Investor Says Hershey Complicit In Child Labor Violations

Law360, Wilmington (November 1, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT) -- A pension fund shareholder sued The Hershey Co. in Delaware court Thursday for access to internal records, alleging the iconic chocolate company is complicit in child labor violations by African cocoa suppliers.

The Pennsylvania-based company does not reveal specifically who supplies it cocoa — the key ingredient in Hershey brands likes Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups — but has admitted that many of its suppliers are located in West African nations like Ghana and the Ivory Coast, where abusive child labor practices are allegedly rampant, according to...
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