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The Hershey Company Recognized as One of America’s ‘100 Best Corporate Citizens’



  The Hershey Company Recognized as One of America’s ‘100 Best Corporate
  Citizens’

Corporate Responsibility Magazine honors companies that are leaders for their
   commitment to environmental, economic, and social values and practices.

Business Wire

HERSHEY, Pa. -- April 12, 2013

The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) today was recognized for the first time as one
of America’s best Corporate Citizens in Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The
magazine annually ranks the nation’s top 100 companies for demonstrated CSR
best practices and a commitment to publicly reporting their socially
responsible initiatives.

“We are thrilled with this recognition; it is a tribute to our employees
around the world who work each and every day in a socially responsible way,”
said Michele Buck, Senior Vice President, Chief Growth Officer. “‘Doing well
by doing good’ is part of our company’s DNA, and as we grow around the world,
the sustainability of our global community remains fundamental to our business
strategy.”

Hershey’s commitment to corporate social responsibility has led to attracting
and retaining a highly engaged workforce dedicated to building on the legacy
of founder Milton Hershey, delivering exceptional shareholder value, building
a sustainable platform for global growth and strengthening the company’s
global reputation.

Hershey’s social responsibility initiatives are organized into a four-pillar
framework: Marketplace, Environment, Workplace and Community.

This framework focuses the company’s CSR efforts and allows it to conduct its
business in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner
while providing the market with high-quality products.

Some recent achievements include:

  * Marketplace: In February 2013, Hershey announced its 21^st Century Cocoa
    Plan, a roadmap for how all of Hershey’s cocoa programs come together to
    help cocoa communities around the world grow sustainable cocoa for the
    next century. Hershey’s Cocoa Plan will reach 750,000 cocoa farmers and
    benefit more than two million West African people.
  * Environment: Hershey invested in a $300-million expansion and
    modernization of its West Hershey plant, which was completed on time while
    being managed as a zero-waste-to-landfill (ZWL) project. This expansion
    also included the installation of major energy and water conservation
    measures. The West Hershey plant is one of five Hershey facilities
    currently operating as ZWL.
  * Workplace: Hershey launched a Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program to
    actively recruit, hire, train and retain individuals with intellectual and
    physical disabilities for its manufacturing facilities. Hershey will
    expand this successful program in 2013.
  * Community: The Hershey Company donated more than $9 million to charitable
    causes in 2012, continuing the company’s long-time commitment to making a
    difference in the communities where it operates. Hershey employees also
    volunteered more than 200,000 hours in their local communities in 2012
    setting a new company record.

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens list is based on publicly available
information in seven categories: environment, climate change, human rights,
philanthropy, employee relations, financial performance and governance. The
list was recognized by PR Week as one of America’s three most-important
business rankings.

Hershey was recently named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North American
Index, named to the Civic 50 and moved up 172 spots in Newsweek’s Green
Rankings. 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 $6.6
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. The company is focused on growing its presence in key
international markets such as China, Mexico and Brazil 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.

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Contact:

The Hershey Company
Jeff Beckman, (717) 534-8090
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