“Chocolate makers are facing an ultimatum — either support a contentious plan to raise the pay of impoverished farmers, or risk a halt to programs that sustainability-conscious consumers increasingly demand. . . .
“‘Sustainability is also paying farmers and working together.’ said Yves Kone, the managing director of Ivory Coast’s industry regulator, Le Conseil du Cafe-Cacao. . . .
“Without the sustainability programs, chocolate brands cannot guarantee that the cocoa they buy is not impacting protected areas and grown without child labor. ‘We will comply with the new programs put in place,’ according to Hershey Co.”
FULL STORY published October 15, 2019 via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette