Hershey Lands on the JUST 100 List for 3rd Year

The JUST 100 recognizes firms setting the standard for just behavior and being socially responsible. 

January 14, 2022

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HERSHEY, Pa.—The Hershey Company has been named as one of America's Most JUST Companies by JUST Capital and CNBC for the third consecutive year, according to a news release.

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

The Hershey Company is fifth in the Food, Beverage and Tobacco industry and 84 overall of the 100 companies.

"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," said Leigh Horner, vice president of global sustainability and corporate communications, The Hershey Company. "Being named to the JUST 100 list recognizes our steadfast commitment to doing what's right."

In its 2020 Sustainability Report, Hershey details many of the factors that contribute to inclusion on the JUST 100 list, including setting ambitious new 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 such as 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.

Hershey was recently named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and was recognized as the No. 1 top female-friendly company by Forbes Magazine. Hershey’s was also ranked as one of the top five best brands in America by YouGov, coming in at No. 4. The YouGov BrandIndex data analysis was based on interviews with thousands of Americans about how they feel about over 2,000 brands.