Target: Warner Bros.
Goal: Force them to ensure slavery was not involved in the production of their chocolate.
A recent study found that Warner Bros. Chocolate Frogs failed to meet appropriate standards in ensuring their chocolate is not made through child slavery. When shown the results, the company stated that it was fine with its procedures and refused to take action. Demand Warner Bros. implement new security measures to make sure the chocolate it sells does not involve slavery.
In the Ivory Cost, children are often forced to work for hours on end collecting cocoa beans, being beaten if they do not maintain a quota. Trapped into a life of slavery, they are often sold for their labor for only a few dollars. While this sort of exploitation is despicable, most companies have vowed to take measures to make sure their chocolate does not come from slave labor. Warner Bros., on the other hand, has refused to take such measures.
An independent investigation into Behr’s Chocolates, Warner Bros. chocolate supplier, revealed that they only implemented one out of 48 measures that can certify their chocolate was made without the use of slave labor. When Warner Bros. was faced with the survey, its only reaction was to say they were “satisfied” with the companies procedures and were confident slavery was not involved. Following their cavalier response, several customers demanded to know what measures Warner Bros. did use to ensure their chocolate was slavery free; Warner Bros. refused to answer.
Summer is one of the busiest times of year for theme parks, particularly Warner Bros.’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter which will feature the Chocolate Frogs. This makes it extremely important that Warner Bros. take action now to ensure their product is slavery free.
By signing the petition below, you will help encourage Warner Bros. to ensure that its chocolate does not come from slave labor, as well as convince them to show more transparency towards the measures they do implement. Thousands of children will be asking their parents to buy them these chocolate frogs; something must be done as quickly as possible to make sure the product is up to standard.
Dear Mr. Tsujihara,
An independent study on Behr’s Chocolates has shown that barely any standards are in place to ensure the chocolate is not made through child slavery. Although you use this chocolate to make your Chocolate Frogs, when faced with the study results officials simply stated they were “satisfied” with the procedures in place and refused to look into the matter. Please implement new security measures to make sure the chocolate you sell is slavery free.
This independent study revealed that only one out of a possible 48 measures to make sure slavery was not involved in the production were taken. When customers heard of the indifference of your company and demanded transparency on what measures you were taking that made you “satisfied” that the chocolate was slavery free, the company refused to answer. This is not only highly suspect, but shows a blatant disregard for human rights as well as consumer interests.
Please take action to not only show greater transparency in the future, but to ensure the chocolate you use in the creation of your Chocolate Frogs is slavery free. Many other chocolate companies have vowed to take measures to achieve this goal; the least you can do is match your competition.
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