Hershey pledges $10 million to improve West African cocoa farming, fight child labor
January 31st, 2012
08:50 PM ET

Hershey pledges $10 million to improve West African cocoa farming, fight child labor

By David Ariosto, CNN

The Hershey company, one of the United States' leading chocolate producers, says it's pledged $10 million over the next five years to educate West African cocoa farmers on improving their trade and combating child labor.

The region is home to about 70% percent of the world's cocoa but has also been the source of recent scrutiny over its alleged use of child labor. (More about the issue)

Hershey's announcement Monday heartened activists, who say the company is finally focusing efforts on improving the root cause of the issue. FULL POST