By Elizabeth O'Connell, Green America
When several members of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of United Methodist Women (UMW) learned that their quadrennial meeting was to be held in Hershey, PA, at the Hershey Lodge no less, they realized they had a moment to engage with one of the world’s largest chocolate companies about an issue that was very important to them: forced child labor.
Sabrina White, leader of the Northeast UMW Jurisdiction and Ann Price, the social justice coordinator, wasted no time in reaching out to the Raise the Bar, Hershey Campaign to learn up on the issue and understand how Hershey could make changes to prevent child labor abuses in its supply chain.
The UMW also launched a postcard action, targeting Hershey executives to improve company policies on child labor. When these postcards started trickling into Hershey mailboxes, the company started to pay attention. After all, The national United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women in the country with approximately 800,000 members. The group is strongly committed to advocating for justice.