The Human Rights Campaign issued their 2007 Buying for Equality guide yesterday. I spent some time this morning browsing through the listings since we try to be responsible consumers and thought I'd share some companies that lots of Hoosiers know and patronize that scored a zero on the equality scale. (Remember, a zero means that the company has no discrimination protections for sexual orientation or gender identity, offers no domestic partner benefits, doesn't advertise with the LGBT community or support LGBT events, and offers no diversity training.)
Some companies (and their products) you might want to reconsider:
- Exxon/Mobile Corporation
That's it. Seriously. That's all of the companies that rank a zero. Everyone else at least has a non-discrimination policy that covers sexual orientation. Count 'em. One. Two.
And how many of us shop at Meijer?
The part that intrigued me though was how many companies were still marked "Avoid If Possible." It seems as if any company that scored below 50 out of a 100 was marked with the red line. (Other categories included the yellow-colored "Companies Making Progress" and green-lined "Best Places to Shop.") But let's look at one example that stunned me. Remember, this company - at 45 - is listed as an "Avoid If Possible" company...