Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

This year, an historic number of companies stood up in support of LGBT equality. However, there are still plenty lagging behind.

Christmas is a time of good will toward men, but some of your favorite brands haven’t been living up to that promise. 

Just in time for the holiday season, HRC’s Buyer’s Guide will help you navigate the aisles to support companies that share your sense of social responsibility all year long.

Here are four well-known brands getting coal in their stockings this year:


Chick-Fil-A. The fast food chain is getting coal in its stocking this year. Not only did Chick-fil-A receive another zero person on the Corporate Equality Index, but they were also docked 25 points for their active support of anti-LGBT organizations.

Exxon. Though ExxonMobil announced this year it would offer benefits to all employees’ spouses, for years the oil company failed to offer basic non-discrimination protections to its LGBT employees and health benefits to their families. The announcement was a big step forward for Exxon, but the company still received a zero person on the Corporate Equality Index. You may want to think about filling up your tank somewhere else.

Energizer. This energy company might keep your tech products going, but you might want to think twice before popping in those AA batteries. Energizer includes zero protections for LGBT employees in its policies and practices. Nothing but coal for the Energizer Bunny.

Family Dollar– Everyone loves a bargain, but you may way to think about the hidden social costs of thrift shopping. The Family Dollar scored a 30 percent on HRC’s Corporate equality Index. Though it has a non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender expression or identity, this bargain barn does not offer any other policies to protect LGBT employees. Dollar General, on the other hand, scored a 70 percent on the CEI. Why not get a little more bang for your buck? 


Which of your favor brands made the Best Places to Work list? Which were you surprised by?

Check out the HRC Buyer's Guide at And don't miss our newly released Buyer's Guide mobile app, now available at and

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