Hershey has a long tradition of putting people first – from creating a town where our employees and their families could thrive to supporting programs and partnerships that keep families fed and supported during hard times.
We strive to enhance the places where we live and work through programs that support basic needs, education and workforce development, and advance inclusive community economic development. In addition to our philanthropic giving and product-donation programs, our remarkable employees show up for their communities in many ways, by donating funds and volunteering hundreds of thousands of hours each year for the causes they care about. With the input of our employees and nonprofit partners, we develop community investment strategies tailored to each of our communities' specific needs. Our efforts range from supporting food banks to providing relief efforts and aid after natural disasters, supporting youth education and development, and making moments of goodness for kids of all abilities.
When we all pitch in to make a difference, our shared communities flourish.
In 2023, Hershey was included on the annual America's Most JUST Companies by JUST Capital and media partner CNBC for the fourth consecutive year. The customer stakeholder group ranked Hershey as number one in the Food, Beverage and Tobacco industry.
As of 2022, $73.5 million* has been donated in cash and products to community partners focused on education, community economic development, inclusive communities and health and human services where we live and work.
*This amount is cumulative since 2020.
hours volunteered by employees in 2022.