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In 2012 Hershey Announced A Partnership With Project Peanut Butter To Make And Distribute Vitamin-enriched Nutritional Packets For Malnourished Children In Rural Ghana. (Graphic: Business Wire)

The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) was recognized today as one of America’s most community-minded companies in The Civic 50 , an annual recognition for companies that are committed to making a difference in the communities where they do business. Hershey was recognized as No. 2 in the consumer staples industry, No. 4 for measuring impact and No. 5 among mid-cap companies. The survey was conducted by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation’s definitive experts on civic engagement, and published by Bloomberg News. This award comes on the heels of Hershey’s inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices.

“Being included in The Civic 50 speaks to the outstanding job our employees have done building upon our powerful legacy of caring for the community. It’s exciting to be making a difference in communities across the country and around the world,” said Mike Wege, Senior Vice President, Chief Growth & Marketing Officer. “We will continue to support innovative solutions to community challenges and leverage our core business competencies for good.”

Marrying Business Expertise and Social Good

Hershey is focused on ways to leverage its business expertise in projects and programs that address social and community challenges. For example, in 2012 Hershey announced a partnership with Project Peanut Butter to make and distribute vitamin-enriched nutritional packets for malnourished children in rural Ghana. Hershey is funding and helping to build a factory in Ghana that produces “Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods” or RUTFs made from a peanut-based paste. This nutritional supplement has proven to be highly effective in saving lives for at risk children.

“We are lending our expertise in peanuts and food manufacturing to an organization that is addressing an urgent need in West Africa,” added Wege. “Hershey has been focused on the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their families for a number of years and this project is a natural extension of all the work that supports our 21 st Century Cocoa Sustainability Strategy.”

For more on Hershey’s 21 st Century Cocoa Sustainability Strategy, click here.

“The results of this year’s Civic 50 survey show that even the most civically engaged companies are doing more to make community engagement a top priority and a permanent aspect of their business strategy,” said Michael Weiser, chairman of the board, National Conference on Citizenship and Neil Bush, chairman of the board, Points of Light, in a joint statement. “These 50 companies are showing others in the private sector how to boost the bottom line and make the world a better place.”

About The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Headquartered in Hershey, Pa., The Hershey Company has operations throughout the world and approximately 14,000 employees. With revenues of more than $6.6 billion, Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 80 brand names, including such iconic brands as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Hershey's Bliss, Hershey's Special Dark, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, Jolly Rancher and Ice Breakers. The company is focused on growing its presence in key international markets such as China, Mexico and Brazil while continuing to build its competitive advantage in the United States and Canada.

For more than 100 years, The Hershey Company has been a leader in making a positive difference in the communities where its employees live, work and do business. Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of the company’s global business strategy, which includes goals and priorities focused on fair and ethical business dealings, environmental stewardship, fostering a desirable workplace for employees, and positively impacting society and local communities. Milton Hershey School, established in 1909 by the company's founder and funded by a trust administered by Hershey Trust Company, provides a quality education, housing, and medical care at no cost to children in social and financial need. Students of Milton Hershey School are direct beneficiaries of The Hershey Company's success.

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