The Human Rights Campaign has published a 2015 “Buyer’s Guide” for 781 companies, products, and services regarding their support of LGBT workplace inclusion. The booklet covers retailers, restaurants, insurance and healthcare, and much more. In 2012, after chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, Dan T. Cathy, publicly revealed the company’s support and funding for WinShape Foundation, which has donated millions of dollars to anti-gay causes, the public became more concerned with who was covertly being affected by our consumer culture. The HRC has conveniently compiled this resource which ranks businesses on a scale from 0 to 100, assessing workplace equality for LGBT Americans. The HRC ranks businesses either red (0-45), yellow (46-79), or green (80-100). It’s no surprise that Chick-fil-A has been ranked a big red zero.
Some other companies may surprise you. While companies like Wal-Mart (90) and Kroger (85) pass with green ratings, companies such as Burberry (15), Urban Outfitters (15), and Dolce & Gabanna (0) are rated shockingly low.
See if you can guess the scores of some of the following! (Answers at the end of the post)
Martha Stewart Living
Bed Bath & Beyond
The HRC determines these scores by researching whether the businesses have LGBT-supportive policies. According to their 2015 Buyer’s Guide, the policies include “anti-discrimination protections, domestic partner benefits, diversity training and transgender-inclusive benefits.” Though quantifying the ethical practices of a business is tricky, the HRC has provided a fairly decent launching point for consumers to further investigate their favorite sellers.
Access the HRC Buyer’s Guide here or come take a look at our copy in the GLBT Library!
Domino’s Pizza: 35
Reader’s Digest: 15
Martha Stewart Living: 0
Bed Bath & Beyond: 30