If you participate in that ritual of giving candy on Oct. 31, it’s time to get organized for Halloween. Why so early? Because if you want to do what’s called reverse trick-or treating get in on offering fair trade chocolate, you’ll want to get your order in this week.
Here’s the link to all sorts of information about how to order kits for reverse trick-or treating.
Reverse trick-or-treating is a way to increase awareness about the child labor and forced labor on so many cocoa farms. The US Department of State estimates that more than 109,000 children in Cote d’Ivoire’s cocoa industry work under “the worst forms of child labor,” and that some 10,000 are victims of human trafficking or enslavement.
You can help stop this, by only buying fair trade chocolate, or by sending a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about the practices of the Hershey Corporation or by sending a letter directly to Hershey.
Why Hershey? Because that company lags behind all of its competitors in the area of tracing their cocoa supply and instituting labor standards. You can learn more by clicking here for the Dark Side of Chocolate.