The Hershey Company Releases its 2021 ESG Report
Shares Progress and New Goals across its Social and Environmental Priorities to Further its Impact
Hershey's holistic ESG strategy, known as its Shared Goodness Promise, guides the company to make a positive impact at scale and leverage its business to advance more sustainable growth with socially conscious and responsible business practices. This year's report marks Hershey's evolution from sustainability to ESG reporting, a reflection of the company's continued progress integrating ESG priorities into business strategy and operations.
"Hershey has been an integral member of the communities in which we live and operate since our founding," said
Advancing Progress on Cocoa Sustainability
Hershey's Cocoa For Good Strategy aims to improve farmer livelihoods in cocoa-growing communities through a
Sourcing Cocoa: In 2021, Hershey achieved 68 percent cocoa sourcing visibility by volume in Côte d'Ivoire and
Ghana. The company's goal is to achieve 100 percent sourcing visibility by 2025 under which all farmers are polygon mapped to improve traceability and monitor deforestation and are covered by the Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS) to prevent, monitor and remediate child labor.
Addressing Child Labor: Hershey signed a five-year agreement to address child labor in Côte d'Ivoire by investing in 2,500 new classrooms and improving foundational literacy and numeracy skills for five million children at the primary school level. This agreement brings together the
Jacobs Foundation, the Government of Côte d'Ivoire Ministry of Education and Literacy, and 14 other chocolate producers and cocoa suppliers.
Offering Nutritious Options: The company distributed ViVi, its vitamin-fortified, peanut-based, ready-to-use therapeutic food that provides children with 30 percent of their daily nutrition intake requirements, to 45,000 children in Côte d'Ivoire and
Reducing Environmental Impact to Combat Climate Change
Hershey is making significant progress against its science-based targets, which focus on what the planet needs most from the company and its supply chain.
- Reducing Emissions: Hershey achieved a 48 percent reduction of its Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; significant progress toward its 2030 goal of a 50 percent absolute reduction, compared to a 2018 baseline. The company also reported an 18 percent reduction in Scope 3 emissions, on track to reach its goal of a 25 percent absolute reduction in Scope 3 emissions by 2030, compared to a 2018 baseline.
To reduce its Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions, Hershey continues to transition to renewable energy through investments in three new solar farm projects across the
With more than 96 percent of Hershey's total GHG emissions resulting from its extended value chain, the company seeks to further its impact across sourcing, production, operations and manufacturing. Hershey's key drivers of progress include reducing land use change through 100 percent independently verified cocoa and partnering with dairy and sugar suppliers on sustainable farming practices.
Broadening Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts
Driving Inclusive Hiring: In 2021, Hershey set a new goal to achieve a college recruiting portfolio that is at least 50 percent diverse and added 23
Historically Black Colleges and Universities(HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to its roster of universities and schools to recruit from.
Advancing Economic Equality
: The company also established a new goal to increase spending with diverse suppliers to
$400 millionby 2030 to promote economic equality and opportunity for diverse businesses. In 2021, the company spent $92 millionwith 139 diverse suppliers.
Recognizing that transparency drives accountability, Hershey's 2021 ESG report contains expanded DEI and human capital disclosures. The report includes data representative of The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)-1
Integrating ESG into Business Operations
Hershey has built a comprehensive corporate governance model to drive its ESG strategy forward across the business, overseen by its Board of Directors. In 2021, Hershey updated its governance structure to better integrate, manage and optimize ESG as a key part of business operations. The company also established an
For more than 125 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey, created the
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