Hershey, PA — During 2018, The Hershey Co. made substantial progress on its CSR objectives, including purchasing 80 percent of its cocoa from certified and sustainable sources, according to the candymarker’s Shared Goodness Report.
With 80 percent of its cocoa coming from sustainable sources, Hershey reports it is on target to reach its goal of 100 percent sustainable cocoa sourcing practices by the end of 2020.
The candymaker also nourished more than 316,000 children, including reaching some 57,000 youngsters in Ghana and Ivory Coast with its ViVi vitamin-fortified snacks. Additionally, during 2018 Hershey launched The Heartwarming Project, which reached six million children and aims to help them make more meaningful connections with each other.
Since 2017, the candymaker has added two zero-waste-to-landfill sites, and this past year announced an enterprise wide environmental policy and has committed to setting meaningful and ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.
During 2018, Hershey employees volunteered 133,600 hours and donated $10.9 million in cash, according to the company.