The Hershey Company Recognized as One of America’s Top 50 Community-Minded Companies

  The Hershey Company Recognized as One of America’s Top 50 Community-Minded
  Companies

Hershey Recognized by Bloomberg, National Conference on Citizenship and Points
                                   of Light

Business Wire

HERSHEY, Pa. -- November 19, 2012

The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) was recognized as one of America’s most
community-minded companies in The Civic 50 survey – the first comprehensive
ranking of S&P 500 corporations that best use their time, talent, and
resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do
business. This award comes shortly after Hershey was named to the Dow Jones
Sustainability North American Index and moved up 172 spots in Newsweek’s Green
Rankings.

The survey was conducted by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and
Points of Light, experts on civic engagement, in partnership with Bloomberg
LP. The full Civic 50 ranking is posted at
www.businessweek.com/interactive_reports/civic_50_2012.html.

“We are very proud to be included in The Civic 50 and be recognized for our
commitment to ‘doing well by doing good,’” said James George, Vice President,
Corporate Social Responsibility, The Hershey Company. “Hershey’s long history
of philanthropy began with our founder Milton Hershey, who preferred to take a
hands-on approach to solving community challenges, and we will continue to do
the same as we expand our work in the cocoa communities of West Africa and the
communities where our employees call home.”

At the heart of Hershey’s community efforts is the well-being of children,
especially those at risk. Hershey has a number of programs and partnerships
enabling the company to have a positive impact on society and local
communities around the world:

  *Cocoa community support: In 2012, Hershey announced a $10 million
    commitment in West Africa over the next five years to accelerate community
    programs and in October, Hershey announced that it will source 100%
    certified cocoa for its global chocolate portfolio by 2020.
  *United Way giving: Hershey’s annual United Way Campaign raised a
    record-breaking $2 million in 2011 thanks to generous employee donations
    and Hershey’s corporate match. The United Way Campaign contributed to the
    $9 million of monetary and product donations Hershey made in 2011. Hershey
    also works directly with United Way Worldwide on a number of grants for
    community initiatives such as an after-school program for children of
    migrant workers in Shanghai.
  *Employee volunteerism: In 2011, Hershey employees donated 10,000 volunteer
    hours, many through Hershey’s “Dollars for Doers” program, which supports
    dedicated employee volunteers with a donation to their charity of choice.
  *Youth activity: In 2012, Hershey’s Track & Field Games (HT&FG) celebrated
    35 years of encouraging kids ages 9-14 to be active through running,
    jumping and throwing events at over 1,000 free local, state and provincial
    track meets. HT&FG is the longest-running youth activity program of its
    kind in North America with more than 10 million youth participating since
    its inception.

Companies included in The Civic 50 were evaluated on seven specific
metrics:leadership, measurement and strategy, design, employee civic health,
community partnerships, cause alignment and transparency. Winning companies
employed increasingly sophisticated tools to measure the impact of community
engagement and alignment of these programs with their business’ core
competencies.More than two-thirds of the top 50 companies say they
“frequently” or “always” use the professional skills of their workforce to
address social issues and real community challenges.Sixty-six percent of the
top 50 say they have “mission-level” alignment with their community partners,
meaning they work with them on the highest strategic level, not just on
individual programs or events.

“NCoC is proud to be part ofThe Civic 50launch,” said Ilir Zherka, Executive
Director of NCoC. “The Civic 50demonstrates thatthe bestcompanies in
Americaare deeply committed to strengthening their respective communities.
Leaders of these companies are aligning the expertise of their companies and
peoplewith the needs of their communities, and then measuring the impact of
their programs. NCoC hopesThe Civic 50will spur companies
throughoutourcountryto do the same.”

“As a company committed to community engagement and improvement, Bloomberg is
proud to have partnered with the National Conference on Citizenship and Points
of Light on this important ranking,” said Norman Pearlstine, Chairman,
Bloomberg Businessweek and Chief Content Officer, Bloomberg LP. “The Civic 50
is a pioneering addition to the Bloomberg Rankings inventory. It features a
comprehensive, transparent methodology to identify companies that have taken a
leadership role in developing and implementing civic engagement programs. We
believe it will raise awareness of the importance of a civic consciousness
through the U.S. corporate world.”

“Today, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we can see clearly how much
corporate America pitches in – with expertise, talent, time and money – to
help communities meet critical needs,” said Jackie Norris, executive director
of the Points of Light Corporate Institute. “In times of disaster and in
relative calm, The Civic 50’s work is transformative, innovative and
critically important.”

To learn more about The Hershey Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility
efforts please visit:
http://www.thehersheycompany.com/social-responsibility.aspx

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 80 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.

Contact:

The Hershey Company
Jeff Beckman,717-534-8090
jbeckman@hersheys.com
 
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