The Hershey Company announced that it will work with its suppliers to achieve 100 percent traceable andsustainably sourced palm oil by the end of 2014. To achieve this commitment, the company will work closely with its suppliers and industry experts to ensure palm oil comes from sustainable sources. Suppliers will be required to independently verify that sources:
- Do not contribute to deforestation or the destruction of wildlife habitat;
- Do not clear high carbon stock forests;
- Do not contribute to peat land expansion;
- Operate in compliance with local laws and regulations.
The goal of these requirements is to identify palm oil producers that are engaging in unsustainable practices, work with suppliers to remediate these actions and, if necessary, remove these producers from Hershey’s supply chain.