As per ESG Today, Scope 3 emissions at Hershey, which the company can't control directly, account for 97% of its greenhouse gas emissions footprint and emissions related to Forest Land and Agriculture (FLAG) represent 71% of the Scope 3 footprint.

Thus, Hershey officials are targeting a reduction of FLAG emissions by 36% by 2030, as well as a cut in non-FLAG footprint by 30% by the same year, with 2018 as the year of reference.

Alongside a reduction of Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 50% by 2030, the commitment to improve Scope 3 performance by 66% represents a significant increase compared to the previous target of 25%.

Renewable energy plays an important role in the company's progress, as Hershey stated in the company's 2023 ESG report that 80% of the electricity in its value chain came from green sources. At the same time, the company invested in responsible agricultural practices and sustainable technologies for its cocoa, dairy and sugar farms.

Rachel Grunberg, Senior manager of Environmental Sustainability at The Hershey Company, said that "at Hershey, our business depends on ingredients grown around the world and the health of those ecosystems. We have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint to build resiliency for our business and the planet and are doing so with challenging goals aligned with best-in-class science to inform our strategy."

Hershey's updated climate objectives for 2030 have been validated by the experts at the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).