Dear Kevin Tsukihara, CEO of Warner Bros.,
I was shocked to learn that an independent investigation into Behr's Chocolates - supplier of your iconic 'Harry Potter Chocolate Frogs' - led to a failing score of 1 out of 48 possible measures to ensure their operations are slavery free.
As a consumer, I want the power to know that the goods I'm buying are free from slave labor.
Please take a public stance against modern slavery, and show consumers what steps are being taken to ensure your Harry Potter chocolates are slavery-free.
C/O Barry Ziehl, Head of Consumer Products, Warner Bros.
In the Ivory Coast of Africa, children as young as 7 are forced to work long hours collecting cocoa beans, often beaten if they work too slow or don't meet their quota. Some are sold for as little as a couple of dollars, trapped into a life of slavery (1).
While many chocolate brands have made public commitments to find the best solution, Warner Bros. is lagging behind:
1. An independent investigation (2) into their supplier Behr's Chocolates led to a failing score of 1 out of 48 possible measures to ensure their operations are slavery-free;
2. Warner Bros. dismissed the findings of the investigation, simply stating that they were 'satisfied’ that fair labour practices were being used in the production of their chocolates;
3. Given the conflicting information, outraged consumers asked Warner Bros. what steps were taken to ensure there was no slavery in Harry Potter Chocolates. Warner Bros. refused to respond.
As we head into one of the busiest times of the year for Warner Bros. theme parks. Children excited to experience the world of Harry Potter will be asking their parents to buy these chocolates. That's why taking a stand right now will make a big impact.
Ask Warner Bros. what steps they’re taking to ensure Harry Potter chocolates are slavery-free.