Hershey Recognized As One Of America’s Most JUST Companies


Hershey, PA — The Hershey Co. has been named one of America’s Most JUST Companies by JUST Capital and media partner CNBC for the third consecutive year. The company is fifth in the Food, Beverage and Tobacco industry and 84 overall of the 100 companies recognized for investing in communities and employee well-being, reducing their impact on the environment and creating a more sustainable future.

“A legacy of goodness is synonymous with the Hershey name and our 128-year history. We are focused on long-term sustainability for our business and creating a positive impact on our people and planet for years to come,” says Leigh Horner, vice-president of global sustainability and corporate communications. “Being named to the JUST 100 list recognizes our steadfast commitment to doing what’s right.”

JUST Capital annually evaluates the 1,000 largest publicly traded companies in the U.S., based on a survey conducted on public attitudes toward corporate behavior. The top 100 companies are recognized for setting the standard in just behavior and serving as socially responsible examples for the business community.

In its 2020 Sustainability Report, Hershey stated many factors that contribute to inclusion on the JUST 100 list, including setting ambitious goals to reduce its global emissions in line with the global best practice of the Paris Agreement, to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. The company has also been on a journey to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace through goals including increased representation and pay equity. In 2020, Hershey achieved aggregate gender pay equity in the U.S. and in 2021, aggregate pay equity for people of color and salaried employees in the U.S.