The Hershey Company: Chocolate and Beyond

Thursday, February 16, 4:30 PM

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The Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) presents an opportunity to learn about Hershey Company’s efforts to operate responsibly in the chocolate and cocoa industry and particularly in the areas of the world where cocoa is grown and harvested. 

Founded in 1894, the company is one of America’s landmark brands which today employees 12,000, operates across 90+ countries, and has revenues of $5+ billion.  Hershey has a unique relationship with its community and the Milton Hershey School whose Trust is the company’s largest shareholder. Hershey issued its first CSR report in 2009 and updated with a Scorecard Report in 2010.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.


Andy McCormickAndy McCormick is vice president, Public Affairs, for The Hershey Company. In this role, McCormick is responsible for leading Hershey’s communications, public relations and corporate social responsibility teams. McCormick’s key responsibilities include development and implementation of a global framework for social responsibility and sustainability, including responsible cocoa growing.  McCormick, who once worked in Ghana as a Peace Corps volunteer, joined Hershey from Pfizer Inc., where he was vice president, Worldwide Communications.  Before joining Pfizer, he held positions at IBM Corporation.  McCormick serves on the boards of the World Cocoa Foundation, the International Cocoa Initiative and United Way of Lancaster County.

Commenting Panelists

Christopher MichaelsonChristopher Michaelson, Ph.D., sssistant professor in the UST Opus College of Business Ethics and Business Law Department, holds degrees in philosophy from Northwestern and the University of Minnesota and has worked extensively with Pricewaterhouse Coopers as a global advisor.

James HarknessJames Harkness, president of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, has worked extensively in China and with international bodies on development and environmental issues.

Mark MurphyMark Murphy, assistant vice president for Cargill Corporate Affairs and executive director of the Cargill Foundation, oversees Cargill’s corporate responsibility activities involving stakeholder relations, global giving, community engagement, reputation and issues management.


Program: 4:30 – 6 p.m. in Thornton Auditorium

Networking Reception: 6 – 6:45 p.m. in the Terrence Murphy Hall atrium

This program is made possible by the members of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) located in the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas.  CEBC was established in 1978 by Minnesota business leaders to sustain their commitment to corporate responsibility in the business community.  The center looks forward to publication of its landmark history: Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience (a 200-year exploration of the question to whom and for what is the modern corporation responsible) to be released by Cambridge University Press in August 2012.

Event Details:
Thursday, February 16, 4:30 PM

University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business
1000 LaSalle Ave
Thornton Auditorium
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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