Some Progress Is Being Made By Competitors; Industry Still Needs to do Far More
WASHINGTON , March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Based on data revealed this week at the Department of Labor's Child Labor Cocoa Coordinating Group (CLCCG), the non-profit groups behind the Raise The Bar, Hershey campaign (Global Exchange, Green America, the International Labor Rights Forum , and Oasis USA ) concluded that while many companies have increased their commitments to reducing child labor in the communities they source from, others lag behind, notably Hershey and Barry Callebaut .
This week the CLCCG will wrap up its meetings for 2013. Over the last few days, chocolate companies; the Ivorian, Ghanaian, and US Governments; and civil society organizations have met to receive updates on the work that is being done by the cocoa industry and the Ivorian government to end child labor and trafficking on cocoa farms by 2020.
Following is a breakdown of the funds designated by each company to fight child labor in cocoa under the CLCCG framework. Programs and initiatives that are considered part of the industry commitment must be approved by the CLCCG and must be in line with the Framework of Action, which the companies signed in 2010.
|Company |Total committed funds |Average commitment per year|
|Mars |$2.7 million committed for |$904,000 |
| |2011-2013 | |
|Mondelez (Kraft)|$2.32 million committed for |$508,000 |
| |2009-2012 | |
|Ferrero |$1.14 millio