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Unchain Your Heart! Buy Organic and Fair Trade This Valentine's Day

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Send a message to the five following "Anti-Valentines" companies to stop child labor, illegal toxic chemical use, union busting, and to pay their farmers a living wage.

The Anti-Valentines Five: Nestle | Dole | Wal-Mart | M&M-Mars Inc. | Hersheys

Nestle

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe,
Chairman and CEO
800 N. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203
Phone: 818-549-6000
Fax: 818-549-6952
Online feedback form

One-third of Nestle's chocolate is from West Africa, where over 286,000 children have been reported working in slave conditions on cocoa (chocolate) farms. Nestle promotes genetically engineered foods while claiming "the Fair Trade approach is not a solution." learn more

Nestlé is the largest food manufacturer and chocolate company in the world with over $65 billion in annual sales. Fair Trade Certification, which guarantees a modest minimum price of $.80 per pound, would establish a "floor" or minimum price that Nestlé could easily afford to pay, thus providing a fair price to small farmers, a subsistence wage for cocoa plantation workers, and an end to the practice of child slavery.

Nestle refuses to investigate the September 22, 2005 brutal assasination of Diosdado Fortuna, the leader of the Nestle union in the Philippines (the second Nestle union leader to be assasinated in this area). learn more

Dole

David H. Murdock, Dole CEO

David H. Murdock - CEO DoleFood Company, Inc. One Dole Drive,
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Phone: 818-874-4000
Fax: 818-879-6602
Online feedback form

Dole is the largest cut-flower producer in the world, the majority of which is imported from Colombia and Ecuador where low paid farmworkers are exposed to 127 different chemicals, including neurotoxins and carcinogens. The OCA has targeted Dole in its Valentines Campaign for several years. Dole announced in early February 2008 that it has established Florverde Certification on all of its Colombian farms. This is a major step in the right direction. We call on Dole to require the same environmental and social diligence on its Ecuadorian farms.

David H. Murdock, Dole's CEO, is ranked by Forbes as one of the wealthiest men in the world. If you took the amount Dole pays all of its thousands of international floral farm workers, per year, and multiplied it times 100 years, you'd still have less than the amount that Mr. Murdock is "worth" (over $2 billion), yet he refuses to have the company invest in paying its farmers liveable wages.

Dole is also responsible for union busting in Colombia (firing union supporters). learn more

Wal-Mart

Lee Scott

Lee Scott
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Bentonville, AR 72716
Phone: 800-925-6278
Fax: 479-273-4053
online feedback form

Wal-Mart is the largest retailer of cut-flowers in the United States, the majority of which come from Dole. Wal-Mart is also one of the largest retailers of Valentine's chocolate candies, mainly sourced from Nestle, Mars, and Hershey.

Wal-Mart's 1,713 stores do not sell or support Fair Trade or organic chocolates or flowers.

While Wal-Mart, the world's largest corporation, rakes in over $250 billion in sales each year, the average pay for a Wal-Mart sales associate is $1,000 below the poverty line for a family of three, and the company is now well known for outsourcing its production to sweat shops.

m&m's

m&m's/Mars Inc.

Paul S. Michaels
President, M&M/Mars Inc.
6885 Elm Street
McLean, VA 22101
Phone: 703-821-4900
Fax: 703-448-9678
email 1 - email 2

M&Ms/Mars Inc. has been accused of buying from contractors who utilize child labor and child slavery on cocoa farms on the Ivory Coast.

M&M/Mars Inc. is the third wealthiest private company in the United States. The three private owners of the company are each "worth" $10.4 billion, while the West African farmers actually growing the cocoa for M&Ms chocolate make a baseline income of only $108 annually. M&M/Mars Inc. continues to report record profits while flat out refusing to consider Fair Trade. learn more

Mars Brands: 3 Musketeers, Combos, Dove,
Kal Kan, Kudos, M&Ms, Milky Way, Pedigree, Sheba,
Skittles, Snickers, Starburst, Twix, Uncle Ben's, Whiskas

Hershey's

 

David J. West
The Hershey Company
PO Box 810
100 Crystal A Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: 800-468-1714
Fax: 717-534-6760

Despite announcing record profits in 2006, Hershey's has been accused of buying from contractors who utilize child labor and child slavery on cocoa farms on the Ivory Coast.

Like M&M and Nestlé, Hershey's has banned genetically engineered soy lecithin and sweeteners from its product line in Europe, while refusing to do the same in North America.

Hershey's Brands: Hershey's, Reese's, Kit Kat, Almond Joy, Mounds, York, Jolly Rancher, Twizzlers, Ice Breakers, Bubble Yum

 

 

 

TAKE ACTION: Join tens of thousands of citizens and send a letter to the above five companies to stop child labor, illegal toxic chemical use, union busting, and to pay farmers a living wage. By filling out and sending this form you can let these companies know you won't be purchasing their products until they implement ethical business practices.

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To: [We will enter business name and contact]

I'm writing to you with concerns about some of your company's business practices.

Until your company changes its policies, and begins to offer Fair Trade and organic, I will be spending my consumer dollars elsewhere.

Fair Trade Certified products are readily available within an existing international system that pays a minimum fair price to farmers and insures that no child or forced labor was used.

Certified organic products protect farmers and farmworkers from dangerous chemical pesticides, provide consumers with safe alternatives, and preserve the environment from hazardous toxins.

Thank you for your consideration,

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