CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

Business As Usual? How 8 Anti-Gay Companies Are Measuring Up

Wal-Mart and Exxon/Mobil

walmart

It’s a happy fact that the higher a company ranks on Fortune magazine’s list of the most successful businesses, the more likely it is to rank high on the HRC Index, with two major exceptions. Wal-Mart and Exxon/Mobil have traded the top spot on the Fortune 10 for the last several years, but neither offers domestic partner benefits. In spite of that, Wally World manages to earn a 60 on the Index with a limited prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation, among other criteria.

Exxon

As for Exxon/Mobil? Try the only company to receive a negative score on the HRC Index — despite the fact that nine out of ten Fortune 10 companies prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, six prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and eight provide partner health benefits. Exxon/Mobil chart their own course, we guess, like a tanker wandering aimlessly through Prince William Sound.