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HERSHEY, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 11, 2016-- The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) announced today a new partnership with the Sugar Industry Research and Development Institute (SIRDI) to expand its #hershey Learn to Grow sustainable farming program to sugar suppliers in northern Belize.
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The program will train farmers in sustainable agriculture practices to responsibly grow and harvest sugar cane. Thenew program builds on The #hershey Company’s leadership in ensuring the raw materials used for its iconic brands are procured from sustainable sources where the entire community benefits from the business.
“We’ve seen great success from our Learn to Grow program in the cocoa sector and now have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the sugar industry,” said Eric Boyle, Director of Responsible Sourcing and Procurement at the Hershey Company. “The combination of our new Sustainable Sugar Sourcing Policy and the new farmer training program will give consumers the assurance that the sugar in our products is responsibly and sustainably grown and harvested.”
The SIRDI Farmer Field School, funded by #hershey, is an expansion of the highly recognized Hershey Learn to Grow program, initiated four years ago to give West African cocoa farmers the opportunity to improve productivity, raise incomes and benefit the entire community.
The #hershey Company’s work to enhance the livelihoods of farmers within our supply chain links to the company’s heritage ofsharing goodness.
Commitment to Responsible and Sustainable Sugar Sourcing
The Hershey Company also announced today the implementation of a new Sustainable Sugar Sourcing Policy. The policy establishes rigorous standards to ensure sugar has been responsibly grown and harvested.
By 2020, The Hershey Company will procure 100 percent of sugar purchases from responsible and sustainable sources. The company is committed to working with suppliers that not only share the same values, but are committed to action plans to adhere to the company’s Sugar Sourcing Policy.
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About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company, headquartered in Hershey, Pa., is a global confectionery leader known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks. #hershey has approximately 21,000 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 than $7.4 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey'sKisses, Jolly Rancher, Ice Breakers and Brookside. Building on its core business, #hershey is expanding its portfolio to include a broader range of delicious snacks. The company remains focused on growing its presence in key international markets while continuing to extend its competitive advantage in North America.
At #hershey, goodness has always been about more than delicious products. For more than 120 years, #hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. #hershey founder, Milton #hershey, created the Milton #hershey Schoolin 1909 and since then the company has focused on giving underserved children the skills and support they need to be successful. Today, the company continues this social purpose through 'Nourishing Minds,' a global initiative that provides basic nutrition to help children learn and grow. From neighborhoods across the United States to the streets of Shanghai andMumbai and villages of West Africa, our goal is to nourish one million minds by 2020.
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