The Hershey Company Recognized for Fostering an Open and Inclusive Environment for Its Employees

Multiple Accolades Underscore Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

HERSHEY, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) was recognized recently with multiple
accolades from DiversityInc, and the National Organization on
Disability for its continued commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Earlier this year the company received a 100% rating on The Human Rights
Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. These accolades underscore The
Hershey Company’s efforts to foster a workforce that reflects different
perspectives and celebrates input from people of different backgrounds
and experiences.

“Our employees have always been fundamental to our success. We’ve grown
because of the unmatched knowledge, expertise and excellence that our
entire team brings to work each day,” said John P. Bilbrey, Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer, The Hershey Company. “By encouraging employees
to ask questions and share opinions across experiences, roles, and
tenures, we have more effective collaboration and better results –
internally and externally.”

Notable Awards Include:

  • DiversityInc’s “25 Noteworthy Companies” – As a
    premier diversity publication, the annual DiversityInc
    survey assesses a company’s diversity and inclusion policies and
    practices. Hershey was recognized by the publication as one of their
    “25 Noteworthy Companies,” and a potential contender for their
    “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” list.
  • DiversityInc’s Top 10 Companies for Veterans – In
    its third year, this list showcases the diversity-management
    activities that have earned the best results in recruiting and
    promoting veterans. Hershey was honored by being selected as #3 on
    this year’s Top
    10 Companies for Veterans list
  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2016 Corporate Equality Index
    This index
    is a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices
    pertaining to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Out
    of 407 major businesses, Hershey earned a score of 100 percent and the
    distinct honor of being listed as one of the “Best Places to Work for
    LGBT Equality.”
  • National Organization on Disability (NOD) Seal – NOD is a
    private, non-profit organization which focuses on increasing
    employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Hershey
    was named as one of 27
    for leading the way in disability hiring.

Through various initiatives, Hershey continues to focus resources and
attention on creating an “innovation everywhere” mindset across the
organization. This includes encouraging a diverse and inclusive
workforce, bringing together people with diversity of thought, interest,
skills and experience.

As Hershey continues to make strides towards its goal to be a global
leader in diversity and inclusion by 2020, focus areas include:

  • Recruiting our nation’s veterans
  • Being the employer of choice for young and upcoming talent
  • Championing gender equity globally

To view more on Hershey’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, visit

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’s
Kisses, 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 School in 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 and Mumbai and villages of West
Africa, our goal is to nourish one million minds by 2020.


The Hershey Company
Jennifer Sniderman, 717-534-6275