Hershey Co. Named To Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index

Hershey joins world’s leading companies for top-tier economic, environmental and social performance.

The Hershey Co. has been selected to join the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI).

Hershey is one of seven North American companies from the Food & Beverage category in this year’s index and one of only 17 companies added in 2012.  This is Hershey’s first appearance in the prestigious DJSI Index.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) are determined by SAM (Sustainable Asset Management), in partnership with the S&P and Dow Jones Indices. They are the first global sustainability benchmarks that track the financial performance and sustainable business practices of the world’s leading companies using economic, environmental and social criteria.  DJSI North America launched in September 2005 and represents the top 20% of the 600 largest companies in the North America Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market.

“Hershey has a rich heritage of ‘doing well by doing good’ that traces back to our founder, Milton Hershey,” said Terence O’Day, senior vice president. Global Operations at The Hershey Co.  “Our commitment to operating our business in a socially responsible manner while bringing goodness to the world is yielding tangible results and helps support and advance our growing global business.”

Hershey’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as well as its long-standing positive business practices contributed to its addition to Dow Jones’ list of best-in-class sustainable companies. The company’s heritage of engaging with consumers and communities began with the company’s founding more than 100 years ago.  Milton Hershey established essential principles for the conduct of business which are relevant today and form the basis of the company’s values: quality products, fairness, giving back to communities, and being a good steward of the land and its resources.

Today, the company executes a range of meaningful CSR programs and initiatives based on a four-pillar framework: Environment, Marketplace, Workplace and Community.



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