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  • Overall approach
    6/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      Commodity-specific commitment - commitment that does not apply to all of the commodities the company is exposed to
      0/4
      Commodities (if applicable): Palm oil
      "By 2025, achieve a verified deforestation free palm supply chain and 100% traceability to the plantation while respecting and protecting the human rights of individuals"[...]No deforestation or conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV)2 areas or High Carbon Stock (HCS)3 forests" (last sentence is found in both sourcing policies)
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: UN Global Compact
      "Additionally, our commitment to no deforestation aligns with our role as a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact to take strategic action to advance broader societal goals such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Forests are a critical part of the natural ecosystem and an important global carbon sink due to their ability to absorb and store greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Protecting forests helps mitigate climate risks, improve climate change resiliency, safeguards biodiversity and can provide livelihoods and economic opportunities for forest-based communities and Indigenous Peoples."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Operational
      "Climate change, water scarcity, natural resource depletion and biodiversity degradation pose an increasing threat to our planet, to communities and to individuals around the world. They also threaten the sustainability of our business. These issues often disproportionately impact the most vulnerable who lack resilience and resources to adapt to changing environments. A strong and healthy planet is critical for the ingredients and commodities we rely on to make our products. It is also necessary for maintaining thriving communities where we live and work whether they are farmers who grow the ingredients for our products, our employees who make them, or consumers who are delighted by our delicious treats and snacks."
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Pulp & Paper

      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Annually
      "Our sustainability governance model includes a multi-level operating structure to ensure we are aligned on the most important issues facing the company and equipped with the right resources to drive progress. Accountability for managing sustainability across the enterprise sits with the Vice President of Corporate Communications and Global Sustainability who reports to our Chief Supply Chain Officer. " [...] "Briefed at least once annually on our Shared Goodness Promise progress and apprised of the most important emerging sustainability trends, risks and opportunities."
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      2/2
      Yes
      2/2
      March 1, 2021 - "Hershey today announces its goal to reduce its absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by more than 50% and its absolute Scope 3 emissions by 25% by 2030, compared to a 2018 baseline1. [...] Action on land-use is a critical part of Hershey's plan to reduce its Scope 3 emissions"; "Land-use change represented 35-40% of our Scope 3 emissions in our baseline year (2018) which is why this no deforestation commitment is a critical element to Hershey’s ability to deliver our science-based target."
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Other or unclear

