Protesting Nestle

Ramona Wright of Los Angeles, along with Judy Beals, Liz Carty and Irit Tamir of Boston, protest in front of the Nestle headquarters in Glendale. The Oxfam America protesters set up a giant scale to bring attention to the unfair treatment of women cocoa workers worldwide. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer / March 8, 2013)

Oxfam America, a national relief and development organization, came to Glendale Friday to ask Nestlé if the company weighs its profits over the welfare of women.

Protesters erected a 15-foot-high “Scales of Justice” structure in front of the company's U.S. headquarters to illustrate their view that Nestlé values the money made from its candy over the rights of its female workers in foreign countries.

Oxfam International released an investigation last month showing neglect, inequality and unfair treatment of female cocoa growers in countries that supply much of the cocoa used in Nestlé products such as M&M's, Oreos and Crunch bars.

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