Hershey, PA — For the sixth consecutive year, The Hershey Co. has been named to the Civic 50 list, which recognizes America’s most community-minded companies, according to the candymaker.
The annual recognition, hosted by Points of Light, highlights how companies with revenues of $1 billion or more effectively use their resources to improve the communities they do business in, Hershey reports. Companies are judged in four areas: investment, integration, institutionalization and impact.
During 2017, the candymaker updated its corporate giving strategy to increase focus on communities where its employees live and work, distributing more than $5 million to 1,100 organizations. The new strategy zeroes in on three key areas to help communities: supporting basic needs, educating the workforce of tomorrow and investing in community and economic development, according to Hershey.
Further, this week the candymaker’s employees are working across the country in partnership with non-profit organizations as part of Hershey’s annual global week of service. For instance, during the annual meal-packing event, Rise Against Hunger, company employees are anticipated to put together some 285,000 meals.
“The Hershey Co. was built with the idea of strong community. Our founder Milton Hershey didn’t just open a factory, he built a town,” says Leigh Horner, vice-president of corporate communications and corporate social responsibility. “Today, meaningful community involvement is demonstrated every day by our remarkable employees, whose generosity continues to push us to work more closely together with our local partners to create strong communities.”