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030
      March 1, 2021 - "Hershey today announces its goal to reduce its absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by more than 50% and its absolute Scope 3 emissions by 25% by 2030, compared to a 2018 baseline1."
  • Commodity score
    40/88
    • Palm oil
      66/88
      • Commitment Strength
        17/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            4/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: Peat
            "Beginning in 2013, we announced our commitment to sourcing 100% responsibly grown palm oil that is physically certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), does not contribute to deforestation or peatland destruction, and is 100% traceable to the mill and the plantation to achieve visibility into the sources of palm oil within our supply chain."[...]No conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV)2 areas or High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests, and adherence to responsible expansion procedures"[...] No new development on peat, regardless of depth [...]"By 2025, achieve a verified deforestation free palm supply chain and 100% traceability to the plantation while respecting and protecting the human rights of individuals"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Beginning in 2013, we announced our commitment to sourcing 100% responsibly grown palm oil that is physically certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), does not contribute to deforestation or peatland destruction, and is 100% traceable to the mill and the plantation to achieve visibility into the sources of palm oil within our supply chain."[...]No conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas or High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests, and adherence to responsible expansion procedures"[...] No new development on peat, regardless of depth [...]"By 2025, achieve a verified deforestation free palm supply chain and 100% traceability to the plantation while respecting and protecting the human rights of individuals"
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "Beginning in 2013, we announced our commitment to sourcing 100% responsibly grown palm oil that is physically certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), does not contribute to deforestation or peatland destruction, and is 100% traceable to the mill and the plantation to achieve visibility into the sources of palm oil within our supply chain."[...]No conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV) areas or High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests, and adherence to responsible expansion procedures"[...] No new development on peat, regardless of depth [...]"By 2025, achieve a verified deforestation free palm supply chain and 100% traceability to the plantation while respecting and protecting the human rights of individuals"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "By 2020, source 100% Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified Mass Balance palm oil and achieve 100% traceability"
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "Hershey requires our suppliers to adhere to the following: No conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV)2 areas or High Carbon Stock (HCS)3 forests, and adherence to responsible expansion procedures4 [...] No new development on peat, regardless of depth5"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Hershey requires our suppliers to adhere to the following: No conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV)2 areas or High Carbon Stock (HCS)3 forests, and adherence to responsible expansion procedures4 [...] No new development on peat, regardless of depth5"
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Hershey requires our suppliers to adhere to the following: No conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV)2 areas or High Carbon Stock (HCS)3 forests, and adherence to responsible expansion procedures4 [...] No new development on peat, regardless of depth5"
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Hershey requires our suppliers to adhere to the following: No conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV)2 areas or High Carbon Stock (HCS)3 forests, and adherence to responsible expansion procedures4 [...] No new development on peat, regardless of depth5"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/6
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "By 2025, achieve a verified deforestation free palm supply chain and 100% traceability to the plantation while respecting and protecting the human rights of individuals"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2025, achieve a verified deforestation free palm supply chain and 100% traceability to the plantation while respecting and protecting the human rights of individuals"
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "By 2025, achieve a verified deforestation free palm supply chain and 100% traceability to the plantation while respecting and protecting the human rights of individuals"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "Since 2014, we have been working toward a series of 2020 goals around palm oil: source 100 percent Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified Mass Balance palm oil and achieve 100 percent traceability to the mill (TTM) and plantation (TTP)."[...] We were unable to realize our TTP goal by 2020 and have updated our ambitions to achieve 100 percent TTP by 2025."
      • Social Considerations
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "We require all Suppliers and business partners to comply with this Supplier Code. The Supplier Code is aligned with the International Bill of Human Rights, The ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. [...] Discrimination [...] Forced Labour [...] Child Labour [...] Freedom of association [...] Working hours reflect applicable legal norms [...] all workers be provided with a safe and healthy working environment [...] Hershey does not tolerate any form of abusive or illegal labor in our supply chain"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Hershey does not tolerate any form of discrimination in the workplace. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the work environment. • Discrimination in the workplace that is based on the grounds of an individual’s race; color; gender"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Hershey is committed to following the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of Indigenous Peoples for property or land negotiations. • All forms of land grabbing are prohibited. Adherence to the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent of Indigenous Peoples is required in all negotiations for property or land, including the use of and transfers of it. • Land rights of individuals, indigenous people and local communities affected by sourcing practices, supply chains and operations are respected."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          0/0
          "Supply Chain Transparency & Stakeholder Engagement [...] Resolve any complaints and conflicts, including land rights disputes, and remediate policy violations in a timely manner through a transparent, responsive and effective grievance mechanism that allows workers and other stakeholders impacted by supply chain operations to report concerns and violations confidentially and anonymously without fear of retaliation or retribution8"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        40/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "100% RSPO-certified Mass Balance palm since 2017, 99.8% traceability to the mill in 2020, 72.7% traceability to the plantation in 2020"
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "100% RSPO-certified Mass Balance palm since 2017, 99.8% traceability to the mill in 2020, 72.7% traceability to the plantation in 2020"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "100% RSPO-certified Mass Balance palm since 2017, 99.8% traceability to the mill in 2020, 72.7% traceability to the plantation in 2020"
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO certification, Airbus and Earthworm

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO certification, Airbus and Earthworm
            "100% RSPO-certified Mass Balance palm since 2017, 99.8% traceability to the mill in 2020, 72.7% traceability to the plantation in 2020"[...]Lastly, in 2020, with Airbus and Earthworm Foundation’s Starling satellite-based service, we started monitoring the supply chains of our highest volume direct suppliers, covering about 67% of our palm supply chain (based on 2019 volumes). Our objective is to move our palm supply chain to 100% verified deforestation free by 2025." 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO certification, Airbus and Earthworm

