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The Hershey Company

Member since: September 2014 Commodities: Palm oil, Pulp & Paper, Cocoa, Soy

The Hershey Company

Member since: September 2014

Commodities: Palm oil, Pulp & Paper, Cocoa, Soy

Intro

The Hershey Company is the largest producer of chocolate in North America, a leading snack maker in the U.S. and a global leader in chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery. They market, sell and distribute chocolate, sweets, mints and other snacks under more than 90 brand names in 80 countries worldwide.

Since 2014, The Hershey Company has worked with Earthworm Foundation on their responsible palm oil sourcing strategy. Through this work, Hershey supports transformation initiatives to drive better environmental and social practices on the ground. With Earthworm's support, Hershey launched a multi-ingredient work plan to address deforestation and conversion in their agricultural supply chains. This initiative extends collaboration beyond palm oil to include pulp & paper, and soy supply chains, which are identified as most at risk.

News & Media

Sep 30, 2022

Technology to Monitor Deforestation in Supply Chains

Key Milestones

Key impacts

In 2022, Hershey’s support as an Associate Funder of the Aceh Landscape programme contributed to protecting 7,485 ha of forest outside of concessions and strengthening land tenure for 8 communities on 413 ha of land.
In 2023, Hershey expanded the scope of their work with Earthworm to include Cocoa, Pulp & Paper and Soy, taking an ambitious multi-ingredient approach to tackling deforestation in their supply chains.
As of Q3-2023, Hershey reports a 59% No Deforestation Verified (NDV) palm oil supply chain. Earthworm accelerates progress through strategic engagement with Hershey's palm suppliers around strengthening deforestation monitoring & verification methodology, identifying reporting and data gaps, and prioritising action.

Palm oil

Palm oil is a highly versatile and inexpensive vegetable oil – we eat it, put it on our bodies and can burn it for fuel. This has made it a major driver of economic growth in many countries, but can also lead to many issues such as loss of tropical forest habitats, which contain more than half of the Earth’s plants and animal species.

For nearly a decade, Earthworm Foundation has supported Hershey's efforts to implement its Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy, which commits the company to sourcing 100% traceable and sustainable palm oil products within its supply chains. Earthworm Foundation supports Hershey with several tools and interventions to support this endeavour, including conducting traceability exercises with their palm oil suppliers to understand where their palm oil supply comes from, monitoring deforestation risks in their supply chain using the Starling solution (a satellite technology, co-developed by Earthworm and Airbus), engaging suppliers to mitigate risks in their supply chains and drive progress towards NDPE commitments, and more.

Hershey also supports several transformation initiatives to drive better environmental and social practices on the ground, including Earthworm landscape.

Pulp & Paper

In 2022, Earthworm Foundation began working with Hershey on responsible sourcing for Pulp & Paper. Earthworm Foundation supports Hershey in conducting traceability exercises with their Pulp & Paper packaging suppliers, monitoring their Pulp & Paper packaging supply chain for risks of deforestation and degradation, and helping Hershey understand the risks associated with their Pulp & Paper packaging supply from various sourcing regions.

Soy

Earthworm Foundation began supporting Hershey's journey towards more sustainable sourcing of Soy at the end of 2023. Earthworm Foundation supported Hershey in updating their Deforestation and Conversion-Free Policy detailing Hershey's commitment to achieving a deforestation and conversion-free supply chain for the cocoa, palm oil, pulp & paper (packaging), and direct soy they source by 31 December 2025 while respecting and protecting the human rights of individuals. Our work together on Soy will continue to explore the risks associated with Hershey's direct soy supply chain through improved traceability of their Soy supply chains.

Cocoa

Earthworm Foundation and Hershey began collaboration on cocoa, the raw material at the heart of Hershey’s products, in 2023. Stay tuned for further updates on this collaboration.