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NORC University of Chicago completed a draft of its study funded by the U.S. Department of Labor on children performing hazardous labor harvesting cocoa for companies like Nestle, Cargill, Mars, Mondelez, and Hershey. IRAdvocates obtained a copy from a confidential source. The final report should be released in late June. The draft report demonstrates with devastating detail that, after years of false promises by these companies to stop themselves from profiting from child abuse, there has been a dramatic increase, 2.1 million children, harvesting cocoa for these companies and others.

News   04/12/2020

IRAdvocates and Corporate Accountability Lab jointly filed a petition today with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to ban the importation of cocoa and cocoa products made with child labor. Please see the attached petition below.

News   02/14/2020

By Emily Field

Law360 (April 22, 2019, 8:46 PM EDT) -- A proposed class action filed Friday in California federal
court claims that child slaves on West African farms harvest cocoa for Nestle, even though it labels its
products as "sustainably sourced."

News   04/23/2019

The major international cocoa company organizations, NATIONAL CONFECTIONERS ASSOCIATION, WORLD COCOA FOUNDATION, CAOBTSCO, and EUROPEAN COCOA ASSOCIATION, just filed an Amicus brief in the Court of appeals (see link below) asking the Court to rehear our recent victory against Nestle and Cargill. These companies all signed or endorsed the "Harkin-Engle Protocol" in 2001 promising to end child labor in their supply chains.

News   12/10/2018

OCTOBER 29, 2018   

Contact: Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director (202)-543-5811;

Press Release   11/02/2018

OCTOBER 23, 2018  

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Press Release   10/23/2018

September 15, 2018
Statement Regarding the Colombian Attorney General’s Failure to Investigate Drummond’s Financing of the AUC

Contact: Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director 1-202-543-5911

Press Release   09/17/2018

In recently published remarks of a July 17, 2018 meeting of the World Cocoa Foundation, an association of multinational cocoa companies, including Nestle, Cargill, Barry Callebaut, Mars and Mondelez, Vice President Tim McCoy admitted that the goal of reducing child slavery in the West Africa Cocoa sector 70% by the year 2020 will not be met. This is a direct admission that these companies are knowingly profiting from child slavery.

News   08/28/2018