The Shared Goodness Promise ties the company’s business success to initiatives that positively impact people, communities and the environment.
The Hershey Company has released its 2017 Shared Goodness Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report and unveiled its new CSR strategy, Shared Goodness Promise, which aims to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives through investments, collaborative programs and sustainable business practices.
Inspired by its founder, Milton Hershey, who created an innovative company with a social purpose, the new strategy provides a focused framework for the company’s CSR work in four areas: Shared Futures, Shared Communities, Shared Business and Shared Planet.
The Shared Goodness Promise, which is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, addresses some of the biggest challenges facing communities around the world. It aims to nourish the lives of children and help them succeed in school, invest in purpose-driven initiatives and business models, safeguard the natural environment, help Hershey communities thrive, and engage Hershey’s employees in the efforts.
Earlier this year, Hershey launched its Cocoa for Good strategy, a key component of Shared Business.
“Hershey is a company that has married being purpose-driven with offering meaningful, impactful day-to-day work,” said Michele Buck, Hershey’s CEO. “The reason is simple: we believe – and prove – that you can be a fierce competitor in the market while operating in a compassionate way with teams of people who are about each other and their communities. The Shared Goodness Promise is to see every day as a chance to be successful in a way that makes a positive difference.”
The Shared Goodness Promise ties the company’s business success to initiatives that positively impact people, communities and the environment. These include:
- Nourish one million minds by 2020. For more than 100 years, since the founding of the Milton Hershey School, Hershey has been giving children the chance at a better future. Shared Futures continues that work with nutrition programs that help children around the world learn and succeed in school. In 2017, the company nourished 208,072 children, which included producing and providing the vitamin-fortified snack ViVi to 52,913 schoolchildren in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.