Heinz Affirms Donations, “Partnership” With Anti-Gay Boy Scouts

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Do you like bigotry with your condiments?

Heinz has donated to the Boy Scouts and plans to continue that relationship regardless of their anti-LGBTQ policies.

The New Civil Rights Movement shares:

Ketchup-maker H.J. Heinz Company gave $12,000 to the Scouts during the fiscal year ending April 27, 2011 — and stands by those donations.

“The H.J. Heinz Company Foundation has had a long-term partnership with the Boy Scouts of America for the past 25 years and that partnership continues today,” Heinz spokesman Michael Mullen said in an email.

Formerly Pittsburgh based ALCOA donated $30,000 to the Boy Scouts in 2010. PNC donated $49,000+.

About 14% of the Fortune 500 continue to donate to the Boy Scouts even when their own internal policies prohibit funding organizations that discriminate based on sexual orientation. And this can come back to haunt them as the HRC will now deduct points from their Corporate Equality Index score based on these decisions.

Earlier this month, HRC announced that corporations that have donated to the BSA would lose points on the group’s Corporate Equality Index, which rates corporations on LGBT-inclusiveness.

“To receive a perfect score, companies would have to prohibit philanthropic giving to non-religious organizations that have a written policy of anti-gay discrimination, or permit its chapters, affiliates, or troops to do so,” reads a press statement HRC released last month.

Heinz 2013 score is 60 out of 100, down five points from 2012. PNC and ALCOA both received perfect scores in 2013. Sadly, Berkshire-Hathaway (new owner of Heinz) has no score so as much as you might love Warren Buffet, we probably can’t expect change from that quarter.

A complete list of the corporations supporting Boy Scout bigotry can be found here.

In 2008, Heinz pulled a “controversial” UK commercial featuring a same sex couple.