Hershey CSR Scorecard Shows Continued Progress on Key Sustainability
Scorecard provides updates on achievements for a range of CSR programs
HERSHEY, Pa. -- April 22, 2013
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) today issued its CSR Scorecard, providing
progress on a range of sustainability programs and new initiatives. The
scorecard shows substantial progress and achievements since the company issued
its last full CSR Report on April 30, 2012.
“We are proud of our strong track record of corporate citizenship and our
ongoing commitment to the environment, our communities and the people all
along the supply chain who help us make our great products,” said John P.
Bilbrey, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hershey Company. “Our
commitment to citizenship is fundamental to our business strategy and global
growth and we continue to make progress on all fronts. We are continuing the
legacy of our founder, Milton Hershey, who believed that it was the company’s
obligation to ‘do well by doing good’ in society.”
The latest Hershey CSR scorecard is organized around programs and initiatives
in four key areas of social responsibility: Marketplace, Environment,
Workplace and Community. The complete scorecard is available online in the CSR
section of the company’s website at:
Strong Progress Against All Sustainability Targets
Hershey is on track to meet or exceed all of its 2015 sustainability targets
established in the company's last full CSR Report. The company has already
completed some of its 2015 targets or will complete them well ahead of 2015.
For example, the company has achieved its 2015 goal for Zero Waste to Landfill
manufacturing facilities this year, more than two years ahead of schedule. In
addition, the company will reach its 2015 target to use 100 percent certified
sustainable palm oil more than a year ahead of plan.
Hershey’s accomplishments span across a broad range of programs, new
initiatives and sustainability goals. Some of the achievements include:
*Hershey’s 21^st Century Cocoa Plan – Hershey created a roadmap for how the
company will work to help cocoa communities around the world grow
sustainable cocoa for the next century, expected to directly impact
750,000 cocoa farmers and indirectly benefit more than two million West
*100 Percent Certified Cocoa Commitment – Hershey pledged to source 100
percent third-party certified cocoa for all of its chocolate products
worldwide by 2020. This included moving to 100 percent certified cocoa for
the Scharffen Berger brand by end of 2013 and for the Hershey’s Bliss
chocolate brand in 2012. Hershey has since committed to achieving 10
percent third-party certified by the end of 2013 and 40-50 percent in
*Sustainable Palm Oil – In 2011, Hershey committed to purchasing 100%
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified palm oil, provided
availability of supply, by 2015. In an effort to reduce Hershey’s impact
on sensitive rainforests and other natural resources, the company is
accelerating its plans and all palm oil purchased by the company will be
RSPO certified by the beginning of 2014, one year earlier than its
original commitment. RSPO is the leading standard for responsible
production of palm oil.
*Project Peanut Butter – Hershey is funding a manufacturing plant in Ghana
through a U.S.-based NGO to make and distribute vitamin-enriched
nutritional packets to save the lives of malnourished children in rural
*Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWL) Manufacturing – Hershey has increased the
number of manufacturing plants that have achieved ZWL status to five:
Reese and West Hershey (both Hershey, Pa.); Lancaster, Pa.; Hazleton, Pa.;
and Stuarts Draft, Va., meeting the company’s 2015 goal. The company
continues to work towards ZWL status at additional plants. The company’s
East Coast Distribution Center and Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction
have also achieved ZWL status, bringing to seven the total number of
Hershey facilities operating as ZWL.
*Reduced Water Usage – Hershey has cut its normalized water consumption in
manufacturing operations by 58 percentage points from 2009 to 2012. This
substantial reduction was the result of a large cross-functional effort to
conserve water and conduct third-party audits of water use. The audits led
to installation of water conservation measures, combined with the transfer
of manufacturing from the 19 East plant to the highly water-efficient West
*Workplace Safety – Hershey’s focus on increasing workplace safety has
resulted in a consistent reduction in its incident rate to its lowest rate
in the last nine years. The total recordable incidence rate has decreased
each year for more than five years.
*Record Volunteerism – Hershey employees are actively engaged in the
community and with important causes that benefit communities. Hershey
employees around the globe volunteered more than 200,000 hours with causes
such as Habitat for Humanity and the Ronald McDonald House, a record level
of volunteerism for the company.
*Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program – Hershey created an innovative
program that provides employment opportunities for individuals with
intellectual and physical disabilities. The program was launched in 2012
at the company’s Y&S Lancaster Plant and is expanding to other facilities
The Hershey Company’s substantial corporate citizenship programs and
initiatives have earned the company external and industry recognition over the
past year. For example:
*Dow Jones Sustainability Index – Hershey was selected for inclusion in
the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index, one of seven North
American food & beverage companies in the 2012 index.
*America’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens – Hershey was named to America’s 100
Best Corporate Citizens list by Corporate Responsibility Magazine in 2013.
*Newsweek Green Rankings – Moved up 172 spots in the 2012 Newsweek Green
Rankings; No. 7 in the Food and Beverage peer set (up from No. 20 in
*Bloomberg Civic 50 – Hershey was named to the Bloomberg Civic 50 list (No.
29) for the most community-minded companies in America. Hershey was the
only confectionary company and the second highest ranked CPG company on
this year’s list.
*Carbon Disclosure Report – Hershey improved its Carbon Disclosure score
from 67 in 2011 to 80 in 2012.
Hershey’s also has elevated its transparency in CSR reporting in the last two
years using the Global Reporting Initiative’s standard that gives companies
and organizations a common framework to measure and report on sustainability
performance. Hershey’s full CSR report issued last year attained the GRI B+
transparency level compared to the company’s first report, which was at the C
level. This year’s scorecard continues the commitment to transparency and
provides updates on the many disclosures included in last year’s report.
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 funded by a trust 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.
The Hershey Company
Jeff Beckman, 717-534-8090
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