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Lawsuit alleges child labor used for Nestle chocolate products | Reuters

Swiss food and drink conglomerate Nestle has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit by a Massachusetts resident, claiming the company is engaging in deceptive marketing by hiding the fact that its chocolate supply chain involves child and slave labor.<p>The lawsuit filed in Massachusetts …

The power of pre-K: Model early ed program in Chicago lifts entire family

<i>By Sara Neufeld, The Hechinger Report</i><p>CHICAGO––Mesha Exum wonders how her life would have turned out without a stroke of good luck 11 years ago.<p>She was 16 with an infant son and thought she would have to drop out of school after finding baby Adonis wet, screaming and unattended at the end of his …

I, too, am one of the estimated 22,000 homeless children in New York

I used to dread it when people at school asked me where I live or if we could hang out at my place. I would try to give my schoolmates a general response, maybe the name of a neighborhood, but they always pressed for more. I've been homeless on and off for most of my life. I've lived in New York …

Mold, mice and zip codes: Inside the childhood asthma epidemic

<b>By Linda Carroll, NBC News contributor</b><p>Javier Sepulveda watches the cockroaches skitter across the floor of his Harlem apartment with a mixture of anger and angst. For him they are more than just a nauseating nuisance: They’re one of the main reasons his 12-year-old daughter, Melissa, sometimes …

The Number Of Hungry And Homeless Students Rises Along With College Costs

There's no way to avoid it. As the cost of college grows, research shows that so does the number of hungry and homeless students at colleges and universities across the country.<p>Still, many say the problem is invisible to the public.<p>"It's invisible even to me and I'm looking," says Wick Sloan. He …

Bill de Blasio’s Big Homelessness Problem

It’s a problem that speaks to the mayor’s management, and to the general sense of life in the city, which the mayor’s election-year opponents are …

Homelessness Is Booming on the West Coast and I'll Give You One Guess Why

For the first time since 2010, the number of homeless people in the US increased this year, according to new estimates from the Department of Housing …

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Gifts for Her

Patagonia's new film focuses on fair trade fashion

<b>The outdoor gear retailer plans to certify 30 percent of its clothes as fair-trade by the end of 2017.</b><p>When horrible tragedies occur in faraway …

Why We Should Be Talking About Fair Trade In Fashion

Above photo: Getty Images<p>Consuming fashion these days is a rather mindless affair: Enter store, pick something out, try on, purchase, take home. The …

'Free And Fair Trade'

Those were not the words out of Donald Trump’s mouth but were spoken by Prime Minister Abe during a joint press conference Friday after the initial …

Economics

Fairtrade fortnight: How good is our morning brew, really?

Britain is known the world over for being a nation of tea-lovers, drinking a staggering 165 million cups of tea a day. Every Brit knows that all …

Fair Trade

When Is A Bargain Too Good To Be True?

We all like a bargain, but when is it too good to be true? When the human cost of a 'cheap deal' is exposed, what choice do we make?<p>This Fairtrade …

Meet Sol Organics , An Innovative Social Enterprise Disrupting The Bedding Industry

Meet Sol Organics , an innovative company disrupting the luxury sheet market with fair trade, GOTS certified, organic luxury sheets and bedding – at …

Hershey is cutting 15% of its workforce

The chocolate maker said in a statement Tuesday that the move is part of a multiyear program to improve profitability.<p>Hershey said it expects the program to incur pre-tax charges of $375 million to $425 million, and provide between $80 million and $100 million in benefits from the layoffs.<p>"Our …

Chocolate industry tackles child slavery

How To Choose Organic Chocolates for Valentine's Day - And Every Day - To Help Stop Child Labor

Over 58 million pounds of chocolate will be purchased for Valentine's Day in the United States alone.<p>That's a lot of chocolate. But, far across the …

Was Your Easter Chocolate Made with Child Labor?

Here’s a question to ponder while munching on chocolate this Easter: Was the cocoa in your candy farmed in an ethical and sustainable way?<p>For the …

Inside Big Chocolate's Child Labor Problem

<b>By Brian O'Keefe</b><p>Photographs by Benjamin Lowy<p>March 1, 2016, 6:30 AM EDT<p><i>For a decade and a half, the big chocolate makers have promised to end child</i> …