This is 2020 and since 2001 you have been talking about removing child labour from your supply chain, that will soon be 20 years! We recognise efforts have been made and that your chocolate company program is making some progress. Thank you for The Hershey Company Statement Against Slavery and Human Trafficking. (https://www.thehersheycompany.com/content/dam/corporate-us/documents/pdf/HSY_Statement_Against_Human_Trafficking_and_Slavery.pdf?.html)
Now it is time to put it all together!
We recognise the work of the efforts through the Cocoa For Good sustainable sourcing program and your work on the root causes of child labour namely Prevention, Detection, Remediation and Reporting. We recognise your committed to purchasing 100% certified and sustainable cocoa, and that each certification program prohibits the use of forced and illegal child labour.
We are asking for your commitment to a CLMRS (Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System) on 100% of your sourcing farms in West Africa to be brought in as soon as possible. We recognise what you have been doing with this as a part of your Program and are asking you to speed up the rolling out of this to 100% of your farms as soon as possible.
We also believe a commitment to paying a price for the cocoa above the Government Living Income Differential (LID) and regular certification premiums, will be a key step to prevent child labour and forced labour abuse.
We look forward to you publishing robust commitments around these matters.
Thank you in anticipation