The Hershey Company’s Abilities First in Manufacturing Program


Hershey recognized the need to effectively transfer the knowledge of its experienced employees to help recruit and expand the company’s manufacturing footprint.


The company’s Abilities First in Manufacturing program was launched in 2012 as part of the Hershey’s continuing commitment to diversity and inclusion. To support Abilities First in Manufacturing, the company has successfully partnered with local and state non-profits and government agencies that can help Hershey attract qualified individuals in the locations where we do business. These partnerships create support networks with a single point of contact for each plant.


Combined with appropriate training, the Abilities First in Manufacturing program led to a continued increase in diverse representation at several of Hershey’s plants. Additionally, Hershey is one of just 27 recipients of the first-ever National Organization on Disability Leading Disability Employer Seal.


By sharing successes and challenges, PwC’s CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ commitment opens the door for companies to evolve existing diversity strategies through access to effective programs and practices from some of the top companies in the world. We are delighted to participate in this important initiative and hope our efforts will serve as an example for others on the path to a more diverse and inclusive workforce.”

Michele Buck
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hershey Company
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