HERSHEY, Pa., Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hershey Entertainment & Resorts™ (HE&R) has issued its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summary outlining the company’s extensive efforts to make a meaningful and positive impact in the communities where its employees live, work and play. Paying homage to the legacy of the company’s founder, Milton S. Hershey, HE&R views giving back as paramount to its brand.
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Outlines Philanthropic Giving, Community Impact; 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Summary Issued.
Throughout 2016, HE&R, its employees and guests contributed more than $2,557,074 in cash, goods, and services to deserving causes within the company’s four CSR pillars: Environment, Community, Workplace and Marketplace & Guest Focus. This total contribution is separate from the company’s ongoing support of Milton Hershey School (MHS) which is central to our core purpose. Contribution to MHS includes the company’s annual dividend to the School, which was $13,884,000 in 2016, and nearly $500,000 in Hersheypark Season Passes and tickets to numerous sporting and cultural events throughout the school year for students, teachers and staff members. Equally important to HE&R’s financial support to MHS is the company’s ongoing efforts in providing personal and professional support to the school’s students through mentorship opportunities, leadership and development programs.
HE&R’s long-term focus on children and families has yielded long-standing partnerships with organizations such as Children’s Miracle Network, Ronald McDonald House, and United Way (UW). In 2016, the company donated more than $486,200 to those organizations. Also, in an effort to help enrich the lives of children, Hersheypark™ donated tickets valued at more than $395,900 to area elementary schools and Give Kids the World, a non-profit organization that exists to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
In addition to providing to charitable donations, HE&R is committed to working with its employees, guests, and partners to be responsible stewards of the environment. In 2016, the company reduced its water usage by eight percent, and installed electric car-sharing stations at both The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge resorts. The company recycled more than 66.8 tons of cardboard, 109.9 tons of glass and 31.4 tons of plastic and, with a new initiative, recycled more than 23,000 gallons of cooking oil.
The Hershey Community Garden opened in 2014 through a collaboration with HE&R, The Hershey Company and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to