The story below is about the annual meeting of the shareholders of McDonald’s. The story recounts the surprising range of ethical and social issues with regard to which shareholders — not NGOs, not protestors, but shareholders — hassled the company’s CEO. It’s quite a list. Wages. Lobbying and political contributions. Environmental sustainability. Marketing to children. And, yes, the ethical obligation to build long-term shareholder value and corporate stability. >>>
McDonald’s shareholders defied executives at its annual meeting on Thursday, approving a proposal to make it easier to nominate directors to the board of the fast-food chain and taking its new CEO to task over wages, advertising and its food….