The Hershey Company Welcomes Returning Veterans to Its Employment Ranks
Iconic Confectionery Company Continues Longstanding Commitment to
HERSHEY, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 12, 2012--
As troops arrive home, veterans are facing a higher unemployment rate
than the general population. The growing need for veterans to
successfully transition back into civilian life has inspired The Hershey
Company (NYSE: HSY) to launch a Veteran’s Business Resource Group (BRG)
to expand its longstanding outreach to veterans and veteran
The new Veteran’s BRG will serve to support veterans within the company
and those seeking work through a number of initiatives, including:
Educating employees on the skills and experience that veterans bring
and sharing examples of Hershey’s support of the military within the
company and in the communities where Hershey employees work
Reaching out to veterans groups to support the company’s veteran
Offering support to veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce
Promoting communication and collaboration among veterans within the
The Veteran’s Business Resource Group will also create formal mentorship
programs for newly hired veterans by matching them with other veterans
who have successfully transitioned to work at The Hershey Company.
These efforts complement the company’s existing Military Talent Program,
which was launched in late 2011. The program works to recruit and hire
returning veterans to support a growing business. As part of these
efforts, the company also plans to hold job fairs and related programs
for veterans during the next several years.
“We have great opportunities for returning troops across our U.S.
operations,” says Terry O’Day, Senior Vice President, Global Operations,
The Hershey Company. O’Day is a veteran and graduate of the U.S. Air
Force Academy, and also serves as the executive sponsor of the company’s
Veteran’s BRG. “Veterans are known for their leadership, commitment and
technical skills, an ideal combination for our manufacturing network,”
Consistent with its historic values and commitment to Corporate Social
Responsibility, The Hershey Company has employed hundreds of veterans
over the years and many have gone on to become leaders in the company.
There are currently more than 500 veterans in Hershey’s workforce. In
2011, Hershey increased the number of veterans hired by more than 50
percent compared with 2010.
“Veterans – with their distinguished backgrounds in highly complex
situations, working with high-tech equipment and their ability to manage
people and processes – will bring tremendous value to a range of
available positions at Hershey,” said Kevin Walling, Senior Vice
President, Chief Human Resources Officer, The Hershey Company. “Seeking
skilled veterans is the right thing to do for those who have served
their country and offers a great source of talent for our company.”
Hershey’s support of the U.S. military dates back to World War I, when
Hershey provided milk chocolate bars to American soldiers. During World
War II, Hershey developed the “Field Ration D” bar specifically for
troops serving overseas. More than 24 million Ration D bars were
produced every week by the end of 1945. Hershey also played a small role
in the Berlin Airlift of 1948, when 1st Lt. Gail Halvorsen, the
“Chocolate Flier,” dropped Hershey’s chocolate bars to children
from a C-54 bomber plane.
Today, Hershey continues to support U.S. troops serving both
domestically and in overseas conflicts. This includes the company’s
product donation program, in which the company sends a variety of
Hershey products to men and women serving in the military. During the
past 10 years, Hershey has sent care packages to the troops consisting
of more than 4,500 cases of product, with a value of nearly $500,000.
Hershey also provides financial support to military organizations such
as the United Services Organization (USO) and supports other
military-affiliated organizations such as Wounded Warrior, the Yellow
Ribbon Fund and other related programs.
Hershey’s new Veteran’s Business Resource Group joins a number of other
groups at the company the allow employees to learn and grow in both the
work environment and in the community. Other groups include the African
American BRG, the Hispanic BRG, the Women’s BRG, the Prism GLBT BRG, the
Asian American BRG, and the Network of Young Professionals.
About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is the largest producer of quality
chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar
confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, Pa., The Hershey Company has
operations throughout the world and approximately 14,000 employees. With
revenues of more than $6 billion, Hershey offers confectionery products
under more than 25 brand names, including such iconic brands as Hershey's,
Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Hershey's Bliss,
Hershey's Special Dark, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, Jolly
Rancher and Ice Breakers. Hershey also offers premium and
artisan chocolate products under such brands as Scharffen Berger
and Dagoba through the Artisan Confections Company, a wholly
owned subsidiary. The company is focused on growing its presence in key
international markets such as China and Mexico while continuing to build
its competitive advantage in the United States and Canada.
For more than 100 years, The Hershey Company has been a leader in making
a positive difference in the communities where its employees live, work
and do business. Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of
the company’s global business strategy, which includes goals and
priorities focused on fair and ethical business dealings, environmental
stewardship, fostering a desirable workplace for employees, and
positively impacting society and local communities. Milton Hershey
School, established in 1909 by the company's founder and administered by
Hershey Trust Company, provides a quality education, housing, and
medical care at no cost to children in social and financial need.
Students of Milton Hershey School are direct beneficiaries of The
Hershey Company's success.
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