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.
by Beatrice Moulianitaki, Head of Sustainable Sourcing
Forests. Growing up, I had never really thought a lot about them.
I like open spaces; beaches, the sea, mountains with far sights and clear skies. And I never hugged a tree as a child either. I did climb in them, but only for the sights I could see from a higher vantage point.
In school they taught us about the Amazon in Brazil; the "lungs of our earth." They had to be saved. But those were different – they were “special forests.” Not like the family olive trees I grew up with in Crete.
We are committed to protecting our communities through sustainable sourcing policies. Our Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy is one such way – and according to the World Wildlife Fund Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard, we’re in the top 20% of companies they evaluated. See how we’re doing.
From December 1-31, a group of select Whole Foods Market supplier donors are giving a portion of sales in select Whole Foods Market stores to support microlending programs in the U.S. and around the globe through Whole Planet Foundation. Their generous contributions will fund microloans for entrepreneurs, primarily women, giving them the opportunity to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Here’s another list of supplier partners whose products will give back to Whole Planet Foundation in December!