Hershey Announces Action Plans To Protect and Restore Forests in Cocoa Growing Region

HERSHEY, Pa., March 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is taking action to protect forests and restore forest cover in the cocoa growing regions in West Africa.A The company today released action plans that are part of the companya??s commitments as a founding member of the Cocoa & Forest Initiative (CFI).A

Hershey Announces Action Plans To Protect and Restore Forests in Cocoa Growing Region

The Hershey Company released action plans to protect forests and restore forest cover in the cocoa growing regions in West Africa. The new plans are part of the companya??s "Cocoa For Good" sustainable cocoa strategy, announced in April 2018.

Hershey Announces Action Plans To Protect and Restore Forests in Cocoa Growing Region

The Hershey Company's Cocoa & Forests Initiative Action Plan

In February 2018, Hershey publicly committed to no new deforestation in its cocoa supply chain, effective immediately, and to implementing agroforestry tree planting programs. The new CFI forest protection plans for the two largest cocoa-producing countries in West Africa a?? Ghana and Cote da??Ivoire a?? step up Hersheya??s forestry commitments with specific actions to end deforestation and to begin restoring forests.AA AAAHersheya??s CFI action plans will be delivered through its Cocoa For Good sustainable cocoa strategy, announced in April 2018.AAThe plans focus on sensitive forest areas and are designed to inhibit encroachment on these protected areas by implementing locally tailored development programs. Aa??Cocoa, the key ingredient in chocolate, is beloved by people around the world,a?? said Beatrice Moulianitaki, Head of Sustainable Sourcing. a??We want to ensure that this cherished product continues to be available for a growing number of consumers worldwide without damaging the forests close to where most of the worlda??s cocoa is grown.A With the proper care and resources, we are confident that cocoa can continue to grow while protecting sensitive forests and habitats in the region.a??Hersheya??s CFI action plans are organized under three strategic pillars:

Forest Protection and RestorationA

Sustainable Production and Farmersa?? Livelihood

Community Engagement and Social Inclusion

Hershey has created specific goals, actions and timebound targets for both Ghana and Cote da??Ivoire under each of the three pillars.A The three pillars are designed to work together to ensure a holistic approach to protecting forests while taking into consideration the human impact.A This approach ensures that communities are fully engaged in these efforts and the actions benefit both the people and the surrounding ecosystem.APlans include:

Distributing 900,000 multi-purpose trees to farms in Ghana and Cote da??Ivoire by 2022

Distributing more than 2.5 million improved cocoa seedlings toAfarmers in Ghana and Cote da??Ivoire by 2022A A

Satellite mapping of 50,000 farms across Ghana and Cote da??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. AThe companya??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. AAATo see Hersheya??s detailed CFI Action Plans, visit the companya??s website.AAAbout HersheyTheAHershey Company, celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2019, is headquartered inAHershey, Pa., and is an industry-leading snacks company known for bringing goodness to the world through its iconic brands, remarkable people and enduring commitment to help children succeed. Hershey has approximately 16,500 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company has more than 80 brands around the world that drive more thanA$7.8 billionAin annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hersheya??s, Reesea??s, Kit Kat, JollyRancher, IceBreakers, SkinnyPop and Piratea??s Booty.For 125 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder,AMilton Hershey, created theAMilton Hershey SchoolAin 1909 and since then the company has focused on helping children succeed.To learn more visitAwww.thehersheycompany.comFollow: Contact: AA
Jeff Beckman, The Hershey Company
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