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Fostering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Diversity is a source of energy and innovation here at Hershey. We have a long-standing commitment to foster an inclusive environment where all employees around the world can bring their whole selves to work each day and to support a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within the communities where we live and work.

Our commitment to DEI starts with our hiring practices and extends to each area of our business – from consumer insights to representation in advertising and products, our supplier diversity program and the many organizations we support within our communities.

Our values of togetherness, integrity, making a difference and excellence have helped us build a uniquely Hershey approach that enables us to hire the best candidates, understand our diverse consumers, create more diverse and inclusive communities, and ultimately live our purpose of making more moments of goodness. Since 2020, we have made significant progress toward our goals through our holistic DEI strategy, The Pathways Project.

The Pathways Project

Progressing our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Framework: The Pathways Project

As part of The Pathways Project, our five-year plan to make our workplace and communities even more inclusive, we have prioritized increasing overall representation and advancement across minority groups including women, those living with a disability, LGBTQ+ employees and veterans, with an accelerated focus on closing the representation gap for Black and Latino employees. We also continued to prioritize women representation in our leadership, particularly for women of color. Other areas of focus include developing our workforce, especially in Commercial Functions including Supply Chain, Finance, and Information Services, as well as continuing to increase the diversity of our suppliers to impact our entire value chain. Inclusion is belonging, respect, being ALL IN, and the great feelings we have about working at Hershey.

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The best is yet to come. Our goals and where we’re headed next to continue making Hershey more diverse and inclusive are what’s making us proud.

Our Focus on Gender Equity

We are proud to be one of the few Fortune 500 companies led by women, with Michele Buck serving as our CEO and Chairman of the Board. We also lead the industry, paying U.S. salaried women and people of color a dollar-for-dollar aggregate compared to male colleagues.

Business Resource Groups Create Opportunities for Influence

Our eight employee-led Business Resource Groups (BRGs) provide a space for employees to discuss new business opportunities, influence company policy and develop employees and communities where we do business. Hershey leadership frequently partners with BRGs to bring new initiatives to life and ensure the interests of all our employees are represented.

Hershey Women Business Group
Black Heritage Hershey Business Group
Abilities First Hershey Business Group
Hershey Asian and Pacific Islander Business Group
Veterans Hershey Business Group
Latino Hershey Business Group
Generation H Hershey Business Group
Prism Hershey Business Group


Find out more about our approach and resources in our 2022 ESG Report.

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