United Parcel Service (UPS), one of the three largest shipping companies in the U.S., has announced that it is instituting a new policy governing its charitable giving that will restrict it from donating to organizations with discriminatory policies. According to Think Progress, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will be one of the groups to lose funding from the UPS Foundation because of its refusal to shed its anti-LGBT policies.
The foundation posted a statement on its website on Monday that said, "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."
The American Independent reported earlier this year that UPS donated $167,000 to BSA in 2010. When approached, UPS said that it had no intention of changing its policy.
Spurred by a petition campaign launched by activist Zack Walls, UPS has followed the example of companies like Intel, which have taken steps to ensure that their charitable donations do not end up in the hands of organizations that discriminate.