ACTIVISTS CHOICE AWARD: Raise the Bar, Hershey’s!

BENNY Awards

Raise the Bar, Hershey! is a campaign that pressured the largest chocolate company in the United States to address child labor in its supply chain.The lead groups were Green America, Global Exchange, and the International Labor Rights Forum. Support Groups included U. Roberto Romano’s groundbreaking film entitled The Dark Side of Chocolate, along with dozens of student  and religious groups. Companies like Whole Foods and dozens of food co-ops also contributed by dropping Hershey products from their stores. Learn more Here

Green America, Global Exchange and the International Labor Rights Forum Accept the Award:

Green America, Global Exchange and the International Labor Rights Forum are honored to accept the 2014 Activist Choice BENNY award for our work together to hold Hershey accountable for child labor in its supply chain.  Our “Raise the Bar, Hershey!” brought together thousands of concerned individuals, students, teachers, faith groups, investors, and socially responsible businesses to pressure Hershey to trace its supply chain and verify its cocoa would not be grown with child labor. Hershey adopted a 2020 deadline and is on schedule to meet this goal. We accept this award in honor of the memory of one of our most important allies—and one of the most fierce advocates for children the world has ever seen —U. Roberto “Robin” Romano.