After the news that Australia will proceed with a postal plebiscite on same sex marriage, Qantas, a long time supporter of the issue, was the first corporation to officially come out for the ‘Yes’ side. Qantas is one company on a very long list of large companies listed on the Marriage Equality website. Other companies include Telstra, Vodafone, AirBNB, the big four banks, IBM and PWC just to name a few; but, do corporations really hold views on issues of public importance or are they just the views of the executives employed to run those companies?
The economist Milton Friedman wrote in 1970 for the New York Times Magazine, “The discussions of the “social responsibilities of business” are notable for their analytical looseness and lack of rigor. What does it mean to say that “business” has responsibilities? Only people have responsibilities. A corporation is an artificial person and in this … Read the rest