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What Cocoa Sustainability Means at Hershey

BEATRICE MOULIANITAKI, Head of Cocoa Sustainability
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Nearly 70 percent of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa, and cocoa is a critical and often sole source of cash for millions of smallholder farming families. Unfortunately, these communities face environmental and economic difficulties that present various challenges for West African cocoa farmers. Many typically have low incomes, often at or below the accepted poverty line. Basic infrastructure is minimal or non-existent and land-rights are often poorly defined.

Innovative Ways We're Addressing the Root Causes of Child Labor

TAWIAH AGYARKO-KWARTENG, Sustainable Sourcing Representative, West Africa
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  • Our Cocoa For Good strategy is at the heart of our sustainable cocoa work
  • Driving social and economic benefits, with the help of our partners, helps eliminate child labor
  • Together, we’re working to keep children in school and away from dangerous activities
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  • Our Cocoa For Good strategy is at the heart of our sustainable cocoa work
  • Driving social and economic benefits, with the help of our partners, helps eliminate child labor
  • Together, we’re working to keep children in school and away from dangerous activities

Going Beyond 'Fair Trade' With Hershey's Sustainable Cocoa Strategy

BEATRICE MOULIANITAKI, Head of Cocoa Sustainability
Summary: 
  • Hershey’s responsible sourcing efforts are about much more than certification
  • Addressing cocoa farming conditions and systemic problems is essential to sustainability
  • 100 percent certification is only the start of our investments to drive meaningful change
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  • Hershey’s responsible sourcing efforts are about much more than certification
  • Addressing cocoa farming conditions and systemic problems is essential to sustainability
  • 100 percent certification is only the start of our investments to drive meaningful change

Boosting Ghana’s Economic Backbone

Cargill’s cocoa sustainability program aims to deliver sector-wide transformation in the world’s second biggest cocoa producing region. It’s a strategy aligned to the government of Ghana’s plans to reinvigorate the economy.
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Three commodities are pivotal to the economic prosperity of Ghana: gold, the agricultural sector where cocoa is the most significant contributor, and more recently, oil. Historically, they have contributed towards making the country one of the most dynamic economies in Africa.

Our Story of Cocoa: Cocoa Farmers Are Part of Hershey's Global Community

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At the heart of making the best chocolate in the world is sourcing the best, sustainably sourced cocoa. 

Hershey Partners with Blommer Chocolate and Olam Cocoa to Build Health Center in Cote D’Ivoire

Hershey confirms achieving 50% certified and sustainable cocoa sourcing goal in 2015 and sets new goal of 75% for 2017
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HERSHEY, Pa., Feb. 26, 2016 /3BL Media/ — Access to basic health care is critical for the wellbeing of rural West African cocoa communities. To help meet the need, The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) partnered with cocoa suppliers Blommer Chocolate and Olam Cocoa to fund and build a community health center in Cote d’Ivoire in the town of Teapleau on the Western side of the country.  Cote d’Ivoire is one of the largest cocoa-producing countries in the world.

Hershey Exceeds Sustainable Cocoa Goals in 2014

Company announces accelerated 50 percent target for certified and sustainable cocoa by end of 2015
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HERSHEY, Pa., January 7, 2015 /3BL Media/ - The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) today announced that 30 percent of its globally sourced cocoa was independently certified and verified. This reflects an accelerated pace for achieving its goal of sourcing 100 percent of its cocoa supply from certified and sustainable cocoa farms by 2020.

Hershey Joins With World’s Largest Cocoa and Chocolate Companies in CocoaAction Initiative

Strategy creates unprecedented alignment among the cocoa and chocolate companies to coordinate cocoa sustainability efforts. Program goals complement existing Hershey cocoa sustainability programs.
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HERSHEY, Pa., May 21, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) announced today that it will be a founding member of CocoaAction, a new strategy to align the cocoa sustainability efforts of the world’s largest cocoa and chocolate companies. CocoaAction creates a new level of coordination and commitment by the leading global cocoa and chocolate companies and governments to promote cocoa sustainability in West Africa.

Hershey ‘21st Century Cocoa Plan’ Outlines Commitment To Sustainable Cocoa And Improving Cocoa Communities

Hershey Announces Milestones to Achieve 100% Certified Cocoa by 2020
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‘A Watershed Moment for Our Industry to Work Together With Cocoa Growing Nations to Increase Opportunities for Farmers’

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‘A Watershed Moment for Our Industry to Work Together With Cocoa Growing Nations to Increase Opportunities for Farmers’

A History of Commitment to West African Cocoa Communities

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Approximately 73% of the world’s four million tons of cocoa is produced by more than two million cocoa farmers in West Africa.

Many of my chocolate and cocoa company members have been providing assistance to these farmers since the early to mid-1900s, none more than The Hershey Company which began to purchase cocoa from West Africa in 1930 and in 1948 was a founding member of an organization I formerly headed, the American Cocoa Research Institute.

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