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO certification, Airbus and Earthworm
            "100% RSPO-certified Mass Balance palm since 2017, 99.8% traceability to the mill in 2020, 72.7% traceability to the plantation in 2020"[...]Lastly, in 2020, with Airbus and Earthworm Foundation’s Starling satellite-based service, we started monitoring the supply chains of our highest volume direct suppliers, covering about 67% of our palm supply chain (based on 2019 volumes). Our objective is to move our palm supply chain to 100% verified deforestation free by 2025." 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          2/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          2/2
          "Suppliers must establish forest and peatland/natural ecosystem monitoring and response and human rights due diligence systems, non-compliance and grievance procedures, credible independent verification systems and training programs to uphold the requirements set forth in this No Deforestation Policy within their own business operations, third party suppliers and raw material producers"
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 31/12/2015
           "Hershey requires our suppliers to adhere to the following:[...] For areas which were developed (cleared, drained, and/or planted) peatlands, HCV areas, or HCS forests after the cut-off date of December 31, 2015, suppliers must implement an adequate Recovery Plan commensurate with the scale of their non-compliant development."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Partnering with Earthworm Foundation

          What is the nature of that participation?: Providing support/advice/experience/expertise; Providing financial support
          "Partnering with Earthworm Foundation to support our palm oil supply chain, including co-sponsoring and participating on the coalition level of the Areas for Priority Transformation project in the Southern Aceh and Aceh Tamiang landscapes to support capacity building of palm producing communities around topics of labor exploitation, opportunities for supplementary livelihoods and deforestation."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Hershey is committed to reducing our environmental impact across our supply chain and to supporting sustainable operational and agricultural production practices [...] • Operations fully comply with all federal and local environmental laws and regulations [...] The Hershey Company reserves the right to verify compliance with this Supplier Code through internal and external assessment mechanisms, such as self-assessment questionnaires, announced and unannounced on-site independent third party audits, and worker well-being surveys. Such audits may inspect Suppliers’ facilities, operations, books and records, and supplier-provided housing, and may include confidential worker interviews. If non-compliances are observed, the supplier will be required to take corrective actions."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Yes https://www.thehersheycompany.com/content/dam/corporate-us/documents/pdf/The%20Hershey%20Company%E2%80%99s%20Palm%20Oil%20Grievance%20Log.pdf

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "Hershey expects Suppliers to provide grievance mechanisms that are transparent, responsive, anonymous, unbiased and confidential to workers and other parties across the value chain. [...] The Hershey Company is notified if any concerns or violations are reported through the grievance mechanism that are in direct violation of this Supplier Code. Violations and concerns may also be reported directly to The Hershey Company’s Concern Line1, a third-party monitored, independent service available 24/7 in 10 languages via phone and internet to employees, business partners and other parties."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 28,387.12
          As reported within the 2019 ACOP report - "Total 28,387.12 tonnes of palm oil, 100% Certified through mass balance and RSPO credits"
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          What is the certified volume?: 28,287.12 tonnes

          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO
          As reported within the 2019 ACOP report - "Total 28,387.12 tonnes of palm oil, 100% Certified through mass balance and RSPO credits"
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "We expect all of our palm oil sourcing partners to be compliant to our Supplier Code of Conduct, uphold our Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy and remain compliant to our No Deforestation, No Peatland Development, No Exploitation (NDPE) position. [...] Failure of our direct suppliers or other supply chain actors to uphold our commitments could lead to their removal or suspension from our supply chain in accordance with our sourcing policy. We have done this a number of times in the past and will do so as we uncover any linkage or ties to NDPE violators.[...] Through Hershey’s bi-annual mapping of our palm oil supply chain (please see the “Palm Oil Supply Chain Traceability” section for more details), we monitor and ensure these suspensions are effectively implemented."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 100%

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Yes - point data

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Brazil, Cambodia, Costa Rica

          For what percent is no location data disclosed?: 0%
          "Additionally, this mill list contains the names of all palm oil mills collected from Hershey’s suppliers engaged during the reporting period via our traceability exercise. As a result, the list represents all mills connected to Hershey’s suppliers during the reporting period and likely includes mills whose product was not specifically sold to Hershey. This list of mills, therefore, goes beyond Hershey’s physical supply chain."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers production or primary processing operations in its supply chains
          4/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 100%

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Bi-Annually
          "We expect all of our palm oil sourcing partners to be compliant to our Supplier Code of Conduct, uphold our Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy and remain compliant to our No Deforestation, No Peatland Development, No Exploitation (NDPE) position. [...] Failure of our direct suppliers or other supply chain actors to uphold our commitments could lead to their removal or suspension from our supply chain in accordance with our sourcing policy. We have done this a number of times in the past and will do so as we uncover any linkage or ties to NDPE violators.[...] Through Hershey’s bi-annual mapping of our palm oil supply chain (please see the “Palm Oil Supply Chain Traceability” section for more details), we monitor and ensure these suspensions are effectively implemented."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers with a time-bound threat of exclusion
          2/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: "We continue to encourage our suppliers to remain engaged with these suspended parties to push for meaningful and decisive correction action plans and establishment of a timeline and progress report"

