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The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company is among the largest chocolate and confectionery manufacturers in the world. It markets, sells and distributes products through a portfolio that includes more than 80 brands, with sales across 85 countries. In addition to chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery, The Hershey Company’s portfolio includes gum and mint products, snack items such as popcorn and protein bars, meat snacks and pantry items including baking ingredients, toppings and beverages. The Hershey Company purchases cocoa products, its primary raw material, from third-party suppliers who source beans grown in Asia, West Africa, and Central and South America.

Ranking position
#25/350
Total score
42.9/100
Measurement area Score Rank (0-350)

Governance and strategy

#1 5.0 / 10 #88

Environment

#1 11.6 / 30 #60

Nutrition

#1 7.5 / 30 #61

Social inclusion

#1 18.8 / 30 #5
Segment Rank
Agricultural products and commodities #7
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #21

Segment ranking summary

The Hershey Company ranks 7th amongst agricultural products and commodities and 21st amongst food and beverage manufacturers/processors. The company is a high performer relative to its peers, notably ranking in the top 10 for social inclusion in both segments, with strong disclosure on upholding land rights, addressing forced labour and supporting farmers’ resilience. Moreover, while Hershey’s is in the upper middle grouping against its peers in environment, it could improve further by providing greater disclosure on adopting more sustainable sourcing practices, areas its peers have already addressed. Similarly, in nutrition, while Hershey provides high disclosure on food safety issues, it does not adequately address efforts to promote the availability, accessibility and affordability of healthy foods relative to its peers. Finally, Hershey’s is currently lagging behind higher ranking peers in governance and strategy, notably on how it integrates the outcomes of its stakeholder engagement into its sustainability strategy.

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Core social indicators

The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

More about the company

Headquarters
Derry Township, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Food and agriculture revenue USD
7,986,252,000
Group revenue USD
7,986,252,000
Onwnership structure
Publicly listed
Number of employees
16,140
Website
https://www.thehersheycompany.com

This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2.000 most influential companies

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