On May 15, 2024, The Kroger Co announced that it has received a shareholder proposal from The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, requesting the Company to commission and disclose a report on the external public health costs created by the sale of tobacco products by the Company and the manner in which such costs affect the vast majority of its shareholders who rely on overall market returns. In addition, the Company recommended the shareholders to vote against the proposal at the 2024 annual meeting of shareholders scheduled to be held on June 27, 2024.