a message to the five following "Anti-Valentines"
stop child labor, illegal toxic chemical use, union
busting, and to pay their farmers a living wage.
Chairman and CEO
800 N. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203
of Nestle's chocolate is from West Africa,
where over 286,000 children have been reported working
in slave conditions on cocoa (chocolate) farms.
promotes genetically engineered foods while claiming
"the Fair Trade approach is not a solution."
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
owners, and an end to the practice of child slavery.
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
H. Murdock - CEO
DoleFood Company, Inc.
One Dole Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91362,
is the largest cut-flower producer in the world,
the majority of which is imported from Columbia
and Ecuador where low paid farmworkers are exposed
to 127 different chemicals, including neurotoxins
and carcinogens. Studies show 60% of these long-term
workers have signs of early cancer. learn
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
is also responsible for union busting in Columbia
(firing union supporters). learn
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Bentonville, Arkansas 72716-8611. Phone:
is the largest retailer of cut-flowers in the
U.S., 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.
1,713 stores do not sell or support Fair Trade
or organic chocolates or flowers.
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.
Inc. has been accused of buying from contractors
who utilize child labor and child slavery on cocoa
farms on the Ivory Coast.
Inc. is the third wealthiest private company in
the U.S. 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
Brands: 3 Musketeers, Combos, Dove, Kal Kan,
Kudos, M&Ms, Milky Way, Pedigree, Sheba, Skittles,
Snickers, Starburst, Twix, Uncle Ben's, Whiskas
PO Box 810
100 Crystal A Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
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.
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.
Brands: Hershey's, Reese's, Kit Kat, Almond
Joy, Mounds, York, Jolly Rancher, Twizzlers, Ice
Breakers, Bubble Yum