Here are TWO opportunities to make a difference just by signing your name.
International Justice Mission is an organization that is working to fight human trafficking and for social justice issues around the world. They focus their legislation and governmental efforts to support victims of abuse and oppression who need the protection of the law. Their focus is on victim relief, perpetrator accountability, survivor aftercare, and structural transformation using a collaborative effort of investigators, lawyers and social workers in partnership with state and local authorities. Ask Obama to help end slavery! IJM is asking for 27,000 people to sign this online petition – to represent the 27 MILLION slaves in our world today. Will you be one?
Approximately 1.7 million children work in horrible, dangerous conditions in the West African cocoa industry. While many chocolate companies have committed to guaranteeing that their suppliers do not use child slave labor, Hershey’s refuses to release information about its supply chain or purchase cocoa only from ethical suppliers except in two product lines, Bliss and Dagoba. Because of this, Hershey’s can’t guarantee that the cocoa in most of their chocolate was not harvested by kids, who frequently don’t get enough to eat, don’t have access to medicine, and can’t get an education. The Raise the Bar Hershey’s campaign has sent a petition to Hershey’s Board of Directors asking them to responsibly source cocoa from independently certified suppliers who comply with international labor rights standards. Hershey’s failed to respond, so this petition will go to the Milton Hershey School Trust, who owns a large part of Hershey’s Chocolate Company, as well. Valentines Day is a huge money-maker in the chocolate industry and a great opportunity for us to make a difference. Hershey’s has agreed to source cocoa from Rainforest Alliance certified farms for one line of their chocolate, called Bliss. Rainforest Alliance means that products are fairly environmentally sustainable, treat workers fairly well, and have safe working conditions. This is a great step that many of Hershey’s competitors have taken, but the rest of the cocoa Hershey’s buys should be responsibly sourced too. How about asking Hershey’s Trust to stop exploiting children to grow cocoa beans?