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          Failure of our direct suppliers or other supply chain actors to uphold our commitments could lead to their removal or suspension from our supply chain in accordance with our sourcing policy. We have done this a number of times in the past and will do so as we uncover any linkage or ties to NDPE violators. [...] These suspensions will remain in place until we see acceptable, timebound corrective action plans with proven progress that leads to a resolution. We continue to encourage our suppliers to remain engaged with these suspended parties to push for meaningful and decisive correction action plans and establishment of a timeline and progress report."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged
          1/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes, engaged
          1/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No
          Hersheys provides examples on it's main website as well as detailed grievance logs within updates published quarterly. "This log records grievances Hershey receives that are in direct violation of our Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy and occur in our palm oil supply chain. The log will be updated on our website at the end of each quarter. The grievances listed are reported based on Hershey’s awareness at the time of publication."
    • Pulp & Paper
      37/88
      • Commitment Strength
        12/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          3/8
          • Commitment details
            Protects priority forests (including High Conservation Value)
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Protects priority forests (including High Conservation Value)
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC

            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: Peat
            "By 2025, Hershey’s goals for our global supply chain are to: • Responsibly source 100% of our pulp and paper packaging from recycled or certified sources. Acceptable certification standards include Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). • Trace 100% of the virgin pulp and paper packaging we source back to the country of harvest."[..] No deforestation or conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV)2 areas or High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests"[...] "No new development on peat, regardless of depth"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
             "Since 2017, we have required that 100% of pulp and paper sourced for our U.S. and Canada operations come from recycled material or certified mills."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "By 2025, Hershey’s goals for our global supply chain are to: • Responsibly source 100% of our pulp and paper packaging from recycled or certified sources. Acceptable certification standards include Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). • Trace 100% of the virgin pulp and paper packaging we source back to the country of harvest."[..] No deforestation or conversion of High Conservation Value (HCV)2 areas or High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests"[...] "No new development on peat, regardless of depth"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.3/0.3
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "By 2020, source 100% virgin fiber pulp and paper products in the U.S. and Canada from third-party-certified mills (Forest Stewardship Council, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification or Sustainable Forestry Initiative)"
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Hershey’s Responsible Pulp & Paper Sourcing Policy (Pulp & Paper Policy), updated in 2021, replaces our previous requirements and commitments. [..] To reduce our use of virgin pulp & paper, we will maintain a preference for recycled fiber where feasible, taking into account quality and food safety requirements as well as product specifications, with special attention given to the increased use of Post Consumer Recycled materials in our paper packaging materials."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "To reduce our use of virgin pulp & paper, we will maintain a preference for recycled fiber where feasible, taking into account quality and food safety requirements as well as product specifications, with special attention given to the increased use of Post Consumer Recycled materials in our paper packaging materials."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "To reduce our use of virgin pulp & paper, we will maintain a preference for recycled fiber where feasible, taking into account quality and food safety requirements as well as product specifications, with special attention given to the increased use of Post Consumer Recycled materials in our paper packaging materials."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "To reduce our use of virgin pulp & paper, we will maintain a preference for recycled fiber where feasible, taking into account quality and food safety requirements as well as product specifications, with special attention given to the increased use of Post Consumer Recycled materials in our paper packaging materials."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          4/6
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to First Importer, no compliance check
            2/4
            "By 2025, Hershey’s goals for our global supply chain are to: [...] Increase pulp & paper supply chain traceability to achieve 100% traceability of virgin pulp and paper-based packaging to at least country of harvest"  
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2025, Hershey’s goals for our global supply chain are to: [...] Increase pulp & paper supply chain traceability to achieve 100% traceability of virgin pulp and paper-based packaging to at least country of harvest"  
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "By 2025, Hershey’s goals for our global supply chain are to: [...] Increase pulp & paper supply chain traceability to achieve 100% traceability of virgin pulp and paper-based packaging to at least country of harvest"  
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We require all Suppliers and business partners to comply with this Supplier Code. The Supplier Code is aligned with the International Bill of Human Rights, The ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. [...] Discrimination [...] Forced Labour [...] Child Labour [...] Freedom of association [...] Working hours reflect applicable legal norms [...] all workers be provided with a safe and healthy working environment [...] Hershey does not tolerate any form of abusive or illegal labor in our supply chain"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Hershey does not tolerate any form of discrimination in the workplace. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the work environment. • Discrimination in the workplace that is based on the grounds of an individual’s race; color; gender"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Hershey is committed to following the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of Indigenous Peoples for property or land negotiations. • All forms of land grabbing are prohibited. Adherence to the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent of Indigenous Peoples is required in all negotiations for property or land, including the use of and transfers of it. • Land rights of individuals, indigenous people and local communities affected by sourcing practices, supply chains and operations are respected."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          0/0
          "Supply Chain Transparency & Stakeholder Engagement [...] Resolve any complaints and conflicts, including land rights disputes, and remediate policy violations in a timely manner through a transparent, responsive and effective grievance mechanism that allows workers and other stakeholders impacted by supply chain operations to report concerns and violations confidentially and anonymously without fear of retaliation or retribution"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        17/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Hershey reported in 2020 report that they achieved target of "By 2020, source 100% virgin fiber pulp and paper products in the U.S. and Canada from third-party-certified mills (Forest Stewardship Council, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification or Sustainable Forestry Initiative)"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "Presently, 80 percent of our product packaging by weight is recyclable. We have also saved 23,612,000 pounds of packaging cumulatively since 2015, putting us at approximately 94 percent of our 2025 goal"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Certification schemes 

