Bucking the National Organization for Marriage’s request to maintain “neutrality,” General Mills has come out against Minnesota’s marriage inequality amendment. Minnesotans United for All Families has set up a thank-you petition for the Fortune 500 company. On Tuesday, Ken Charles, General Mills’ Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, testified before the U.S. Senate in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Charles took to General Mills’ blog to boast both his testimony on ENDA and the company’s opposition to the amendment:
I am proud to see our company join the ranks of local and national employers speaking out for inclusion. We do not believe the proposed constitutional amendment is in the best interests of our employees or our state economy – and as a Minnesota-based company we oppose it.[...]
We believe a diverse, inclusive culture produces a stronger, more engaged workforce – and strengthens innovation. Inclusive communities are more successful economically as well. We believe it is important for Minnesota to be viewed as inclusive and welcoming as well.
Obviously, there are strongly held views on both sides. We acknowledge those views, including those on religious grounds. We respect and defend the right of others to disagree. But we truly value diversity and inclusion – and that makes our choice clear.
General Mills’ mission is Nourishing Lives. Not just some. But all.
Living that mission is part of who we are.