First of all ALL of the shareholders are legally owners of the company without exception. That’s why when a company goes bankrupt, the shareholders get screwed over or even virtually wiped out and the creditors are taken care of first.
Your logic on this one is just faulty. A company has zero control over what a shareholder does in his private life, including what he does with capital gains from selling stock or from dividends. What do you expect HP to do? Stipulate that shares can only be sold to pro-life individuals? Ask shareholders or would be shareholders to sign a contract that no capital gains or dividend can be used for anti-life causes? That’s not possible. There’s no legal framework which would allow that. You are trying to achieve the literally impossible.
Your logic would have a measly degree of merit if the shareholder in question had a controlling share of the company – but in that case you would be targetting not the company only but the shareholder himself. The corporation can’t dictate to any shareholder – even a shareholder with a controlling share – what he does with his own money – only the shareholder himself as a private individual can choose that. There’s no legal or financial mechanism that is going to work here. And besides, none of the shareholders you mention have a controlling share in the corporation – and even if they did, they wouldn’t be able to use that controlling share to enact a policy that wouldn’t be enforceable.
I don’t know what would make you think such were possible. This kind of stuff just plays into bad stereotypes people have of religious people as uneducated persons who are not “wordly”…
(You didn’t answer the question. Do you have a financial interest in or other relationship with HP?)
Excuse me but that is none of your business. I don’t know you and you don’t know me. Would you ask this of someone you just met in “real life”? Maybe you would care to detail your own financial relationships and interests. Spell out your whole portfolio and your company’s business relationships. Right.
P.S. I think you are confusing whether shareholders have influence over the corporation – they do – versus whether corporations have influence over how shareholders spend their own individual money, including dividents and capital gains from selling stock – they don’t. The only kind of influence they have is in terms of restrictive terms on when certain individuals can sell stock … and certain financial instruments that can be … well it’s complicated but they have no control over what happens to a shareholder’s money once it is in his or her bank account under his or her own name. If you don’t understand this … the U.S. is in more trouble than I thought.