Headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the confectionery giant was No. 34 on the list, which recognizes US companies that are leading on issues such as investing in employees, supporting communities and reducing impact to the environment. The company joined the Just 100 last year at No. 86 and has risen 52 spots this year.
"We are proud to be recognized for our long-standing values of integrity and making a difference in our environment, workplace and communities," said Michele Buck, Chief Executive Officer at The Hershey Company. "Our deep-rooted purpose of making more moments of goodness influences how we work each and every day."
This ranking looks at the 1,000 largest publicly traded companies in the US and is 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 serve as examples for the business community.
The Hershey Company reported a milestone in its sustainability strategy in 2020, reaching a goal set in 2012 to source 100% certified and sustainability cocoa by 2020.