The Hershey Company’s legacy is rooted in doing well by doing good. This was the mission of our founder, Milton Hershey, who built a company on the values of integrity, excellence, togetherness and making a difference. That spirit lives on with us today, more than 125 years later.
BEATRICE MOULIANITAKI, Head of Cocoa Sustainability
Nearly 70 percent of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa, and cocoa is a critical and often sole source of cash for millions of smallholder farming families. Unfortunately, these communities face environmental and economic difficulties that present various challenges for West African cocoa farmers. Many typically have low incomes, often at or below the accepted poverty line. Basic infrastructure is minimal or non-existent and land-rights are often poorly defined.
By Ruben Cardona & Erika Nava, Latino Business Resource Group
At Hershey, we consciously work to ensure our employees feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work each day, and that our workforce mirrors the diversity of our consumers around the world. One of the ways we do this is through our eight, diverse, employee-led Business Resource Groups, including the Latino Business Resource Group (LBRG).
Climate change is predicted to increasingly pose a risk to our planet and to our business. Extreme weather events and heat will make it harder for our key agricultural commodities to grow, increase the difficulty of getting our finished goods to market, and create difficulties in our consumers’ abilities to get to stores and even our own employees’ ability to get to work (think of shopping or commuting during a blizzard or hurricane or even how the present-day COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world).
SCOTT LENNOX, Principle Scientist Chocolate PD, Research and Development
There are a lot of expressions for agreement in the workplace.
You can be “on board,” or “get behind” or “buy into” something. It’s good to be “on the same page,” or “coming from the same place,” with your colleagues. In my role in Research and Development with The Hershey Company, we like to “lean in,” to a lot of things.
From the moment Milton Hershey founded our company and sought to make chocolate—previously a luxury good—accessible to the masses, we worked to make more moments of goodness in people’s lives.
Over a century later, we’re invited into people’s moments of goodness every day. We’re there for holiday gatherings and campfires; for break-ups and make-ups; for road trips and school trips. It’s a pretty special place to be. Operating sustainably is what wraps each moment in something we can all feel good about.
Since 1909, Milton Hershey School (MHS) has offered children from low-income backgrounds in the U.S. a residential, cost-free, quality pre-K through 12th grade education. Now in its 110th year, it is a place where students’ potential meets life-changing opportunity thanks to our shared founder, whose entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to helping youth succeed blended to create an early “social enterprise.”