The UPS Foundation … joined a growing number of corporate leaders in providing financial support to those organizations that align with the company’s non-discrimination policy. Under this policy, the Boy Scouts of America is no longer eligible for grants from the UPS Foundation because of the BSA’s ban on gay scouts and scout leaders.
The pertinent statement at UPS: (emphasis added)
UPS and The UPS Foundation do not discriminate against any person or organization with regard to categories protected by applicable law, as well as other categories protected by UPS and The UPS Foundation in our own policies. These include, but are not limited to race, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, pregnancy, age and religion.
Back to GLAAD:
UPS confirmed to GLAAD that under these guidelines, which UPS said have been in development for several months, organizations that are unable to attest to having a policy or practices that align with the Foundation’s non-discrimination policy will no longer be considered eligible for funding. Prior to The UPS Foundation’s non-discrimination language, UPS gave $167,000 to various Boy Scouts of America entities in 2010 … . UPS has consistently received high marks on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, an annual survey that rates U.S. corporations on their non-discrimination policies and practices toward LGBT employees and consumers.
UPS joins a growing number of companies making this decision, in September of this year, for example, the Intel Foundation. According to GLAAD, CEOs of AT&T and Ernst & Young “called for an end to the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policies earlier this year.”
Scouts for Equality is working with GLAAD to inform corporate sponsors of BSA about the ban on gay scouts and leaders. The SFE website provides this information: 1,103,147 signatures opposing the BSA ban have been secured; 2485 Eagle Scouts have joined SFE; 326 Eagle Scouts have returned their medals.
From GLAAD president Herndon Graddick:
‘More and more corporate leaders are enacting strong non-discrimination policies for practices including grant funding and hiring. … The time is now for the BSA to end this outdated and unpopular ban before other corporate funders pull dollars and scouting families drop their support. All of the great work that the BSA does to help young people will continue to be overshadowed by their blatant discrimination until they join other inclusive organizations like the Girl Scouts of the USA and the 4-H Club.’
GLAAD also notes that President Obama earlier this year “publicly opposed the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policy.”
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