30 Companies to Boycott if You’re Going to Boycott Chick-fil-A

Don’t gas up at Exxon Mobil or sleep at Four Seasons, either.

If Facebook is any indicator, many if not most of my friends have signed on to the Chick-fil-A boycott because of that company’s charitable contributions and policies and CEO Dan Cathy’s recent statements about gay marriage. But there are plenty of corporations out there that won’t be sponsoring the pride parade anytime soon.

The 32-year-old Human Rights Campaign is the country’s largest LGBT civil rights organization and annually publishes the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a list of companies graded according to their LGBT-related policies and practices. Each company on the CEI starts at zero and receives points for things like offering partner benefits and including sexual orientation in its equal opportunity employment policy. Points can be deducted, too, in case you’re wondering how Exxon Mobil wound up with a -25. Even Chick-fil-A fared better, with a score of 0.

According to HRC spokesperson Paul Guequierre, any company rated below 60 fails the test, but I decided to set the bar for failure a little higher, including only companies with a score of 30 or lower. I also included only well-known companies or brands that appear on the Fortune 500. So the next time you bypass the Chick-fil-A, be sure to check with this list, lest you wind up at Dairy Queen. I wouldn’t want anyone to think you’re a hypocrite.

Company Name
CEI Score
Fortune 500 Rank
Advance Auto Parts30387
AES Corp. *15156
AFLAC30130
Allergan (Manufacturer of Botox)15459
AmerisourceBergen (Owner of Good Neighbor Pharmacies and Pennsylvania's largest company by revenue)1524
AutoZone15329
Bed Bath & Beyond30304
Berkshire Hathaway (Parent company of Geico, Dairy Queen, Fruit of the Loom)1511
Big Lots15436
BJ's Wholesale15232
Dish Network0200
Dole Foods30331
Dollar General0195
Dollar Tree30397
Exxon Mobil-252
Goodyear Tires15141
Hess1579
Host Hotels & Resorts (Includes Four Seasons and Marriott hotels)30492
Kohl's15142
Liberty Mutual071
Lowe's Companies Inc.1542
News Corporation (Wall Street Journal, Fox News, 20th Century Fox)1576
Phillip Morris094
RadioShack30481
Ross Stores0316
Smithfield Foods0163
Sunoco1578
SYSCO055
Tyson Foods1587
Verizon Inc.2013

* AES Corp does not refer to American Education Services, the student loan company, but to the Virginia-based power company, one of the world’s largest.

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