Hershey Company

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Consumer Packaged Goods

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Food and Agriculture, Supply Chain, Sustainability and Energy Management Strategy




Hershey, PA


Julie Stasiuk helped support the development of Hershey’s cocoa climate roadmap, which is a key part of their strategy to achieve their science-based GHG reduction target by 2030.


The Hershey Company committed to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) by setting a target aligned with 1.5C pathways and committed to end deforestation across their supply chain by 2030. The biggest contributor to Scope 3 emissions comes from cocoa, primarily land use change. With changes in GHG accounting guidance for the land sector and the need for high impact projects to reduce cocoa emissions, Hershey enlisted EDF Climate Corps fellow Julie Stasiuk to support the team in developing the cocoa climate roadmap.


Julie supported the cocoa climate roadmap through the following steps: 

  • Inventoried existing GHG reduction and removal initiatives for cocoa.

  • Conducted a landscape analysis among Hershey’s peer companies and suppliers, industry associations, NGOs, and partners. This work delivered key insights into the trends, opportunities, and challenges in reaching no-deforestation goals and GHG accounting for land use change. 

  • Created a survey to assess GHG accounting methodologies of suppliers. 

  • Informed the team of technical details of land use change monitoring.

Potential Impact

Addressing and reducing land use change is central to Hershey’s GHG reduction strategy for cocoa. The outcomes of the expected SBTi FLAG and GHG Protocol Land Sector and Removals publications will inform Hershey of new ways to account for emissions and removals in their value chain. Julie’s work helped prepare Hershey for these new GHG accounting methodologies and contributed to their cocoa GHG reduction strategy.

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