Responsible Sourcing

Global Sourcing Policies

Our interdependencies within a global ecosystem have driven us to establish progressive sourcing policies to govern how we source our ingredients and supplies.

The Hershey Company is dedicated to a transparent supply chain, and we have a long history of safe and high quality consumer products.

Deforestation

Forests are critical parts of our natural ecosystem, serving as important reservoirs of greenhouse gases that would otherwise contribute to climate change. Forests also provide habitat for key plant and animal species, and contribute countless other ecosystem services such as preventing soil erosion that play a big role in our daily lives and global economy.

Over the past 50 years, about half the world’s original forest cover has been lost, and pulp and paper as well as palm oil have been recognized to pose a continued deforestation risk.

Our Commitments

Our goal is to have a sustainable supply chain for our operations across the globe, and we believe this can only be achieved when deforestation isn’t a part of the equation.

Effective immediately, Hershey has discontinued orders of palm oil and palm derivatives from IOI Loders Croklaan. This hold will remain in place until the point that we are satisfied that their operations and practices are in compliance with our Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy, specifically our rigorous deforestation and peat development prohibitions.

Below are links to our official company policies for the sourcing of key ingredients. We will work with our suppliers to meet the expectations outlined in these documents.

Farm Animal Welfare Position

Pulp and Paper Sourcing Policy

Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy

Sustainable Sugar Sourcing Policy

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

We are committed to complying with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010. As part of our commitment to Good Business practices, we constantly strive to ensure our supply chains are responsibly managed.

Supplier Code of Conduct

The Hershey Company has a long history of operating with high ethical standards and integrity. We have done this by balancing our strong desire for profitable growth with our commitments to our various stakeholders, including our employees, shareholders, consumers and the communities in which we operate.

Hershey’s Supplier Code of Conduct outlines our standards and expectations with respect to key areas of corporate social responsibility. Our goal is to work with suppliers and vendors to assure compliance with these requirements. Interested parties can view Hershey's Supplier Code of Conduct.

SUGAR SOURCING POLICY

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PULP AND PAPER SOURCING POLICY

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FARM ANIMAL WELFARE POSITION

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RESPONSIBLE PALM OIL SOURCING POLICY

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COCOA CERTIFICATION PRESS RELEASE

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Supplier Diversity

As a leading confectionery and snack food company, The Hershey Company selects and develops the best sources of supply meeting our quality and service requirements at competitive costs. Providing a competitive advantage by delivering maximum value for our customers, shareholders and global community in an increasingly diverse marketplace is the cornerstone of supplier success.

To strengthen our base of world-class suppliers, Hershey seeks opportunities for qualified minority, women, veteran, disadvantaged and disabled owned companies to compete on an equal basis with other suppliers and contractors as primary- or second-tier suppliers. By identifying opportunities to compete, your company can demonstrate your ability to provide distinctive value in the goods and services you offer.

Hershey expects its suppliers to be:

  • Quality focused
  • Financially stable
  • Cost competitive
  • Experts on the goods and services they offer
  • Flexible
  • Innovative
  • Results driven

To identify your company to Hershey as a potential minority, women, veteran, disadvantaged or disabled owned supplier:

  • Confirm your eligibility by reviewing the criteria outlined in the Who Is Eligible tab above. 
  • Confirm the goods and/or services your company offers are required by Hershey by reviewing the What We Buy tab above.
  • Register by downloading and completing the Supplier Application in the Register tab above as a Diverse Supplier.

Building/Facility Services
Capital Equipment

Process
Packaging
Palletizing
Material Handling

Computer Hardware, Software and Services
Consulting Services (all categories)
Design, Engineering, and Construction Services
Financial Services

Insurance Brokerage
Banking
Card Payment Services

Fleet Vehicles and Fleet Management Services
Food Ingredients

Sugar
Cocoa
Sweeteners
Nuts
Raisins
Specialty ingredients including flavors, colors and food grade chemicals

In-store Merchandising Displays
Landscaping Services
Maintenance, Repairs and Operating Supplies (MRO)
Office Supplies, Paper, Ink/Toner and Office Equipment (including imaging/copying and furniture)
Packaging Materials - direct and indirect
Pallets, Slipsheets, Airbags
Premiums & Promotional Items
Sales and Marketing Services
Specialty Printing Papers
Telecommunications Services

Voice and Data
Internet
Cellular

Temporary Staffing Services
Third-party Benefits

Life Insurance
Medical/Dental/Vision Administration services

Transportation and Logistical Services, including small package freight
Travel Services

Rental cars
Hotels
Ground Transportation - limousines and taxi

Uniforms
Waste Disposal Services

Any for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, and 51 percent owned, controlled and managed by U.S. citizens from one or more of the groups below. In the case of publicly owned businesses, at least 51 percent of the stock must be owned and daily operations of the business controlled by one or more of these groups:

Minority Business Enterprise

African American, Hispanic American, Asian Pacific American, Native American, or Asian Indian American

Women Business Enterprise

Non minority woman

Veteran Business Enterprise

Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces

Small, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Socially and economically disadvantaged individual as defined by Small Business Administration (SBA) guidelines

Disabled Business Enterprise

Handicapped or service-disabled individual. A handicapped individual has a physical, mental or emotional impairment, defect, ailment, disease or disability of a permanent nature, which in any way limits the selection of any type employment for which the person would otherwise be qualified.

Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone)

Individual who has a business located within a historically underutilized business zone and employs at least 35 percent of its workforce from residents of a HUBZone.

Preferred Certifying Agencies

National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
National Women's Business Owner's Corporation (WBDC)
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Other recognized governmental agencies

Follow these simple steps to register as a diverse supplier:
  1. Download the Supplier Registration Form
  2. Complete form and save document as "thc_supplier_app_MMDDYY" where MMDDYY indicates the date of the application
  3. Email the completed form via email attachment to supplierdiversity@hersheys.com

If we have a need for your product or service, Hershey's Sourcing Team may contact you. If there is not an immediate need, your information will be retained in our database for future reference.

While Hershey continually seeks opportunities for prospective diverse suppliers, completion of this form does not obligate or represent a commitment by Hershey to do business with any prospective supplier providing such information.

Our Certified Ingredients

Cocoa Certification

Hershey is committed to sourcing 100 percent certified and sustainable cocoa for all chocolate products around the world. Certified cocoa is verified by independent auditors to ensure the highest international standards for labor, environmental and farming practices. Hershey is targeting sourcing 50 percent certified and sustainable cocoa by the end of 2015, which would achieve our original 2016 goal one year early.

Hershey sources cocoa through three of the world’s most recognized cocoa certifying organizations: UTZ, Fairtrade USA and Rainforest Alliance. As Hershey’s buying volume increases, the company will work with other well-established certification organizations to expand their capacity to certify more cocoa farmers globally.

U.S. consumers can currently purchase Dagoba and Scharffen Berger products with 100 percent cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms.

Palm Oil Certification

The Hershey Company joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2011 and sourced 100 percent of its palm oil as RSPO-certified by the end of 2013, more than a year ahead of our original pledge.

Traceability to the Plantation Level

We are currently working in partnership with The Forest Trust (TFT) toward tracing our palm and palm kernel oil supplies to the mill level. This has helped us better understand if the palm oil we source is linked to areas where there are sustainability concerns, such as deforestation. We have already begun the next phase — tracing our supplies back to the plantation level, which we anticipate we can complete in 2016.

100% Certified by 2020

HERSHEY IS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE ON OUR COMMITMENT TO SOURCE 100 PERCENT OF OUR COCOA FROM CERTIFIED GROWERS BY 2020

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