The Hershey Company Commits $1 Million to Production of Disposable Facemasks
“Supporting our communities in difficult times is part of our legacy, and an important value that our current employees share,” said Michele Buck, President and CEO. “From the building projects that created local jobs during the Great Depression, to producing military rations during World War II, we take great pride in making a difference where we can.”
Leveraging its internal engineering capabilities, and its relationships with equipment manufacturer
“Disposable masks will be an integral piece of protecting the health and safety of our employees, their families and our community as we move forward over the weeks and months ahead,” said Jason Reiman , Chief Supply Chain Officer. “Changing how we work, and adding this capability is a testament to the adaptability of our team, and our desire to make a difference.”
Converting operations to address a critical need is the latest step in the company’s ongoing efforts to support communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, Hershey has donated millions in cash and product to benefit community safety net organizations and a variety of healthcare organizations, while simultaneously supporting employee safety and wellbeing.
Supporting Basic Needs
To support basic needs in communities where it operates, the company has made cash donations to a variety of partners including
Caring for Caregivers
Hershey has also expanded its donation programs to support hospitals and healthcare institutions across the U.S. It’s delivered tens of thousands of pounds of treats to more than 50 facilities in over a dozen states to lift the spirts of front-line health workers, and provide encouragement through small “moments of goodness” throughout their days.
Closer to home, the company is working closely with the professionals from the
In addition to its local healthcare efforts, Hershey continues to work closely with
Supporting Employee Health and Security
Ensuring the health and security of Hershey employees is a primary focus of the company’s COVID response. From the outset of the current crisis, the company has worked to offer various options to enable employees to continue working with enhanced safety and economic security. Increased safety and protective measures, modified and flexible work schedules, work-from-home options, pay incentives and enhanced assistance programs have been implemented to help employees navigate this challenging time.
“Hershey’s remarkable employees are the first and foremost priority during this extraordinary time,” said Chief Human Resources Officer Chris Scalia. “They not only make it possible to maintain our operations as a critical piece of our communities’ food supply, but also exemplify our commitment to excellence, safety and our belief that we are stronger together.”
Providing Economic Wellbeing Across the Value Chain
As a food manufacturer, Hershey is also an important link in the broader food supply chain and contributes to the economic wellbeing of thousands of people, particularly farmers and other food raw material suppliers. The company is working to help provide economic stability to its partners, suppliers and communities by creating jobs in manufacturing and sales and working across the supply chain with our partners and suppliers.
“Caring for communities is not about taking any single action,” added Buck. “It’s a combination of many people taking many actions from a place of shared values and a sense of responsibility for one another. It’s one of the many things I cherish about leading the remarkable women and men of
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About The Hershey Company
For more than 125 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey, created the
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