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[BRAND WARS]#USUNCUT: NESTLÉ, MARS® 5 OTHERS GETS CALLED OUT AS “CHILD-CHOCOLATE LABOUR” EXPLOITATIVE BRANDS. READ:

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Americans spend over a billion dollars every Halloween on chocolate, accounting for 10% of most chocolate company’s annual revenue. And the average American citizen eats over 11 pounds of chocolate a year that is minus the total chicolates consumed worldwide both in coffees and candies. 

Last September, a lawsuit was filed against eight companies – including Hershey, Mars, and Nestlé– alleging that the companies were duping consumers into “unwittingly” funding the child slave labor trade in West Africa, home to two-thirds of the world’s cacao beans.

Worker ages range from 11-16 (sometimes younger). They are trapped in isolated farms, where they work 80 to 100 hours a week. The film Slavery: A Global Investigation spoke with freed children who reported that they were often beaten with fists and belts and whips.

“ The beatings were a part of my life, ” Aly Diabate, a freed slave, told reporters. “Anytime they loaded you with bags (of cocoa beans) and you fell while carrying them, nobody helped you. Instead they beat you and beat you until you picked it up again.”

To help you avoid supporting slavery this Halloween, Here are seven chocolate companies that benefit from child slave labor as documented by controversial website http://www.usuncut.com

Hershey

Mars

Nestle

ADM Cocoa

Godiva

Fowler’s Chocolate

Kraft

Legislation nearly passed in 2001 in which the FDA would implement “slave free” labeling on the packaging. Before the legislation made it to a vote, the chocolate industry – including Nestle, Hershey, and Mars – used its corporate money to stop it by “promising” to self-regulate and end child slavery in their businesses by 2005. This deadline has repeatedly been pushed back, with the current goal now at 2020.

Meanwhile, the number of children working in the cocoa industry has increased by 51 percent from 2009 to 2014.

As one freed boy put it: “They enjoy something I suffered to make; I worked hard for them but saw no benefit. They are eating my flesh.”

Here is a list of more socially conscious

companies who have made a point to avoid profiting off the suffering of child labor:

Clif Bar

Green and Black’s

Koppers Chocolate

L.A. Burdick Chocolates

Denman Island Chocolate

Gardners Candie

Montezuma’s Chocolates

Newman’s Own Organics

Kailua Candy Company

Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company

Rapunzel Pure Organics

The Endangered Species Chocolate Company

Cloud Nine

(CORRECTION: This article previously listed the Guittard Chocolate Company, See’s Candies, and Chocolates by Bernard Callebaut in the list of chocolate companies that use child labor, which we have learned is incorrect. This article also listed Dagoba Organic Chocolate as a company that doesn’t rely on child slave labor. US Uncut has since learned that Dagoba Organic Chocolate was purchased by Hershey’s, one of the candy companies listed here that uses child slaves. We have since amended the list accordingly and apologize for any errors.)

Source: Usuncut

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