While many leading corporations have succumbed to left-leaning activism, the innovative snow machine manufacturing giant, Polaris, has received high praise for supporting traditional conservative values.
2ndVote, an organization that scores businesses based on their support of hot-button social issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, religious liberty and others, recently praised Polaris for its practice of backing faith-based groups and supporting pro-life and liberty efforts.
Founded by brothers Edgar and Allen Hetteen, and David Johnson, Polaris initially launched as an agricultural and industrial accessories manufacturer. The modern version of Polaris began in 1954 after Edgar returned to their headquarters in Roseau, Minnesota, to find a contraption built by David Johnson and several other employees. Using parts from various agricultural machines, the new contraption resulted in the birth of the modern snowmobile to give hunters better access to difficult winter terrain.
Through the 1960s and 70s, Polaris redesigned and expanded their line of snow vehicles. The 1980s saw growth into what became the first ever American made production ATVs. Polaris established a Government & Defense Division in 2005 following several years of successful implementation by military units in theaters of war.
“Fortunately for consumers, Polaris, Inc. has been able to avoid much of the pressure from leftist, activist organizations and movements throughout their years of growth into a multi-million-dollar company,” 2ndVote notes. “In fact, Polaris, Inc.’s philanthropic efforts have by-and-large been conservative-leaning.”
The company has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to The Salvation Army and other Christian and faith-based organizations. 2ndVote gives Polaris high scores on the issues of life and supporting basic freedoms.
“Additional donations totaling more than $250,000 were dispersed to entities like gun ranges, supporting 2nd Amendment businesses, and conservationist organizations that work locally to preserve habitats and state and national parks,” 2ndVote notes. “This kind of activism earns Polaris good scores on the 2nd Amendment and Environment issues as well.”
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The only area 2ndVote takes issue with is Polaris’ support of United Way chapters that back common core education standards.
“Fortunately, none of those chapters happen to be ones that fund Planned Parenthood,” 2ndVote reports. “So, if you are in the market for any off-road, on-road, or other type of vehicle that Polaris, Inc. offers, you can find a values-friendly option at Polaris, with an overall score of 4.0 (out of 5.0). According to 2ndVote’s scoring system, a 4.0 means a company “leans conservative” in its corporate values and philanthropy.