American global package delivery company United Parcel Service Inc., widely known as UPS, will not longer be donating money to the Boy Scouts of America because of its bans gay young people and adults from serving as scouts and as scout leaders.
The UPS foundation gave $167,000 to various Boy Scouts of America (BSA) entities in 2010. But it recently reviewed its policies and will be limiting its support to organizations that are in alignment with its own non-discrimination policy.
The UPS non-discrimination policy includes but is not limited to race, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, pregnancy, age and religion.
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation President Herndon Graddick applauded the move.
‘More and more corporate leaders are enacting strong non-discrimination policies for practices including grant funding and hiring,’ Graddick said in a statement. ‘Equality is not only good for business, but supported by a vast majority of Americans.’
‘The time is now for the BSA to end this outdated and unpopular ban before other corporate funders pull dollars and scouting families drop their support,’ Graddick added. ‘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.’
Earlier this year, the Intel Foundation said it would no longer fund organizations like the Boy Scouts of America as they stand by their ban.