Hershey commits to certification

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Hershey announced yesterday it will be going 100% certified by 2020. Hershey will utilize three different certification systems -- Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, and Utz.  All three prohibit child labor, which is endemic in the cocoa sector in West Africa, where Hershey sources most of its cocoa.

Green America joined with allies in the child labor and social justice movement in a ten-year campaign to urge Hershey to certify its cocoa as child labor free.  The campaign included protests, letter writing, and petitions, and involved hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.