The Hershey Co. has partnered with the world's largest cocoa and chocolate companies to launch CocoaAction, a cocoa sustainability effort in West Africa.
The industrywide initiative will complement existing sustainability programs, according to the Derry Township-based company. It has been convened under the auspices of the World Cocoa Foundation, Hershey said in a statement.
The coalition will initially focus on Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, Hershey said. Together, those countries provide about 55 percent of the world’s cocoa supply.
Both countries’ governments have endorsed CocoaAction as the industry’s official sustainability initiative, according to Hershey.
In addition to Hershey, other founding members are ADM, Armajaro, Barry Callebaut, Blommer, Cargill, Ecom, Ferrero, Mars, Mondelez International, Nestlé and Olam.
“It’s a major breakthrough for key members of the industry to come together and work as a group to solve the challenges facing cocoa farming in West Africa and achieve our mutual sustainability objectives,” said Terence O’Day, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer at Hershey.