Hershey's Cocoa Plan Ahead of Schedule

Hershey’s, which sourced 30% of its cocoa from certified sustainable sources last year, expects to hit 50% in 2016 – a full year ahead of schedule – on its way to a goal of 100% certified cocoa by 2020.
When it announced its goal three years ago, following a campaign by activist groups including the International Labor Rights Forum, Green America and Global Exchange, some feared that there would not be enough certified cocoa to meet the needs of Hershey’s, Mars, Ferrero and other sustainability-minded chocolate companies.
And Judy Gearhart, executive director of the International Labor Rights Forum says, “Even with the highest premium paid for certified cocoa, farmers are way deep in poverty." If farmer incomes don’t rise, there’s a very real risk that the next generation of farmers will give up on the business.



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