What is happening: Hershey is increasing focus on climate change and deforestation in the cocoa supply chain.
What are they doing: The latest activities are part of Hershey’s $500 million commitment to sustainability in the cocoa supply chain. The activities include, an agroforestry landscape program in Ghana, new sustainability initiatives and standards, and a new internal environmental policy. The policy involves an assessment of Hershey’s operations, looking specifically at environmental impacts.
Ghana: The program in Ghana involves Hershey helping local governments to get farmers more land, and to teach them new methods to increase yield and combat climate change.
UN: Hershey also signed the UN Global Compact agreement. This outlines 10 strict principles for those involved, surrounding issues such as human rights and environment.
What did CEO Michelle Buck say: “Issues like climate change, deforestation, water demand and pollution, waste and packaging all impact our business and require our attention as we continue to look for ways in which we can reduce our environmental impact.”