May 28, 2024 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Queer-Friendly Big Businesses to Give Your Business to

Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equalirt Index takes the ethical guesswork out of Black Friday.

As quickly as Thanksgiving comes and leaves us stuffed and merry, the madness of Black Friday descends upon us. There’s nothing quite as American as the gluttony of Black Friday. With the objective being getting as many deals, deals, deals as possible, it can be easy to forget to consider where one’s dollar is going. Who’s corporate pockets are we fattening?

Every year, Human Rights Campaign releases a Buyers Guide index to hundreds of Fortune 500 companies. The guide assesses whether the companies are committed to LGBTQ-inclusive workplace practices and policies.

“Our annual Buying for Workplace Equality guide provides quick, user-friendly help in selecting everything from groceries to cars, allowing fair-minded consumers to use their wallets to resist attacks on the LGBTQ community by supporting brands committed to fully inclusive workplaces,” said Deena Fidas, Director of HRC Foundation’s Workplace Equality Program. “ Every year we hear from members of the LGBTQ community and many other consumers who want to choose brands that align with their priorities of workplace fairness. Using the Buying for Workplace Equality guide this holiday season helps ensure that their dollars go to businesses that support equality.”

The Buying for Workplace Equality guide sorts businesses by sectors, assigning them a score ranging from zero to 100 based on LGBTQ workplace equality, as measured by HRC’s annual Corporate Equality Index and HRC-researched data.

Here’s a look at the top and bottom ranking companies in each of the 19 categories, with 100 being the highest score and 0 being the lowest. For more information and the full catalogue, visit www.hrc.org/apps/buyersguide.

Apparel & Accessories

Tiffany & Co. – 100

J.C. Penney – 100

Target – 100

The Trump Organization – 0

Skechers – 0

Chico’s – 0

Automotive

CarMax – 100

Subaru – 100

Tesla – 100

Harley-Davidson – 10

Genuine Parts Company – 0

Sonic Automotive – 0

Banking

American Express – 100

State Farm – 100

Morningstar – 100

Harley-Davidson – 10

CNO Financial – 0

The Trump Organization – 0

Entertainment

Comcast NBCUniversal – 100

Netflix – 100

Walt Disney Co. – 100

DISH Network – 0

The Trump Organization – 0

Twenty-First Century Fox – 0

Food & Beverages

Hershey – 100

MillerCoors – 100

Starbucks – 100

Chick-fil-a – 0

In-N-Out – 0

Krispy Kreme – 0

Fun & Games

Hasbro – 100

Mattel – 100

Microsoft – 100

Walt Disney Co. – 100

Sony Interactive Entertainment – 80

Zynga – 20

Health and Beauty

Avon – 100

Johnson & Johnson – 100

Procter & Gamble – 100

Tupperware – 10

Giorgio Armani – 0

Mary Kay – 0

Home & Garden

Home Depot – 100

IKEA – 100

Macy’s – 100

La-A-Boy – 0

Masco – 0

Michaels – 0

Household Products

Clorox – 100

Colgate-Palmolive – 100

Kroger – 95

Sysco – 90

RB – 50

Koch Industries – 0

Insurance & Healthcare

Allstate – 100

Quest Diagnostics – 100

MetLife – 100

Auto-Owners Insurance – 0

CNO Financial – 0

Mutual of America Life Insurance – 0

Kids

Bayer – 100

Kimberly-Clark – 100

Pearson – 100

Williams-Sonoma – 90

Scholastic – 80

SUPERVALU – 75

Newsstand

Gannett – 100

Google – 100

Time Warner – 100

Graham Holdings – 25

Reader’s digest – 10

Twenty-First Century Fox – 0

Oil & Gas

Chevron – 100

Wawa – 100

Shell Oil – 100

Phillips 66 – 85

Spectra Energy – 85

Hess – 65

Pet Care

Boehringer Ingelheim – 100

Nestle Purina – 100

PetSmart – 100

Kroger – 95

Mars – 90

Giant Eagle – 85

Restaurants

Darden Restaurants – 100

McDonalds – 100

Burger King – 95

The Palm – 55

The Cheesecake Factory – 20

Jack in the Box – 0

Retailers

Best Buy – 100

Gamestop – 100

Walgreens – 100

Foot Locker – 10

Pier 1 – 0

Bass Pro – 0

Shipping

FedEx – 100

UPS – 100

Genuine Parts Company – 0

Note, this category had only three entries total

Technology

Adobe – 100

HP Inc. – 100

Lyft – 100

Eventbrite – 85

Hortonworks – 65

Yahoo! – 0

Travel & Leisure

Airbnb – 100

Carnival – 100

Uber – 100

Spirit Airlines – 20

Las Vegas Sands – 10

Accor – 0

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