No. 21 | The Hershey Company

From DiversityInc

  • Hershey’s responsibility standards are strengthened by its world-class minority, women, veteran, LGBTQ+ people, disadvantaged and disabled-owned suppliers.
  • Hershey put a fist in the fight against COVID-19. The company committed $1 million to acquire, install and staff a new manufacturing line dedicated to the production of face masks.
  • Hershey’s chief marketing officer Jill Baskin was inducted into the Advancing Diversity Hall of Honors in January 2020 for her work establishing initiatives to increase D&I in the company.

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  • No. 12 Executive Diversity Councils
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  • No. 6 Philanthropy
  • No. 15 Sponsorship

From The Company

Few companies on the planet can claim the success of being an iconic company for 125 years. Even fewer can say that they are in the business of making moments of goodness for those who love their products. At the core of our 125-year success is the talent, energy, and commitment our diverse workforce brings to work every day.

Hershey’s diverse approach to hiring makes a difference. In 2019, the company was a global leader on gender representation, with women occupying many of the top positions in the company — including CEO and Chairman of the Board, and Chief Growth Officer — and throughout the company at 50%.

Across Hershey’s total U.S. salaried workforce, U.S. women earn 0.99 cents on the dollar compared to men. Additionally, 42% of its Board of Directors are women. Hershey works to ensure a level playing field for all employees regardless of their backgrounds. Its eight employee-led business resource groups (BRGs), which include Abilities First, African American, Asian, GenH (Generations), Latino, Prism (LGBTQ), Veteran’s and Women’s, play an important role in helping to attract and retain people from different communities, providing marketing insights and connecting people within the company.

Company Facts


U.S. Headquarters: Hershey, PA

Global Employees: 16,000

2019 DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 25