Hershey Chocolate Slave Labor

CASE NUMBER: 3:15-cv-04453
COURT: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
STATUS: Active
DATE FILED: 09/28/15

Buy Chocolate Candy From Hershey? Hershey Uses Child Labor to Make Its Candy.
Would You Still Have Purchased It?

Hagens Berman has filed a lawsuit against Hershey for its practice of importing cocoa beans from suppliers who use child labor, including trafficked and forced child labor. Specifically, Hershey imports cocoa beans from plantations in the Ivory Coast. Based on our investigation and media reports, Hagens Berman attorneys believe that these plantations rely on slave labor to harvest the cocoa beans that go into products such as Reese's Peanut Butter Cups®, Kit Kat®bars, Mounds®, York Peppermint Patties®, Hershey's®milk chocolate bars, Almond Joy®, and Cadbury®chocolates, among others.

These children are victims of the worst forms of child labor as recognized by the United Nations: hazardous work such as that involving dangerous tools, transport of heavy loads and exposure to toxic substances and the compulsory labor of trafficked children. Such children are trafficked from countries neighboring the Ivory Coast, sold to plantation owners by brokers and smugglers, and forced to work under conditions of physical violence without pay. According to the World Cocoa Foundation, 47 percent of the total U.S. imports of cocoa beans come from the Ivory Coast.

In violation of California law, Hershey does not disclose that their suppliers in the Ivory Coast rely on child laborers and instead continues to profit from the child labor that supplies the chocolate sold to American consumers.

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