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Agrotourism development in Ghana: A study of its prospects and challenges at Adjeikrom Cocoa Tour Facility, Eshun, Gabriel, and Tettey Christopher , Bulletin of Geography. Socio–economic Series, 06/2014, Issue 25, Torun, Ploand, p.99, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Quality control by the determination of heavy metals in new variety of cocoa (cocoa mercedes) in Côte d’Ivoire. , Yapo, Kicho Denis, and Ouffoue Sébastien Koffi , Journal de la Société Ouest-Africaine de Chimie , 06/2014, Côte d’Ivoire, p.64, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Sustainable Cocoa. The Netherlands and the International Cocoa Sector, , World Cocoa Conference - The Netherlands, 09/2014, (2014) , (Practical Publication)
Modeling the Determinants of Farmers’ Decision on Exclusive Schooling and Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector of Ghana, Asenso-Okyere, K., Sarpong D. B., Okyere C. Y., Mensah-Bonsu A., and Asuming-Brempong S. , Global Journal of Human Social Science Economics , 06/2013, Volume Volume 13, Issue Issue 3, USA, (2013) , (Practical Publication)

The Hershey Company and West African cocoa communities

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TitleThe Hershey Company and West African cocoa communities
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsDaniels Fund Ethics Initiative
PublisherUniversity of New Mexico
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsbusiness ethics, certification, chain governance, child labour, corporate social responsibility, farmers & laborers, farmers & production, markets & policies, private sector policies, traceability, West Africa

With over $6 billion dollars in sales every year, the Hershey Company is one of the world’s largest producers of chocolate and candy products. Hershey’s products are sold in more than 70 countries and include Hershey’s Kisses and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars as well as brands such as Reese’s, Whoppers, Almond Joy, and Twizzlers. Although Hershey strives to be a model company and has several philanthropic, social, and environmental programs, the company has struggled with ethical issues related to the labor issues associated with West African cocoa communities, including child labor. Hershey has developed several initiatives to improve the lives of West African cocoa workers and is involved with a number of organizations that are involved in cocoa communities. However, critics argue that Hershey is not doing enough to stop labor exploitation on cocoa plantations. This case examines some of the issues related to the Hershey Chocolate Company and West African cocoa communities.


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