Chocolate on Trial: Slavery, Politics, and the Ethics of Business / Edition 1

Chocolate on Trial: Slavery, Politics, and the Ethics of Business / Edition 1

by Lowell J. Satre
     
 

ISBN-10: 082141626X

ISBN-13: 9780821416266

Pub. Date: 07/01/2005

Publisher: Ohio University Press

At the turn of the twentieth century, Cadbury Bros. Ltd. was a successful, Quaker-owned chocolate manufacturer in Birmingham, England, celebrated for its model village, modern factory, and concern for employees. In 1901 the firm learned that its cocoa beans, purchased from Portuguese plantations on the island of São Tomé off West Africa, were produced by

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At the turn of the twentieth century, Cadbury Bros. Ltd. was a successful, Quaker-owned chocolate manufacturer in Birmingham, England, celebrated for its model village, modern factory, and concern for employees. In 1901 the firm learned that its cocoa beans, purchased from Portuguese plantations on the island of São Tomé off West Africa, were produced by slave labor.

Chocolate on Trial: Cadbury, Slavery and the Economics of Virtue in Imperial Britain gives a lively and highly readable account of the events surrounding the libel trial in which Cadbury Bros. Ltd. sued the London Standard, following the newspaper's accusation that the firm was hypocritical in its use of slave-grown cocoa. As compelling now as at the turn of the previous century, the issues probed by Lowell J. Satre give invaluable historical background to contemporary issues of business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and globalization. The story Satre tells illuminates what a stubbornly persistent institution slavery was and shows how Cadbury, a company with a well-regarded brand name and logo, endured ethical dilemmas and challenges to its record for social responsibility. Chocolate on Trial brings to life the age-old conflict between economic interests and the value of human life.

Satre illuminates the stubborn persistence of the institution of slavery and shows how Cadbury, a company with a well-regarded brand name from the nineteenth century, faced ethical dilemmas and challenges to its record for social responsibility. Chocolate on Trial brings to life the age-old conflict between economic interests and regard for the dignity of human life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821416266
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Henry W. Nevinson and modern slavery1
2The firm of Cadbury and the world of slave labor13
3Portugal and West Africa33
4Evidence amassed53
5Joseph Burtt's report73
6Careful steps and concern - or dragging feet and hypocrisy?100
7Defending reputations124
8Cadbury Bros., Ltd. v. The Standard Newspaper, Ltd.149
9The verdict175
10Humanitarians, the foreign office, and Portugal, 1910-1914183
11The aftermath208

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