The Chipotle restaurant chain has canceled its support of the Boy Scouts' event 'Utah Scout-A-Rama' in May because the Boy Scouts of America violates Chipotle's corporate non-discrimination policies against gays.
Chipotle's corporate charitable giving policy states that it “will not support organizations that discriminate against a person or a group on the basis of age, political affiliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.”
In an email to ThinkProgress.org, Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold wrote:
By way of follow up, we have terminated our sponsorship of this event. As I mentioned yesterday, community support decisions like this are made in a decentralized way and this one was inconsistent with our own policy. We believed that terminating the sponsorship and remaining consistent with our policy was the right thing to do, and we have reinforced our policy with the team that makes these decisions to try to prevent similar issues in the future.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that donations to the Utah Scout-A-Rama have dropped from $70,000 to $8,000 because of the Boy Scouts' policy not to allow gay members.
A March 5 email from the Great Salt Lake Council reads: "In the past we have received as much as $70,000 from these sponsorships, with a small portion of that going to subsidize the show costs. This year, because of the economy and some controversy surrounding the national organization, our sponsorships are down to just $8,000."