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC, PEFC
            Hershey reported in 2020 report that they achieved target of "By 2020, source 100% virgin fiber pulp and paper products in the U.S. and Canada from third-party-certified mills (Forest Stewardship Council, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification or Sustainable Forestry Initiative)"
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Hershey is committed to reducing our environmental impact across our supply chain and to supporting sustainable operational and agricultural production practices [...] • Operations fully comply with all federal and local environmental laws and regulations [...] The Hershey Company reserves the right to verify compliance with this Supplier Code through internal and external assessment mechanisms, such as self-assessment questionnaires, announced and unannounced on-site independent third party audits, and worker well-being surveys. Such audits may inspect Suppliers’ facilities, operations, books and records, and supplier-provided housing, and may include confidential worker interviews. If non-compliances are observed, the supplier will be required to take corrective actions."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Yes https://www.thehersheycompany.com/content/dam/corporate-us/documents/pdf/The%20Hershey%20Company%E2%80%99s%20Palm%20Oil%20Grievance%20Log.pdf
          "Hershey expects Suppliers to provide grievance mechanisms that are transparent, responsive, anonymous, unbiased and confidential to workers and other parties across the value chain. [...] The Hershey Company is notified if any concerns or violations are reported through the grievance mechanism that are in direct violation of this Supplier Code. Violations and concerns may also be reported directly to The Hershey Company’s Concern Line1, a third-party monitored, independent service available 24/7 in 10 languages via phone and internet to employees, business partners and other parties."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          Some disclosure of compliant commodity/unclear % of volume/no verification of reporting
          1/6
          What third-party verification is used?: FSC, PEFC
          Hershey reported in 2020 report that they achieved target of "By 2020, source 100% virgin fiber pulp and paper products in the U.S. and Canada from third-party-certified mills (Forest Stewardship Council, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification or Sustainable Forestry Initiative)" US and Canada products only.
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Hershey works with suppliers that share our values and actively monitor, verify, and implement action plans to help eliminate deforestation and potential human rights violations in agricultural supply chains. We require our suppliers to publish the policies and procedures they use to help prevent deforestation, peatland loss, and potential human rights violations, as well as the rights for Indigenous Peoples and local communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to development on their lands in their supply chains and operations. Suppliers must meet and communicate these requirements throughout their supply chains at a corporate group level to ensure compliance by direct and indirect suppliers and raw material producers. Suppliers must establish forest and peatland/natural ecosystem monitoring and response and human rights due diligence systems, non-compliance and grievance procedures, credible independent verification systems and training programs to uphold the requirements set forth in this No Deforestation Policy within their own business operations, third party suppliers and raw material producers. [...] If a supplier is not compliant with our No Deforestation Policy in any of their operations at a corporate group level, we reserve the right to suspend or remove the supplier."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes, report direct suppliers; Yes, report indirect suppliers
          4/4
          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 0%

