- Strategy creates unprecedented alignment among the cocoa and chocolate companies to coordinate cocoa sustainability efforts
- Program goals complement existing Hershey cocoa sustainability programs
CocoaAction will initially focus on Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, which together provide about 55 percent of the world’s current cocoa supply and where key Hershey cocoa sustainability programs, including CocoaLink and the Hershey Learn to Grow development farm, are already located.The CocoaAction strategy is built on four key principles that align with Hershey’s cocoa sustainability goals:
- Reinforcing interdependency between productivity-enhancing and community development interventions
- Commitment to a holistic approach in the form of a productivity and community development package that reflects where industry believes it can make a unique and significant contribution
- Field-level delivery that is customized based on local conditions
- Alignment of company programs and interventions within the framework of the national public-private partnership platforms
At Hershey, goodness has always been about more than delicious products. For 120 years, Hershey has been committed to good business by operating fairly, ethically and sustainably to make a positive impact on society. This means contributing to a better life for its employees, consumers, communities, and, ultimately, creating a bright future for children in need. This commitment is exemplified by Milton Hershey School, established in 1909 by the company's founder and administered by Hershey Trust Company. The children who attend the school receive education, housing, and medical care — thriving as direct beneficiaries of The Hershey Company's success.