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For a decade and a half, the big chocolate companies have promised to end child labor in their industry—and have spent tens of millions of dollars in the effort. But as of the latest estimate, 2.1 million West African children still do the dangerous and physically taxing work of harvesting cocoa. What will it take to fix the problem?

The multinational chocolate companies are heavily dependent on West Africa. More than 70% of the world’s cocoa is grown in the region, and the vast majority of that supply comes from two countries: Ivory Coast and Ghana, which together produce 60% of the global total. The two nations have a combined GDP of around $73 billion, according to the World Bank—or significantly less than Nestlé’s $100 billion in sales last year.

Yet the global chocolate business would be thrown into chaos without them. Last year, Ivory Coast alone exported nearly 1.8 million metric tons of cocoa, or two-fifths of the world’s production. And demand for chocolate is going up, as a growing number of consumers in countries like China and India have more disposable income. (more…)

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National charitable organizations have several drop-off locations throughout the United States, and most are willing to pick up your furniture donations. Make sure you get a receipt for your donations. Without a receipt, you don’t have any way to prove that you donated the items. We at Global Givers Action Foundation issue 501c3 IRS Tax Deductible Receipts at market prices for all donated items.

Why Giving to Charity Is Good for Business.Your charitable gifts are good for humanity, and they can benefit your company.Every year before the holidays are upon us, there is a warm and renewed focus on paying it forward and charitably celebrating the season by giving back to others less fortunate. Though we would like to think that our generosity of spirit springs solely from an altruistic sense of social responsibility and love of people, the truth is, aligning your company with a charity year round is also great for business.

“Charity isn’t even charity for me because it is an extension of who I am,” says Oprah Winfrey.Winfrey has donated over $350 million to various causes, but admits when she first achieved financial success, she had difficulty deciding what to give and to whom. (more…)

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Shawn Carter — aka Jay-Z, aka Hova — doesn’t just throw diamonds in the sky, he’s also known to signal the World Water Day “W.” It’s a two-handed gesture flashed by celebrities on social media as part of an annual campaign launched by Drop4Drop. In 2007, the rapper and businessman won an award for his documentary “Diary of Jay-Z: Water For Life” and the accompanying multimedia advocacy campaign he created with MTV and the UN.

“My man Jay-Z has been a wonderful partner to the UN, and a champion of those in need around the world,” said former UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, who accepted the award on Jay-Z’s behalf.Jay-Z said the staggering number of people around the world who lack access to safe, clean water motivated him to take action.

“As I started looking around and looking at ways that I could become helpful, it started at the first thing— water, something as simple as water,” he said at a news conference at UN headquarters. “It took very little, very little to see these numbers.”

“I was looking for a cause to attach myself to,” he said. “I knew I was going to some places where there was problems and as soon as I came across the problems of water, (more…)

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