Hershey Eyes West African Forest Protection
March 13, 2019
Hershey Company is taking action to protect forests and restore forest
cover in the cocoa growing regions in West Africa. The company released
action plans that are part of the company’s commitments as a founding
member of the Cocoa & Forest Initiative (CFI).
Sustainable Production and Farmers’ Livelihood
Community Engagement and Social Inclusion
Hershey has created specific goals, actions
and timebound targets for both Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire under each of the
three pillars. The three pillars are designed to work together to ensure
a holistic approach to protecting forests while taking into
consideration the human impact. This approach ensures that communities
are fully engaged in these efforts and the actions benefit both the
people and the surrounding ecosystem.
Distributing more than 2.5 million improved cocoa seedlings to farmers in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire by 2022
Satellite mapping of 50,000 farms across Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire in the Hershey supply chain by 2019
For the past several years under its Cocoa For Good program, Hershey has been implementing programs that meet the CFI commitments. The company’s agroforestry programs have already distributed more than 3.5 million cocoa trees and about 320,000 shade trees in West Africa between 2013 and 2017. Hershey will continue to review, expand and improve current programs to meet its CFI 2022 goals.