Hershey statement on Cocoa Sustainability and Supporting the West African LID
Hershey’s commitment to improving cocoa farmer livelihoods and ensuring a long-term sustainable cocoa supply is unwavering. Solving the many challenges within cocoa production, such as low incomes, poverty, child labor and environmental protection will be possible only through collaboration and cooperation across industry, governments, and civil society. We look forward to continuing to engage with the governments of Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana in the spirit of our longtime mutual collaboration and partnership to advance our shared goals.
We are fully participating in the LID for cocoa purchases already made from the 2020/2021 crop as we buy a substantial supply sourced from Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. And we will continue to participate in the LID to support cocoa farmer livelihoods going forward. We recognize the importance and the value of the LID as a means to reach and improve the lives of farmers across the entire Ivorian and Ghanaian cocoa farming industry, not just the ones directly involved in our programs.
Industry sustainability programs, such as ours, complement and strengthen efforts to positively impact cocoa-growing communities and we remain ready, willing and able to continue these important program such as child labor monitoring and remediation, farmer training, environmental protection, and childhood nutritional supplements. We are eager to move ahead with our sustainability programs so farmers continue to receive the benefits provided by our on-the-ground programs as well as the price premium for certified cocoa.
Shared Goodness. That’s our promise here at The Hershey Company.
An idea as simple as it is big: Our business, our planet, our communities, our children — they’ve always mattered. As one of America’s first companies built with purpose, we’ve always focused on doing well by doing good. Because bringing goodness to the world is in our character.
It’s a promise delivered by all of us at Hershey—to see every day as a chance to be successful in a way that makes a difference.
Today we uphold our promise with brands, business models and people making a difference in the world; being better stewards of the planet we all share; building thriving communities in the places we call home; and, perhaps most near and dear to our hearts, by nourishing the lives of children so they can learn, grow and thrive. Because The Hershey Company has always been more than chocolate.
It’s a promise that started nearly 125 years ago, with our founder Milton Hershey — the original purpose-driven entrepreneur who linked the success of his company with supporting children in need through the Milton Hershey School. A man who taught us that one’s happiness depends on the joy of others, and whose words resonate with us to this day.
We look forward to the next 125 years and do so with a promise to you: to build on our Shared Goodness. Because goodness is most felt when it’s shared with others.
“ The value of our good is not measured by what it does, but by the amount of good it does to the one concerned. ”
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