Mars and Hershey’s accused of avoiding fair pay for cocoa farmers

1st Dec

Mars and Hershey’s accused of avoiding fair pay for cocoa farmers

Two of the world’s largest cocoa producers accuse Hershey’s and Mars of avoiding paying a bonus to farmers and cancel all sustainability programme that certify the chocolate is ethically produced and allow firms to sell it at higher prices run by them.LID gives a bonus of $400 per tonne of cocoa in addition to the market price and to the famers as well. But a report has said that large purchase of cocoa by Hershey’s on the U.S. futures market recently “clearly indicates your intention to avoid paying the living differential income”, the CCC and the Coco said. As a result, the producers said they had “been left with no choice but to cancel all sustainability programmes with which your company is involved”.In a statement to AFP, Hershey’s said it was “unfortunate” that the countries had decided to “distribute a misleading statement this morning and jeopardise such critical programmes that directly benefit cocoa farmers”.Mars Wrigley denied that it had avoided paying the LID, and said it had long supported the initiative.