Hershey Earns Great Place to Work Certification


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Hershey, PA — The Hershey Co.’s U.S. business has been Certified by Great Place to Work. The company says the recognition is based on current employees’ experience working at Hershey, with this year’s survey noting justice, pride and leadership as particular strengths for the company. Hershey’s U.S. business joins operations in Brazil and India in earning this certification.

Great Place to Work is a global authority on workplace culture, employee experience, and the leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue, employee retention and increased innovation.

“Great Place to Work Certification isn’t something that comes easily — it takes ongoing dedication to the employee experience,” says Sarah Lewis-Kulin, vice-president of global recognition at Great Place to Work. “It’s the only official recognition determined by employees’ real-time reports of their company culture. Earning this designation means that The Hershey Company is one of the best companies to work for in the country.”

“Being named a Great Place to Work-Certified company further validates our culture and our 128-year legacy of making moments of goodness,” says Michele Buck, Hershey chairman, president and CEO. “Inspired by our remarkable people who bring our purpose to life, we are committed to living our values every day and ensuring our company remains a great place to work.” 

The company notes the certification underscores Hershey’s on-going commitment to foster a positive employee experience, with inclusivity, equity and mentorship initiatives driving tangible results. In 2022, the company launched an enterprise-wide career development program so employees could learn and practice new ideas, behaviors and skills. Additionally, Hershey committed to supporting employees through a set of competitive and wide-ranging benefits, including increasing salaried parental leave to up to 20 weeks in 2023.

“This honor directly reflects the thoughts and opinions of our employees, which is the highest praise we could receive,” adds Chris Scalia, senior vice-president, chief human resources officer, Hershey. “To address the challenges of the past two years, our leadership team has harnessed the power of continuous and active listening, created a safe and open workplace through public acts of vulnerability, and fostered value creation through putting our employees’ well-being first. These initiatives are making a difference, and we will continue to engage our people to create a workplace that’s welcoming, inclusive and reflective of our purpose and values.”