Palm Oil

What is Palm Oil?

Palm oil is a unique vegetable oil obtained from the fruit of palm trees. It is often used in cooking1 and packaged foods including confectionery. Palm oil can be used to improve a product's texture, increase its shelf-life, and is used in food production in place of other trans fat-containing oils because it is semi-solid at room temperature. Palm oil is a vegetable fat and does not contain trans fat.

Does Hershey's palm oil come from sustainable sources?

Hershey works closely with suppliers and industry experts to ensure our palm oil comes from sustainable sources. In December 2013, Hershey announced achievement in its commitment to source 100% mass balanced RSPO2 (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified palm oil by the beginning of 2014, a year ahead of our original 2015 commitment.

Taking our commitment a step further, Hershey has also committed to working with suppliers to achieve 100 percent traceable and sustainably sourced palm oil by the end of 2014. Suppliers will be required to independently verify that their sources2:

1. Do not contribute to deforestation or the destruction of wildlife habitat
2. Do not clear high carbon stock forests
3. Do not contribute to peat land expansion
4. Operate in compliance with local laws and regulations

In November 2013, Hershey's palm oil sourcing efforts were recognized in the World Wildlife Fund's 2013 Palm Oil buyers Scorecard, in which Hershey scored 10 out of a possible 12 points, with 12 points being the highest score3.

To learn more about the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, visit: RSPO

To learn more about the World Wildlife Fund's 2013 Palm Oil buyers Scorecard, visit: World Wildlife Fund


1Palm Oil. (2014). In Merriam-Webster. Retrieved February 20, 2014, from 2Hershey to Purchase 100 Percent Traceable and Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil by End of 2014 (2013, December 17). InThe Hershey Company. Retrieved February 20, 2014
3WWF Assessment of RSPO Member Palm Oil Producers 2013 (2013). In WWF. Retrieved February 20, 2014, from