Target: Intel Corporation
Goal: Applaud Intel Corporation for pulling all funds from the Boy Scouts of America for its discriminatory policies
The computer company Intel announced in September 2012 that it would no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America. Intel has pulled funding for the Boy Scouts of America based on its policy of excluding LGBT individuals from joining the organization. The company reversed its policy of donating large sums to the organization after a campaign emerged in protest. In the year preceding the termination of funding, Intel gave $85,000 to the Boy Scouts. Though the company claims its decision was not based on pressure from the campaign, Intel has come forward with language defending “diversity and equality.”
Twenty-three of the top 50 corporate foundations gave at least $10,000 each to the Boy Scouts in 2010. Intel was one of the organization’s largest donors. While one company denying the Boy Scouts money does not seem like a significant blow to the organization, it does send two important messages. First, it demonstrates that civilians can organize and put pressure on corporations to prioritize human rights over profit. Second, it brings public attention to the Boy Scouts’ homophobic policy of excluding LGBT individuals. As people come to see that companies can be pressured into boycotting the Boy Scouts, and as the issue gains more attention, other companies will make the decision to cut funding from the organization.
Intel was previously one of the largest donors to the Boy Scouts, despite having a policy that forbade giving funding to “groups that discriminate on race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or disability status.” Applaud Intel for pulling funding from this discriminatory organization.
I am writing this letter to applaud your company’s decision to stop funding the Boy Scouts of America because of the organization’s discrimination against the LGBT community.
This is not only an ethical choice for Intel to make; it is also wise. It is wise because homophobia as a mainstream cultural trend will likely not last another couple of generations. Young people in American overwhelmingly support LGBT rights and polls show that most religious organizations support same-sex marriage. The position of the Boy Scouts is increasingly becoming a minority view in America and no modern corporation has reason to support discrimination.
As more corporations inevitably make the decision to support LGBT equality, your company’s stand against the Boy Scout’s discriminatory policy will be seen as an important step in the process. As a company that previously donated massive sums of money to the organization, your choice makes an important statement. Thank you for choosing to boycott discrimination.
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