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Cocoa Supply Chain Traceability

The Hershey Company is committed to driving greater traceability and transparency in the cocoa supply chain and is actively working with its suppliers, as well as both producer and consumer governments to this end.

In 2018, The Hershey Company announced our Cocoa for Good strategy backed by $500 million of investment by 2030. We invest these funds by:

  • Paying certification premiums to farmer groups who successfully met internationally recognized environmental and labor standards
  • Investing in additional interventions in farmer groups in focused origins (e.g. Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana)
  • Supporting industry, government and civil society partnership programs

During 2019, The Hershey Company sourced cocoa products directly from the following suppliers:

Albrecht and Dill Trading Company, Atlantic Cocoa Company, Barry Callebaut, Blommer Chocolate Company, Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate, Ecuador Ecuakao Processing SA, FC Stone, General Cocoa Company, Guan Chong Cocoa, Indcresa Productos del Cacao, JB Cocoa, Olam International, Plot, Tafi SA and United Cocoa Processors.

The cocoa used by our cocoa product suppliers comes from a number of countries including Brazil, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and Peru.

Since 2012, The Hershey Company, working through its suppliers, has been investing in additional interventions in farmer groups in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana where approximately 60% of the world’s cocoa is sourced. The cocoa that we sourced from these farmer groups in 2019, represented ~21% of Hershey’s global requirements1. As of December 31, 2019, 91% of the farm plots related to these groups in Cote d’Ivoire were mapped and 86% in Ghana. The list of these farmer groups can be found here.

Using converstion rates of: butter 2.25; liquor 1.25; and powder 0.8.

Since 2012, The Hershey Company, working through its suppliers, has been investing in additional interventions in farmer groups in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana.

As of December 31, 2019, 91% of the farm plots related to these groups in Cote d’Ivoire were mapped and 86% in Ghana. 

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