Most of the ingredients we use to make our beloved brands come from the earth and are grown all over the world. Climate change, natural resource scarcity and extreme weather all pose risks to the snacks our consumers love, as well as the farmers and local communities we rely on. Hershey is committed to preserving ecosystems, reducing our impact on the climate and conserving natural resources. Not only is it the right thing to do, it’s also critical for the long-term sustainability of our business.
Launched in January 2019, the Kakum Cocoa Agroforestry Landscape Program in Ghana is an exciting new partnership between Hershey, the Nature Conservation Research Centre, Ghana’s Forestry Commission, the Ghana Cocoa Board and our supplier, Ecom Agrotrade Ltd. The purpose of the program is to transform the cocoa-forest landscape into a more sustainable cocoa agroforestry system.
UPALA, Costa Rica, August 11, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Costa Rican-based Nahua Cacao has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) intending to improve the quality of life of at least 200 low-income cocoa farming families in rural Costa Rica by increasing their income and strengthening their knowledge through improved sustainable agricultural practices by 2021.
In cocoa growing regions in West Africa, deforestation and the loss of biodiversity due to encroachment into protected areas is a manifestation of a complex set of root causes: poverty, the absence of land titles, a lack of clarity on land tenure arrangements, no knowledge of sustainable farming practices and poor law enforcement.
2019 was a special year for The Hershey Company. As we celebrated our 125th anniversary, we had the opportunity to explore our rich heritage and the legacy of our founder, who instilled in our business core values that connect us to one another and to the world. The energy within Hershey was tangible as you experienced the connectedness, passion, positivity and the deep pride and appreciation we have for each other and this special company.
Since 2013, we have distributed more than 7.4 million tree seedlings to cocoa farmers and 920,000 multi-purpose shade trees as part of our ongoing, industry-leading agroforestry work to protect the forest and preserve biodiversity. It's a commitment that's about more than chocolate — it's about saving our forests. https://bit.ly/2ysXY6r
We’ve long known that our business relies on ingredients that come from a healthy earth. That is why we are strengthening our environmental efforts and moving toward science-based targets to reduce our impact on the planet.