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Our Responsible Sourcing Strategy, which is guided by our commitments to human rights and the environment, is designed to move beyond risk mitigation and compliance to deliver positive impact and long-term sustainability in Hershey’s end-to-end supply chain. We do this by working closely with our suppliers, farmers and industry partners to ensure the long-term sustainability of our supply chain. This approach was developed in consultation with diverse internal and external stakeholders, including suppliers, customers, human rights groups and nonprofits that work in our raw materials value chain, among others. Collaboration with our global network of Hershey-owned operations, suppliers and business partners is critical in executing our strategy and making sustainable, systemic progress.  

Our Responsible Sourcing Strategy includes four key focus areas:

Fostering Sustainable Agricultural Communities

Hershey’s beloved brands rely on ingredients and raw materials grown and provided by millions of people all over the world. Hershey is committed to reducing the environmental impacts of sourcing our ingredients and raw materials and building resilient agricultural communities by addressing the social and economic challenges they face. Learn more about our Priority Ingredients and Raw Materials and our Cocoa For Good program.

Responsibly Sourcing Goods and Services

Hershey is committed to delivering a responsible and sustainable supply chain, and we count on our vast network of suppliers and business partners around the globe to help us. We engage our suppliers around the expectations set forth in our Supplier Code of Conduct, including respecting human rights and reducing their environmental impact, as well as promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in our supply chain through inclusive procurement strategies. Learn more about our Supplier Diversity.

Promoting Transparency

Hershey is dedicated to a transparent supply chain. We are committed to knowing and understanding where, how and who grows and manufactures the ingredients and raw materials that make up our Hershey products. We map our supply chain so we can best invest in the people and ecosystems we rely on and measure, communicate and share the progress of our investments. Learn more from our ESG Reports and our Responsible Sourcing Policies.

Building Hershey Capabilities

The integration of Hershey's Responsible Sourcing Strategy across the enterprise is integral to our business strategy and long-term success. We provide our remarkable people across Hershey with training, tools and technology to achieve our Responsible Sourcing commitments.

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Being a Caring Company

Hershey employees are incredibly generous, dedicating their time and resources to causes they care about. We match that generosity by providing matching gift programs and volunteer initiatives. To learn more about our workplace giving, matching gifts and employee volunteer leave programs, see our Sustainability Report.

What Cocoa Sustainability Means at Hershey

Through our holistic cocoa sustainability strategy, Cocoa for Good, we're nourishing children, empowering youth, helping communities prosper and preserving ecosystems.