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0%

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: No - just to the country level

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Direct - USA, Canada, China, Mexico. Indirect - USA, Canada, China, Mexico, Finland, Sweden, 
          "During the period of October 2019 thru October 2020, The Hershey Company sourced pulp and paper materials from 22 suppliers serving our routine U.S. and Canada business operations."
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      17/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        9/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "We require all Suppliers and business partners to comply with this Supplier Code. The Supplier Code is aligned with the International Bill of Human Rights, The ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. [...] Discrimination [...] Forced Labour [...] Child Labour [...] Freedom of association [...] Working hours reflect applicable legal norms [...] all workers be provided with a safe and healthy working environment [...] Hershey does not tolerate any form of abusive or illegal labor in our supply chain"
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Hershey does not tolerate any form of discrimination in the workplace. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the work environment. • Discrimination in the workplace that is based on the grounds of an individual’s race; color; gender"
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Hershey is committed to following the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of Indigenous Peoples for property or land negotiations. • All forms of land grabbing are prohibited. Adherence to the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent of Indigenous Peoples is required in all negotiations for property or land, including the use of and transfers of it. • Land rights of individuals, indigenous people and local communities affected by sourcing practices, supply chains and operations are respected."
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          Yes
          0/0
          "Supply Chain Transparency & Stakeholder Engagement [...] Resolve any complaints and conflicts, including land rights disputes, and remediate policy violations in a timely manner through a transparent, responsive and effective grievance mechanism that allows workers and other stakeholders impacted by supply chain operations to report concerns and violations confidentially and anonymously without fear of retaliation or retribution"
      • Reporting and Implementation
        8/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Hershey is committed to reducing our environmental impact across our supply chain and to supporting sustainable operational and agricultural production practices [...] • Operations fully comply with all federal and local environmental laws and regulations [...] The Hershey Company reserves the right to verify compliance with this Supplier Code through internal and external assessment mechanisms, such as self-assessment questionnaires, announced and unannounced on-site independent third party audits, and worker well-being surveys. Such audits may inspect Suppliers’ facilities, operations, books and records, and supplier-provided housing, and may include confidential worker interviews. If non-compliances are observed, the supplier will be required to take corrective actions."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, and published details of any grievances within the last two years (2019-2021)
          4/4
          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: Yes https://www.thehersheycompany.com/content/dam/corporate-us/documents/pdf/The%20Hershey%20Company%E2%80%99s%20Palm%20Oil%20Grievance%20Log.pdf

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "Hershey expects Suppliers to provide grievance mechanisms that are transparent, responsive, anonymous, unbiased and confidential to workers and other parties across the value chain. [...] The Hershey Company is notified if any concerns or violations are reported through the grievance mechanism that are in direct violation of this Supplier Code. Violations and concerns may also be reported directly to The Hershey Company’s Concern Line1, a third-party monitored, independent service available 24/7 in 10 languages via phone and internet to employees, business partners and other parties."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Hershey works with suppliers that share our values and actively monitor, verify, and implement action plans to help eliminate deforestation and potential human rights violations in agricultural supply chains. We require our suppliers to publish the policies and procedures they use to help prevent deforestation, peatland loss, and potential human rights violations, as well as the rights for Indigenous Peoples and local communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to development on their lands in their supply chains and operations. Suppliers must meet and communicate these requirements throughout their supply chains at a corporate group level to ensure compliance by direct and indirect suppliers and raw material producers. Suppliers must establish forest and peatland/natural ecosystem monitoring and response and human rights due diligence systems, non-compliance and grievance procedures, credible independent verification systems and training programs to uphold the requirements set forth in this No Deforestation Policy within their own business operations, third party suppliers and raw material producers. [...] If a supplier is not compliant with our No Deforestation Policy in any of their operations at a corporate group level, we reserve the right to suspend or remove the supplier."
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    10/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    22/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    9/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Hershey is an American chocolate manufacturer. Hershey has many well-known brands, including Kit Kat, Reese’s, ROLO, and Twizzlers. The company have operations in more than 70 countries, and is one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in North America. Hershey is exposed to palm oil and soy as ingredients and to soy hidden in the animal feed for dairy products. Hershey Co. is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Packaged food
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Hersheys, Reeses, KitKat, Rolo, Jolly rancher, Twizzlers, Icebreakers

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