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Hershey's
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 9 out of 28

Sustainability summary

Hershey's has achieved the D-label. Brand owner The Hershey Company has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: The Hershey Company
Head office: Hershey, PA, USA
Sector: Chocolate brands
Categories : Chocolate Drinks, Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Spreads
Free Tags: Fairtrade, UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance

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Hershey's sustainability score report

Last edited: 12 January 2016 by Bianca F.
Last reviewed: 12 January 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Hershey(brand owner of Hershey's) implements several measures to reduce its climate footprint, such as energy efficiency measures (see link, page 32-33). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Hershey decreased its total climate footprint (Scope 1 & 2) from 373,485 tons of CO2e in 2012 to 320,520 tons of CO2e in 2014, which represents a decrease of around 14,2% (see link, page 11). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Hershey doesn't communicate any information about the percentage of energy obtained from renewable sources. Source
4. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Hershey has set a target to reduce 15% of its GHG emissions by 2017 (base year 2013). Per year that would make only around 3,75% on average (see link, page 32). Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations? Hershey doesn't communicate a concrete policy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

4 out of 11
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 5% of its volume? In 2014, 30% of HersheyCompany's globally sourced cocoa was certified through UTZ Certified, Fair Trade USA and Rainforest Alliance. Hershey aims to source at least 50% certified cocoa by the end of 2015 and 100% by 2020 (see link, page 13 & 21). Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for 100% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand use environmentally certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Hershey doesn't mention the use of environmentally certified fillings or ingredients. Source
8. Does the brand use other environmentally certified ingredients, such as milk, sugar, oils or fats for its products? See remark for environmental policy question 7. Source
9. Does the brand source sustainable palm oil for all its products only? Hershey sources RSPO certified palm oil for 100% of its products since 2014. However, this is “mass balance” certified palm oil only (see link, page 24). Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? Hershey publishes clear objectives, initiatives and results to reduce the environmental impact of its packaging. However, its annual packaging materials footprint isn't reported (see link, page 35). Source
11. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Hershey publishes clear objectives, initiatives and results to reduce the environmental impact of its waste, and published annual results of its respective waste materials footprint (see link, page 11, 31-35). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

3 out of 11
1. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers? Hershey is a founding member of CocoaAction, an industry-wide collaboration that aims to improve the livelihoods of farmers and support 300,000 cocoa farming communities in Ivory Coast and Ghana. The program has been shown to improve farmers' yields, but information on the income of farmers isn't provided (see link, page 20-24). Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? In 2014, 30% of HersheyCompany's globally sourced cocoa was certified through UTZ Certified, Fair Trade USA and Rainforest Alliance. Hershey aims to source at least 50% certified cocoa by the end of 2015 and 100% by 2020 (see link, page 13 & 21). Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 10% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 25% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 75% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (company) purchase all cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand use socially certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Hershey states that it is working toward developing partnerships and strategies that can help move supply chains for its key ingredients (cocoa, milk, nuts and sugar) toward greater sustainability. However, other than for cocoa, it doesn't communicate whether these ingredients / fillings are socially certified (see link, page 25). Source
9. Does the brand use other socially certified ingredients, such as milk, oils or fats for its products? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
10. Does the brand use socially certified sugar for all its products? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
11. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of cocoa suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of cocoa? Hershey lists its partners, but has not published a list of its cocoa suppliers. Source