Responsible Sourcing

Global Sourcing Policies

Our interdependencies within a global ecosystem have driven us to establish progressive sourcing policies to govern how we source our ingredients and supplies.

The Hershey Company is dedicated to a transparent supply chain, and we have a long history of safe and high quality consumer products.


Forests are critical parts of our natural ecosystem, serving as important reservoirs of greenhouse gases that would otherwise contribute to climate change. Forests also provide habitat for key plant and animal species, and contribute countless other ecosystem services such as preventing soil erosion that play a big role in our daily lives and global economy.

Over the past 50 years, about half the world’s original forest cover has been lost, and pulp and paper as well as palm oil have been recognized to pose a continued deforestation risk.

Our Commitments

Our goal is to have a sustainable supply chain for our operations across the globe, and we believe this can only be achieved when deforestation isn’t a part of the equation.

Below are links to our official company policies for the sourcing of key ingredients. We will work with our suppliers to meet the expectations outlined in these documents.

Responsible Palm Oil Sourcing Policy

Supplier Code of Conduct

The Hershey Company has a long history of operating with high ethical standards and integrity. We have done this by balancing our strong desire for profitable growth with our commitments to our various stakeholders, including our employees, shareholders, consumers and the communities in which we operate.

Hershey’s Supplier Code of Conduct outlines our standards and expectations with respect to key areas of corporate social responsibility. Our goal is to work with suppliers and vendors to assure compliance with these requirements. Interested parties can view Hershey's Supplier Code of Conduct.





Our Certified Ingredients

Cocoa Certification

Hershey is committed to sourcing 100 percent certified and sustainable cocoa for all chocolate products around the world. Certified cocoa is verified by independent auditors to ensure the highest international standards for labor, environmental and farming practices. Hershey sourced 50 percent certified and sustainable cocoa in 2015, achieving our original 2016 goal one year early.

Hershey sources cocoa through three of the world’s most recognized cocoa certifying organizations: UTZFairtrade USA and Rainforest Alliance. As Hershey’s buying volume increases, the company will work with other well-established certification organizations to expand their capacity to certify more cocoa farmers globally.

U.S. consumers can currently purchase Dagoba and Scharffen Berger products with 100 percent cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms.

Palm Oil Certification

The Hershey Company joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2011 and sourced 100 percent of its palm oil as RSPO-certified by the end of 2013, more than a year ahead of our original pledge.

Traceability to the Plantation Level

We are currently working in partnership with The Forest Trust (TFT) toward tracing our palm and palm kernel oil supplies to the mill and plantation level. This has helped us better understand if the palm oil we source is linked to areas where there are sustainability concerns, such as deforestation. For more information, please visit our Palm Oil section.