Dauphin County-based chocolate giant The Hershey Co. today is facing protests from activist groups at its shareholders meeting after the company on Monday said it made significant progress in 2011 in its corporate social responsibility report.
"I am proud of our many, meaningful sustainability accomplishments during the past few years but we recognize this is a journey," Hershey President and CEO John P. Bilbrey said in a statement. "Our team is committed to continually improving the way we do business and working to make our communities stronger."
The report highlights progress in several key areas, including:
The social responsibility report also sets new goals for 2015. The full report can be found on Hershey's investors website.
Despite the progress, activist groups including the National Guest worker Alliance, organized labor groups and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation protested the company's annual meeting this morning at the Giant Center in DerryTownship.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is protesting the decision by the Milton Hershey School to not allow an HIV-positive student to attend the private school for disadvantaged children. The case is in the courts. The school trust is managed by The Hershey Trust Co., which is also the largest stockholder for the chocolate company.