J.P. Bilbrey Honored as CR Magazine Responsible CEO of the Year Award Winner

Hershey CEO Recognized for Corporate Responsibility Leadership
Sep 23, 2014 3:00 PM ET
Image caption: J.P. Bilbrey, president and CEO of The Hershey Company, has been named a 2014 Responsible CEO of the Year Award winner by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The award recognizes CEOs who visibly exceed standards in the areas of employee relations, environmental impact, human rights, philanthropy and corporate responsibility practices.

Hershey, Pa., September 23 /3BL Media/ — Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine, which focuses on highlighting America’s most socially responsible chief executives, announced today that J.P. Bilbrey, president and CEO of The Hershey Company, has been named a 2014 Responsible CEO of the Year Award winner. The awards are presented to CEOs across industries who visibly exceed standards in the areas of employee relations, environmental impact, human rights, philanthropy and corporate responsibility practices.

“I’m honored to receive this award, but it really reflects the great work and deep commitment of our remarkable employees around the world,” said Bilbrey. “Doing the right thing for society and our communities has been embedded in the culture of our company since its founding more than 120 years ago. It has been humbling to see our employees living the century-old truth of ‘doing well by doing good.’ That passion is reflected in the results of our many efforts to bring goodness to the world in how we operate our business and how we give back to those in need.”  

During the past three years, Bilbrey has led Hershey through substantial progress in its global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts. Hershey’s CSR excellence earned the company recognition in the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. Earlier this month, Hershey was named to the DJSI North America Index for the third year in a row and to the World Index for the second year.

The award recognizes Hershey’s progress across a wide range of socially responsible areas. For example, during the past several years, the company has made substantial progress in environmental sustainability. The company has also been a top-tier performer for workplace safety and launched significant employee well-being programs and other employee engagement efforts that help create a superior employee value proposition.

Hershey also has been recognized for its ethical sourcing programs, including its CocoaLink program that helps improve the lives and livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities in West Africa.      

About the Award
All award winners were nominated by fellow members of the CR community and selected by an independent judging panel comprised of previous winners and other industry leaders.

In determining the winners, judges considered several dimensions, including: the scope of the CEO’s impact on their organization and community, the extent to which the CEO drove this initiative, and the individual reputation or professional risk taken by the CEO.

"In a business landscape where transparency, authenticity and social impact must be embedded within one’s corporate culture and supply chain, we are pleased to highlight this stellar group of CEOs and their organizations,” said Elliot Clark, CEO of SharedXpertise, the publisher of Corporate Responsibility Magazine. “These leaders remain tirelessly committed to creating and maintaining a responsible culture and supply chain and this year’s recognition is simply a reflection of that commitment.”

The 2014 award winners will be honored at CR Magazine’s Responsible CEO of the Year Awards Dinner taking place at the COMMIT!Forum on Thursday, October 9, at the New York Marriott Downtown in New York City from 6 - 8:30 p.m.  

About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY), headquartered in Hershey, Pa., is a global confectionery leader known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks. Hershey has approximately 13,000 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company, which has more than 80 brands worldwide that drive over $7.1 billion in annual revenues, includes such iconic brand names as Hershey's, Reese's, Hershey's Kisses, Jolly Rancher and Ice Breakers. Hershey is focused on growing its presence in key international markets while continuing to build its competitive advantage in North America. Additionally, Hershey is poised to expand its portfolio into categories beyond confectionery, finding new ways to bring goodness to people everywhere.

At Hershey, goodness has always been about more than delicious products. For 120 years, Hershey has been committed to good business by operating fairly, ethically and sustainably to make a positive impact on society. This means contributing to a better life for its employees, consumers, communities, and, ultimately, creating a bright future for children in need. This commitment is exemplified by Milton Hershey School, established in 1909 by the company's founder and administered by Hershey Trust Company. The children who attend the school receive education, housing, and medical care — thriving as direct beneficiaries of The Hershey Company's success.

About CR Magazine
CR Magazine is the voice of the corporate responsibility profession covering case studies, best practices, and trends in the five primary segments of the CR profession: a) governance, risk, compliance, b) environmental sustainability c) corporate social responsibility, d) philanthropy, and e) workforce/diversity. www.thecro.com


Jeff Beckman