A blissful future for cocoa farmers

April 12, 2013
Hershey's Bliss chocolates were the first of their products to be made from 100% certified chocolate.

Hershey’s began using certified cocoa for its Bliss chocolates in December 2012, after announcing its commitment to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020.

Since Hershey’s announced its goal last year to source 100% certified sustainable cocoa by 2020, the company has made strategic efforts to indicate it is well on track to fulfilling its commitment.

In a recent discussion with the much-loved chocolate company, the SRI team at UCF was pleased to hear that Hershey’s initial 5% pool of certified cocoa will be increased to 10% by the end of 2013. The amount of certified cocoa will increase to 40-50% by 2016, steering the company toward their goal of 100% by 2020.
 Hershey’s is complementing this commitment by training farmers in West Africa in sustainable farming and educating them on the appropriate ages for children to work.

These social initiatives reflect well on Hershey’s as a company, and UCF appreciates its response to ongoing engagements that began in 2007. To read a full account of the Hershey Company’s commitment, click here.


 
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