Hershey, PA — The Hershey Co. reports that 18 percent of the cocoa it sourced globally in 2013 was certified, surpassing its goal of 10 percent, and putting it on track to source 100 percent certified cocoa by 2020 as part of the company’s 21st Century Cocoa Sustainability Strategy.
Its next goal is achieving 40 to 50 percent certified cocoa by 2016. The company sources its cocoa through UTZ Certified, Fair Trade USA and Rainforest Alliance Certified. Independent auditors apply international standards for labor, environmental responsibility and sustainable farming in the verification process, according to Hershey’s.
In addition, the company’s Scharffen Berger brand has attained its 2013 goal of sourcing 100 percent of its cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, Hershey’s reports, noting its Bliss and organic Dagoba brands reached that benchmark in 2012.
Senior Vice-President and Chief Supply Chain Officer Terence O’Day says: “Our 21st Century Cocoa Sustainability Strategy seeks to address many dimensions of farmer livelihoods, including productivity, improved incomes and labor practices. By 2020, we expect to see the opportunities for West African cocoa farmers significantly improved.”