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The Hershey Company

Member since September 2014


The Hershey Company is a leading North American manufacturer of chocolate and non-chocolate confectioneries that sells products in approximately 80 countries, including China, Brazil, Mexico and India.


The Hershey Company and Earthworm Foundation work together on implementing The Hershey Company's Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy, which commits them to sourcing 100 percent traceable and sustainable palm oil products within their supply chains. Earthworm Foundation works with The Hershey Company to go beyond certification, tracing its palm oil back to mill and plantation. The Hershey Company supports several of Earthworm’s transformation initiatives to drive better environmental and social practices on the ground, including the Indonesia Landscape Initiative and Support for Transformation (SFT).

Key Stats

During the first half of 2018, The Hershey Company achieved 99% mill traceability and 18% plantation traceability for Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil.
The Hershey Company began investing in palm oil supply chain transformation work in 2016 and has contributed to a refiner workshop on best practices, the Indonesia Landscape Initiative and two Support for Transformation (SFT) mill trainings.

Key Milestones

Sep 2014

In 2014, Earthworm worked with The Hershey Company to help develop its rigorous Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy.

Sep 2014

The Hershey Company pledged No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation in its palm oil supply chain.

Oct 2016

In late 2016, The Hershey Company partnered with a palm oil refiner company to support a training workshop on sustainable palm oil practices for their supplying mills in the area.

Jan 2017

In 2017 and 2018, The Hershey Company increased its support of transformation programs by contributing to the Indonesia Landscape Initiative and Support for Transformation (SFT) mill trainings. Hershey also began publicly reporting the list of mills in its palm oil supply chain from 2017 onwards.

Our Work

Through its partnership with Earthworm Foundation, The Hershey Company maintains high levels of traceability and provides direct support to transformation efforts in its supply. Additionally, Earthworm facilitates Hershey’s supplier engagement regarding policy development and grievance response, tailored to the areas in which each supplier has room to improve. Since 2017, Hershey has worked closely with Earthworm in investigating cases where suppliers’ actions failed to live up to Hershey’s Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy. In cases where swift remediate was not likely, The Hershey Company, in consultation with Earthworm, removed multiple suppliers from its Palm Oil Supply Chain.

The Hershey Company also contributes directly to collaborative transformation work in Indonesia to further support companies in its supply chain, both to meet Hershey’s policy as well as make substantive progress towards industry wide improvements.

News & Stories

Jan 29, 2020

Despite challenges in meeting 2020 deforestation reduction targets, preservation of key landscapes remains possible and vital

Sep 24, 2014

Hershey becomes TFT palm oil member