Hero of the Week Award: November 16, United Parcel Service (UPS)

16 Nov

Hero of the Week

It’s a delight to honor another company doing the right thing and standing up for equality. This week United Parcel Service — the carrier known as UPS — ended all corporate funding of the Boy Scouts of America. The reason? The Boy Scouts’ steadfast refusal to stop discriminating against the LGBT community. This announcement appeared on the company’s website on Monday.

The UPS Foundation seeks to support organizations that are in alignment with our focus areas, guidelines, and non-discrimination policy. UPS and The UPS Foundation do not discriminate against any person or organization with regard to categories protected by applicable law, as well as other categories protected by UPS and The UPS Foundation in our own policies. These include, but are not limited to race, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, pregnancy, age and religion.

UPS has been one of the top ten donors to the Scouts in the past. This action is in direct response to a campaign by Zach Wahls and GLAAD to put pressure on the Scouts to change their ways. Intel, the largest donor in 2010, agreed earlier this year to withdraw their support.

Both Intel and UPS score well in the updated Corporate Equality Index just released by the Human Rights Campaign. Intel scores a 96 (lacking some peripheral benefits for domestic partners) and UPS a 90 (losing points for a lack of fully transgender inclusive health insurance). The Index this year includes a record 688 companies. An amazing 252 of those score a perfect 100, up significantly from last year’s 189. Businesses are increasingly aware of the need to be responsible stewards and friendly workplaces.

It is nice to see progress being made towards inclusivity and fighting marginalization, unless you are a Boy Scout or Republican.


6 Responses to “Hero of the Week Award: November 16, United Parcel Service (UPS)”

  1. Christine Noble November 17, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    Marvelous! I shared this on my Tumblr Michael! There is a huge LGBTQ SJW population there who will be happy to read this post and your blog in general.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

      Christine, all I can say is thank you, dear heart! Now will you please let me know how to use the Tumblr?

      • Christine Noble November 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

        It’s actually pretty easy, maybe easier than WordPress. I like WP’s bell’s and whistles, which is why I use it for my SJW stuff, but Tumblr is pretty simple. You just have to poke around a bit and they’re help page is super easy to read through to learn your way around. So long as you don’t follow too many other Tumblrs it is even easier to follow other people’s blogs without subscribing to e-mail updates (like I do for you! :D) You always start at your dashboard when you go to your Tumblr and it shows all the blogs you follow from starting with the most recent update. I think it is so worth it, if you are serious about growing your online presence, to do both. Oh and Tweet, or at least set up you blogs to automatically tweet your posts. Twitter is a great tool for bloggers.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 17, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

        Dear heart, thank you for following my blog. I shall try to investigate the Tumblr and the Twitter. How do I see your Friday Poetry, which I miss tremendously?

      • Christine Noble November 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

        I am sooooo sorry! I’ve been beaucoup busy, and almost all in good ways. I’ve been working for Working Families and was a Field Manager on a State Senate campaign here in NY. After that I trained all this past week in Brooklyn. I haven’t had time for blogging, but now that my life will be on a somewhat normal cycle (until next year when there will be local elections here in Buffalo, which, yeah, by the way, I moved) I will be blogging once again and there WILL be a Friday Nite Poetry next week. 😀

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt November 18, 2012 at 9:00 am #

        I’m glad you have been busy and glad you will be returning to your blog! 🙂

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