GLOBAL SOURCING POLICIES
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
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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 oilhave been recognized to pose a continued deforestation risk. We have traced our pulp and paper suppliers and mill list serving our routine U.S. and Canada business operations. We also publish our palm oil traceability updates.
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.
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.
We are committed to complying with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, as well as the United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act. As part of our commitment to Good Business practices, we constantly strive to ensure our supply chains are responsibly managed.
Support of Cocoa Due Diligence in the European Union and Elsewhere
The Hershey Company supports the proposal in the European Union to require cocoa traders, importers and chocolate companies to conduct greater due diligence on the sources and labor conditions within their supply chains. We believe such initiatives will hold all members of the cocoa industry accountable for their supply chains.
While self-regulation has helped the cocoa-growing regions make important progress and led to change on these issues, we believe that more needs to be done because these issues are so deeply embedded in these regions. The voluntary efforts of chocolate companies and cocoa importers who have led the way through farm-level sustainability programs, cocoa certification and remediation programs now only account for about 40% of the cocoa used in the world. This work needs to be extended more broadly.
We also would support a similar due diligence initiative in the United States where our company is based.
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.
Partners in Quality
Continuing the legacy of our founder, Milton S. Hershey, our commitment to delivering quality products to our customers and upholding ethical business practices is core to who we are. We strive to make sure all our decisions — from responsible sourcing of our ingredients and environmental stewardship to fostering diverse work environments and transparency— are guided by our deeply held values.
“Give them quality. That’s the best kind of advertising in the world.”
The Hershey Company views its business partners as an integral part of its success. Our business partners are ingredient, packaging and raw materials Suppliers, Co-manufacturers, Co-packers, and Food Licensees - collectively referred to as Suppliers. We respect our supply chain network and strive for the development of a relationship with our Suppliers that will continually improve the product quality and safety that our customers and consumers demand.
The expectations set forth in this manual are a comprehensive set of food safety and quality programs that serve as a solid foundation for our Supplier Quality Management system. The Hershey Company (Hershey) is committed to delivering safe, quality foods. We rely on our Suppliers to embrace these programs and implement a culture that continually pursues improvements in food safety.
• Ingredient Suppliers
• Contract Manufacturers
• Contract Packaging
Vendor Insurance Requirements
Required insurance limits vary based on the Vendor’s business classification. If these insurance requirements differ from limits agreed to in a written contract, the written contract will prevail. Contact your Hershey business partner if you have questions regarding your company’s classification or the insurance requirements.
Company Classification Description
• Medical Services – Contract Nurses & Medical Service Providers
• Small Co-Manufacturer / Co-Packer – Co-Man less than 10M pounds per year; Co-Packer less than 75 M pounds per year
• Large Co-Manufacturer / Co-Packer – Co-Man greater than 10M pounds per year; Co-Packer greater than 75 M pounds per year
• Professional Services – Marketing, Legal, Independent Contractor, Licensee & Information Systems (IS)
• Vendor – Contractor (Repair / Maintenance), Non-Ingredient Supplier & Customer
• Specialty Services – Engineering, Design Build & Environmental Services
• Warehouse & Storage Facilities – Storage of Hershey owned/leased property
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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. To strengthen our base of world-class suppliers, Hershey seeks opportunities for qualified minority, women, veteran, LGBT, disadvantaged and disabled owned companies to compete on an equal basis with other suppliers and contractors as primary suppliers.
Hershey is now using the ConnXus database to find certified diverse suppliers. If you are interested in doing business with Hershey as a diverse supplier please go to the ConnXus website to register in their database. Registration is free, and enables suppliers to be contacted by ConnXus’s wide range of corporate clients.
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OUR CERTIFIED INGREDIENTS
Our Certified Ingredients
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 sourced over 80 percent certified and sustainable and on track to meet it’s 2020 commitment.
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 sources 100 percent of its palm oil and palm kernel oil (PKO) as RSPO Mass Balance certified.
Traceability to the Plantation Level
We are currently working in partnership with Earthworm Foundation (EF) formerly known as The Forest Trust 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. For more information, please visit our Palm Oil section.