These Children Shouldn’t Be Forced Into Slavery

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More than 80,000 Care2 members have voiced their support for slavery-free chocolate from Warner Bros. Thank you so much for being one of them.

Unless we speak up against products that are made with forced child labor, companies will continue to operate as is, turning a blind eye to child slavery in favor of a larger profit margin. Will you help us get the message through to Warner Bros. by asking your friends to sign the petition too?

Instead of going to school, some children are working long hours in cocoa bean fields. They are punished with beatings if quotas aren’t met. We can prevent them from having to suffer from these abuses.

By taking a stand against modern slavery, Warner Bros. will protect these children as well as set a precedent for other companies. That’s why it’s crucial that you send an email to your friends and family, share the petition on Facebook, and send this tweet to ask your network to support the cause.

Here’s a quick message you can copy and send to rally support:

Hi –

Even today, companies throughout the world still rely on child labor to make cheaper products. Behr’s Chocolates, the chocolate supplier for Harry Potter’s famous Chocolate Frogs, could be one of them. Warner Bros. continues to use this supplier even though it has taken virtually no action to ensure its production is slavery-free. Thousands of children are forced to work – and often beaten – in cocoa bean fields. That’s why it’s so crucial that we let Warner Bros. know that chocolate made with child labor is just not acceptable.
http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AhzYn/zoKG/cGi8h

Tens of thousands of people have already asked Warner Bros. to ensure that its chocolate is slavery-free. We need to keep this momentum going, or Warner Bros. will continue to turn a blind eye to child labor. That’s why I signed this petition to support slavery-free chocolates, and I’m hoping you will too. Here’s the link:
http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AhzYn/zoKG/cGi8h

Thanks!

care2 Thank you for taking action,

Roseanne C.
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team

 

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Who is responsible for Makhlie’s death?

“A young woman died because of cotton. Who is responsible for her death?” – witness to Makhlie’s death1

Makhlie should have been in a classroom days ago when the Uzbek school year began. Instead, she and her classmates were working in the cotton harvest in the fields of Uzbekistan where an accidental brush with a live electrical wire stopped her heart. She was only 16.

Makhlie should never have been in that field picking cotton, but the Uzbek government had “drafted” her, her classmates and citizens all over Uzbekistan to harvest cotton to fill quotas for suppliers like Daewoo International who then supply companies like the Target Corporation2.

It’s appalling that Target continues to do business with Daewoo, a company that accounts for about 20% of all cotton from Uzbekistan, creating much of the demand that drives modern slavery in the Uzbek cotton fields. Target needs to take responsibility and ensure that none of its revenue goes to a company that knowingly profits from slave labour.

TAKE ACTION: Call on Target to stop doing business with Daewoo International.

Makhlie’s classmates are still in the cotton fields – alongside doctors, teachers, students and other Uzbek citizens forced by their own government to pick the cotton that may end up in products in our neighbourhood stores. They are not only at risk of accidents like Makhlie’s, they’re often threatened and beaten if they fall behind. Last year, 18-year-old Navruz Muyzinov died after reportedly being beaten to death by police officers when he left his assigned cotton field before meeting his quota.

Over 100 apparel companies (including Target) from all over the world have taken a stand against slavery in Uzbekistan, pledging to not buy slave-picked Uzbek cotton in an effort to push the Uzbek government to end the enslavement of its people. Now, they’re being called upon to follow up on their pledge by following the Daewoo Protocol – a series of steps companies need to take to eliminate slave-picked cotton from their supply chains.

We expect more from Target, a company that takes pride in holding the highest ethical standards for itself and for its business partners. So we called and asked them to sign on to the Daewoo Protocol. Target said they didn’t need to follow the Daewoo Protocol because they have a “No Uzbek Cotton” policy. But such a policy only works if you’re willing to enforce it.

Tell Target to sign the Daewoo Protocol, a serious step toward fighting modern slavery in Uzbekistan.

If Target is truly serious about keeping slavery out of its stores, it needs to stop doing business with Daewoo by agreeing to implement the Daewoo Protocol and decline to do business with Daewoo until it takes serious steps to stop sourcing slave-picked Uzbek cotton.

Target needs to hear from as many people as possible – after you’ve taken action, will you take a moment and forward this email to 3 of your friends?

Thank you in advance for your help.

In solidarity,
Debra, Nick, Mika, Jayde, Mich, Kyle, Sarah, Kamini, Kate, Jess and the Walk Free campaigns team

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1 http://www.uznews.net/news_single.php?lng=en&sub=&cid=3&nid=23767
2 All mentions of “Target” and “Target Corporation” refer to the Target Corporation of 1000 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Walk Free is a movement of people everywhere, fighting to end one of the world’s greatest evils: Modern slavery.

 

SHOCK: Secret ingredient in chocolate

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Warner Bros. is ‘satisfied’ they’re using fair labour in
Harry Potter chocolates.

But are you?

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Ask Warner Bros. where the cocoa for their
Harry Potter chocolates comes from.

The only guilt from eating chocolate should be the calories, right?

Unfortunately, with each tasty bite, you could unknowingly be supporting slave labour in the Ivory Coast, where children as young as 7 are forced to work long hours in cocoa fields and beaten if they work too slow. Some are sold for as little as a couple of dollars, deceived by promises of decent work and trapped in a life of slavery.

Many chocolate brands have made public commitments to find the best solution. But we’ve learned that Warner Bros. is refusing to tell consumers where the cocoa for their Harry Potter chocolates comes from.

Warner Bros. is heading into one of the busiest times of the year for their theme parks. Children excited to experience the world of Harry Potter will be asking their parents to buy these chocolates. Taking a stand right now will make a big impact – will you help?

Ask Warner Bros. what steps they’re taking to ensure Harry Potter chocolates are free of slavery.

While many chocolate brands have made public commitments to find the best solution, we’re singling out Warner Bros. because:

  • An independent investigation into their supplier Behr’s Chocolates led to a failing score of 1 out of 48 possible measures to ensure their operations are slavery-free;
  • Warner Bros. dismissed the findings of the investigation, simply stating that they were ‘satisfied’ that fair labour practices were being used in the production of their chocolates;
  • Given the conflicting information, outraged consumers asked Warner Bros. what steps were taken to ensure there was no slavery in Harry Potter Chocolates. Warner Bros. refused to respond. 

We’re concerned that Harry Potter chocolates may contain cocoa harvested in conditions of modern slavery.

Ask Warner Bros. where the cocoa for their Harry Potter chocolates comes from.

As consumers, we deserve to know that the products we buy are free from the taint of modern slavery. 

Thank you in advance for taking action. Please share this with your friends to bring us one step closer to ending modern slavery in the cocoa industry.

Kate, Amy, Debra, Mich, Jess, Nick and all the Walk Free Muggles

1 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/946952.stm
2 http://thehpalliance.org/i/campaigns/nihn/behr-scorecard.pdf

Walk Free is a movement of people everywhere, fighting to end one of the world’s greatest evils: Modern slavery.