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Hershey says it's on track to meet 2015 sustainability targets

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The Hershey Co. today said it's on target to meet all of its 2015 goals for sustainability in its operations and supply chain as part of the company's annual Corporate Social Responsibility “Scorecard.”

The company is on track to hit those targets laid out in its 2012 social responsibility report, such as zero waste to landfills for its manufacturing facilities which the company reached this year, it said.

“We are proud of our strong track record of corporate citizenship and our ongoing commitment to the environment, our communities and the people all along the supply chain who help us make our great products,” Hershey President and CEO John P. Bilbrey said in a statement.

Other achievements in social responsibility include:

- Hershey is advancing its plans to use 100 percent sustainably harvested palm oil and expects to meet that goal by the beginning of 2014.

- Between 2009 and 2012, the company reduced its water usage by 58 percentage points, in part due to its movement to the newly expanded West Hershey plant that has an abundance of water-saving technology in its manufacturing process.

- The company has reduced its recordable workplace accidents every year for the past five, and its 2012 incident rate was the lowest in nearly a decade.

The company also touted its efforts to buy 100 percent certified cocoa by 2020, its Project Peanut Butter for better nutrition in Ghana communities and other programs. The company’s full social responsibility report can be found here.

Hershey, based in Derry Township, Dauphin County, trades its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol HSY.

Jim T. Ryan

Jim T. Ryan

Jim T. Ryan covers Cumberland County, manufacturing, distribution, transportation and logistics. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jimr@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JimTRyanCPBJ.

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