Hershey CEO Challenged Over Support of Human Rights Campaign

By Richard Hack

During this past week’s virtual shareholders meeting, Hershey chocolate company’s CEO Michele Buck gave no credence to a question asked by Justin Danhof, the anti-LGBTQ general counsel of the National Center for Public Policy Research and director of the Free Enterprise Project regarding its funding for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest LGBTQ organization in the United States.

During his question, Danhof referred to HRC as “perhaps the nation’s leading opponent of religious liberty.” He claimed that “HRC threatens and organizes boycotts when states seek to enact laws protecting the right of people to act according to their faith or to use a bathroom in privacy that matches their DNA.”

Michele Buck left no doubt with her quick response that Hershey was a long-time advocate for inclusion and LGBTQ rights.

“Inclusion and diversity are incredibly important values to us at the Hershey Company,” Buck answered. “They are important, not only to our culture, but also to our business. We have been recently recognized by Diversity Inc. as a leader in many areas of diversity including in the LGBTQ space.  I am really proud of our track record in supporting the LGBTQ community, and our employees and customers who continue to identify with them. We believe on making all the decisions possible to foster inclusion and diversity across the company.”

Richard Hack is an award-winning author and journalist. He Is LGBTQ Loyalty Holdings' Vice President of Content and Executive Editor of lgbtqloyalty.com.

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