The shipping giant United Parcel Service has now openly come out and said it will not longer give money to organizations that freely discriminate against homosexuals and specifically it targeted the Boy Scouts of America. UPS become the second major corporation to strip funding from the scouts.
The UPS Foundation made the change Thursday after an online petition protesting its annual grants to the Boy Scouts attracted more than 80,000 signatures. UPS, based in Atlanta, follows computer chip maker Intel in withdrawing corporate support for the Boy Scouts.
The UPS Foundation gave more than $85,000 to the Boy Scouts in 2011, according to its federal tax return.
Federal tax returns for 2011 for Intel, the worldâ€™s largest chip maker, were not immediately available. Some media reported the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company as giving hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years.
The UPS spokeswoman Kristen Petralla said that in order for groups to receive foundation grants they will have to adhere to the same standards that UPS does by not discriminating on the ground of race, religion, disability or sexual orientation.
â€œWe promote an environment of diversity and inclusion,â€ Petrella said Monday. â€œUPS is a company that does the right things for the right reasons.â€