Poll: Should Companies Take Positions on Social Issues?

Thomson Reuters and General Mills are among the Minnesota companies taking a stand against the Minnesota marriage amendment. What do you think?

Should businesses stay out of politics, or should they feel perfectly comfortable taking stands on controversial issues?

That's the question a lot of Minnesotans are debating in the wake of last week's decision by Thomson Reuters, which operates a large legal-publishing division in Eagan, to oppose the constitutional marriage amendment on this fall's Minnesota ballot.

Thomson Reuters isn't the first company to take such a step. A similar annoucement by General Mills prompted talk of a boycott against the famed Golden Valley food company, as well as expressions of support from amendment opponents.

Aside from debate over the amendment itself, there's the question of whether companies such as Thomson or General Mills have any business inserting themselves into political/social issues. Please let us know what you think, and explain your position in the comments below.

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rob_h78 January 14, 2013 at 05:44 PM
I completely agree with this statement.
Orono January 15, 2013 at 09:19 PM
WTF Rob? No attack on the conservative? A thoughtful, insightful answer? I love this response from you.
Orono January 15, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Rob - look at the response that Jodi Foster got when she apparently came out the wrong way. It isnt enough that she came out, she needs to also do it a certain way. Yo Mammy has a very valid point. Yo Mammy is apparently also a KQRS morning show fan.
Rick April 06, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Folks, there is zero requirement to have a permit to own a handgun. Either a conceal/carry license or a background check done by your local sheriff must be obtained in order to PURCHASE a handgun.
Rick April 06, 2013 at 01:02 PM
9 months andstill going strong, have not purchased one General Mills, Pillsbury, Green Giant, El Paso or any other related GMI product. My opinion is this. Companies are in business to provide a product. Publicly owned companies are in business to provide a return to shareholders. Powell probably made this decision because GMI is a huge employee of GLBT employees and essentially bowed to their pressure. Giving a group exclusive powers over the rest of the workers also creates a silent hostile workplace. Ask any employee who was at the HQ during the "Coco Champagne" episode.


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