The Hershey Company
In 2012, Hershey significantly accelerated its efforts to reduce child labor and improve cocoa supply in West Africa. The company committed to source 100 percent third-party certified cocoa by 2020. This substantial commitment was in addition to a $10 million package of programs and initiatives announced earlier in the year that will also address the issues of child labor and improve the lives of cocoa farmers and their families. As part of its deep commitment to cocoa sustainability, the company created the HERSHEY LEARN TO GROW Farm and Family Development Center in Ghana and expanded its CocoaLink mobile phone program, part of the $17 million Framework of Action to combat the worst forms of child labor in West Africa. In addition, Hershey is a founding member of the World Cocoa Foundation, the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) and the WCF’s ECHOES Alliance. They have funded research into Black Pod Disease Genome fungus and are committed to the Mexico Cocoa Project designed to revitalize cocoa growing in Mexico, double family incomes and improve livelihoods of cocoa farmers, and contribute to the worldwide supply of sustainable cocoa.