Incredible and inspiring, the story of Hershey's begins with the tale of one determined pioneer: Milton S. Hershey. Raised in rural central Pennsylvania, Milton Hershey would not only become known for the delicious milk chocolate bar that bears his name, but for his philanthropy and open-hearted generosity which still touches the lives of thousands.
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How many people does The Hershey Company employ?
A. The Hershey Company employs approximately 13,000 employees worldwide
North Americas largest chocolate producer.
42,5% of the US chocolate market.
Walmart: largest customer
The captivating story of Hershey's spans nearly a century and a half of industrial and social change. It was in the year 1894 that candy manufacturer Milton Hershey made the decision to try adding chocolate coating to his caramels. Calling this new enterprise the Hershey Chocolate Company, he located it near the area he had been born, amid the rolling farmland of Derry Township, PA. By the summer of 1905, with the milk from nearby dairy farms and the spirit of hard-working local people, his new factory started turning out delicious milk chocolate.
For the farm boy who never had much of a chance at education, providing that opportunity for others was always an important priority. As early as 1909, Hershey and his wife Catherine established the Hershey Industrial School, a school for orphan boys we know today as the Milton Hershey School. In 1918 and with no fanfare, Hershey transferred the bulk of his considerable wealth, including ownership in the Hershey Chocolate Company, to the Hershey Industrial School.
1900: First chocolate launched in America
THE HERSHEY COMPANY COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Milton Hershey not only transformed the business of making chocolate, he also established an enduring model of responsible community stewardship. We have made a positive impact in our communities for more than 100 years. Our marketplace success makes this investment possible.
Here at The Hershey Company, we positively impact society and local communities where we live and work through corporate philanthropy, employee giving and volunteerism, and corporate contribution of time and expertise.
Following the legacy of our founder, we focus our philanthropic efforts on non-profits supporting kids and kids at risk.
For our Community Targets and updates on our progress, visit our CSR Reporting page.
Within the Hershey Company, individual employee volunteers are an important part of our community involvement, and we support them in their donation of time. In our “Dollars for Doers” program we donate $250 to the charity of their choice, if they participate in 50 hours of community service over one year. Employee participation in “Dollars for Doers” increased by 34% from 2009-2010. In 2010, we donated funds to over 40 different organizations through this program.
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
The Hershey Company is proud of our product donations to the U.S. military. Our donation program enables employees to send a case of Hershey products to family and friends serving overseas. We prepare and mail care packages to troops, and have sent 1,320 cases of products since the program began. We take care to send the best Hershey’s products for their geographic location. Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq receive products like TWIZZLERS Candy, GOOD & PLENTY Candy and PAYDAY Peanut Caramel Bar which can withstand the heat. We’re honored to be able to share our Hershey Happiness with the troops, and we recognize the impact that our care packages can have on their morale. As one soldier shared with us, the REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups we sent him made the homesick soldiers very happy.
Two organizations we consider to be vital partners in our efforts in the community