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Hershey announces plans to use 100% certified cocoa by 2020; critics say move is "good first step"

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5 October 2012

Hershey outlines details of cocoa child labor pledge

Author: Oliver Nieburg, Confectionery News [France]

Hershey will not let on how much of its cocoa volume is currently certified due to "competitive reasons." However, the firm...will communicate progress towards it goals in its annual CSR reports and will announce milestones along the way...Jeff Beckman, head of corporate communications...told this site: "...we will now formalize tracking and reporting our progress for this new initiative as part of our broader, ongoing CSR tracking and reporting process."...Shortly before Hershey made its announcement, it came under fire from the Whole Foods Market...which removed [Hershey's] Scharffen Berger from stores...A spokesperson from Green America [part of Raise the Bar Hershey campaign said]: "Hershey's commitment is both monumental and necessary; however, they remain vague on which certifications, and on their timeline/benchmarks for achieving this."

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4 October 2012

Hershey stuns critics with commitment to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020

Author: Oliver Nieburg, Confectionery News [France]

The Hershey Company has surprised its critics after announcing plans to...use certified cocoa from third-party audited farms that prohibit the use of child labor and aim to increase farmer well-being...“I hadn’t expected them to do this. Until this year Hershey seemed to be impervious to public pressure. It’s a good first step. The question is; how are they going to do it?”, [asks the director of STOP THE TRAFFIK Netherlands]...Hershey has yet to communicate annual goals – but announced that its Scharffen Berger brand will go 100% certified by the end of 2013...Yesterday, Whole Foods Market removed Scharffen Berger from stores over Hershey's failing to demonstrate a commitment on child labor. The International Labor Rights Forum said in a Tweet to this site that Whole Foods' decision may have triggered the announcement to go 100% certified.

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4 October 2012

Raise the bar, Hershey! campaign welcomes Hershey's announcement to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020

Author: Green America, Global Exchange, Intl. Labor Rights Forum

The Raise the Bar, Hershey! campaign is pleased that Hershey is announcing 100 percent certification for its cocoa by 2020. To truly address child labor, Hershey needs to make sure it is certifying all of its cocoa Fair Trade, the only certification that adequately addresses the Worst Forms of Child Labor. Hershey should certify and label one of its top-selling, brand name bars Fair Trade within the next year, and should certify and label all of its chocolates Fair Trade by 2020. We urge Hershey to reveal how the company plans to get to 100% certification by disclosing the certifiers it will be working with as well as a timeline for converting specific product lines...The Raise the Bar, Hershey Campaign! and its allies will continue to encourage Hershey, and other chocolate companies, to improve labor practices on cocoa farms and plantations.

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3 October 2012

Hershey to Source 100% Certified Cocoa by 2020

Author: Hershey

The Hershey Company today said it will source 100 percent certified cocoa for its global chocolate product lines by 2020 and accelerate its programs to help eliminate child labor in the cocoa regions of West Africa...As Hershey increases its use of certified cocoa, the company will also continue to support community-based programs with local African partners, national governments and development agencies...“Consistent with Hershey’s values, we are directly addressing the economic and social issues that impact West Africa’s two million cocoa farmers and families,” said J.P. Bilbrey, president and chief executive officer, The Hershey Company...Hershey also said today that its Scharffen Berger brand will source 100 percent certified cocoa by the end of 2013.

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