As the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, relief and response efforts are developing rapidly, with governments, companies and foundations all lining up to support families in communities in need.
Supporting our communities in difficult times is an important part of our legacy. Our founder Milton Hershey’s actions through pivotal moments in our history – whether creating jobs during the Great Depression, or creating ration bars for the U.S. Army during World War II – were grounded in his belief that people are better, together.
Converting operations to support communities is latest step in the company’s COVID-19 response
HERSHEY, Pa., May 4, 2020, /3BL Media/ The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) has announced that it is committing $1 million to acquire, install and staff a new manufacturing line dedicated to the production of facemasks. The new line, which will be capable of producing up to 45,000 masks per day, will become operational near the end of May.
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
BEATRICE MOULIANITAKI, Head of Sustainable Sourcing
The world loves chocolate. But the world needs trees – now more than ever. The challenge is that trees are disappearing at alarming rates and sometimes that is due to the production of cocoa to make chocolate. In the past 60 years, 90% of Côte d’Ivoire’s forests have disappeared according to NGO Mighty Earth.
It’s a situation that strikes home for me having grown up around trees on the island of Crete. I take this issue seriously, and for me, it’s personal.
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.
More than a third of the world’s 146 million undernourished children live in India. Since 2016, The Hershey Company has been proud to partner with Annamrita, one of the largest providers of the Midday Meal Scheme in India. In 2018, Hershey’s support for Annamrita helped provide school lunches for more than 6,400 children in Maharashtra.
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.