a Fair Trade Zone.” This idea is perhaps not so far fetched. Rumor has it that the President-elect already has a great fondness for Honest Tea, enjoyed Equal Exchange coffee at his church, and served Just Coffee throughout his previous campaigns.

We’ve even heard that Starbucks Coffee is already served at official functions in the current White House. If so, this could be a pretty simple switch, and we could spend our efforts using the moment to educate the Obama’s and their staff as to why Fair Trade is important.

Take a moment to register your support for this worthy idea, and also to invite your family and friends to participate. Voting ends at 5pm ET on Thursday, January 15