Saturday, 22 March 2014

Sold Aged 7 - For Chocolate

This was sent to me via my Sojourners email service.  Walk Free is a movement of people everywhere, fighting to end one of the world's greatest evils: Modern slavery.

In the cocoa fields of the Ivory Coast, child slavery is ‘normal.’ It’s routine. It’s accepted.1 Children as young as 7 are sold  deprived of their childhood, ripped from their families, and subjected to routine abuse  to work long, backbreaking days picking cocoa. And it all stems from our love of chocolate.

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. has just announced plans for a massive expansion of their Harry Potter World in Florida – including a new shopping district, where more children than ever will be able to buy these chocolates. Taking a stand right now will make a big impact – will you help?

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Thousands of activists have asked Warner Bros. to ensure their Harry Potter chocolates are free of slavery because:
  1. 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;2
  2. 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;
  3. 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. Are you?
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 As consumers, we deserve to know that the products we buy are free from the taint of modern slavery. 

Ask Warner Bros. to ensure their Harry Potter Chocolate Frogs are free of slavery.

Thank you in advance for taking action. Please share this with your friends to bring us one step closer to ending the ‘normality’ of child slavery.

- submitted by Gareth

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